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SEGA Reveal New Jet Set Radio, Shinobi, Golden Axe, Crazy Taxi and Streets of Rage Games at The Game Awards 2023

Friday, December 8th, 2023

SEGA have revived 5 of their classic franchises for new games. In a reveal video at The Game Awards 2023, the publisher has announced that new entries in the Jet Set Radio, Shinobi, Golden Axe, Crazy Taxi and Streets of Rage franchises are currently in development and showcased some brief gameplay of each title.

The new Jet Set Radio carries forward the cel-shaded graphical style of its previous 2 entries and appears to add new traversal capabilities.

Shinobi stays in the 2nd dimension for a fast-paced game that looks like it plays similarly to Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master. However, it is now sporting a hand-drawn art style that isn’t too far removed from Streets of Rage 4.

Golden Axe is once again going for a 3D action game style similar to its last entry Golden Axe: Beast Rider, but appears to have more playable characters and a return to a lot of the franchise’s key iconography.

Crazy Taxi is probably the game that has decided on the most realistic presentation, but it’s still a colourful continuation of its open-world driving hijinks.

And finally we have a new Streets of Rage game that has interestingly ditched its 2D belt-scrolling gameplay for a full 3D interpretation. It’s actually not a million miles off the presentation of the leaked Streets of Rage game that was being pitched by Ruffian Games back in 2012.

You can watch the full reveal video for these games via the embed below:

There are currently no details on when these games will release, for what systems or even what their final titles will be. At the time of writing SEGA have only revealed that the titles are in development alongside a promise that even more games from dormant SEGA franchises are also on the way.

New Books and Graphic Novels Added to Merchandise Sections

Monday, December 4th, 2023

A new selection of books and graphic novels have been added to the website’s merchandise section. See below for the full list of additions and direct links to each:

Dreamcast: Year One by Andrew J. Dickinson added to Books section
Dreamcast: Year Two by Andrew J. Dickinson added to Books section
Sonic the Hedgehog Puzzle Book 2 added to Books section
– Sonic Archives Volume 17 added to Comics and Graphic Novels section
– Sonic Archives Volume 18 added to Comics and Graphic Novels section
– Sonic Archives Volume 19 added to Comics and Graphic Novels section
– Sonic Archives Volume 20 added to Comics and Graphic Novels section
– Sonic Archives Volume 23 added to Comics and Graphic Novels section
– Sonic Archives Volume 24 added to Comics and Graphic Novels section

Mario Party-Style Demon Slayer Game Heading to Switch in April 2024

Monday, December 4th, 2023

SEGA’s use of the Demon Slayer license for video games seems to have been a successful endeavor because following 2021’s Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba-: The Hinokami Chronicles, we’re now getting a Switch exclusive title called Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba-: Sweep the Board!

This title is a multiplayer party game in the style of a Mario Party entry. Up to 4 players can play on boards based on locations from the anime. Mini games can be activated on certain spaces and the game’s big gimmick is a day-and-night cycle that triggers demons to fight cooperatively when the action transitions to night-time. Check out the first trailer below:

Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba-: Sweep the Board! will be a Switch exclusive launching on April 26th 2024. There is currently no information on who is developing it and if it is a digital-only release or not.

New Sonic Board Game ‘Sonic Roll’ Coming January 2024

Tuesday, November 14th, 2023

Another new Sonic the Hedgehog board game is on the way in the form of Sonic Roll which is due to release in January 2024.

This 1-4 player game from Kess Entertainment was designed by Anthony Thorp of Tome: The Light Edition fame, and it features a cover illustration from IDW comic artist Tracey Yardley. It’s a great piece of artwork that’s clearly meant to ape the look of a North American SEGA Genesis game.

The Sonic franchise has seen a surprising amount of board game adaptations in recent years. Sonic Crash Course from IDW Games and Sonic Battle Racers from Shinobi 7 both launched in 2019.

[Source: Retro Dodo]

Xiaomei and the Flame Dragon’s Fist Coming to Mega Drive Via Columbus Circle

Sunday, November 12th, 2023

Previously PC and Switch exclusive, Xiaomei and the Flame Dragon from developer PiXEL is now coming to the Mega Drive via Columbus Circle. The Mega Drive version will release in December 2023 exclusively via Japanese retailers.

Amazon Japan have previously sold Columbus Circle products, but at the time of writing there is currently no listing for Xiaomei and the Flame Dragon on Amazon Japan.

Xiaomei and the Flame Dragon is a belt-scrolling beat-em-up in the Streets of Rage/Final Fight/Double Dragon mold. You can see the Switch version in action via the video embed below:

[Source: Columbus Circle on Twitter]

Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth Includes Animal Crossing-Style Island Sim

Friday, October 27th, 2023

A new trailer for Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth has dropped that reveals an additional life-sim mode called DonDoko Island. On this fully customisable space away from the main game, you can create and manage your own island resort very much like an Animal Crossing game. You can see all of this in action via the trailer which you can watch below:

Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth releases on January 26th 2024 for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and PC. The game is being developed by Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio.

New Madō Monogatari Game in Early Stages of Development at Compile Heart

Thursday, October 5th, 2023

Compile Heart have revealed they are in the early stages of developing a new Madō Monogatari game in collaboration with SEGA.

The Madō Monogatari series has been a Japan exclusive line of dungeon crawler RPGs that feature characters that would later appear in the Puyo Puyo franchise. Games in the series have appeared on MSX, Game Gear, Mega Drive, SNES and SEGA Saturn.

As the game is currently in early development it is not clear when it will release and what platforms are being targeted. There is also no word on whether the game will see a Western release at this time.

[Source: Actual Puyo Puyo Facts]

Shining Force Character Designer Yoshitaka Tamaki Has Died

Friday, September 29th, 2023

Famed Shining Force and Landstalker character designer Yoshitaka Tamaki has died aged 55 after battling lung cancer.

Tamaki actually passed back in July, but his family have only just made the news of his death public after a private mourning period.

Tamaki’s character design credits are featured in Shining in the Darkness, Shining Force, Landstalker, Shining Soul 1&2, Feda Remake: The Emblem of Justice, Time Stalkers, Shining Force: Resurrection of the Dark Dragon and Shining Force Neo.

SEGADriven would like to send our condolences to Tamaki’s friends, family and colleagues. He leaves a legacy that will never be forgotten.

SEGA Has Cancelled the Upcoming Hyenas Game by The Creative Assembly

Thursday, September 28th, 2023

In a sad and disappointing decision by SEGASammy, it has come to light that The Creative Assembly’s upcoming looter-shooter Hyenas has been cancelled in what is being described as a “response to the lower profitability of the European region“.

Hyenas was first announced back in June 2022. The game had only been recently made playable on PC in a closed beta that started on August 31st 2023. The game was due to feature some interesting SEGA fan service, with a character that cosplayed as Sonic the Hedgehog and a hacking device that looked like a Mega Drive.

SEGADriven would like to send our condolences to The Creative Assembly as it must be extremely deflating to learn all your hard work has gone to waste. We hope the team have more success with future developments.

[Source: The Sonic Stadium]

New Animated Sonic Short ‘Sonic Superstars: Trio of Trouble’ Now Available to Watch | Video Spotlight

Wednesday, September 20th, 2023

The Sonic franchise has really fallen in love with animated tie-ins lately, and the latest one is set in the timeline of the upcoming Sonic Superstars game. Called ‘Sonic Superstars: Trio of Trouble’, we get to see Fang, Eggman and new character Trip uncover an ancient ruin and awaken a giant snake in the process. You can watch the short via the embed below:

Sonic Superstars: Trio of Trouble is a part of the promotion for the upcoming Sonic Superstars which launches on October 17th 2023. Sonic Superstars will release on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and Switch and is being developed by Sonic Team. The game is a more tradition 2D style Sonic title that emphasis 4 player co-operative gameplay.

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