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Archive for May, 2018

House of the Dead: Scarlet Dawn Announced for Western Release by SEGA’s UK Arcade Division

Thursday, May 31st, 2018

SEGA’s UK arcade division, SEGA Amusements, has revealed that they are bringing the previously Japan exclusive House of the Dead: Scarlet Dawn to Western territories.

The company haven’t revealed much else apart from the above announcement image with the phrase “coming soon” attached to it.

House of the Dead: Scarlet Dawn is the latest title in The House of the Dead franchise and developed by SEGA Japan’s SEGA Interactive division. The game uses Unreal Engine 4 and features some of the most intense crowds of zombies the franchise has ever included. You can watch some direct feed footage of the game in action by clicking the below embed:

[Source: SEGA Amusements Twitter]

Team Sonic Racing Leaked Early in Walmart Listing

Wednesday, May 30th, 2018

UPDATE
Team Sonic Racing has now been officially announced by SEGA. The game will release on Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One and PC with a release due, “this Winter”. Sumo Digital are leading development. You can watch the announcement trailer by clicking the embed below:

ORIGINAL POST
A listing on Walmart’s website has revealed a new Sonic racing game called Team Sonic Racing for Nintendo Switch. The press release also lists the following features:

Team Sonic Racing combines the best elements of arcade and fast-paced competitive style racing as you face-off with friends in intense multiplayer racing. Race together and work together as a team by sharing power-ups and speed boosts. Take control of your racing style – Choose from 3 distinct character types and unlock game changing vehicle customization options to suit your racing style. Speed up. Gear Up Team Racing at Sonic Speed!

  • Online Multiplayer & Local Co-Op Modes 12 players per race, 4 player split screen, and various offline / online race modes including Grand Prix Mode, Exhibition Mode, Time-Trial and Team Adventure Mode.
  • Team Racing Race as a team, win as a team. Use various team moves to assist your teammates, knock out opponents and unleash your Team Ultimate.
  • Performance & Skin Customization Alter the appearance and handling of your vehicle.
  • Wisps – 14 spectacular offensive and defensive items to help overcome rival teams and get ahead!
  • Adventure Mode Unique story experience where players are introduced to basic game features and characters.
  • Various Characters and Classes 15 playable characters from across the Sonic Universe and 3 distinct character types including Speed, Technique, and Power classes.
  • There is currently no word on who is developing the game, but Sumo Digital have been heavily rumoured. There is also no word on a release for other platforms at this time. Walmart currently have a release date for Team Sonic Racing set for the 31st of December 2018.

    SEGA Amongst Companies Set to Debut “Enticing Reveals” At E3 2018’s PC Gaming Show

    Tuesday, May 29th, 2018

    E3 is almost upon us, and SEGA fans already have somewhere to look – PCGamer’s PC Gaming Show event, part of the expo that runs June 11th.

    The event has stated several companies will be presenting “world premiere” announcements and “enticing reveals” at the show, and amongst the companies listed is SEGA. There’s a wide array of possibilities as to what this could be – we could see something from SEGA Europe’s more strategy-orientated side, or it may be time to fire up the good ol’ porting machine again. Certainly there’s no shortage of requests for SEGA ports to Steam, so it’d be welcome; though likewise I’m sure there’s plenty of strategy fans waiting for the latest from SEGA Europe’s studios. Of course, perhaps it could be something completely different!

    The PC Gaming Show is on June 11th at 3pm PT – that’s 11pm UK time.

    [Source: Gematsu ]

    Valkyria Chronicles 4 “Memoirs From Battle” Premium Edition Revealed, New Trailer

    Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018

    A new trailer has been released for the upcoming Valkyria Chronicles 4, showing off the squad you’ll be battling with in the game (including a medic dog!). In addition, SEGA has also revealed a rather nice “Memoirs From Battle” premium edition will be releasing in Europe and America, featuring a whopping 100-page artbook based on and a model of the game’s Hafen tank. It’ll also include two bonus missions, featuring Squad 7 of the original Valkyria Chronicles.

    Valkyria Chronicles 4 is due out in Autumn 2018, with no firm release date in place as of yet.

    PS4 Remasters of Yakuza 3, 4 and 5 Confirmed

    Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018

    Dengeki Playstation has exclusively revealed that PS4 remasters of Yakuza 3, 4 and 5 are happening and the first release will be Yakuza 3 on August 9th 2018. This is currently only confirmed for a Japanese release, but it will include a download code for the game’s original soundtrack and will cost 3990 yen.

    The Yakuza 4 remaster will then arrive in an “Autumn 2018” launch window, with Yakuza 5 set of Spring 2019. The only improvements confirmed for all 3 games so far is increased resolution and higher framerates. There is currently no word on whether these are Kiwami-style remakes with new and exclusive content.

    [Source: SEGAbits]

    ‘Race for Good’ Sonic 27th Anniversary Charity Stream Will Go Live on June 23rd | Fan Scene

    Monday, May 21st, 2018

    Two friends of SEGADriven, TitansCreed and The British Andy will be embarking on a 27th anniversary Sonic the Hedgehog stream on June 23rd 2018 in order to raise money for the Special Effect charity for disabled gamers.

    Both TitansCreed and The British Andy will be racing each other to finish 12 Sonic titles each. It’s a very unique pair of marathons that aims to raise money for a very special cause. Both streams will run concurrently on TitansCreed’s Twitch channel and The British Andy’s Twitch channel from 5pm BST on June 23rd.

    You can donate to TitansCreed and The British Andy’s cause by visiting the Race for Good JustGiving page. They will be taking donations all the way up to the end of the event, so if you have some spare change to throw at a good cause, then why not this one?

    Check out the full details of the stream in the following trailer:

    Several SEGA Soundtracks Seemingly Sliced from Spotify

    Tuesday, May 15th, 2018

    Some unfortunate news for the musically inclined – several SEGA OSTs that were previously available for streaming on Spotify have suddenly vanished from the service.

    SEGA doesn’t appear to have mentioned the removals on any social media accounts or statements, making the removals rather mysterious. It’s a pretty sizeable set of removals too; the affected soundtracks include:

    • Alex Kidd
    • Alexandria Bloodshow
    • Chain Chronicle
    • Fantasy Zone
    • Galaxy Force II/Thunder Blade
    • NiGHTS into dreams
    • Out Run
    • Power Drift
    • Rhythm Thief
    • Samurai Bloodshow
    • Skies Of Arcadia
    • Space Harrier Complete Collection
    • Super Hang-On
    • Virtua Fighter 1 – 5
    • WORLD CLUB Champion Football

    It’s very unfortunate to see, particularly with SEGA PR previously stating they were looking into adding newer SEGA soundtracks to the service. Interestingly however, some of the titles appear to have changed into Japanese characters – suggesting perhaps the albums have been restricted to Japan.

    We’ll let you know if the removals are reversed, or should a statement crop up. In the mean time, it’s back to the CDs for us.

    [With thanks to @CorBond for compiling the list of removed tracks, as well as further investigating the extent of the removals]

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