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Upcoming SEGA Titles
EU/US Releases
- Total War: Three Kingdoms (PC) 07/03/2019
- Team Sonic Racing (Switch, PC, Xbox One & PS4) 21/05/2019
- Judgment (PS4) 25/06/2019
- Streets of Rage 4 (TBA) TBA
- Space Channel 5 VR: Kinda Funky News Flash! (PS4) 2019
Japan-Only Releases
- Space Channel 5 VR: Kinda Funky News Flash! (PS4) 2019
- Team Sonic Racing (Switch, PC, Xbox One & PS4) 21/05/2019
- Ryu Ga Gotoku 5 (PS4) 20/06/2019


New Knuckles Theme Remix Released as Part of Sonic Mania Adventures Remix Series | SEGA Tunes

March 16th, 2019

Another new Sonic remix was revealed at SXSW and this is a special remix of Knuckles’ theme from Sonic the Hedgehog 3. Arranged by Tee Lopes and Jun Senoue, this remix also contains a little nod to Knuckles’ Unknown from M.E. theme from Sonic Adventure. You can listen to it by clicking the embed below:

This isn’t the first time Tee Lopes and Jun Senoue have collaborated on a Sonic Mania Adventures special remix. The duo also released the song Discovery last month and you can listen to that by clicking here.

New Sonic Merch Revealed, Including Barrel of Doom Mug, Froggy and Team Sonic Racing T-Shirts | Merchandise

March 16th, 2019

A new selection of Sonic merchandise has gone live worldwide on the various online SEGA shops.

This new merchandise includes a Froggy t-shirt that featured heavily in the first Team Sonic Racing Overdrive animated short. Click here to be taken to the listing on the UK SEGA Shop. This item is currently priced at £12.

We also have a Sonic & Shadow in Team Sonic Racing t-shirt which is currently being bundled together with a Team Sonic Racing logo pin badge. Click here to be taken to the listing on the UK SEGA Shop. This item is currently priced at £20.

And finally we have a mug based on the design of the infamous Barrel of Doom from Sonic the Hedgehog 3. Click here to be taken to the listing on the UK SEGA Shop. This item is currently priced at £10.

Listen to a Bingo Highway-Inspired Song from the Team Sonic Racing Soundtrack | SEGA Tunes

March 16th, 2019

A new song from the Team Sonic Racing soundtrack has been debuted at SXSW. This new track is called Bingo Party and it’s actually a remix of the Bingo Highway theme from Sonic Heroes. This remix was arranged by original composer Jun Senoue and features a Sonic series debut for chiptune artist TORIENA, who also collaborated on the track. Check it out:

Bingo Party is just one song on the 130 song Team Sonic Racing: Maximum Overdrive soundtrack which will launch the same day as Team Sonic Racing on digital music streaming and download services. Team Sonic Racing launches on May 21st 2019 for PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC.

New Team Sonic Racing Trailer Showcases Customisation Options | Video Spotlight

March 16th, 2019

A brand new Team Sonic Racing trailer has debuted at SXSW and it showcases a whole host of new customisation options for the various playable characters in the game.

New paint and decals can be applied to all cars and there are even interchangeable tires and horns. These items are unlocked in-game through use of a virtual currency that is earned through play. You can see what options are available if you click the embed below:

Team Sonic Racing is due to launch on Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch and PC on May 21st 2019. The game is being developed by Sumo Digital.

Sales of Judgment in Japan Halted After Actor Arrested for Cocaine Possession

March 13th, 2019

UPDATE 22/03/19: SEGA have confirmed that the character of Kyohei Hamura will be “adjusted” for the final Western release of Judgment, but the game will not suffer a delay. All official trailers and screenshots featuring the character have been removed. The Kyohei Hamura character is likely being re-cast and will now be represented by a different actor in the Western version of the game.

Sales of Judgment have been halted in Japan after the arrest of actor Pierre Taki for cocaine possession. Known as Judge Eyes in Japan, Pierre Taki plays the character of Kyohei Hamura in the PS4 exclusive. This halt on shipments has been done voluntarily by SEGA Japan.

Judge Eyes has been on sale in Japan since December 13th 2018 and is due for a Western release on the 25th of June 2019 under the name Judgment. Presumably, this will now be delayed as the game will likely re-cast Taki’s role with another actor and then re-enter development. There is currently no word on when Judge Eyes will resume shipping or if Taki’s arrest will affect the June 2019 release of the game in the West.

Japanese companies have a habit of dealing with celebrity drug cases in quite extreme ways. It is not uncommon for actors to be entirely stripped of all association to any companies and products they publicise or work with after an arrest involving drugs.

[Source: Famitsu]

Unreleased Dreamcast Game ‘Internet Game Pack’ Discovered

March 11th, 2019

Hidden Palace user ‘drx’ has discovered, dumped and released a cancelled Dreamcast game called Internet Game Pack. This title was developed by Visual Concepts in 2001 and was scheduled for release as an Official Dreamcast Magazine cover disc, but presumably shelved due to the unpopularity of the Dreamcast.

The game features a selection of classic games like Chess, Poker and Dominoes and was made for online play. However, all the games can be played offline as well. You can see the title in action via the embed below:

Head on over to Hidden Palace to download the disc image if you would like to play this title via emulation.

New Shenmue III Trailer Gives Us First Look At In-Game Action | Video Spotlight

March 9th, 2019

Our first look at in-game Shenmue III is finally here, and it comes courtesy of the Magic event currently taking place in Monaco. Take a look at the embed below to see Ryo, Shenhua and Lan Di in action. We get our first look at some of the story fragments and fighting that features in the upcoming sequel:

Shenmue III is not being published by SEGA, but Deep Silver are taking over publishing duties. SEGA still holds the license to the Shenmue franchise. Yu Suzuki and his Ys Net studio are developing the game, and the title is due for release on the 27th of August 2019.

Beta Patch Now Available for Sonic Mania on Steam, Removes Denuvo Anti-Tamper

March 8th, 2019

Opponents of DRM rejoice – the controversial Denuvo anti-tamper DRM has been removed from Sonic Mania’s Steam release, in a newly launched beta patch.

The official patch notes cite changes to controller and shader support, as well as adjustments for the time attack mode – but one user verified that Denuvo had been removed from the game. It’s actually somewhat obvious just from looking at the game’s .exe file, which has gone from 117MB in size to a mere 3MB. This also allows the game to boot up much faster, and allows greater potential for modding.

The details, including the code to access the beta, are available from the game’s Steam page. This is the latest SEGA release to drop Denuvo, as Yakuza 0, Kiwami, and Catherine Classic have all moved to drop the DRM. It’s a consumer-friendly move from SEGA that we’re happy to see.

Magical Sound Shower DLC for Taiko No Tatsujin: Drum Session Now Available in the West

March 5th, 2019

A while ago, we reported that OutRun’s iconic track “Magical Sound Shower” was due to be made DLC for the Japanese version of the game. The good news is that said DLC has also been released in the West as of today.

The track is available as part of the “Donder Pack Vol. 16”, or on its own from the ingame DLC menu for 79p. The track is the original version of the song from OutRun’s arcade release – also making it quite the endurance run, as it’s a pretty long song!

Namco Bandai UK’s Tweet about the release can be seen here:

Judgement Launches June 25th on PS4 in the West, Early Access for Digital Purchases Starts June 21st

March 5th, 2019

The latest from SEGA’s RGG Studio, Judgement (known as Judge Eyes in Japan) finally has a Western release date, along with further details on its digital and physical releases.

First of all, the game will be out June 25th, and includes dual audio. Something particularly impressive is the game has effectively been localised twice, as there’s subtitles for the English audio track and a separate translation for the original Japanese dialogue – and there are also subtitles for multiple European languages as well. In addition, the physical version will include reversible cover art, allowing you to display the original Japanese cover art of the game. Finally, it’ll also come with an RGG Studio sticker, to slap wherever you see fit.

All good then, but slightly more questionable is SEGA hopping on the recent ‘early access’ trend. Some publishers have started offering early access for those who pre-order the game, and Judgement is the latest game to do that – digital pre-orders will get access to the game a whole 4 days ahead of physical buyers. It’s a bit of an odd move, but perhaps inevitable as the latest industry trend.

[ Source: ThisGenGaming ]

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