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SEGA Releases 2 New Sonic Double-Packs for Nintendo Switch In North America

Tuesday, October 27th, 2020

SEGA has launched two new combo packs for the Nintendo Switch in North America, both including a selection of Sonic games – or at the very least, games featuring Sonic.

One pack gives you the sublime Sonic Mania (seemingly without the Plus DLC, oddly) and Team Sonic Racing. There’s also a pack that pairs up Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD (which featured Classic Sonic as an unlockable character) and Sonic Forces.

The packs are available for $39.99 each. The PR we received doesn’t mention a European release (seeing as this comes straight from SEGA of America’s Sonic PR), but given previous packs have released on our shores we’d expect these will be showing up too.

[ Source – Sonic PR ]

SEGA Forever Release Crazy Taxi Retrospective Video, Running Through the Series’ History

Tuesday, October 20th, 2020

SEGA have released another retrospective via the SEGA Forever account, following up on the style of the previous NiGHTS into Dreams… video that revealed a previously unseen US boxart. This time, it’s all about the Crazy Taxi series!

This one doesn’t have any ground-breaking discoveries from SEGA’s archives, but it does serve as a pretty great way to familiarise yourself with the mainline entries in SEGA’s beloved cab-em-up series. It also provides a good excuse to listen to “All I Want”, though to be fair we never need an ‘excuse’ to listen to that song.

SEGA Forever’s also promised there’s more Retrospectives on the way as part of a series, so we’ll let you know when more go up.

Sonic Comes to Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout in Costume Form, Available from October 14th

Monday, October 12th, 2020

Sonic has found his way into yet another game, and this time it’s the summer’s smash-hit battle royale – Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout, from British studio Mediatonic.

Revealed via a Mediatonic vs SEGA Europe livestream to mark SEGA’s 60th Anniversary, from this Wednesday you’ll be able to buy a costume of Sonic for your adorable Fall Guy bean. It doesn’t come in cheap though; you need 10 crowns for both halves of the costume (5 crowns for each half), and the main way of getting crowns is by being the last Fall Guy standing in a set of matches – which is far, far easier said than done. Fortunately Fall Guys’s recent Season 2 update has made it easier to accrue crowns by just playing the game, regardless of your victory tally, so any Sonic fans after this should probably get started on levelling up sooner rather than later.

The official PR is as follows:

Get ready for a supersonic brawl! SEGA® has teamed up with Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout developer Mediatonic to bring a Sonic the Hedgehog-inspired costume to the highly popular battle royale platformer’s Season 2 content.

 

Available starting Wednesday, October 14, Sonic fans can get their Fall Guys beans prepared for battle with a look modeled after the iconic hedgehog himself. The Sonic the Hedgehog costume is available for purchase in Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout Season 2 for 10 crowns.

Fall Guys is currently available on PC via Steam and Playstation 4.

[ Source – Official PR ]

Darius Cozmic Revelation’s Ebten DX Pack Will Include A Physical Version of the Mega Drive Port Seen on the Mega Drive Mini, Switch/PS4 Code for Prime Day Pre-Orders

Friday, October 9th, 2020

Taito have revealed the various editions of the upcoming Darius: Cozmic Revelation bundle, which includes G-Darius HD and Darius Burst Another Chronicle EX+ for Playstation 4 and Nintendo Switch. It wouldn’t be a modern Taito re-release if there weren’t a bunch of extremely confusing differences across each version though, and none are more important here than the ‘Famitsu DX Pack’.

The ebten store version of the Famitsu DX Pack will include a physical cartridge version of ‘Darius Extra Version’, a Mega Drive port of Darius. If that sounds familiar, it’s because said port was actually included on the Mega Drive Mini!

Meanwhile, anyone who pre-orders the game from midnight October 13th to midnight October 15th (a 48 hour period) via Amazon will get a special ‘Prime Day’ bonus – a download code for the Mega Drive version of Darius that you can use on Nintendo Switch or Playstation 4. It’s currently not clear whether this will be released separately down the road, but looking at Taito’s history of locking entire games within collections behind pre-orders bonuses, we wouldn’t exactly hold our breath.

Sadly, Strictly Limited’s Western physical release makes no mention of the Mega Drive version in either download code or physical form; but we’ll update if this suddenly changes.

Darius Cozmic Revelation will be released February 25th 2021 in Japan. Strictly Limited’s version is expected to ship in June or July.

 

[ Source – Taito ]

Yakuza: Like A Dragon’s Playstation 5 Version Will Release March 2nd 2021, Free Upgrade for Owners of PS4 Version, Other Versions Now Releasing Together on November 10th

Monday, September 28th, 2020

UPDATE: Romain Mahut of GameBlog has reported confirmation that owners of the physical version of Yakuza: Like a Dragon on Playstation 4 will also be eligible for the free upgrade. Original article continues below.

Yakuza: Like a Dragon will come to the Playstation 5 on March 2nd 2021. Alongside this announcement, the first footage of the game running on PS5 has been released, and it certainly looks quite nice!

In addition, owners of Yakuza: Like a Dragon’s digital PS4 version will be able to get the PS5 version for free once it releases. This is similar to the situation on Microsoft’s platforms, where Like a Dragon will support Xbox Smart Delivery.

The first footage of the game running on PS5 is available here. Gematsu have also provided PS5 footage of the game’s battles.

Also announced is that Yakuza: Like a Dragon will now launch on November 10th across all platforms, via Gematsu. Previously the game was slated for November 10th on Xbox Series X/S and November 13th on other platforms.

Virtua Fighter x eSports Project Announced for Japan

Friday, September 25th, 2020

As part of their 60th Anniversary celebrations, SEGA has announced a new ‘Virtua Fighter x eSports’ project.

Sadly, there’s literally no more details than that; it’s unknown if this means a new game in the vein of Puyo Puyo eSports (Champions in the West) is in the works, or if it’ll just entail running games such as Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown within Japan’s eSports league.

At the very least, let’s hope we get some fresh Virtua Fighter ports out of this; only time will tell!

Yakuza Movie In Development at 1212 Entertainment and Wild Sheep Content

Thursday, September 24th, 2020

SEGA have started work on developing a movie based on the beloved Yakuza franchise, alongside 1212 Entertainment and Wild Sheep Content.

The new comes via Variety, who report that the project has already found its producers in Erik Barmack, Roberto Grande and Joshua Long. The team are currently looking for scriptwriters.

After the smash-hit that the Sonic movie wound up being, it’s arguably not too surprising to see SEGA consider adapting their other works to film and TV. That said, we are a bit wary of this project given the number of other projects in this vein that have gone absolutely nowhere in the past; as far as we can tell, that Rent-A-Hero movie isn’t any closer to happening, nor are any of the other SEGA and Stories International ventures.  Time will tell if this one fares any better.

SEGA AGES: Herzog Zwei is Out Now on the Western Nintendo Switch eShop

Thursday, September 24th, 2020

SEGA AGES: Herzog Zwei is now available to purchase in the West for the Nintendo Switch. It’ll set you back £5.99.

This port of the pioneering Mega Drive Real-Time Strategy game from Thunder Force creators Technosoft boasts a slew of new features, intended to ease those unfamiliar with the game or RTS in general into the swing of things. You can customise a number of game parameters to your liking, and there’s a new in-depth tutorial to go through the basics; an extremely charming one, and is frequently cracks jokes about other games in the AGES line, and about just how amazing giant transforming mechs are.

Herzog Zwei is the final release in the SEGA AGES line, but M2 are at TGS to discuss upcoming projects such as the recently announced Aleste Collection. Whether we’ll see what they and SEGA might be up to next remains to be seen.

IDOLA Phantasy Star Saga Now Available on Android and iOS In 140 Territories from Boltrend Games

Thursday, September 17th, 2020

IDOLA Phantasy Star Saga, the latest mobile entry in the beloved Phantasy Star series, is now available to download in 140 territories, including North America, for both iOS and Android. The release comes via Boltrend Games.

Via Boltrend’s PR:

IDOLA Phantasy Star Saga was produced by Shuntaro Tanaka, recognized writer and producer, Tomomasa Chin, the supervising director, and Sho Mutsuura, the art director together with the original team in SEGA, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Phantasy Star series in Japan. Soundtrack was done by Kenichi Tokoi, also composer of the music in the Sonic the Hedgehog series.

While the game is not available in Europe at the moment, Boltrend’s PR has now confirmed that a European release is planned for the future, which is great to hear. We’ve also received clarification on the game’s connectivity to Phantasy Star Online 2, or lack thereof; while the EN version of the game cannot connect to PSO2, SEGA has released a code for the Visiphone that will reward players with 200 SG. So that’s nice!

As soon as information becomes available on a European release, we’ll let you know.

You can get the game for Android devices here, or for iOS devices here.

Sonic 30th Anniversary Logo and Merchandise Plans Revealed, Including IDW Classic Sonic Comic Miniseries

Monday, September 14th, 2020

Merchandise plans have been revealed to celebrate Sonic’s 30th Anniversary, via BleedingCool. In addition, we also have the rather snazzy 30th Anniversary logo.

A range of partners will be taking part in the festivities, including Funko, Jakks Pacific, Dark Horse Comics, FiGPiN, and G Fuel. Perhaps most notably, IDW Comics will be releasing a new comic series featuring an all new adventure from Sonic’s Classic counterpart; perhaps akin to Archie’s wildly popular Sonic Mega Drive series.

A full list is after the jump, again via Bleeding Cool: (more…)

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