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Archive for September, 2019

New Mega Drive Title ‘Demons of Asteborg’ Seeking Kickstarter Funding

Wednesday, September 25th, 2019

It’s time for a new independent Mega Drive development! This time we have Demons of Asteborg; an action title from Neofid Technology based in Manosque, France.

Demons of Asteborg is a game very much in the Ghouls ‘n Ghosts/Volgarr the Viking mold. The game is due to be released on Steam, Nintendo Switch and most importantly, the SEGA Mega Drive in August 2020. However, it requires £30,892 of funding to be made a reality, and that’s where Kickstarter comes into play.

If this all sounds interesting to you, you can pledge towards the game’s development and receive the game for whatever format you desire as either a physical product or a digital download. There are many tiers to choose from to suit as many people as possible so click here to check out the Demons of Asteborg Kickstarter page and see what takes your fancy.

ChuChu Rocket! Universe and Sonic Racing Are Now Available to Play on Apple Arcade

Friday, September 20th, 2019

The new iOS subscription service Apple Arcade is available now and with it comes the launch of 2 new SEGA titles, Sonic Racing and ChuChu Rocket! Universe.

Developed by Hardlight, Sonic Racing is a paired down version of Team Sonic Racing with more of a single player focus. ChuChu Rocket! Universe is definitely the more interesting of the bunch as it’s the first ever sequel to ChuChu Rocket! which originally released for Dreamcast back in November 1999. You can see what both games look like in action via the embed below:

Along with Apple Arcade comes the launch of iOS 13 which allows for controller support with bluetooth devices like the PS4 and Xbox One controllers. It’s certainly a more comfortable option for those who prefer buttons to touch and gyro controls.

Apple Arcade costs £4.99 a month but during the launch window you can try the first month for free. It works on all modern iOS devices.

Troy: A Total War Saga Announced

Thursday, September 19th, 2019

The next Total War game takes the strategy action to Greece for Troy: A Total War Saga. While there isn’t any in-engine footage to showcase at this time, a lovely pre-rendered cinematic has landed on the Total War YouTube channel which gives you a taste for the game’s setting. Check it out below:

Troy: A Total War Saga will launch for PC at some point in 2020. You can wishlist it on Steam by clicking here.

“Cheerful Usa-Chan” Stuffed Toy Released in Japan… And It Sings NiGHTS into Dreams Music

Thursday, September 19th, 2019

We love a bit of weird SEGA trivia here at SEGADriven, and this certainly fits that bill!

Very recently, a cuddly soft toy called “Cheerful Usa-Chan” was released in Japan. It seems like it’s a spin-off from another popular product, IWAYA’s “Cheerful Kuma-chan”, and the idea is that it’ll sing kids a lullaby to help them sleep. Which is all well and good, but has absolutely nothing to do with SEGA. Or does it?

Turns out one of the songs included with Cheerful Usa-Chan is none other than a brand new arrangement of “Dreams Dreams”, the main theme of SEGA Saturn cult hit NiGHTS into Dreams! Specifically, it’s a new spin on “Dreams Dreams in Silent Memory”. Composer Tomoko Sasaki goes into detail about the surprising inclusion on her blog – from the sounds of things, she asked SEGA for permission to use the track and they granted it, so you can officially have your kids put to bed by a stuffed rabbit singing old SEGA music at them. The rabbit’s singing for the track is even provided by Sasaki herself! For those unaware, her resume includes Ristar and Burning Rangers, and later on tracks for Namco’s “The iDOLM@STER” series. She even voiced the Chao in Sonic Adventure!

Fortunately Twitter user @mid0_ring0 already got their hands on the plush, and being a NiGHTS fan they’ve provided a video of the new arrangement, after the jump:

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3 Virtual-On Games Coming to PS4 as Cyber Troopers Virtual-On Masterpiece 1995-2001

Friday, September 13th, 2019

A new Japan-only compilation of early Virtual-On titles is coming to PS4 on November 27th 2019 as Cyber Troopers Virtual-On Masterpiece 1995-2001. This collection will be a download-only affair and include the following titles:

– Cyber Troopers Virtual-On
– Cyber Troopers Virtual-On Oratorio Tangram
– Toaru Majutsu no Virtual-On

SEGA Japan are working with TANITA to bring this collection to PS4 alongside a new twin-stick controller for Virtual-On purists. This twin-stick controller was funded by Kickstarter back in January 2019.

[Source: SEGAbits]

Get Your First Look at the Games on Show at This Year’s Sonic Amateur Games Expo | Video Spotlight

Friday, September 13th, 2019

Want to see what games are going to be making an appearance at this year’s Sonic Amateur Games Expo? Well wonder no more because the first game trailer is here:

This is not an exhaustive list, but some of the more SEGA-centric games featured include:

Sonic Liquid Survival
Sonic Island: Lost Paradise
Shadow’s Ladder
Sonic All Mix Plus
Sonic & Knuckles: Key Hunters
Sonic: An Untold Darkness
I Can’t Believe It’s Not Sonic the Hedgehog
Sonic 3 A.I.R.
Sonic and the Mayhem Master
Sonic Smackdown
Sonic.exe: The Assault
Sonic Journey
Sonic the Hedgehog RPG
Sonic & Knuckles: Newtrogic Panic
Phantom Gear
Sonic Explorers

The Sonic Amateur Games Expo will run from September 27th to October 4th at www.sagexpo.org.

Shin Sakura Wars Anime Revealed for Japanese Release in 2020

Friday, September 13th, 2019

A new anime series based on Shin Sakura Wars is due to start airing in Japan in 2020. Titled Shin Sakura Wars The Animation, the show will be directed by Manabu Ono of Sword Art Online: Alicization fame and animated by studio Sanzigen. The show features your standard modern anime blend of 3D and 2D animation. You can check out the first trailer by clicking the embed below:

Sakura Wars is a series that’s no stranger to anime. A series produced by studio Madhouse ran for 25 episodes back in 2000.

[Source: Gematsu]

New Trailer for Sonic at the Olympic Games Reveals More About the Mobile Title | Video Spotlight

Friday, September 13th, 2019

An extended look at Android & iOS title Sonic at the Olympic Games is now available to view. Sonic at the Olympic Games is shaping up to be quite an extensive package for a mobile title. It features a selection of exclusive events and even a Tokyo-themed overworld to explore. Check it out below:

Sonic at the Olympic Games launches for Android and iOS devices in Spring 2020. There is currently no word on whether the game is free-to-play for priced.

Get a Good Look at the In-Game Action of Yakuza: Like a Dragon in New Trailer | Video Spotlight

Thursday, September 12th, 2019

A lot has been said about Yakuza: Like a Dragon’s move to turn-based combat, but now you get to see it all in action thanks to the latest Japanese trailer to come from the Tokyo Game Show. Check it out below:

Not only to we get to see Ichiban and pals team up to wreck fools, we also get a look at the character customisation options and an extended tour around Yokohama that even includes a litter picking mini-game. Yakuza: Like a Dragon is due to launch everywhere on PS4 next year.

Too Much Shin Sakura Wars Footage Now Available to Watch | Video Spotlight

Thursday, September 12th, 2019

Do you want to see more of Shin Sakura Wars? Well SEGA Japan certainly want you to at least look at the game because they’ve now shared 2 TV Spots, a story trailer and an in-game trailer for you to gawp over. Check them out below:

TV Spot

TV Spot 2

In-Game Trailer

Story Trailer

Shin Sakura Wars sees the series shift from strategy to more of an action RPG style of gameplay. The game launches in Japan for PS4 on December 12th 2019. A Western released, tentatively titled Project Sakura Wars, will launch at some point in 2020.

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