Dreamcast Collection: A Hope for Linux ?

Last week someone found a hint of Linux support in the folder of the Steam version of Dreamcast Collection, a Sega compilation of old DreamCast titles including Crazy Taxi, Sonic Adventure, Sega Bass Fishing and Space Channel Five Part 2. This time the hint did not come from someone saying it may or may not be ported, but from folders of the Steam installation. There were two empty folders, one called Linux64 and another one linux32. There were also Mac references with another folder called osx32, which is a little weird since most Macs should be running on 64 bits architectures nowadays.

While this significantly increases the chance to see a port for Linux (and maybe this IS Aspyr’s Secret Project that no-one could have guessed?), it remains unofficial at this stage, and empty folders cost zero effort to make and this may just be a way to check the interest among the Linux/Mac community to support such a port if it were to be released. Note that the Windows version is not yet released at this stage either (and is planned for end 2014 or 2015).

Now, game-wise this is a pretty good selection altogether. Not the best games of the Dreamcast (ShenMue 1 & 2, JSGR and Soul Calibur, Skies of Arcadia are missing), but Crazy Taxi is quite fun, Sonic Adventure was OK but not as good as the best Sonic 2D episodes, Space Channel 5 is a great rhythm game… Sega Bass Fishing may be the worse of the lot, especially if you don’t have the famous Sega Fishing Controller that came with it in Japan !

We will have to be a little patient to learn more about this. In the meantime, there are plenty of cool games coming in this winter, so there’s no reason to be bored.

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