Forever Entertainment, probably best know for developing and publishing Fear Effect Sedna, has announced that they will be releasing remakes of Panzer Dragoon and Panzer Dragoon II Zwei! The remake of the original Panzer Dragoon will feature “completely new graphics “ and modifications to make the game “more attractive to modern players, while remaining “faithful to the original in terms of story”. The first game is planned to be released before the end of 2019, and new materials will be presented in the upcoming months. No mention was made of a potential remake of Panzer Dragoon Saga.
We did learn that SEGA (aside from obviously being the IP owner) will also be a co-publisher for the game. Meanwhile, Forever Entertainment will be a co-publisher and co-producer as well as handle co-financing. Development will be handled by MegaPixel Studio. While there’s been no announcement regarding the platforms the games will be released on, we do know that MegaPixel Studio was established as a studio which would “focus on porting and publishing new games on the Nintendo Switch, Xbox One and PlayStation 4”.
Outside from a comment from Atlus USA director Sam Mullen, there’s been no official announcement on the part of SEGA. This appears to be similar to deals SEGA made for other games handled by third party studios, such as Shenmue 3, Bayonetta 2&3 and more recently Streets of Rage 4. From the information available it doesn’t seem like Yukio Futatsugi’s Grounding Inc studio or Land Ho! (developer of Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol. 27: Panzer Dragoon) will be involved with the development of the game. You can read the entire press release from Forever Entertainment here:
Forever Entertainment together with SEGA Holding Co., Ltd. from Japan will co-create and publish Panzer Dragoon: Remake and Panzer Dragoon II Zwei: Remake. The premiere of the first part is planned before the end of 2019!
Panzer Dragoon: Remake is a refreshed version of Panzer Dragoon. The original version of the game had its premiere on the Sega Saturn console in 1995 and was well received by both players and critics. The entire Panzer Dragoon series has been repeatedly remade and released on many platforms. The last re-launch took place in April 2018 on Xbox One, where players can play Panzer Dragoon Orta with a backward compatibility. The new version of the game will be characterized by a completely new graphics compatible with today’s standards and several modifications of the game, making it more attractive to modern players, while remaining faithful to the original in terms of story. The first materials from the game will be presented in the upcoming months!
This is of course huge news for the Panzer Dragoon community, coming out of the blue (pun intended). The Panzer Dragoon series has been largely dormant since 2002’s Panzer Dragoon Orta, with only an updated (but not fully remade) version of the first Panzer Dragoon released as part of the Sega Ages lineup in 2006 and more recently the arrival of Panzer Dragoon Orta on the Xbox One as part of the backwards compatibility lineup. We’ll be sure to share more details as soon as they become available.
Note: featured image is a screenshot from an emulated version of Panzer Dragoon Zwei, running in Yabause.
In an unexpected announcement, publisher Dotemu has announced Streets of Rage 4, a game being developed by Lizardcube (Wonder Boy) and Guard Crush Games. As the title suggests, the game is the long-awaited next entry in the Streets of Rage franchise. Sega is staying quiet regarding this reveal, suggesting that their role in this is probably limited to providing the license, with everything else being handled by Dotemu, Lizardcube and Guard Crush Games.
About a week ago, SEGA of Japan announced that they were running a series of polls to gauge fan interest levels in particular characters and franchises – most notably featuring a variety of legacy SEGA options.
During today’s SEGA Fes. stream, the results of the polls were announced. The corresponding NeoGAF thread (with specific post cited below) has compiled both the ranked results for each of the three polls and the number of votes each franchise received, with the top ten options being listed for each poll.
To recap, there were three questions: which franchise do you want to see revived, which brand are you most invested in, and who is your favorite SEGA character. The results are as follows (credited to NeoGAF user The Bankslammer, and Phanton River Stone for additional entries):
SEGA of Japan has launched a survey where they ask fans several questions. In particular, they want to know what you think is SEGA’s “Most memorable work”, the most memorable character and which SEGA creation they would like to see revived (it needs to be product that hasn’t received a new release since January 2014. Not that this work doesn’t necessarily have to be a game franchise, basically anything SEGA created is valid. Some of the choices in the first two questions do appear somewhat random (for example, Erica Fontaine is the only Sakura Wars character listed there). While the survey is in Japanese, this guide by Phantom River Stone offers an English translation of the poll.
Announcing: SEGA Fes! It’s an officially sponsored and created SEGA festival, taking place at Belle Salle in Shibuya, Tokyo, and being held on November 19th and 20th. There will be live stream links on Niconico, YouTubeLive, and FRESH! for 48 hours of the event, starting from 7:00 PM on November 18th and concluding at 7:00 PM on November 20th. As for the event at Belle Salle itself, it is an event that is free of charge to enter, and the venue will be open from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM on the 19th and 20th.
SEGA Networks recently announced another round of content for the Sakura Wars X Chain Chronicle collaboration event. Formally announced a little more than a month ago, the collaboration takes the popular SEGA mobile game Chain Chronicle and features the Imperial Assault Force characters from Sakura Wars.
The news post linked at the top of this article describes which characters will receive SSR or SR cards. The list will be reproduced as follows:
SEGA recently released their stage event plans for Tokyo Game Show 2016, which begins today in Japan. Gematsu translated the event descriptions for the many stage events that will be held this week.
In their announcement, SEGA posted streaming options for each day throughout September 15-18, including Niconico, YouTube, and AbemaTV. Incidentally, it seems that some of the stage events (including those that feature SEGA Hard Girls, Phantasy Star Online 2, Persona 5, and Puyo Puyo Chronicle) don’t allow photography from non-media attendees. Sad news if any of our readers are attending!
But of course, being able to attend Tokyo Game Show 2016 sounds like great fun as well. For those who are planning on enjoying the news from a distance, we’ve included the streaming links on YouTube below for each of the four days.
SEGA’s official Hatsune Miku Project blog posted a new update that contains a 13-minute song overview trailer, featuring the 32 music pieces in Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA X. The Playstation 4 version of the game launches in Japan today (August 25th) as Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA X HD, while Europe and the Americas will see the wide release of Project DIVA X for both Playstation 4 and Playstation Vita on August 30th. It’s worth noting that two of the songs (“Hand in Hand” by kz(livetune), and “Sharing the World” by BIGHEAD) are paid DLC for all regions, at $2.99 in North America, with the exception of Project DIVA X HD in Japan, for which the two songs are free.
It’s been a long time since we’ve heard anything from Virtua Fighter. The Virtua Fighter 5 series of games saw its first release in Japanese in June of 2006, marking ten years of play and activity. But as several fighting game franchises see new installments, you have to wonder what comes next for the seminal 3D fighting game franchise.
A new blog update featuring Helena and Blum (two characters from the game) on the official Valkyria: Azure Revolution website mentions that more information regarding the new demo will be revealed near the end of August. The 2.0 version of the demo is expected to be considerably different from the 1.0 version that was released earlier this year, since the development team received a lot of (sometimes harsh) feedback from fans. As such, they announced a significant amount of changes that will be made to the game.
In addition, more information will be revealed concerning the voice cast for the game. Valkyria: Azure Revolution is still scheduled to be released this Winter in Japan on the PlayStation 4. There’s been no word yet on a possible localization.