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.
During Sega Fes 2016, SEGA of Japan has announced that it will be releasing a mobile rhythm game based on Pop in Q, an upcoming animated film from Toei animation. Tentatively named “Pop in Q rhythm game”, the game is scheduled to be released for iOS and Android. Judging from the trailer, the visuals featuring 3D rendered characters are looking good for a mobile game. You can find the teaser website here, and we included the first trailer of the game below, along with the trailer for the film. We also added artwork for the five main characters.
Pop in Q was created to commemorate Toei Animation’s 60th anniversary. It features five middle school girls who, after a certain event, end up in a fantasy world. As luck may have it, they end up having to save that world through dance by working together. Unfortunately, that’s easier said than done. How it all works out will be revealed when the film is released in theaters in Japan on December 23.
SEGA of Japan have announced a new mobile RPG called Soul Reverse Zero for Android and iOS. The news comes shortly after The World End Eclipse was shut down less than a year after its release. Soul Reverse Zero is being directed and produced by SEGA’s AM2, and is scheduled to be released this fall in Japan. While the game’s premise and artstyle don’t look terribly original, the opening trailer features a solid presentation. The animation was done by Production IG, and the opening theme (called “e of s”) was done by SawanoHiroyuki[nZk]:mizuki, which is a collaboration between composer Sawano Hiroyuki and singer mizuki. They previously collaborated on Aldnoah Zero, and Sawano Hiroyuki was previously also responsible for the soundtrack of Xenoblade Chronicles X.
SEGA of Japan have announced a new mobile game in their “Chain” series (which includes their highly successful Chain Chronicle game), called World Chain. This time the game features high school students in the modern world. The protagonist of the game wakes up in a university to find that history has been altered and some people have disappeared. Using a smartphone called “Chain Driver”, the protagonist can journey through time and assume to role of a “Rewriter” who changes history. In doing so, the protagonist will encounter and form a bond with heroes from different timelines, and use their help in battle.