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

Friday, 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 ]

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

Wednesday, 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.

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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.

 

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Valkyria Chronicles 4 Releases in America and Europe on September 25th, Launch Editions Detailed

Friday, June 22nd, 2018

SEGA has announced that Valkyria Chronicles 4 will be coming West on September 25th, elaborating on the previously given ‘Fall’ release date.

Additionally, SEGA Europe has confirmed that the recently announced PC version of the game will also release on the same day. Each region gets different launch editions, however. The American edition, seen above, comes with a controller skin for your console of choice.

Europe still gets the sticker love, just in a slightly less interesting fashion. In the European release, it’s simply a sticker of the loyal medic dog Ragnarok. A bit of a shame, but it’s something we suppose.

The game will launch on PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC.

[Source: SEGA Twitter ]

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Yakuza 0 and Yakuza Kiwami Coming to Steam, 0 Releasing August 1st

Monday, June 11th, 2018

SEGA have announced that Yakuza 0 and Yakuza Kiwami are coming to PC, marking the series’ debut on the platform. The former launches on the platform on August 1st, with Kiwami coming later. SEGA Europe has also confirmed Yakuza 0 will operate at 4k, 60fps.

Pre-orders are now live for Yakuza 0, complete with a digital deluxe edition and pre-launch discount.

Click here for Yakuza 0’s Steam Page.

Click here for Yakuza Kiwami’s Steam Page.

In additon, Valkyria Chronicles 4 has now been confirmed for PC too. Its page is here.

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Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise Comes West on October 2nd, Includes Dual Audio

Monday, June 11th, 2018

You are already localised.

Or at least, SEGA were already localising the recent Fist of the North Star / Yakuza title, as it’s now coming West! The title is set to release October 2nd, for PS4. The game is now sporting a full English dub, but includes the option to switch to the original Japanese voice acting (with Kenshiro played by the same voice actor as Kiryu Kazuma).

The game is a fusion of the Fist of the North Star series and Yakuza, meaning you can expect the gripping story of FotNS, while still being able to play Out Run at your leisure. The title’s been out in Japan for a while, but it’s nice to see SEGA massively improving the turnaround time with their localisations, particularly for the Yakuza series.

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Team Sonic Racing E3 Trailer Released, Reveals Theme Song “Green Light Ride” by Crush 40

Monday, June 11th, 2018

A new trailer has been released for Team Sonic Racing, showing off some fancy CG and gameplay footage. In particular we get a look at a few of the characters you’ll be able to play as, such as Rouge the Bat and Omega, as well as the second stage to be confirmed – Spagonia from Sonic Unleashed.

We also get an extended listen to the music from the first trailer, revealing it’s an all new vocal track from Crush 40! According to Jun Senoue’s personal Twitter account, the track is titled “Green Light Ride.” It’s nice to see Crush 40 return to their roots somewhat – amongst the first games they ever scored was SEGA’s NASCAR Arcade!

The game is still currently pencilled in for a Winter release. The game is also playable at E3, but seemingly the demo is the same as the one used for previews a week or two ago.

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SEGA & Atlus announce E3 Lineup, 2 Atlus Game Reveals Due June 7th

Wednesday, June 6th, 2018

SEGA and Atlus have revealed their plans for E3, including what’ll be playable on the show floor. They’ve also hinted at a few announcements.

The following games will be playable on the show floor:

  • Team Sonic Racing, the new racing title from Sumo Digital.
  • Shining Resonance Refrain, the Shining series’ return to the West after a decade and a remaster of Shining Resonance.
  • Valkyria Chronicles 4, the latest in SEGA’s beloved strategy series.
  • Yakuza Kiwami 2, a remake of Yakuza 2.

In addition, Atlus will be announcing two new titles tomorrow (June 7th). Gematsu has discovered a directory on Atlus’ site that suggests these are Western releases for Persona 3: Dancing Moon Night and Persona 5: Dancing Star Night, which were recently released in Japan. These titles will also be playable on the floor.

Total War: Three Kingdoms from SEGA Europe will be at E3, but won’t be playable. Atlus will also be debuting a trailer for Catherine: Full Body on the show floor, a remake of the original PS3 climbing-blocks-em-up.

SEGA will also be streaming throughout the event, across YouTube, Twitch, and Facebook. Overall, it’s looking to be a fairly packed E3 for SEGA fans! Now if only SEGA AGES were there…

[ Source: Gematsu ]

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SEGA Soundtracks Return to Spotify, Now Also Available on Apple Music

Friday, June 1st, 2018

After being removed from Spotify during May, many of SEGA’s beloved soundtracks have now returned to the service, bringing some fresh additions with them. In addition, the same selection is now also available for rival service Apple Music – so whatever your streaming preference, you can now get your SEGA on.

The announcement came from SEGA Japan’s Twitter account, but we were able to access the soundtracks from our UK Spotify account; the only addition we immediately took note of were the previously missing volumes of the NiGHTS into Dreams soundtrack. We were able to check Apple Music and it seems like they’re available for UK users there too. SEGA Japan also mentioned Google Play and Amazon Music Unlimited-  we don’t have immediate access to these services, but asking Amazon Echo to play some Crush 40 did indeed start blaring out Open Your Heart; so it looks like that might be a UK thing too.

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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 ]

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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.

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