Alien Front Online

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Alien Front Online
Alien front online cover.jpg
Developer(s) WOW Entertainment
Publisher(s) Sega
Producer(s) Makoto Uchida
Kevin Klemmick
Gerardo Sprigg
Designer(s) Makoto Uchida
Composer(s) Howard Drossin
Makito Nomiya
Platform(s) Dreamcast, Arcade
Release date(s)
  • NA August 9, 2001
Genre(s) Action
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer
Distribution 1 GD-ROM
The Dreamcast microphone which is compatible with this game.

Alien Front Online is a 2001 video game released for the Sega Dreamcast exclusively in North America. Alien Front Online is an online version of the arcade game Alien Front, where it was bundled with the Dreamcast Microphone.

In the game, players use armored vehicles to fight battles staged in arenas. Players could choose which side they wished to fight for, the aliens or the humans, and could also choose one of three different vehicles; each having its own advantages and disadvantages. Although the game was fully playable for one person, it was primarily designed as an online game in which up to 8 players (up to 4 on each side) could play. Players move around the arena attempting to shoot each other, while also looking for power-ups for their vehicles. Typically, the game was played for a set number of minutes, after which the team with the most kills would be declared the winners. If a player was killed while playing the game, they simply respawned.

Alien Front Online came out six months after Sega officially stopped supporting the Dreamcast. Shortly after the game's release, Sega moved from free online servers used to play the game to a pay model causing a tremendous shrinkage in the player base. Soon after, the Dreamcast's online servers for both Alien Front Online and Daytona USA 2001 were taken down permanently by mistake as a result of the developers hard-coding the IP-address to the servers in the game and Sega giving away a network block that belonged to AT&T.[1]

Alien Front Online was originally slated for release in Japan, but was cancelled.[2] A related game, simply titled Alien Front, was announced by Sega for the N-Gage in 2004, but was eventually canceled.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ dcserv.org. "Resources". www.dcserv.org. Retrieved May 4, 2015. 
  2. ^ Ahmed, Shahed (June 29, 2001). "Sega cancels two Dreamcast games in Japan". GameSpot. CBS Interactive. Retrieved January 5, 2014. 
  3. ^ IGN staff (February 4, 2004). "Two New Sega Titles". IGN. Retrieved January 5, 2014. 

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