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EU/US Releases
- 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) 17/07/2018
- Yakuza Kiwami 2 (PS4) 28/08/2018
- Shenmue I & II (PS4, Xbox One & PC) 2018
Japan-Only Releases
- Ryu Ga Gotoku Online (iOS, Android, PC) 2018
- Border Break (PS4) 2018
- Valkyria Chronicles 4 (Switch) Q2 2018
- Shenmue I & II (PS4, Xbox One & PC) 2018


Border Break Release Date Set of August 2nd 2018 in Japan

April 14th, 2018

The PS4 home console port of SEGA’s previously arcade exclusive title Border Break has finally been set for August 2nd 2018 in Japan.

The game will be available as a free-to-play digital release that supports micro-transactions, but a boxed copy and a paid digital version will include extra bonuses. These bonuses basically amount to various in game items like an exclusive mech (or “border”) to use, additional parts for the mech (including customisable skins) and digital currency to be used for unlocking items, weapons and mechs in the in-game shop.

Border Break is currently a Japan exclusive PS4 title set to release on August 2nd 2018.

[Source: Gematsu]

SEGA Mega Drive Mini to Release in Japan, Powered by AtGames

April 14th, 2018

UPDATE 20:00

AtGames have now confirmed their involvement, in a tweet.

UPDATE 16:32
It appears that the SEGA Mega Drive Mini maybe different in design to the AtGames Genesis Flashback. The unit itself is much smaller that the Genesis Flashback making backwards compatibility with actual Mega Drive cartridges impossible. Could this in fact be a newly developed system by SEGA Japan? We will update this article when we learn more.

ORIGINAL POST
SEGA Japan have announced the SEGA Mega Drive Mini for Japanese release.

It is currently unclear if this is a re-release of AtGames’s SEGA Genesis Flashback HD console for the Japanese market. SEGA Games COO Kenji Matsubara had previously expressed interest in importing and selling the SEGA Genesis Flashback in Japan.

Details on the exact specifications of the SEGA Mega Drive Mini are sparse at this time, but if it is a slightly altered version of the AtGames unit, it will likely feature the same line-up of Mega Drive, Master System, Game Gear and original titles from the Genesis Flashback. It will also include backwards compatibility with existing Mega Drive games via its cartridge port, as well as HDMI out for modern televisions.

The SEGA Mega Drive Mini will launch in Japan later in 2018.

[Source: Gematsu]

New Sakura Wars Game Announced for Japan

April 14th, 2018

A brand new Sakura Wars game has been announced for Japan. The tactical role-playing series hasn’t had a new entry since 2005’s Sakura Wars: So Long, My Love.

This new title is promised to be set in the imperial city of Tokyo in the Taisho era during 1929. No further details like release dates or what platforms the game will appear on have been revealed at this time.

[Source: Gematsu]

New SEGA Ages Titles by M2 Coming to Nintendo Switch, Including Sonic, Thunder Force & Phantasy Star

April 14th, 2018

UPDATE 20:10

Some more details have come to light since the announcement, mostly courtesy of Sam Mullen, producer at Atlus USA. Most notable of these is the confirmation that the set will include more than just Mega Drive titles – arcade games will be included too. In addition, Mullen confirmed that “every game will have something new.”

Finally, it’s been revealed by Thunder Force IV’s presence at SEGA Fes itself that it includes “Styx Mode”, previously exclusive to the Saturn’s Thunder Force Gold Pack 2. This mode allows you to play as the Thunder Force 3 ship.

More info on the new AGES series will be released at tomorrow’s “Classic Game Stage” event, as part of SEGA Fes. We’ll bring you any new announcements that come from it.

ORIGINAL POST

M2 are back and are leading development of up to 15 new SEGA ports of classic titles for the Nintendo Switch.

The new SEGA Ages collection will feature ports of Sonic the Hedgehog, Phantasy Star and Thunder Force IV which is currently playable on the show floor at SEGA Fes 2018. It is likely that Thunder Force IV will end up being the first title in the series to launch, but there is currently no news on a release date.

[Source: Gematsu]

Shenmue I & II Announced for Release on PC, PS4 & Xbox One in 2018

April 14th, 2018

SEGA have revealed that Shenmue I & II are being remastered in high definition for PS4, Xbox One and PC, with a release due for 2018.

These updated versions of the classic Dreamcast titles are being developed by D3T, the studio behind the recent SEGA Mega Drive Classics hub on PC. These versions also boast an updated user interface, a choice of classic or modern controls, both Japanese and English game audio and fully scalable resolutions.

Check out the reveal trailer by clicking below:

Shenmue I & II will be released on PC, PS4 and Xbox One later in 2018.

SEGA Fes 2018 Starts Tomorrow in Japan, Announcement Teased

April 13th, 2018

Tomorrow (April 14th), SEGA’s two day SEGA FES 2018 event starts at the Bellesalle Akihabara in Tokyo – and SEGA of America have actually made note of the event, teasing a huge announcement SEGA fans “won’t want to miss”.

It was already stated that some kind of announcement would be made at the event, but previous announcements of this sort have been targeted more towards a Japanese audience (such as the reveal of SEGA AM2’s Soul Reverse for arcades). SEGA America’s promotion of the announcement is a surprise – and indicates something major could be on the way. Read the rest of this entry »

Football Manager Touch 2018 Is Suddenly Out Now on Nintendo Switch

April 13th, 2018

After some not-so-subtle teasing from developers and a Korean Ratings Board listing, Football Manager Touch 2018 has been confirmed for Nintendo Switch – and it’s out today!

The game is now available on the Nintendo eShop, for £29.99. Football Manager Touch is the version of the game for smart devices, but with the Nintendo Switch version you get the option of docking into the Switch to watch the action play out on the big screen.

It’s great to see SEGA supporting the Switch with a variety of genres – and especially with a series as large as Football Manager.

[ Source: Nintendo eShop ]

Japanese Fashion Brand THUNDERBOX Announce Sonic the Hedgehog Collaboration

April 11th, 2018

Streetwear-based fashion brand THUNDERBOX has announced some kind of collaboration with the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise. Currently there’s no information on what the collaboration will entail in terms of merchandise, but it’s a fair guess that there’ll be some apparel involved. The line is set to debut on April 25th, at a Summer Exhibition running until April 30th. The location of this exhibition is referred to as a “Mystery Store” – perhaps there’ll be some kind of pop-up store event held?

For those unaware, THUNDERBOX is a line from designer Tsuyoshi Morita. They’re no stranger to game-based designs – in fact, their brand practically revolves around it, with clothing adorned by the likes of NES Zappers, Kunio-Kun and Akira nods making up much of their collection. Unfortunately, the THUNDERBOX online store doesn’t seem to offer worldwide shipping – so if these items become available on there, getting your hands on them may still be somewhat tricky.

[ Source: THUNDERBOX on Twitter ]

[With thanks to Lone for the translation]

Sonic Generations and Panzer Dragoon Orta Coming to Xbox One Backwards Compatability

April 11th, 2018

As part of their expanding line of backwards compatible titles, Microsoft has announced SEGA’s Sonic Generations and Panzer Dragoon Orta are headed to the Xbox One this month.

Sonic Generations is being made available today, and will include enhancements for Xbox One X users – notably, it now runs at 4K (check that out here). Perhaps more notable though is Orta’s appearance on the console; it’s SEGA’s first contribution to the original Xbox backward compatibility for Xbox One. SEGA supporting the feature relatively early in its life may give some hope to those who’ve been looking out for a possible Jet Set Radio Future re-release – as theoretically, it could be brought to the Xbox One in the same way as Orta.

Panzer Dragoon Orta launches for Xbox One backwards compatibility on April 17th. Also of note, while not technically SEGA related, is that Blinx the Time Sweeper is being added to the service too. Blink was the brainchild of Naoto Ohshima, the creator of Sonic and NiGHTS; it might be worth a look for fans of those series.

[Source: Polygon ]

SEGA COO Announces Plans to Re-Introduce Mega Drive… by Importing the AtGames Genesis into Japan

April 8th, 2018

In an article published by Yahoo! Japan, SEGA Games COO Kenji Matsubara has stated the company are looking into bringing back the Mega Drive for a modern audience. This has lead to speculation that SEGA could be planning a proper rival to Nintendo’s massively successful NES and SNES Mini consoles – but unfortunately, the truth is slightly less glamorous.

In the full version of the article, Matsubara states:

“We are considering importing and selling the ‘Sega Genesis Flashback’,… [it] is built-in game software primarily sold in North America & Europe”

The SEGA Genesis Flashback is the latest effort from AtGames. Priced at an eye-watering $80, you’d expect some bang for your buck – but while there are some improvements to AtGames’ much loathed older units, it’s still not on par with Nintendo’s in-house efforts, or even M2’s attempts at rejuvenating Mega Drive titles. Even worse, many of the 85 games on the collection aren’t even classic Mega Drive titles!

As such, Matsubara’s announcement unfortunately doesn’t mean much in the long run; back to hoping for an M2-led Mega Drive release, we go.

[Source: Yahoo! Japan ]

[ With thanks to Lone for the translation of Matsubara’s comments ]

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