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):
After announcing backwards compatibility for Bayonetta on the Xbox One earlier on, Microsoft have now announced another SEGA Xbox360 title that can be played on Xbox One, namely Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown. Microsoft has been steadily working on making more and more games backwards compatible with the Xbox One, and these include plenty of past Xbox Live Arcade SEGA games such as Crazy Taxi, NiGHTS into Dreams, SEGA Bass Fishing and Jet Set Radio. Earlier on, it was revealed that the game would be included in Yakuza 6 as well. At this point it’s not clear if a complete version of the game will also make its way to PlayStation 4.
Famitsu has revealed more information regarding Yakuza 6, and it includes some interesting information regarding the activities that you’ll be able to experience in the game’s “Play Spots”. Thanks to the translation from Gematsu, we’ve now learned that both Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown and Puyo Puyo will be playable, and they’ll both feature a two-player mode. This also means that SEGA have in fact ported Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown to PS4, so it’s reasonable to think SEGA might end up releasing the game separately as well (and who knows, perhaps this also paves the way for a PC version). In addition, the arcade classics Outrun, Super Hang-On, Space Harrier, Fantasy Zone will also be playable.
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.
The 2nd PV that Monolith Soft had been teasing for Project X Zone 2 was unleashed on the world earlier today. A large portion of it is dedicated to showing off the attacks of various Solo Units and Pair Units. The recently revealed characters Ryo Hazuki from Shenmue (Solo) and Ranmaru from Sakura Wars V/Sakura Wars: So Long My Love (Enemy) were also featured in the trailer. Some other cool tidbits featured include what appear to be stage hazards and the game’s shop system.
There’s been some concern among fans about this trailer suggesting that the known roster is the complete roster. Once the full roster of playable characters had been revealed for Project X Zone, a similar type of trailer showcasing attacks of each Pair Unit was developed and published. In addition, we can see segments of the opening cinematic (though not in its entirety) in this trailer – and particularly, a wide shot of the known cast of characters. That being said, I would caution against assuming it applies here. An official PXZ2 development team blog post released in conjunction with the uploading of PV #2 teases more surprises – while this wording is obviously ambiguous in what it’s referencing, it would at least mean that we don’t know everything about Project X Zone 2 that there is to know.
This trailer is being used by Bandai Namco Entertainement to promote the game at New York Comic Con 2015. They’ve actually been fairly supportive of Project X Zone and Project X Zone 2 at English gaming conventions, perhaps owing due to the English fans that have shown their support for these crossover titles.
The opening theme “All the World’s a Stage” by marina is also showcased in the trailer. Listen and watch after the break! And if you have any other characters that you might want to see, let us know!
Bandai Namco’s TGS stream showed off a new trailer for Project X Zone 2. A decent amount of the footage is recycled, but we do see some new things like Hibana and Leanne’s cut-ins for their Solo attacks. And, there is Segata Sanshiro, love him or hate him (the second option isn’t allowed, though.)
Check it out after the break. The latter portion of the trailer after the logo cut-in shows off limited edition goods that are currently only announced for Japan at this time. However, the roster is certainly not completely announced yet – check out the franchise list and the “and more…” message at the trailer’s end.
Famitsu published an article recently showcasing a new round of character reveals for Project X Zone 2. As with the round of San Diego Comic Con 2015 reveals it’s not really a substantial lot, but there are some noticeable changes. To begin with, the Capcom/Bandai Namco team is confirmed to be Chun-Li and Xiaoyu from Street Fighter and Tekken respectively, while Chun-Li’s former partner Morrigan Aensland now teams with Demitri to form a dedicated Darkstalkers team.
This time around, Sega was only represented in solo unit news. Akira’s former teammate Pai is now present as a solo unit, kind of an unfortunate demotion (unless you really like Kage-Maru?) but it’s nice that the Virtua Fighter series gets a solo unit. Continuing off of the Shinobi PS2 series love is the appearance of Hibana from Nightshade, the sequel to Shinobi for the PS2. Hibana is a ninja and the protagonist of Nightshade. The PS2 Shinobi games were 3D action games developed by Overworks (Sakura Wars 3 and 4, Skies of Arcadia.) The last solo unit was Bandai Namco’s Alisa from God Eater, who is pretty clearly the most popular God Eater character at this point.
The game releases in Japan on November 12. Expect the last of the character reveals probably in October (worst case scenario, September,) and since Tokyo Game Show is coming up in September there will be news for sure then. Western release is set for early in 2016.
The character profile art can be seen below, albeit with Famitsu’s watermark.
This past weekend, the Summer Wonder Festival 2015 (second Wonder Festival of the year) showed off a variety of garage kits. Sega and Atlus properties were well represented at this event. Shockingly, there are figures for 7th Dragon III Code: VFD! Also, besides the previously announced figma for Kazuma Kiryu, a figma was also announced for Goro Majima to be in production at this event, as shown above.
Find a list below of Sega and Atlus related figures, with links to teaser images courtesy of myfigurecollection.net. Please keep in mind that some of the material is NSFW (as noted), and some of the images are promotional/serve as teasers for the art that is later to come. Some links will not display near-final renders of a figure.
Interestingly, it seems Sega is listed as manufacturing a handful of anime-related figures. None are so important as this one below:
Yahari Ore no Seishun LoveCome wa Machigatteiru. Zoku’s Yui Yuigahama
Only making a figure of Yui, of all characters from that series? Sega solidifies themselves as arbiters of taste by choosing the best character. After all, she was brought to us to bring justice to this world. If you are a fan of Iroha Isshiki, you are probably pretty cool, but if you are a fan of Yukino Yukinoshita, I am beyond disgusted.
Pictured above is a tentative mockup of the packaging for the newly-announced “Launch Edition” for Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax for North and South America. The Launch Edition includes only copies that are preordered or otherwise part of the game’s first print run. Notably, it includes an OST CD for the game, which features compositions from a handful of in-house Sega music talent including Jun Senoue, Naofumi Hataya, Kenichi Tokoi, and Teruhiko Nakagawa.
The game will release on October 6th for all regions. The Playstation 3 version will be valued at $39.99, and the Vita version for $29.99. Pricing schedule hasn’t been announced for regions outside of the US, as of yet.
European gamers should take note that the game will only be available digitally in their region. The Americas will have both a physical and a digital option.
This is perhaps old news to some of you, but in any case I’d like to put it out there that there is a Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax subforum at the official Sega forums. Be sure to make use of it!
The first promotional video for Project X Zone 2 that Banpresto have been working on finally hit the internet, in commemoration with a media blitz that Bandai Namco is pushing for their games as part of Japan Expo 2015 in Paris. Be sure to watch it! There isn’t much in the way of new content, but this is actually our first peek into the voice acting for the game. In addition, we get to see a lot of the attacks that the characters will be able to use in this game.
There’s a discrepancy between the Japanese trailer and the English trailer – some of the video content from the Japanese trailer (namely things like Adventure of the Valkyrie DLC, 3DS themes) weren’t present in the English trailer. The segment on the “Original Game Sound Edition” was also omitted from the English trailer. The game is coming out on November 12 in Japan, but the English trailer notes (from Bandai Namco Europe) an early 2016 release date. Odds are this could very well apply to North America, too, so let’s prepare ourselves.
You can check out both trailers after the break. We’ve also attached a gallery with select images based on the trailer’s Japanese version for your browsing, too. Remember that the roster is certainly not stopping here. Wish for your favorites!
…I still find it funny that the Yakuza team’s super attack is called “Ryu ga Gotoku.”
Akira Yuki and Kage-Maru alongside the Tekken team
Kiryu and Majima’s super: “Ryu ga Gotoku”
Sakura and Gemini come to support!
Sakura has a new attack, involving using a mop
All four Sakura Wars characters
Le Chat Noir
Sakura in a new super cut-in
Axel Stone’s opening cut-in image
Ulala’s closing cut-in sequence