In the latest updates made to the PC version of Shenmue I & II, some Steam forum users have found that one of the entries on August 14 notes the removal of the controversial DRM Denuvo (for what it’s worth, the company itself claims it’s not actually DRM, but that’s a different debate altogether). The game’s Steam page also no longer lists the Denuvo implementation. It’s not clear if this is a permanent change, and so far it only seems to apply to Shenmue I & II specifically, as other upcoming SEGA PC games such as Valkyria Chronicles 4 and Yakuza Kiwami continue to use the DRM.
Idea Factory International has revealed the launch date for the PC version of Superdimension Neptune VS Sega Hard Girls. The game, a crossover RPG between the Hyperdimension Neptunia and Sega Hard Girls franchises, will be available on June 12 via Steam (the game’s store page is already online). Compared to the original PS Vita release, the PC version of the game will feature updated graphics, with most notably a 1080P resolution. You can find some screenshots of the PC version below, along with the official press release. Previously I also reviewed the PlayStation Vita version of the game, you can read that review here.
SEGA Europe has posted another teaser for the PC release of Vanquish on their Twitter account, after already including a teaser image in the PC release of Bayonetta. The image shows the logo of the “Order of the Russian Star”, as seen in Vanquish, along with the text “2017”, suggesting we’ll be seeing a PC release of the game this year. Vanquish is a third-person shooter that was originally released on both PS3 and Xbox 360, and was part of a series of games that were made by Platinum Games and funded by SEGA.
SEGA Europe have confirmed what most people had expected since their teaser website went up, and that’s the fact that the original Bayonetta is being released on PC, exclusively on Steam. What we didn’t anticipate is that the game is already available on Steam right now. And for a limited time only, the Digital Deluxe Edition is available at no extra cost to all those who purchase the game before April 25. The Digital Deluxe Edition includes a 5 track soundtrack sampler and digital art book from the original Climax Edition, enhanced with concept art, and exclusive wallpapers and avatars. The game is priced at $19.99/€19.99, similar to the cost of the highly successful PC version of Valkyria Chronicles.
Idea Factory International has officially announced Superdimension Neptune VS SEGA Hard Girls for a release on Steam in Summer 2017. When the PlayStation Vita version of the game was originally released, an ESRB rating already mentioned a PC version, so this doesn’t come as too big a surprise. You can view early screenshots of the beta version below, along with the official press release. You can also find my review of the PlayStation Vita version here. Back then I noted the game struggled to maintain its 30fps framerate, a problem that I imagine the PC version should be able to fix. You can also sign up to test the beta of the PC version here!
SEGA have released an 8-bit version of Bayonetta on Steam for free, which is a nice present to the fans in its own right, but the bigger news is probably that it hints at a different announcement next week. Fans quickly discovered a link hidden in the achievement images that points to the website http://www.sega.com/14111219, featuring a countdown towards April 11. In the background, a promotional image used for Bayonetta is shown. While it’s April Fools’ Day, and SEGA Europe’s “Bayonetta out now on PC!” tweet linking to the 8-bit game was definitely meant as a prank, the countdown suggests that SEGA may in fact be planning to announce the original Bayonetta for a release on Steam next week. We’ll know for certain next week!
Along with their Autumn Sales, Valve have now launched its own Steam Awards, and are asking the Steam community which games should be nominated for each of the 8 different categories. This provides an interesting opportunity for fans to nominate their favorite SEGA games. There’s also an opportunity to submit your own category, and the Steam Awards Selection Committee will review the most popular user submitted entries and select the best ones. Nominating can be done simply by searching for a game in the Steam store, clicking “Nominate this game for an award” and selecting a category for that game. You can find an overview of all the 8 categories below.
While Superdimension Neptune VS Sega Hard Girls was already confirmed for the PS Vita in the Americas and Europe, the ESRB has how updated their rating for the game with a mention of a Windows PC version. As such, it seems the game will also be released on PC, even though there’s been no official word regarding a PC release from Idea Factory International. That said, it wouldn’t exactly be a surprise if the game were to be released on PC, since several Hyperdimension Neptunia and Megadimension Neptunia games are already available on Steam. We included the recent launch trailers for the game below Continue reading
Blade Arcus From Shining: Battle Arena is now available for purchase on Steam, following its official announcement not too long ago. The game is a port of the arcade game Blade Arcus from Shining EX, and was brought to the West by developer Saizensen, with the help of Deciga Games. Following the surprise announcement, fans had several questions regarding the port. Below you can also find a series of answers to those questions, which were also posted on the game’s Steam forum. You can find the game’s Steam page here. We also included a list of all the achievements below. Lastly, Studio Saizensen is still running a giveaway at the moment containing various prizes.
SEGA Europe have announced that SEGA Mega Drive & Genesis Classics has proven to be a huge success, as they have sold 350,000 units on Steam since launching just over two weeks ago. SEGA Mega Drive and Genesis Hub’s support for the Steam Workshop has made it possible for fans to upload custom ROMS for the games, and since the hub’s launch hundreds of custom ROMS have already been uploaded by the community. Read on for the official statement from SEGA Europe, and a comment from their Director of Digital Distribution.