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Upcoming SEGA Titles
EU/US Releases
- Total War: Three Kingdoms (PC) 2018
- Two Point Hospital (PC) 30/08/2018
- Valkyria Chronicles 4 (Xbox One, PS4, Switch) 16/10/2018
- Yakuza Kiwami 2 (PS4) 28/08/2018
- Shenmue I & II (PS4, Xbox One & PC) 2018
- Team Sonic Racing (Switch) 31/12/2018
- Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise (PS4) 02/10/2018
Japan-Only Releases
- Ryu Ga Gotoku Online (iOS, Android, PC) 2018
- Border Break (PS4) 2018
- Valkyria Chronicles 4 (Switch) Q2 2018
- Shenmue I & II (PS4, Xbox One & PC) 2018


Phantasy Star 30th Anniversary RPG for Smartphones Teased, Countdown Site Opened

July 20th, 2018

SEGA has launched a countdown site, teasing the reveal of a new entry in the Phantasy Star RPG franchise. However, it’s for smartphones. Take that as you will.

Currently, there’s no real details on what the game itself entails – whether it’ll be taking after the stylings of the original series, or the more modern Online universe for instance. Saying that, the artwork definitely has us expecting something more akin to the former, and it may well be that it combines the two – it’s a 30th Anniversary celebration, after all.

The game will be announced on July 24th at 4am UK time.

[Source: Gematsu ]

More Music, Magazines and Books Added to the Merchandise Section

July 19th, 2018

We’ve got a whole host of interesting SEGA junk for you to look at today. See below for the full list of additions to our merchandise section:

Music
Saturn Power No. 3: Block-Rocking Beats

Books
The Official SEGA Magazine Tips Bible by Richard Leadbetter

Magazines
Gamepro Issue 52
Mean Machines SEGA Issues 9 and 18
Mega Issue 8
MegaTech Issue 19

Sonic the Hedgehog and Thunder Force IV Kick Off SEGA AGES for Nintendo Switch Line in August

July 18th, 2018

UPDATE 19/07/18 – Additional information has now been released on the first two titles.

Sonic 1’s added features include a Spin Dash toggle, a Ring Keep Mode for beginners, the Mega Play arcade version, and two Time Attack modes – a full Mega Play run, and a Green Hill Act 1 run, seemingly based on the Mikado Arcade’s speedrunning challenge. By far one of the coolest additions however, is that Sonic Mania’s Drop Dash is being added to the game!

Thunder Force IV meanwhile adds the Styx Mode, previously exclusive to Saturn. However it will also include online leaderboards and a Kids Mode to make the game less punishing. There also seems to be an option to reduce slowdown, which can affect the game’s difficulty.

ORIGINAL POST

The first two titles in the new SEGA AGES line for Nintendo Switch, Sonic the Hedgehog and Thunder Force IV, have been confirmed for an August release by Famitsu. Previously, SEGA has stated the titles will receive a worldwide release – so unless things have changed, we’ll be getting them in the West next month too.

Coming from porting wizards M2, SEGA AGES is as of now set to include a range of SEGA Mega Drive, SEGA Master System and Arcade titles. Currently confirmed titles are Sonic the Hedgehog, Thunder Force IV, Phantasy Star, Gain Ground, and Alex Kidd in Miracle World. M2 has also stated they’d like to expand to later SEGA consoles – but that hinges on the sales of these titles, and is likely a very long way off.

These aren’t just standard ports however – for instance, Sonic 1 includes the Sonic 2 spin dash, a Ring Keep mode for beginners, and even the rare Arcade version of the game, from SEGA’s Mega Play unit. Thunder Force IV meanwhile features Styx Mode, which lets you use the ship from Thunder Force III – this feature was previously exclusive to a Japan-only Saturn collection!

Pricing is set to 999 JPY, which works out at about £6. A bit steeper than the previous 3DS ports, but likely justified by the added features over those ports. We’ll keep an eye out for any concrete updates on the Western release of these titles.

 

Two Point Hospital Launches on the 30th of August 2018

July 18th, 2018

Two Point Hospital finally has a release date! The first game from ex-Bullfrog developers Mark Webley and Gary Carr and their new studio Two Point will launch on the 30th of August for PC.

You can visit the store page on Steam by clicking here or you can pre-order the game now and get a 10% discount to bring the price down to £22.49. If that sounds tempting then click here to pre-order.

Two Point Hospital follows the formula of Bullfrog’s own Theme Hospital and is promising to deliver a similar set of laughs and overall absurdity. One of the illnesses you have to cure is one that turns the infected’s head into a light bulb.

There’s also a new trailer to look at, so why not click the embed below?

New Books Added to Merchandise Section

July 16th, 2018

Another selection of books have been added to the SEGA Book Catalogue in our Merchandise section. Take a look below for details on the new additions:

Hardcore Gaming 101 Presents SEGA Arcade Classics Volume 1
Fighters Megamix Official Guide
The Official SEGA Mega Drive Power Tips Book 3
SEGA Bass Fishing: Prima’s Official Strategy Guide
SEGA Pro-Master Volume 4
SEGA Archives

Please note that we are currently in the process of reorganising the SEGA Book Catalogue so that every entry now has its own page on the website. The landing page where you can browse the various books is currently under construction and might look a little weird at the moment, but we are working to resolve this as soon as possible.

New Additions to the Merchandise Section

July 14th, 2018

A new selection of items have been added to the merchandise section of the website. Take a look below for the full list of additions:

Music
Saturn Sampler from issue 39 of Mean Machines SEGA
Space Harrier vinyl release by Data Discs

Books
The Complete SEGA Solution by Dominic Handy and Richard Monteiro
The Dreamcast Junkyard: The Ultimate Collectors Guide by Mike Phelan
SEGA Saturn Unauthorized Game Secrets Volume One by Ian Osborne
Speedrun: The Unauthorised History of Sonic the Hedgehog by Julian Hazeldine

There are also many other music releases and books in their respective sections, so why not take a look?

You Can Fix the Enemy AI in Aliens Colonial Marines for PC by Fixing a Typo

July 14th, 2018

In one of the most bizarre discoveries of recent memory, it turns out you can greatly improve the enemy AI in the PC version of Aliens: Colonial Marines by fixing a typo.

This can all be done with a quick edit in the PecanEngine.ini file. A modder on Moddb explains the process:

A new update will be coming soon with this change included, however after getting reports back from several players on how much this effects the game, I just had to post it now

Inside your games config file (My Document\My Games\Aliens Colonial Marines\PecanGame\Config\PecanEngine.ini) is the following line of code :

ClassRemapping=PecanGame.PecanSeqAct_AttachXenoToTether -> PecanGame.PecanSeqAct_AttachPawnToTeather

Im sure you’ll notice the spelling mistake

ClassRemapping=PecanGame.PecanSeqAct_AttachXenoToTether -> PecanGame.PecanSeqAct_AttachPawnToTether

If you fix it to look like the above and then play the game, the difference is pretty crazy!

Why is this line important? There are two reasons :
1) AttachXenoToTeather doesn’t do anything. Its basically empty or stripped
2) AttachPawnToTether does ALOT. It controls tactical position adjustment, patrolling and target zoning

When a Xeno is spawned, it is attached to a zone tether. This zone tells the Xeno what area is its fighting space and where different exits are. In Combat, a Xeno will be forced to switch to a new tether (such as one behind you) so as to flank, or disperse so they aren’t so grouped up etc. (*disclaimer* this is inferred opinion, I cant see the actual code only bits)

Whenever the game tried to do this, nothing happened. Now it does!

So if you fancy a dip back into Aliens: Colonial Marines and own the PC release, you can now play a considerably more challenging version of the game with this quick fix.

[Source: Reset Era Forums]

Sonic Amateur Games Expo 2018 Now Running from August 25th to September 1st, Registration Now Open

July 12th, 2018

The Sonic Amateur Games Expo is returning this year, but a little later than usual. The event will run from August 25th to Septmeber 1st and registration is now open. Got a Sonic fan game you’d like to showcase? Then head on over to Sonic Retro and read the submission guidelines.

The SAGE organisers are also putting together an event trailer so if you want your game featured in it, send a 10 second clip of your game to the official SAGE email address – sageentry[at]gmail.com

If you want to keep track of all the SAGE 2018 news then head over to the SAGE Twitter and give it a follow. A kick-off livestream will also take place on the SAGE YouTube on August 24th and 6pm CDT (12am BST).

[Source: Sonic Retro]

Official SEGA Arcade Pop-Up Book Now on Kickstarter | Merchandise

July 12th, 2018

Hot on the heels of Read-Only Memory’s Mega Drive/Genesis and Dreamcast Collected Works books, the company are now running a Kickstarter to fund a pop-up book featuring SEGA arcade cabinets. Called SEGA Arcade: Pop-Up History, this new book promises 5 pop-up cardboard sculptures of famous SEGA arcade games and their cabinets, with additional notes that chart the history of each machine.

The Kickstarter version of the book will feature an exclusive foil, embossed cover that will be replaced with a printed cover design if the book makes it to later editions.

If you’re interested in securing a copy of this rather unique little piece of SEGA merchandise then you can by backing the Kickstarter which will run from now until August 9th 2018. The book is currently scheduled to ship in April 2019.

[Source: SEGA Arcade Pop-Up History Kickstarter]

Shenmue I & II HD Will Release on August 21st for PS4, PC and Xbox One

July 3rd, 2018

In a surprise announcement, Shenmue I & II for PS4, PC and Xbox One will release earlier than expected, on August 21st 2018. You can check out a new trailer showing the games in action below:

As previously revealed, Shenmue I & II will feature an updated user interface, a choice of classic or modern controls, both Japanese and English game audio and fully scalable resolutions. The collection will release for PS4, PC and Xbox One on the 21st of August 2018. Pre-orders are available now with a 10% discount on all digital platforms. The first print of the game will also come with a double-sided poster and a reversible cover.

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