Pier Solar is a new Genesis/Sega CD RPG in the works. No, seriously.

Some news days are slow. Some are VERY slow. Some take place after TGS and actually go in reverse, so that you find news you didn’t hear about before but quickly learn is old even before you learned of it. The bonus of this is that you find yourself hunting in strange places for news that might not be quite so widespread. This is how I came across Pier Solar and the Great Architects.

Billed as “the very first all new game to appear on the Sega Mega Drive / Sega Genesis and Sega Mega CD / Sega CD this millennium.”, the game has been in production since 2004, where it was originally a much smaller project. Nevertheless it’s still going strong, with regular updates on the blog, including a recent request for people owning rare Mega Drive/Genesis revisions (WonderMega, MegaJet, MegaLD and Tera Drive specifically are what they’re after) to conduct a few hardware tests for them to make sure it doesn’t play up on actual systems. The coolest thing about this, despite looking like it could be a really decent traditional party-based RPG on a system sorely lacking in them, is that it will actually be produced on cartridge AND CD. This means that if you own both a Genesis and Sega CD you can insert both during play for CD quality audio, but if you only own a regular Genesis you can still play the whole game albeit with a lower quality soundtrack.

There’s also a playable demo in the form of a genesis ROM which you can download and play right now to get a taste of what the full release will be like, although the page does warn that this is from an older work-in-progress form of the game. No release date is announced as far as I’m aware, but I’ll try to keep you posted if it crops up anytime, although as pre-orders seem to be sold out  I have no idea what our options are if it turns out the demo is pretty interesting. Amazing that these kinds of games are still getting made though, so I’m definitely looking forward to seeing the finished project someday soon.

  • What’s crazy is that lately I was browsing eBay for Sega CD/CDX systems for the heck of it.

    Perhaps I will continue to search more seriously!

  • grolt

    Yeah, the game looks great. Unfortunately if you haven’t already pre-ordered it they are all sold out worldwide. They may do a future pressing down the line, I don’t know. For those of us that have pre-ordered it, it has been a loonnnnnnggggg wait. It was supposed to be done a couple years ago and has found itself with a number of hurdles (crew members leaving and taking their art assets with them, a lot of bug testing, etc.). When it does hit, though, I’m sure it will be worth the wait.

    There’s also another new-ish Genesis RPG, Beggar Prince, that’s worth checking out, too.

  • Alex Sargeant

    Yeah, I knew about Beggar Prince and Brave Battle Saga (expect a review of the latter some octobery time) but Beggar Prince has the problem of being undumpable as far as I’m aware AND ludicrously priced on ebay. Which makes that one much trickier to check out.

    Another thing to note is that apparently there are a few copies being held onto as warranty incase any pre-ordered versions don’t work as intended, which may be sold on afterwards if they aren’t needed as extra copies. Which I guess just means I have to watch it even harder from now on. Curses.

  • grolt

    Beggar Prince retailed for $52 back when it was still in stock. The last three copies that have sold on eBay in the past 30 days have went for $49,99, $60.00 and $64.00. Still pretty legit if you a week or so for the next one to pop up.

    Looking forward to the BBS review.

  • That is really, really cool. I want it!

  • Really! I threw my console away when it stop working.

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