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Sonic the Hedgehog Movie Planned for Release on November 15th 2019, Jeff Fowler to Direct

Wednesday, February 21st, 2018

The Hollywood Reporter have provided a fresh batch of details from Paramount regarding the upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog movie – perhaps most notably, the release date.

The film is currently slated for November 15th 2019. The crew attached to the project includes Neil Moritz as producer, with Tim Miller of Deadpool fame in an executive producer role. In addition, Toby Ascher will also executive produce, whilst Dmitri Johnson and Dan Jevons serve as co-producers.

In terms of the director’s chair, it falls to Jeff Fowler – Sonic will be his directorial debut. In the past, Fowler produced Gopher Broke, an Oscar nominated short film – so perhaps the film’s in good hands after all?

Currently there’s no information on current writers or how the film is going to take shape – it can be assumed it’s changed significantly since Sony held the project, but one thing that hasn’t changed is the intended mix of live action and CGI. There’s no information on whether Marza Animation Planet are still on board either – it may well end up that Miller decides to use his own studio, particularly since Blur Studios have actually worked on Sonic games in the past.

All eyes are now on SXSW in March – could that be our first glimpse at the film?

[Source: The Hollywood Reporter ]

Total War: Rome II Desert Kingdoms to Launch on March 8th Bringing 4 New Factions to the Game

Tuesday, February 20th, 2018

A new expansion for Total War: Rome II is due to drop on March 8th 2018. This new expansion is called Desert Kingdoms and it brings 4 new factions to the game and one of them is called Kush. Take a look at the announcement trailer below to see the word, “KUSH” appear very big on your screen:

Total War: Rome II originally launched for Windows back in 2013. It is also available for Mac.

Sonic Makes Guest Appearance in Pac-Man Mobile Game

Tuesday, February 20th, 2018

Bandai Namco’s Pac-Man mobile will feature a special maze that’s themed around Sonic the Hedgehog. The maze is clearly inspired by Green Hill Zone with Sonic taking the place of Pac-Man and Motobugs taking the place of the ghosts. Click the embed below to see Sonic in action in the classic arcade maze game:

The Pac-Man mobile game is free-to-play on iOS and Android devices but also includes in-app purchases. This Sonic maze is currently not available in the latest update of the iOS game, so we can only assume it is coming in a future update.

Panzer Dragoon Series Original Soundtracks released digitally on iTunes

Wednesday, February 14th, 2018

The original soundtracks for Panzer Dragoon, Panzer Dragoon II, Panzer Dragoon Saga, and Panzer Dragoon Orta are now available on iTunes in most territories, including Europe and the United States. In the UK, the soundtracks are priced at £10.99 each, with the exception of Saga (priced at £11.99). They’re also available in Japan (with Saga listed under its title in that region, Azel: Panzer Dragoon RPG).

SEGA Japan has mentioned ‘various distribution sites’, though as of right now iTunes appears to be the only site carrying them. However, Spotify users may be interested in Brave Wave Productions’ arranged release of Saga’s soundtrack, which is currently available on the platform.

[Source: SEGA_OFFICIAL on Twitter ]

Space Channel 5 VR: Arataka Dancing Show releasing for HTC Vive in Spring 2018

Thursday, February 8th, 2018

SEGA and development company Grounding have announced Space Channel 5 VR: Arataka Dancing Show will be getting a digital release for the HTC Vive in Spring 2018. There’s currently no word of an international release or pricing, but we do know the game will be available for public demoing at the Makuhari Messe in Japan later this month. The digital release will seemingly be based on this demo, so it’ll probably be more geared towards showing a concept than being a fully fledged game.

The demo sees you dancing with Ulala to defeat the Morolians, much like the original Dreamcast title; but now in VR! This is a different project to “Space Channel 5: Ukiuki Viewing Show”, demonstrated at TGS a couple of years ago, as in that, you were more of a spectator than an active participant in the grooving.

It’s nice to see another SEGA franchise making a return, and in a rather interesting way – if an international release falls into place, we’ll let you know.

[Source: BemaniStyle ]

Shinobi 7 launch Sonic: Battle Racers board game on Kickstarter

Thursday, February 8th, 2018

Tabletop game company Shinobi 7 has launched a Kickstarter project for a new Sonic the Hedgehog board game, Sonic the Hedgehog: Battle Racers.

A full overview of the game itself is provided by the Kickstarter page, but the gist of it seems to be a tabletop translation of the ring-collecting, badnik-bopping antics that Sonic’s known for. There’s also a slew of benefits for people who pledge certain amounts to the campaign, such as exclusive Badnik figures and a Super Sonic player piece; as well as Stretch Goals aplenty.

The minimum pledge, which gets you the game and the Super Sonic figure, will set you back around £36. That being said, the campaign mentions extra shipping costs for rewards.

[Source: Sonic the Hedgehog Twitter Account ]

 

Puyo Puyo Tetris Confirmed for PC Release on 27th February 2018

Tuesday, February 6th, 2018

After yesterday’s not-so-cryptic teases on the Steam pages of Bayonetta, Vanquish and Valkyria Chronicles, Puyo Puyo Tetris is now fully confirmed for a PC Steam release on the 27th of February 2018.

Pre-ordering the game now is supposed to grant Steam users a 10% discount (£13.49) as well as access to some exclusive wallpapers and avatars. In addition, the Steam version adds an option to use Japanese voiceover.

You can pre-order the game here. Click below to view the announcement trailer:

SEGA seemingly tease Puyo Puyo Tetris for Steam

Monday, February 5th, 2018

Several not-very-cryptic pieces of ASCII art have been posted to the Steam pages of BayonettaVanquish, and Valkyria Chronicles, hinting that a PC port of crossover puzzler Puyo Puyo Tetris is inbound. It’s very in-line with previous PC port teasers (Vanquish was first hinted at in Bayonetta PC’s files, for instance), and the timing seems about right given yesterday was actually “Puyo Puyo Day”.

Considering Puyo Tetris is now available on a staggering number of platforms, it makes sense to push into PC territory; it’ll also be the first official Puyo release on PC since 2004’s Puyo Pop Fever. It’s nice to see SEGA Europe continue to deliver on their promise of PC ports, at any rate!

Yakuza 6: The Song of Life delayed to April 17th, Demo Announced

Friday, February 2nd, 2018

Yakuza 6: The Song of Life has been delayed in The Americas and Europe to April 17th, from its original release date of March 20th.

The delay was revealed in a tweet from the official Yakuza Twitter account, but there was some good news with the bad too – on February 27th, the game will be getting a PSN demo. Progress made in the demo will also be carried over to the full game, giving a great incentive to those who are already dead-set on buying the game regardless.

Delays are always a bit of a shame, but if it results in a better product at the end, there’s no qualms here – and SEGA have promised to fill the void with some fresh Yakuza content in the meantime, too. Roll on April 17th!

Official SEGA Forums to Close February 2nd

Thursday, February 1st, 2018

SEGA Social Media coordinator Aaron Webber has taken to the company’s official forums to announce they’ll be shut down tomorrow, February 2nd 2018.

In the post, Webber notes the sudden nature of the closure – but reassures users that there are plans for a new SEGA Forum site in the future, and that this is merely the end of the vBulletin iteration. The SEGA Forums have been active on vBulletin for around 8 years, and the intention seems to be that the posts made in that time could be migrated to a new host. Whether that will play out remains to be seen however, and Webber also makes clear that future plans for the forums aren’t set in stone yet.

It’s certainly a bit of a surprise, though it could perhaps be argued the SEGA Forums lost some significance over the years with the rise of Twitter and other social media platforms, as well as competing forums like the Sonic Stadium Message Boards. Go back a few years though, and the SEGA Forums were actually quite active during the development of games such as Sonic the Hedgehog 4 and Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed. It’d be quite sad to see all of that history being potentially lost; all the more reason to hope the migration plans pan out in the long run.

[Source: SEGA Forums ]

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