Sega announces OutRun Online Arcade for XBLA and PSN

Sega’s classic OutRun franchise is getting an online kick up the arse with OutRun Online Arcade, coming to Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network in early 2009. As well as brand new hi-def visuals, OutRun Online Arcade promises six-person multiplayer to accompany its 15 courses. The game is developed by Sumo Digital. 

OutRun is one of Sega’s most popular franchises, developed by the famous Yu Suzuki in 1986. Suzuki always refused to call it a racing game, preferring instead to call it a “driving” game. It was blatantly a racing game.

While I am pretty interested in seeing OutRun Online Arcade, the nostalgia whore in me would have loved to have seen the original eighties game getting an online reboot. Later games just look like any other racer. The original had charm. Ah well, c’est la vie.

FEEL THE WIND IN YOUR HAIR AS YOU POWER YOUR WAY ALONG THE HIGHWAYS IN OUTRUN™ ONLINE ARCADE

SEGA’s classic arcade racer returns, but this time it’s in stunning HiDef and available via PlayStation® Network and Xbox LIVE® Arcade for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft®. Developed by acclaimed Sheffield studio Sumo Digital, OutRun Online Arcade, will be available early 2009.

Test your time, speed and handling ability as you race through vibrant, colourful stages and rediscover the 15 glorious OutRun courses.  From the steep streets of San Francisco to the beautiful beaches of California, it’s mile after mile of unrelenting acceleration, thrills and action.  Feel the kick as you put your foot to the floor in one of the 10 high-performance, fully licensed Ferrari cars as you race your way across the U.S. to a killer soundtrack.

For the first time on PlayStation® Network and Xbox LIVE®, OutRun Online Arcade delivers online multiplayer racing for up to 6 players, with fast paced OutRun, Heart Attack and Time Attack modes, the draw to the open road has never been so appealing.  OutRun Online Arcade on Xbox LIVE® will feature achievements and voice; and on PlayStation® Network will include trophies, voice over IP and leaderboards.

Which route will you choose on your drive for the highest possible score?

OutRun Online Arcade will be released on Xbox LIVE® Arcade and PlayStation® Network early 2009.

Jim Sterling