There’s a new Daytona racing game coming to arcades, Sega’s arcade and amusements division confirmed on Twitter today. It’s the first new arcade entry in the 22-year-old franchise since 1998’s Daytona USA 2: Battle on the Edge.
#DaytonaIsBack… Play it on Sega Booth 1606 @IAAPAHQ @OCCC 2 weeks today! #IAE16 #Daytona #ArcadeOnly https://t.co/DHLau6lVMo
— Sega Amusements (@SegaAmusements) November 1, 2016
After days of rumours a new Daytona game has been officially announced, with Sega calling the coin-op ‘a game changer’.
Sega is getting back into the hardware business… not consoles but high end arcade machines.
“At SEGA, we have always been passionate about developing the best arcade racing games, it’s part of our DNA, so to have the opportunity to work on this title that truly captures the spirit of the racing scene in Daytona is nothing short of an honour.” SEGA’s CEO Paul Williams.
Like most Japanese publishers they never entirely stopped making new coin-ops, but for the last several years they’ve only been very minor releases for the Japanese market.
But now Sega has confirmed that the rumours are real and that there’s going to be a new Daytona racing game, called Daytona 3 Championship USA.
Sega’s Daytona franchise debuted worldwide with Daytona USA in 1994. The AM2-developed arcade racer was later ported to Sega Saturn and Windows PC. An enhanced port, featuring a karaoke mode, was released for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in 2011.
The sequel, Daytona USA 2: Battle on the Edge for Sega’s Model 3 hardware, remains arcade-exclusive.
How many of you are already emulating the SM3 and are crossing your fingers, legs and everything for getting your hand on that?