SEGA have unveiled Revolve8, a new RTS game for Android and iOS which has a lot of familiar names in its key creative staff. For starters, the game’s senior producer is Masayoshi Kikuchi (Producer of Yakuza, Director of Jet Set Radio). For the game’s art, the character designer is handled by Koji Igarashi (creator of the Igavania genre) and the character artist is Ryota-H ((Shingeki no Bahamut, TWIN HEADS manga). The sound producers are Yasunori Mitsuda (Chrono Trigger, Xenoblade) & Shunsuke Tsuchiya (Luminous Arc, Arc of Fantasia).
A few years ago, SEGA and Gumi announced a partnership to bring SEGA’s mobile games to the West, beginning with SEGA’s biggest mobile hit in Japan: Chain Chronicle. Unfortunately, things apparently didn’t work out between the two companies, and Gumi ended up shutting down Chain Chronicle on Feburary 29th, 2016. A fan petition was created to try and save the game, but seemingly to no avail. At least until now, as the long abandoned official Facebook page for the game suddenly showed a sign of life with a new message from the game’s mascot, Pirika:
Following the launch of SEGA Forever, SEGA’s new mobile service which aims to revolutionize retro gaming on mobile, it quickly became apparent that the emulation of their first batch of games was less than optimal. In particular, DigitalFoundry’s John Linneman told people to stay away from the games altogether, noting the poor performance of the new Unity wrapper used in 90% of the games. Now, SEGA’s Mike Evans has addressed a number of questions from Eurogamer in a rather harsh interview. Reading the interview, I have mixed thoughts about both some of Mike Evan’s answers as well as Eurogamer’s questions.
SEGA have officially launched SEGA Forever for iOS and Android today, a service that will offer a growing collection of free (ad-supported) retro SEGA games from a large number of old SEGA platform, with the option of buying each game for $1.99/€1.99 to remove the ads. The games also include new additions like leaderboards, cloud saves and controller support. In an interview with MVC UK, Mike Evans explains how SEGA Forever is really only the first step of their project. Where things get interesting is when he discusses expanding the scope of the project, mentioning the Switch as a possible platform.
“Let’s Party Night!”
Soul Reverse Zero is planning a special Christmas Event! It started on December 20th, and will run to December 26th, 3pm JST, with the summoning period closing one day later. The detailed news breakdown can be found on this news post at the official Soul Reverse Zero website.
The event will feature SSR Dorothy as the main attraction, alongside random draws for SR Beatrice, and SSR Maria Theresa. Special attention is given to Dorothy in the news post cited above, but the coin drop rate for draws will also increase during the time of this event. If the player equips the SR Beatrice or SSR Maria Theresa cards from this Christmas event as sub-members, they can keep these bonuses after a quest. These will only be available during the time of this year’s Soul Reverse Zero Christmas Event!
Liberasion of Azure (which we also referred to as Liberation of the Blue Sky in earlier articles) has been one of SEGA’s more interesting mobile games in Japan, as its 2D side-scrolling beat ’em up gameplay sets it apart from the countless tower defense RPGs typically found on the platform. Today we learned a bit more about a previously unveiled crossover event between this game and the iconic Golden Axe series.
SEGA of Japan has announced that the combined total downloads of their new mobile game Soul Reverse Zero have surpassed the one million mark. The game was released last month in Japan for iOS and Android. It’s looking like a very good start for the game if you consider that Chain Chronicle, one of SEGA’s most successful mobile games so far, has reached 5 million downloads in its lifetime.
As part of its initiative to add connectivity between their arcade and mobile games, SEGA will be releasing a mobile version of their long-running Star Horse arcade games, titled Star Horse Pocket, in Japan. The arcade versions of Star Horse are a mix between a horse racing simulation and betting game, and it looks like the mobile game will feature similar mechanics. That said, the mobile version of the game will also feature five female characters who will apparently serve as your secretaries. The character art may look familiar to fans of the recent games in the Shining franchise, as they were drawn by the same artist: Tony Taka. You can find images of all five characters below, along with the two trailers for the game. The official website for the game can be found here.
SEGA of Japan have released their latest mobile RPG Soul Reverse Zero for iOS and Android in Japan today. Much like SEGA’s own Chain Chronicle the game has a turn-based battle system, but the graphics and animation offer a considerable upgrade compared to SEGA’s previous mobile outings. The game managed to reach up to 450,000 pre-registrations leading up to its release, more than doubling SEGA’s initial expectations. You can watch the extended version of the animated trailer below, as well as an earlier gameplay trailer.