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Hardlight Studio Confirm Their New Mobile Game is Sonic Dash

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

A couple of days ago a LinkedIn job adverstisement for Hardlight Studio mentioned the game ‘Sonic Dash’ as a recent success for the studio. After a lot of speculation that this could be a new mobile game from Hardlight we finally have the official word from the studio:

“As so many of you have asked, yes we are working on a new mobile game.

And yes, it is Sonic Dash.

We’re very excited to announce more details very soon.”

So that settles that then. Hardlight Studio previously developed the new version of Sonic Jump.

[Source: Hardlight Studio on Twitter]

SEGA Tunes: Orchestral Sonic the Hedgehog Medley

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

The Greatest Video Game Music 2 is an album of orchestral video game arrangements played by the London Philharmonic Orchestra. It features a rather spectacular Sonic the Hedgehog medley which you can hear below:

Thanks once again to Titanscreed for making us aware of this!

Toshihiro Nagoshi Discusses SEGA’s Future, PSO2 and Relic Entertainment

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Yakuza director and chief creative officer of SEGA Toshihiro Nagoshi has sat down for a fascinating interview with Famitsu to discuss SEGA’s future, the success of Phantasy Star Online 2’s Japanese launch and the company’s purchase of Relic Entertainment.

Key points include:

– Regarding SEGA’s future; “To be honest, we still need to solidify our footing and our performance as a company, but given the frenetic cycles we deal with nowadays, if we worried solely about that right now, we wouldn’t have a stable future in three or five years.”
– Regarding the success of PSO2’s Japanese launch; “I think it comes down to the talents of the PSO2 team, and how they convinced the company to go that way. I see possibilities with F2P across the industry; it all depends on what you do with it, but it took this team to show us what we could accomplish with this property.”
– Regarding the purchase of Relic Entertainment; “Sega already has The Creative Assembly, which is great at making RTS’, and so we’re becoming one of the best in the world at this genre now. So this purchase was part of our strategy for tackling this genre as well.”

Read the full interview at Polygon by clicking here.


Video Spotlight: Border Break 20 Player Arcade Match Footage

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Border Break is a Japan exclusive, third-person, mecha fighting game that is hugely popular in its’ native country. Machines are linked together for LAN multiplayer which can result in matches like the one below which includes a massive 20 players duking it out. Watch the chaos ensue here:


Video Spotlight: 11 Minutes of Shining Ark PSP Gameplay

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Shining Ark is the next installment in SEGA’s long-running Shining RPG series. The game is due February 28th in Japan only and there’s no 11 minutes of gameplay to whet your whistle:


Video Spotlight: Demon Tribe Opening Movie

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

SEGA of Japan have uploaded the full opening movie for their new iOS RFG Demon Tribe. Check it out:


Fan Scene: Streets of Rage Movie

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

Now here’s a cool little YouTube project! TheStreetStupid have made a 2 part Streets of Rage fan movie that combines elements of the entire trilogy into a live action series of confrontations. Check them out below:

Thanks to Titanscreed for making us aware of these videos!

SEGA Tunes: DJ Yoda feat. Scroobius Pip – SEGA RIP

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

Today’s SEGA Tunes feature is a hip-hop song by DJ Yoda featuring Scroobius Pip and is entirely about the Mega Drive/SNES console war. The song makes some humorous references to Sonic “whoring himself on Mario Olympics” and SEGA fans revolting against them because of Ecco the Dolphin. The song obviously takes some historical liberties in favour of a good rhyme, but it’s still an entertaining listen.

Be warned! This song does contain bad language and references to the “SEGA Genesis” despite both artists being from the UK where the console was called the SEGA Mega Drive:

Anonymous TimeGate Employees Spill The Beans on Aliens: CM’s Troubled Development

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

Eurogamer have unveiled a feature that sources various anonymous TimeGate Studios employees who reveal the troubled development of Aliens: Colonial Marines.

Key points include:

– “when TimeGate began to work on Colonial Marines – then codenamed Pecan – as it became apparent that Gearbox had ignored the game for years. According to three staffers, Gearbox had focused the vast majority of its efforts on Duke Nukem Forever, Borderlands, and Borderlands 2.”
– “It’s unclear exactly how much of Gearbox’s work TimeGate was able to salvage with one source claiming that the studio decided to start fresh”
– “TimeGate was the only developer actively working on Colonial Marines starting at the end of 2010.”
– “Both Gearbox and TimeGate also operated very differently. “You could not pick two companies whose general workflow is more diametrically opposed,” said one source”
– “The game feels like it was made in nine months,” said a source who worked on the project. “That’s because it was.”

Read the full feature at Eurogamer by clicking here.

SEGA Tunes: Enduro Racer Gameplay Theme

Sunday, February 24th, 2013

Today’s SEGA Tunes feature is on the wonderful gameplay theme from SEGA’s Enduro Racer. We’re starting with the Master System version because quite simply it’s the better of the two:

For those of you that didn’t know, Enduro Racer started life as a parallax scrolling arcade racer similar to other SEGA racers like Hang-On. The difference here is that the game throws steep inclines and jumps at you to add some variety to the gameplay. The gameplay theme makes its’ first appearance here but the arcade version’s soundchip generally makes it sound a lot weaker than the Master System version:

Sadly we can’t seem to find any fan remixes of this gem, but if any of our readers would like to suggest some we will happily feature them on the next SEGA Tunes feature!

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