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Upcoming SEGA Titles
EU/US Releases
- Yakuza Kiwami (PS4) Q2 2017
- Yakuza 6 (PS4) 2018
- Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III (PC) 2017
- Sonic Mania (PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch) Q2 2017
- Sonic Forces (PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch) Q4 2017
- Valkyria Revolution (PS4, Xbox One, PS Vita) 27/06/2017
Japan-Only Releases
- Sonic Mania (PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch) Q2 2017
- Project Sonic 2017 (PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch) Q4 2017


Sonic Forces’ 3rd Playable Character is a Custom Hero You Can Create

May 16th, 2017

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In one of the most self-aware moves I’ve ever seen from SEGA, Sonic Forces will include a customisable character that you can create. This custom character is the third playable character option that was teased for inclusion in Sonic Forces and they come with additional abilities that include a grappling hook and a flamethrower.

The customisable character will have 7 species for you to build your character from and each of them has specific extra abilities. The 7 species are listed below:

Rabbit — Has longer invincible time after receiving damage
Wolf — Automatically draws in rings when near them
Cat — Keeps one ring after being hit
Dog — Restarts with five rings after the player dies
Bear — Blows away enemies with a homing attack
Bird — Flies high with double jump abilities
Hedgehog — Collects rings when getting damaged

You can check out the first footage of the customer character in action via the trailer below:

We also get an extended look at the custom character in action in the dilapidated city stage which is now officially known as Park Avenue. Check it out below:

[Source: The Sonic Stadium]

Video Spotlight: New Sonic Mania Footage Showcases Knuckles in Action in the Flying Battery Zone

May 11th, 2017

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The official Sonic the Hedgehog YouTube channel has uploaded some new footage of Sonic Mania which showcases Knuckles doing his thing in the new version of Flying Battery Zone.

There’s lots of nods to the original stage layout from Sonic & Knuckles as well as entirely new areas to explore. Check out the new footage via the embed below:

Sonic Mania launches on PC, PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch later this year.

Vanquish to Launch on PC May 25th

May 11th, 2017

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Platinum Games’ over-the-top, third person shooter Vanquish will launch on PC on May the 25th. This new port comes with enhancements like an uncapped framerate and support for 4K displays.

Pre-ordering on Steam also gives you access to a Digital Deluxe Edition that includes a digital art book, a downloadable sample soundtrack, avatars and wallpapers. Owners of the recently released PC version of Bayonetta are also entitled to 25% off when they purchase Vanquish. Check out the announcement trailer below:

New Details on Cancelled ‘Sonic Extreme’ Game Surface; Developers Claim SEGA Used Its Concept For Sonic Riders

May 11th, 2017

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In a new video from Unseen 64 and Did You Know Gaming?, former Vision Scape Interactive developer Matt McDonald claims that their Sonic Extreme tech demo, which was pitched to SEGA as a new Sonic skateboarding title, was in fact stolen by SEGA and used for the basis for the Sonic Riders franchise.

The demo predates Sonic Riders and was discovered by a private collector who obtained the Xbox dev kits that contained the original demo used for Vision Scape’s pitch. McDonald recounts a story where he pitched the game to Yuji Naka himself who was allegedly impressed by the demo and even went as far as to green-light the development of the game if Vision Scape could produce a design document for the finished title.

SEGA then refused to maintain communication with Vision Scape, who had only been hired to work on the animated cut-scenes for Sonic Heroes. After Vision Scape completed the cut-scenes, their contract with SEGA ended and the development of Sonic Extreme never progressed. It is during this time that McDonald claims SEGA held onto the idea and developed it further in-house to create Sonic Riders.

Vision Scape had signed a non disclosure agreement with SEGA during their time working on the Sonic Heroes cut-scenes that said that any material they pitched to the company would become an intellectual property of SEGA, so sadly McDonald can’t legally press charges against SEGA. You can check out the rather fascinating video on this discovery by clicking the embed below:

[Source: The Sonic Stadium]

Fan Scene: Fan Game ‘Sonic Time Twisted’ Finally Released

April 30th, 2017

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Overbound’s Sonic Time Twisted is a Sonic CD-style fan game that has been in development off-and-on for 12 years and earlier this month it finally saw release. We’ve been following the development of this game since its earliest incarnations and to say we never expected it to make it to a final release is a massive understatement after such a protracted development period.

Congratulations to Overbound and company for seeing this project to its conclusion because the finished result is a really impressive 16 bit-style Sonic game that you can download from Overbound’s website right now.

Check out the launch trailer below:

Video Spotlight: Classic Sonic Gameplay Footage from Sonic Forces

April 26th, 2017

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SEGA have unveiled the first extended look at Classic Sonic’s gameplay from Sonic Forces. It resembles his gameplay from Sonic Generations very closely except keen-eyed viewers have noticed his move-set may have been expanded to include the drop-dash from Sonic Mania.

The stage featured is a remixed version of Green Hill Zone that has been flooded with sand, a result of “the heavy desertification caused by Eggman’s industries”. Check out the gameplay trailer by clicking below:

Sonic Forces is scheduled for release in Winter 2017 for Xbox One, PS4 and Nintendo Switch. Its development is being lead by Sonic Team.

Night Trap to Get 25th Anniversary Re-Release on PS4 & Xbox One

April 26th, 2017

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Cult teen-horror FMV title Night Trap (which SEGA fans will remember for its infamous SEGA/Mega-CD port) is to be re-released on PS4 and Xbox One for the game’s 25th anniversary.

Originally developed for the unreleased Hasbro Control-Vision, the FMV adventure game was originally supposed to use VHS tapes and it’s these tapes that have been sourced to provide the in-game video used in this 25th anniversary port.

The port is not being handled by SEGA but an independent studio called Screaming Villains. Screaming Villains have also made the game’s theme song available for free download from their website.

Limited Run Games will also be producing a physical release for the PS4 and the artwork has been made to resemble the American SEGA CD and 32X artwork. While pre-orders are not available yet, it might be worth subscribing to their mailing list so you’re the first to know when the physical version will be made available.

Check out the announcement trailer below:

[Source: Eurogamer]

Valkyria Revolution to Get Western Release on Xbox One, PS4 and PS Vita

March 27th, 2017

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SEGA are bringing another Japan-exclusive to the West in the form of Valkyria Revolution, the latest game in the Valkyria Chronicles series of strategic RPGs. Valkyria Revolution sees you taking control of 5 characters with different skills and abilities and sending them into battles with soldiers and even mechs. There’s now a wide variety of weapons to use that include ranged weapons and melee weapons. The striking “painted” visuals of the original also return thanks to the game’s custom GOUACHE rendering engine.

Check out the announcement trailer below:

Valkyria Revolution will get a physical release on both Xbox One and PS4 while the PS Vita version will be digital only. All versions will launch on June 27th 2017.

Video Spotlight: Sonic Forces Direct Feed Modern Sonic Gameplay

March 17th, 2017

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The first direct feed footage of Sonic Forces is now available to view below. It showcases Modern Sonic doing his thing in a post apocalyptic city-setting that’s interspersed with scenery from Green Hill Zone. What’s even more surprising is the footage is in 60fps. However there is currently no word on whether all versions of the game are going to run at 60fps, but this is certainly a promising demonstration. The gameplay is extremely similar to that of Sonic Generations and we even see the return of the red star rings. Take a look:

Sonic Forces launches for PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC in Winter 2017.

Project Sonic 2017 is Sonic Forces, First Gameplay Revealed at SXSW

March 17th, 2017

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The final title for Project Sonic 2017 has finally been revealed at SXSW. The game will be called Sonic Forces and will follow a similar gameplay style to Sonic Unleashed, Sonic Colours and Sonic Generations. The first footage of the game in action is currently only available via off-screen recordings from SXSW but you can view it in the following SEGA News Bits video:

The gameplay shows a ruined city that is interspersed with scenery that appears to have been taken from Green Hill Zone. This has lead many to speculate that the game will follow a plot that sees Modern Sonic and Classic Sonic’s worlds colliding and creating stages that look like they’ve fused together.

Sonic Forces will launch on Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch and PC in Winter 2017.

[Source: SEGAbits]

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