Rez creator looks back on 20 years in new retrospective video

This week marks 20 years since the launch of the original Rez on the Sega Dreamcast, and creator Tetsuya Mizuguchi has marked the occasion with a new retrospective video.

Though the game’s original development studio—Sega’s United Games Artists—no longer exists, Mizuguchi’s current studio, Enhance Inc is behind the video. They reunited Tetsuya virtually with many of his former colleagues, as well as journalists and fans to talk about the 2001 game and its legacy.

The twenty minute video offers insight into the game’s development, including how it got its name. Of course, a big topic during the video is the concept of Synesthesia. It’s a term used to describe the experience of one sense through the stimuli of another. The concept is something Tetsuya has brought through to many of his games since Rez including most recently, Tetris Effect.

Also covered in the video are topics like the game’s infamous Trance Vibrator peripheral. In case you weren’t aware – the original Rez could be bought with its own vibrating device. (Bearing in mind, this was in the days when vibrating controllers were a fairly new thing.) The device would vibrate to the music and visuals on screen.

It’s a fascinating watch, and you can check it out down below. As for what could be next for Mizuguchi and the Enhance studio, this time last year he teased he was working on a “totally new adventure” with the concept of synesthesia. We haven’t heard anything since, but hopefully we’ll hear more soon. Until then: happy 20th birthday, Rez!


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