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Upcoming SEGA Titles
EU/US Releases
- Streets of Rage 4 (TBA) TBA
- Space Channel 5 VR: Kinda Funky News Flash! (PS4) 2019
- Tokyo 2020 Official Video Game (PS4, Switch) TBA
- Mega Drive Mini (Micro Console) 19/09/2019
- Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 (Switch) Q4 2019
- Project Sakura Wars (PS4) TBA
Japan-Only Releases
- Space Channel 5 VR: Kinda Funky News Flash! (PS4) 2019
- Tokyo 2020 Official Video Game (PS4, Switch) 24/07/2019
- Mega Drive Mini (Micro Console) 19/09/2019
- Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 (Switch) Q4 2019
- Hatsune Miku Project DIVA: Mega39s (Switch) 2020
- Shin Sakura Wars (PS4) 12/12/2019


Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 Gets New Gameplay Showcase, Releases November 8th

August 20th, 2019

The latest in the Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games series has received a shiny new gameplay showcase to coincide with Gamescom 2019.

The showcase demonstrates several events – however the most notable thing here is the first full showcase of the teased ‘2D’ gameplay from the reveal trailer. In this mode, the backdrop changes to the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, with events specifically from those Games; and both Mario and Sonic characters get retro looks to go along with it. The character roster is limited here though, to just the basics – so for Sonic fans, don’t expect new 16-bit sprites for Shadow or Silver, as only the Classic Sonic cast of Sonic, Tails, Knuckles and Eggman are represented (poor Amy…). There’s even a nice CRT filter to really seal the deal!

The official page for the game, as well as the showcase have also confirmed a November 8th release date for Europe. It’ll release slightly earlier in America, on November 5th.

SEGA & Amplitude Studios Reveal New God Game ‘Humankind’

August 19th, 2019

The “HMKD” teaser that SEGA made live on the 16th of August has been revealed as a new God game from Amplitude Studios. Revealed live on the Open Night Live show at Gamescom, the title is called Humankind and the focus is on changing the course of human evolution. It definitely has an air of Sid Meier’s Civilization series about it. Check out the reveal trailer below:

While no platforms have been currently listed, I think it’s safe to say that PC will be on the cards. Humankind is due to release at some point in 2020.

Adam Hunter’s Daughter Cherry Joins Streets of Rage 4 as a Playable Character, Release Platforms Finally Confirmed

August 19th, 2019

A new playable character has been revealed for Streets of Rage 4. Cherry Hunter is the daughter of Adam Hunter from the original game and is unique among Streets of Rage characters in that she fights with a weapon as default. Cherry uses her trusty guitar as well as her fists. Check her out in action via the trailer below which also features our first glimpse of Motohiro Kawashima’s contributions to the soundtrack:

We’ve also got official confirmation as to what platforms Streets of Rage 4 will release on. The game is coming to PC, Xbox One, PS4 and Nintendo Switch. There is still no release date listed at this time.

Streets of Rage 4 is being developed by Lizardcube and Guard Crush Games and publishing will be handled by Dotemu under license from SEGA.

New Shenmue Easter Egg Discovered: Nozomi Jumps into Action!

August 18th, 2019

A fascinating new discovery has been made in the original Shenmue – a certain set of conditions can trigger a fight scene where Nozomi joins Ryo in the action.

According to the fine folk at PhatomRiverStone.com, this scene can be triggered by visiting Sakuragaoka park before 7pm on a sunny or snowy day after Ryo’s brawl at the Heartbeats Bar. However, you must make your visit after the Heartbeats Bar brawl and before Ryo visits the tattoo parlor, which is the next location in Ryo’s quest.

Click the below embed to see what happens in the fight at Sakuragaoka park once the conditions have been successfully met:

For full details on how to trigger this fight scene in Shenmue, head on over to PhantomRiverStone.com’s post on the easter egg as they go into far more detail about the additional requirements that are needed to trigger this event.

[Source: PhantomRiverStone.com]

Sonic Amateur Games Expo Returns September 27th 2019

August 18th, 2019

The Sonic Amateur Games Expo returns on September the 27th 2019. This long running Sonic fan game event has often been the key event in the Sonic fan gaming calendar, so if Sonic fan gaming is your thing then be sure to mark September 27th to October 4th in your calendar.

Submissions for the event aren’t currently open, but the announcement trailer does mention that further details will come directly from the official SAGE Twitter account which you can access by clicking here.

Please also bookmark the SEGADriven YouTube Channel as we cover the event extensively every year and try to review as many of the games on show as possible. We’re looking forward to another round of impressive and bizarre experiences so stay tuned for further SAGE coverage from us.

SEGA Launch Cryptic “HMKD” Teaser Site

August 16th, 2019

Somewhat out of the blue, SEGA has launched a mysterious new teaser site, with nothing but what appears to be a heart rate monitor and “HMKD” in its name. There’s no other details on the site on in the tweet, just an option to sign up to a mailing list so you can “be the first to know.”

We don’t know when whatever this is will be revealed, but we can safely assume it might be tied into the announcement SEGA is planning for Gamescom. Time will tell.

[ Source: SEGA on Twitter ]

First Look at In-Game Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD Action | Video Spotlight

August 8th, 2019

SEGA have just uploaded the first in-game trailer for Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD, and as you can expect it’s basically Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz in HD. That’s no bad thing because the original game was certainly a good-looking game, and with that added clarity it now looks even better. Check it out:

Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD released on the 29th of October 2019 for Nintendo Switch, PS4 and Xbox One. A PC port will arrive later in the Winter. Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz is also famous for being the last Super Monkey Ball game directed by series creator Toshihiro Nagoshi who would later find fame with the Yakuza franchise.

SEGA Unveil Gamescom 2019 Lineup, Including “Unannounced AAA Title”

August 6th, 2019

SEGA has announced via PR their lineup for Gamescom 2019, taking place in Germany on August 20th-24th.

On show at the event will be Catherine: Full Body (PS4), the recently confirmed console ports of Two-Point Hospital (Switch, PS4, Xbox One), and the Mega Drive Mini. In addition however, SEGA will also be showing a new ‘AAA’ title to the public for the first time. It’s completely up in the air as to what this could be, though it may be worth noting an event is planned in Japan for August 29th to divulge new information on the next Yakuza title, starring new protagonist Ichiban Kasuga. But with this being a European expo, it might be better to expect something from SEGA’s PC-centric divisions, such as a new RTS title.

Time will tell, but we’re looking forward to seeing what SEGA’s adding to its already loaded arsenal of upcoming titles.

[ Source: Gematsu ]

SEGA AGES: Columns 2 Launches August 8th in Japan

August 5th, 2019

Columns 2: The Voyage Through Time is joining the SEGA AGES for Nintendo Switch lineup in Japan this week, bringing with it a slew of bonus features.

As previously reported, extra content includes a Endless Mode, an unlockable gallery featuring the art used in the SEGA AGES series’ cameo-rich intros, netplay, and even a single-player version of the original Columns. This marks the first time Columns 2 has seen an international release, too!

SEGA AGES: Columns 2 will launch on Thursday 8th August, so about 4pm UK time on Wednesday 7th August. It’ll be 999 JPY.

Sonic Adventure Music Experience Comes to the UK on 8th December 2019

August 2nd, 2019

The Sonic Adventure Music Experience is coming to the UK thanks to the people who brought you the Summer of Sonic convention.

Taking place on the 8th of December 2019 at The Garage in London, the Sonic Adventure Music Experience is a live music show lead by Jun Senoue and the SAME band where they perform new arrangements of music from the Sonic Adventure 1 & 2 soundtracks.

The event is being organised by Svend Joscelyne and Adam Tuff who have previously helmed various Summer of Sonic events. To secure your place at the event, tickets can be ordered via the event’s Kickstarter page which is now live and available to view by clicking here. Various ticket bundles are available for groups up to 4 and the event needs to raise £13,500 to secure all the various costs that come with putting on a live show in central London.

If you’re interested and available on the 8th of December 2019, click here to go to the Kickstarter and secure your ticket to the event.

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