SEGA are bringing another Japan-exclusive to the West in the form of Valkyria Revolution, the latest game in the Valkyria Chronicles series of strategic RPGs. Valkyria Revolution sees you taking control of 5 characters with different skills and abilities and sending them into battles with soldiers and even mechs. There’s now a wide variety of weapons to use that include ranged weapons and melee weapons. The striking “painted” visuals of the original also return thanks to the game’s custom GOUACHE rendering engine.
Check out the announcement trailer below:
Valkyria Revolution will get a physical release on both Xbox One and PS4 while the PS Vita version will be digital only. All versions will launch on June 27th 2017.
The final title for Project Sonic 2017 has finally been revealed at SXSW. The game will be called Sonic Forces and will follow a similar gameplay style to Sonic Unleashed, Sonic Colours and Sonic Generations. The first footage of the game in action is currently only available via off-screen recordings from SXSW but you can view it in the following SEGA News Bits video:
The gameplay shows a ruined city that is interspersed with scenery that appears to have been taken from Green Hill Zone. This has lead many to speculate that the game will follow a plot that sees Modern Sonic and Classic Sonic’s worlds colliding and creating stages that look like they’ve fused together.
Sonic Forces will launch on Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch and PC in Winter 2017.
Those lucky North Americans are getting a limited Collector’s Edition of Sonic Mania which includes a massive box with new classic-style artwork, a 12″ statue, a metallic card with the download key on it and a replica Mega Drive cartridge that’s been cast with a gold ring on it.
If you’re lucky enough to live in North America or want to pay a big postage and packing fee, you can order the Collector’s Edition from the official Sonic Mania hub by clicking here.
BE WARNED: the Collector’s Edition plus shipping to the UK as well as import fees will set you back a whopping $107.35 which currently works out at £81.32 and that’s only if you don’t get a customs charge on top. Also, Xbox One and PS4 download keys are region exclusive so you’ll have to go for a PC version to make sure you can actually play the game.
We finally have our first look at how Sonic plays in Lego Dimensions! Developed by Traveller’s Tales, the studio behind Sonic R, Sonic 3D and countless Lego titles, Sonic’s level pack for Lego Dimensions includes Sonic himself and 2 vehicles to pilot; his car from All-Stars Racing and the Tornado of Sonic 2 fame. Sonic appears to have his modern 3D Sonic move-set complete with homing attack, but with additional combat mechanics. He can also pilot all manor of vehicles that already exist in Lego Dimesnions. Watch the trailer below to see Sonic crossover into other franchises you would never imagine seeing him in:
Sonic’s level pack for Lego Dimensions launches in Autumn this year and will be available for all versions of the game.
If the news of Sonic Mania wasn’t exciting enough then you’ll be pleased to know that Sonic Team are developing their own Sonic game in the same vein as Sonic Colours and Sonic Generations. Tentatively titled Project Sonic 2017, the teaser for the PS4/Xbox One/NX title is extremely exciting. I won’t spoil the surprise, just watch:
Project Sonic 2017 will be releasing on PS4, Xbox One and NX in Holiday 2017.
Developed in collaboration with Sonic CD/1/2 Remastered developer Christian Whitehead, SEGA have revealed a new 2D Sonic adventure called Sonic Mania and it looks GORGEOUS:
Sonic Mania features all new 2D art and stages, throwback stages which are based off stages in 16 bit Sonic titles and a new drop-dash mechanic which allows you to instantly accelerate after a fall to the ground.
Sonic Mania launches on PS4, Xbox One and PC in Spring 2017.
Sonic the Hedgehog will be making his way into Lego Dimensions. A new trailer that confirms additions for the second year of the game’s existence has revealed that Adventure Time, Ghostbusters, Gremlins, E.T. and most importantly, Sonic the Hedgehog himself will be playable in the game. This obviously means a Lego mini-fig of Sonic is also in the works. Check out Sonic’s reveal in the below trailer:
There are no details as to what Sonic’s appearance in Lego Dimensions fully entails. We don’t know whether Sonic’s addition will come as a part of a story pack, level pack, team pack or fun pack and we don’t know what additional characters from the Sonic franchise will also be appearing. The above artwork does hint that Sonic’s vehicle might be the Tornado if that little bi-plane next to Voldemort is anything to go by. We’ll update this story with more details as we get them.
Tembo the Badass Elephant is due for release tomorrow on PS4, Xbox One and Steam as a digital-only title. The game is SEGA’s second collaboration with Game Freak (creators of Pokemon) and the first since 1994’s Pulseman for the Mega Drive. The game is stylistically similar to the rhythm-based platforming of Rayman Origins.
SEGA will publish a new 2D action platformer developed by Game Freak called Tembo the Badass Elephant. As Tembo you must battle the evil PHANTOM army from taking over Shell City. Check out the announcement trailer below; it’s all kinds of fun:
Tembo the Badass Elephant will launch this summer on PC, PS4 and Xbox One as a digital-only title.
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