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|System(s): Sega Mega Drive|
|Developer: FutureScape Productions|
|Number of players: 1|
|Status of prototype(s): Source code compiled|
|Peripheral(s): Sega VR|
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Nuclear Rush is an unreleased Sega Mega Drive tank combat game for use with the Sega VR headset, developed by FutureScape Productions and slated to be published by Sega. Intended to be the hardware’s pack-in game, it features gameplay similar to Battlezone and Stellar-Fire.
As “nuclear pirates”, players navigate an attack hovercraft across a post-apocalyptic United States, defeating the legions of armed robots that guard former nuclear reactors to scavenge any remaining radioactive waste.
On November 20, 2020, the Video Game History Foundation and Gaming Alexandria announced the release of a late prototype of Nuclear Rush. FutureScape Productions co-founder Kenneth Hurley had retained his copy of the game’s source code, and was able to successfully compile a working ROM image.
|“||... Kevin spent much of the Nuclear Rush development cycle working without access to Sega VR hardware. Prior to receiving the Sega VR prototype headset, Kevin even tried to rig up his own solution to simulate a stereo flicker effect by rapidly flipping a composite signal between monitors.
Difficulty obtaining prototype hardware may have been a common theme among developers, given Kevin’s experience in conjunction with another account from Alex Smith, lead programmer on the Sega VR title Outlaw Racing. In response to one of Dylan’s questions about the headset, Alex shared that he never saw the prototype hardware. This would seem to further narrow the list of games which actually implemented Sega VR support, even among the games developed with Sega VR in mind. We’re all the more fortunate to have come upon one of the games which did manage to fully implement support for the headset!
ROM dump status
|4MB||1994-08-06||Compiled source code||Unmodified||Page|
- Sega VR Revived: Emulating an Unreleased Genesis Accessory article and release page at Video Game History Foundation
- Nuclear Rush release page at Hidden Palace
- Artist Rick Lucey's Nuclear Rush page
|Topics||Technical specifications | History | Magazine articles | Promotional material | Ono-Sendai Corporation|
|Games||Iron Hammer | Matrix Runner | Nuclear Rush | Outlaw Racing|