A slew of unreleased Xbox and Dreamcast titles
Hidden Palace is back with more prototype gaming goodness. This time, the dump focuses on the original Microsoft Xbox and Sega’s Dreamcast, both of which played pivotal roles in the history of home video game consoles.
If you recall, Hidden Palace added over 700 unique PlayStation 2 prototypes to its database in March, with the promise of much more to come. Indeed, the group dropped 500 more PlayStation, Sega Saturn, and Philips CD-I prototypes just one month later.
The video game preservationists have just added 349 Microsoft Xbox prototypes and 135 Sega Dreamcast games to their growing collection of early developer builds, press previews or otherwise unreleased prototypes under the Project Deluge umbrella.
As of writing, Hidden Palace has examined nearly 4,000 discs with “absolutely no end in sight.”
Highlights from the latest dump include an early build of 4 Wheel Thunder that was compiled five months before the game launched (at the time, it was known as Offroad Thunder) as well as prototypes of Test Drive Cycles, Vigilante 8: Second Offense, WWF Attitude, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater and Ready 2 Rumble Boxing Round 2, all for the Dreamcast.
On the Xbox, Hidden Palace has archived an unreleased port of American Idol, He-Man: Defender of Grayskull, Pac-Man World Rally and Hail to the Chimp, the latter of which was eventually released on the Xbox 360.
There are also some interesting Xbox prototypes from Sega developers, which isn’t too surprising considering some view Microsoft’s console as the spiritual successor to the Dreamcast. These include ToeJam & Earl III, Crazy Taxi 3: High Roller, Jet Set Radio Future and Sega GT, just to name a few.
Beware, this is completely crazy!!!
Secret race in a Dreamcast prototype of SEGA GT !!!
Name of the race is “sonygt2” !!!
— Sega Dreamcast Info (@CombyLaurent1) September 18, 2021
In related news, one preservationist has found Luigi tucked away in the Sega GT prototype. Mario’s brother can be located in a hidden race named “SonyGT2,” perhaps a reference to Sony’s Gran Turismo franchise.