Last year, SEGA announced that Chain Chronicles would be getting another anime, titled Chain Chronicle: The Light of Haecceitas. The first trailer for the anime boosted rather impressive animation, but unfortunately the video encoding left something to be desired
SEGA has now revealed a new trailer, and this time the video is properly encoded and gives us a better look at what we can expect from the anime. So far, it’s looking rather good in terms of visuals and animation. Ahead of the anime’s premiere on TV, SEGA will be showing a three-part preview in theaters in Japan, on December 3, 2016, January 14, 2017 and February 12, 2017. More information can be found on the anime’s official website (in Japanese). You can view the trailer below!
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In light of its 20th anniversary this year, the Sakura Wars series has seen several crossover projects with other games, including Granblue Fantasy and Phantasy Star Online 2. At a recent event for their hit mobile game Chain Chronicle, SEGA has now announced that the game will also be getting a crossover with the Sakura Wars series.
Few details are known at this point, but SEGA did launch a new website for the collaboration event. Judging from the silhouettes in the artwork found there it seems that, aside from Sakura and Ogami, other characters of the first game might also make a return. Sega has promised they’ll be updating the website periodically, so we’ll keep an eye out for more details.
Sega of America’s mobile game studios appear to be having a rough time recently. Earlier on, SEGA announced that they were making a reduction in their mobile work force. As a result, everyone at Three Rings Design Inc. lost their job. More recently, SEGA announced that they would be closing down Puzzle & Glory, a mobile match-3 RPG game from Demiurge Studios (acquired by SEGA in 2015). And now SEGA have announced that yet another mobile game will be closing down, namely Cranky Food Friends. The game will be shutting down on March 31, 2016. The game is mostly known to SEGA fans because of the fact that it’s a reskin of Puyo Puyo Quest!!, one of SEGA’s most successful mobile games in Japan. The reskin was a controversial decision, and apparently didn’t help to assure the game’s success in the West.
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Expecting the videos for Welkin and Kurt?
Surprise – it’s Imca! She’s rather popular in her own right, a strong fighter of few words but lots of spirit. One interesting to note about Imca is how all of the blue in her design stands out compared to the rest of the Nameless. Having so much color among a group with a muted outfit is visually appealing, in my opinion.
Hopefully there are no mushrooms to give her any trouble in Chain Chronicle. With her trusty weapon Var in tow, not much should be a problem for her to handle. Anyway, check out the short character video for Imca below.
SEGA have announced that Chain Chronicles V, the PlayStation Vita version of their hit mobile game Chain Chronicles, will be running a Sega Hard Girls campaign for the following five months. Starting now until January 31st, the character Robot Pitcher will be made available for everyone on the PlayStation Store.
Additionally, those who own a Japanese PlayStation Plus subscription will get access to the characters Mega Drive, Saturn and Dreamcast until January 31, which can’t be acquired in any other way. Each month, players will also be able to download some bonus items to use in the game.
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Our readers may recall that of late Sega had been holding a poll to determine the next franchise that Love Live’s Rin Hoshizora would be promoting via a new collaboration project. Previously, Rin and Sonic the Hedgehog had appeared together in promotional materials to celebrate the Sega X Rin partnership. AnimeNewsNetwork writes a couple of weeks ago that Puyo Puyo clinched the victory in this poll.
The final standings weren’t different than what was provided in the interim results report. Yakuza placed second (Kazuma Kiryu would protect Rin’s smile) and Chain Chronicle came third. Other selectable options included Space Channel 5 and Virtua Fighter. Now that Puyo Puyo has been announced as the victor, I think seeing Rin drawn in the art style of the more recent Puyo Puyo games is a must. Here’s a Puyo Puyo 20th Anniversary art piece to get an idea of the style, for those who are unaware:
This is a good opportunity to note that the most recent Puyo Puyo title, Puyo Puyo Tetris, spans six platforms (PS4, PS3, Vita, Wii U, Xbox One, 3DS) and none of them have seen a release outside of Japan. As a unique crossover with online capabilities and plenty of game features and modes, it certainly has potential to succeed.
Last year, Sega of Japan announced a “Sega X Love Live” cross-promotional campaign wherein Love Live’s Rin Hoshizora would occasionally be used to promote Sega franchises. The campaign has already been put to work, with a handful of media featuring Sonic the Hedgehog and Rin making use of this promotion.
However, a new page for this promotion was created earlier this year, asking for input on a specific franchise (among a set of choices) that would crossover with Rin for promotional purposes. One known result for the winner: a special graphical illustration featuring Rin and the winning title. The choices were:
- Puyo Puyo
- Border Break
- Chain Chronicle
- Space Channel 5
- Virtua Fighter
- Wonderland Wars
Some current results for the poll were recently announced, and Puyo Puyo is currently in the lead. I can’t help but wonder how interesting it would be to have Rin help promote Yakuza or Virtua Fighter. In addition, that Space Channel 5 was a selectable option is a pleasant surprise, considering the franchise’s inactivity. If the results skew more favorably for Space Channel 5, it might suggest the desire for another Space Channel 5-related initiative. Or, to be more optimistic, perhaps the franchise being mentioned at all might portend good things. Let’s hope Space Channel 5 being featured in the SeHa Girls anime is the start of something more for the franchise!
In any case, Puyo Puyo was followed by Yakuza and Chain Chronicle in the polling results. Off of the heels of the Puyo Puyo play, it’s nice to see the franchise receiving continued attention in Japan. But of course, the polling’s not over yet – it closes on May 31st.
On April 25, Nepal was hit by a devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake, killing over 5000 people and injuring twice as many. In order to help the country and its people recover from the disaster, Sega has now announced that they will be donating two million yen, to be administered by the Japan Red Cross. Additionally, they will be donating revenue obtained from in-game purchases of four of their free-to-play games, namely Phantasy Star Online 2, Chain Chronicle, Hortensia Saga and Puyo Puyo!! Quest. Out of the four games, only Chain Chronicle is available in the west, but the donations appear to be tied to the Japanese version. In Phantasy Star Online 2, all the money from in-game purchases of the cosmo atomizer item (up until May 31) will be donated to the recovery effort. For the other titles, similar donations will be announced in-game, and will run from May 1 to 11:59 p.m. on May 3.
For those looking to make a donation of their own, the Better Business Bureau has a webpage with a list of charities.
Source: Rocket News 24
As of today one of Sega’s most successful mobile games in Japan, Chain Chronicle, has been made available for the US on iOS and Android. Gumi seems to be handling everything regarding the English version of the game, and although it’s still a Sega game, they don’t seem to be involved with (or promoting) the launch of the game. I gave the game a try, and so far the experience has been rather positive. I haven’t been bugged with popups for in-app purchases (that are sadly very prominent in other Sega mobile games) yet, although I’ve only completed the tutorial at this point.
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The game Chain Chronicle might not ring a bell for most Sega fans outside of Japan, but in Sega’s homeland the game has been one of their most successful F2P mobile titles. The title earned Sega over $72 million USD in the nine months following its release, driving Sega to put more focus on their Sega Network division and their F2P mobile games. For the English version of the game, Sega Networks has partnered with Gumi Asia, who will be handling localization and continued development of the English version of the game.
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