For gaming hardware design and production this was make or break for the Sega. After two failed add-ons for the Sega Megadrive/Genesis and the Sega Saturn not holding up well against the dominating force of the Sony Playstation. Sega stepped back up to the plate for the final time in the battle of videogame console supremacy.
To try and recapture the stronghold they once had in the 16bit era. After a string of pre production code names that included White Belt, Black Belt, Dural, Dricas, Vortex, Katana, Shark, Guppy and development in secret labs by two separate design teams the Sega Dreamcast was eventually spawned.