At the start of December, I asked to be part of Adventure Rules’ event ‘Charming and Open.’ His explanation of the event is as follows;

“Charming and Open is inspired by a move of the same name in the tabletop RPG Dungeon World. In the game, it allows a character to ask a direct question and get an honest answer, but there’s a catch – in speaking openly enough to ask that question, they give the target the opportunity to ask a question on the same terms. This idea of an open exchange of questions to which both parties must give an honest answer is the basis of the community event”

So, I asked him what his redress would be – was there a game he wanted to complete but had missed out on?

The question posed to me was;

“What are your dream game announcements for 2018, the ones you wouldn’t even think were possible but would be the most exciting if they were real?”

I wasn’t too sure of the answer at first. See, I’m not really someone who thinks too much about new games. I’m a scavenger when it comes to games , I simply play what I can get hold of, whether it’s cheap or in my backlog.

Then, someone said something on Twitter that instantly captured my imagination. A bit of investigation got me thinking. I’m going to steal from The Well-Red Mage here, just to show you the exact quote that I found during my investigation…

“OutRun 3 is not on plan at the moment but it is something that is on our radar.”

Paul Williams, CEO of Sega Amusements International, interview with T3, 16 December 2017

I loved Outrun and Outrun 2, but had forgotten about them, confident that the series had quietly come to an end. I hadn’t entertained the idea of an Outrun 3, convinced that SEGA are now only really interested in Sonic, Football Manager and retro reissues. Not remaking classic IPs.

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But…then I’m forgetting how much Outrun 2 surprised me. It’s the perfect sequel – it keeps the good things from the original Outrun (beautiful ‘blue sky’ graphics, amazing soundtrack and chilled arcade gameplay) and improves the weaknesses of the original (more depth added, more locations, more options, more modes, improved controls). To illustrate a point, I proudly took my copy of Outrun 2 around a friend’s house…only to realise that it’s not a 2 player game. I simply hadn’t thought about it…Outrun 2 was such great escapism that I hadn’t entertained the idea that I might one day want someone else to play it with me. Truthfully, Outrun 2 doesn’t need a 2 player mode…it’s the perfect escape from everyday life.

Enough about the past though. Outrun 3 is the future I’m dreaming of now. In my head, it’s the launch game for the new Sega console…I know, I know.  Realistically, it’s the best arcade racer ever. Great ‘blue skies’ graphics, an update of one of gaming’s best soundtracks…but now with even more cars, locations, competitions. Maybe even an open world story mode where you finally find out why you’re racing a car across a country with your girlfriend in tow? Actually…no, scrap that, leave that sort of thing to Need of Speed….

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So yeah, Outrun 3 is my answer…I’m not going to hold my breath though…..