Sources close to Sega have revealed that at the moment there are two launch windows for the machine in the US and Europe -- April 1999 and September 1999 respectively (despite what Sega told Brandweek recently). Sega of Japan are apparently committed to an "Autumn" 1998 release -- November is the month that appears to be most likely based upon internal communications.
Guess what? It appears as if Sega are preparing to resurect Sonic for Katana. Sonic Team, who brought us the origional Genesis games are working on the games at the moment. The game should be completed in time for when Katana is released outside Japan.
Another hit series from the 16 bit days, Ecco The Dolphin, is also set for all new adventures on Katana. It should be release before Christmas 1999.
According to BrandWeek (a major marketing industry magazine) Sega has earmarked $100 million for the launch of Dreamcast in the US when it ships in September `99.
Sega's Bernie Stolar has stated that Dreamcast would debut with 10 to 15 titles and have between 30 to 40 in the three months that follow. Said Stolar: "Overall, authenticity is going to be a key factor in how we sell this machine. Our heart and soul has always been 16 and up, but with Sonic that takes it down some and our sports offerings are also going to attract some of the Sony audience."