Another month, another Kickstarter campaign,and another shooter possibly coming to the Dreamcast. This time, it is the form of Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs, a 2D shoot-em up based on a rather unknown '80s Japanese anime TV series known as Sei Jūshi Bisumaruku, and originally intended for a 3DS release before being scrapped a few years ago. The game is now back thanks to Kickstarter and a number of versions, from the PC Engine CD to our beloved Sega Dreamcast, are planned.
The IP is definitely something that sets it apart from other shoot-em ups, and should appeal to fans of Japanese sci-fi anime like Macross and Gundam. The team also have some pretty serious voice talent onboard with a number of actors who will be familiar to those who grew up on 80's cartoons. They include Peter Cullen (Optimus Prime, Voltron) Pat Fraley, (Bravestarr),Pat Musick (ThunderCats) , and Townsend Coleman (TMNT Michelangelo) .
Currently, a Dreamcast version is planned should their Kickstarter goal meet $200,000. While initially this may seem a bit of a stretch, I feel with the size of the Dreamcast community it is achievable. My only concern is the game's visuals which at this early stage don't so be at the level one would expect of a Dreamcast title, but if the team can build on what they have then this may be one Dreamcast Kickstarter to get behind. If it also tickles your gaming fancy, check out the video below to get a glimpse at what the game is looking like and check out the awesome 80’s anime style that the game has going. To learn more about the game or pledge to their Kickstarter, click here.