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Upcoming SEGA Titles
EU/US Releases
- Yakuza 6 (PS4) 17/04/2018
- Total War: Three Kingdoms (PC) 2018
- Two Point Hospital (PC) 2018
- Valkyria Chronicles 4 (Xbox One, PS4, Switch) 16/10/2018
- Shining Resonance Refrain (PC, Xbox One, PS4 & Switch) Summer 2018
- SEGA Mega Drive Classics (Xbox One, PC & PS4) 29/05/2018
- Sonic Mania Plus (Switch, PS4 & Xbox One) Summer 2018
- Yakuza Kiwami 2 (PS4) 28/08/2018
Japan-Only Releases
- Ryu Ga Gotoku Online (iOS, Android, PC) 2018
- Border Break (PS4) 2018
- Valkyria Chronicles 4 (Xbox One, PS4) 21/03/2018 (Switch) Q2 2018

SEGA Forever Shifting Focus Away from Emulation, Now Prioritising Native Ports

March 1st, 2018

SEGA has announced that they are now prioritising native ports for SEGA Forever a la the ‘TaxStealth’ ports of Sonic 1 and 2, as opposed to emulated titles.

In a post on SEGA’s blog, they state that the native ports amongst the SEGA Forever lineup (Sonic 1,2 and CD, Crazy Taxi, and Virtua Tennis Challenge) are the most played – and as such, they intend to bring more of these sorts of titles to the service, rather than the emulated Mega Drive titles that make up a fair chunk of the current lineup. There’ll still be emulated titles added to the roster, but the focus of the initiative is now elsewhere.

As a result of this shift, the slew of releases for SEGA Forever is set to slow down a tad – however it appears the aim here is now “quality over quantity,” which will likely be music to the ears of many a SEGA fan. Also promised is “a surprise or two you weren’t expecting” amongst the upcoming emulated titles.

Speaking of which, the blog’s decor does tease another upcoming Mega Drive title for the service –  it appears Treasure’s classic head-em-up Dynamite Headdy is coming to smart devices soon, as is… Super Monkey Ball?

[Source: SEGA Blog ]

Fan Made 16 Bit Remake of Sonic Triple Trouble Coming Soon, Built With Sonic Time Twisted Engine | Fan Scene

February 28th, 2018

Sonic Triple Trouble is getting a new lease of life through a fan made 16 bit remake. Titled ‘Sonic Triple Trouble 16-Bit’, Noah Copeland is building the remake using Overbound’s engine for Sonic Time Twisted, which is a game we very much endorse. Click the embed below to see the first look of the fan game in action:

Sonic Triple Trouble 16-Bit has no release date at present, but it will be a PC title and the description for the trailer says, “This is a fan game you can expect to be completed… soon!” Hopefully not too long of a wait, then.

Yakuza 6 Demo Removed from US Playstation Store Due to Full Game Unlock Exploit

February 28th, 2018

The Yakuza 6 demo has been removed from the US Playstation store after some users found an exploit to allow them to play the full game.

The demo itself is 36.53gb in size and actually contains all the data for the full game, except the demo was designed to lock players into a small portion of the game with their progress being carried over to the full game on release day (17th of April 2018).

The full game exploit appears to be exclusive to the American version of the demo as the demo is currently still available on the UK and Australian Playstation store-fronts. If this changes then we will be sure to update this story.

Watch the First In-Game Footage of Two Point Hospital | Video Spotlight

February 27th, 2018

Ben Huskins and Mark Webley from Two Point have revealed the first in-game footage of Two Point Hospital; the new hospital management sim from this new studio that features ex-Bullfrog staff – the developers of the original Theme Hospital. This 8 minute dive into the title also features commentary from Ben and Mark. Click the embed below to check it out:

Two Point Hospital is due for release on PC later this year and will be the first title from the newly formed Two Point studio.

STC25 Event Announced, Celebrating 25 Years of Sonic the Comic

February 25th, 2018

If you love Sonic the Comic, here’s a date to remember: on June 3rd, an event celebrating 25 years since the series’ debut will be held in Manchester, here in the UK.

With all the talk of Archie Sonic’s demise and the all-new IDW comics, it can be easy to forget that the UK got its very own slice of Sonic comic action. The Fleetway Sonic comics were a unique take on the adventures of the blue hedgehog, even compared to the stuff going on across the pond at the time – and it garnered such a cult following that the comic still receives new issues created entirely by fans to this day, over on Sonic the Comic Online.

The event is being run by Michael Corker, founder of StCO – it’ll also mark his farewell from the series, as he intends to step down from his role as StCO’s editor in May.

The festivities will be held at the Fab Cafe in Manchester – rather than being a bombastic convention-style affair a la “Sonic the Comic-Con” (held in 2014), it’ll be a quieter meet for people to socialise and reminisce about the beloved comic series. There’s also plans for special guests, from StC both past and present, and plenty of art supplies for folks to get creative themselves.

Currently, funds to run the event are being raised through Kickstarter – at the time of writing, the project is just under £200 away from its goal of £1000.  You can contribute to the Kickstarter by clicking here.

Data Discs announce After Burner II Soundtrack Vinyl Release

February 22nd, 2018

Data Discs have announced their next vinyl release in collaboration with SEGA Japan, and it’s a big one – After Burner II!

The release will feature the full soundtrack to the arcade classic, plus the version of the main theme, “After Burner” without the lead melody (as it appeared in the original After Burner game). In addition, the second disc will feature three re-arranged tracks from the SEGA Sound Team (performed in 1988) as well as a medley by the current incarnation of the group, the SEGA Sound Unit [H.]. The set also comes with a poster of the game’s iconic artwork, showing the F-14 Tomcat – this art has been re-licensed just for this release!

Pre-orders go live on Saturday 24th February, with all versions of the soundtrack priced at £24.99. The release date itself is set for March 31st.

[Source: Data Discs ]

Shining Resonance Refrain coming West for PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC

February 21st, 2018

Shining? Is… is that really you?

Marking the end of the series’ over 10-year absence from Western shores, SEGA has announced Shining Resonance Refrain, a remaster of the PS3 title Shining Resonance. The remaster includes all previously released DLC, as well as a new ‘Refrain Mode’ that adds brand-new content. For those wondering, Shining had a bit of an image overhaul after Camelot broke ties with SEGA – so if you’re expecting something along the lines of the classic Mega Drive Shining series, this might not be what you’re after.

One slightly odd thing to note – while SEGA hasn’t localised any entries in the series for over 10 years, the fighting game spin off Blade Arcus from Shining: Battle Arena was localised, by Studio Saisenzen, and is available on Steam.

The game will also be getting a launch edition with a reversible metal slipcase – this will also be available in Europe, which is always nice to see. SEGA has also confirmed that the game will receive an English dub, with the option to use Japanese audio also being available.

There’s also a trailer, available below:

[Source: SEGA ]

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

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

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

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.

UPDATE 21/2/2018
The update to the iOS version of the Pac-Man app is now live and includes the Sonic-themed mazes for free.

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