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Official Yakuza Skins Now Available in Rainbow Six Siege

Wednesday, May 25th, 2022

Online multiplayer FPS Rainbow Six Siege has revealed that 2 Yakuza skins are now available to purchase in game. You can now dress Hibana as Kaoru Sayama and Echo as Kazama Kiryu. Check out how the skins look in game via the embed below:

The above trailer also hints at a Goro Majima skin that is promised to be coming soon. The Kaoru Sayama and Kazama Kiryu are available now for Rainbow Six Siege on Xbox One, PS4 and PC.

Shenmue 2 Prototype Discovered, Ryo Hazuki Becomes Yu Suzuki!

Saturday, May 21st, 2022

The wonderful people at SEGA Dreamcast Info have managed to acquire and archive an early build of Shenmue II from April 11th 2001 that features a multitude of differences when compared to the final game. The most interesting discovery is that art assets of the game’s director Yu Suzuki are included in this build, and SEGA Dreamcast Info have also released a version of the prototype that changes Ryo’s character model so that you can play as Yu Suzuki instead. You can see him in action via the embed below:

A full article about every difference in this prototype can be accessed by clicking here. A download link for this prototype and the Yu Suzuki version are also included at the end of the article. Once again we have to say a huge, “thank you” to the team at SEGA Dreamcast Info for preserving this amazing piece of SEGA development history.

[Source: SEGA Dreamcast Info Preservation Games]

Sonic 1, Sonic 2, Sonic 3 & Knuckles & Sonic CD to be Delisted on Digital Platforms

Tuesday, April 26th, 2022

Out with the old, in with the new is very much the latest piece of news from SEGA’s PR team, as the company has announced that the standalone digital releases of the Classic Sonic games included in Sonic Origins will be delisted. That’s Sonic 1, Sonic 2, Sonic 3 & Knuckles and Sonic CD.

There’s no mention of specific platforms, but it’s safe to say this probably applies mostly to Steam (the only platform that currently offers all four of the titles standalone). That being said, the press release does note that the versions of Sonic 1 and 2 released for the SEGA AGES line on Nintendo Switch will survive the purge, as will the available titles on the Nintendo Switch Online Mega Drive app.

It’s perhaps to be expected, but still quite a shame. In particular the Sonic 3 & Knuckles and Sonic CD releases offered legal means to use fan projects such as Sonic 3 A.I.R. and the Sonic CD decompliation project. It’s also somewhat odd as the versions of Sonic 1, 2 and 3&K on digital platforms aren’t even the souped-up Retro Engine versions offered by Origins. That is, unless this purge includes the mobile releases… which would be confusing seeing as Origins isn’t coming to that platform.

On the whole it’s a bit of a rubbish situation for preservation as delistings always are, but from a business standpoint was probably to be expected. We’ll forgive them if they relist After Burner Climax on consoles somehow. Maybe.

Mega Drive FPS Zero Tolerance Returns in New Zero Tolerance Collection for Current Gen Consoles

Wednesday, April 20th, 2022

Mega Drive FPS Zero Tolerance is back in a brand new collection for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and Switch called Zero Tolerance Collection.

Zero Tolerance Collection includes the original Mega Drive game alongside the unreleased sequel Zero Tolerance Underground. Completing both games also unlocks the unreleased Zero Tolerance Beyond demo.

The games will be available with 4 different screen filters and each game has up to 5 save game slots. You can check out the reveal trailer by clicking the embed below:

Zero Tolerance Collection is being developed by QUByte Interactive under license from infamous IP hoarders Piko Interactive. The collection will be available digitally and physically via Strictly Limited Games who will offer a standard boxed edition and a ‘special limited edition’ that includes posters, stickers and a soundtrack CD. Pre-orders are currently not available but should be appearing soon. There is currently no word on a release date.

[Source: Nintendo Everything]

Sonic Origins Releasing 23rd June 2022, New Details and Trailer Emerge

Wednesday, April 20th, 2022

Fresh off the back of the recent artwork leak and ratings from South Korea, SEGA have officially dropped the first trailer for Sonic Origins and revealed a whole host of information for the upcoming retro Sonic compilation.

Sonic Origins will feature the Taxman versions of Sonic 1, CD and 2 alongside a brand new port of Sonic 3 & Knuckles developed by Headcannon who previously assisted with the Taxman ports as well as Sonic Mania. The games can be played in their remastered anniversary editions in full widescreen, or in their classic 4:3 aspect ratio versions. The game will also feature a mission mode which tasks players with completing new custom stages that earn them tokens to be spent on in-game unlockables in the game’s virtual museum.

The games will also be available to play as one big title that combines all four titles. The games will also feature new animated opening and ending sequences from SEGA in collaboration with Powerhouse Animation.

Sadly the game is currently a digital only release. What’s more confusing is the 5 different editions the game is being sold in; each with their own exclusive content like a mirror mode, hard missions, additional character animations and additional music tracks. You can see the breakdown of each edition in the graphic below. Thankfully there is only a £4 difference between the base game and the ‘digital deluxe edition’, with the base game priced at £32.99 and the digital deluxe edition priced at £36.98.

Sonic Origins will release on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PC and Switch on June 23rd 2022.

Streets of Rage Movie Reportedly in Development With John Wick Creator

Tuesday, April 19th, 2022

Deadline have revealed that Paramount are developing a Streets of Rage movie with John Wick franchise creator Derek Kolstad. dj2 Entertainment are also tied to the project who recently signed a contract with Amazon to develop an adaptation of the video game It Takes Two for cinema and television.

The film has supposedly been green-lit off the back of Sonic the Hedgehog 2’s box office success. dj2 produced both Sonic the Hedgehog Paramount movies and currently has an impressive amount of video games its planning to adapt in their portfolio.

As with any early movie development reporting, we urge our readers to not get their hopes up. Multiple video game adaptations have been green-lit in the past and some even making it as far as casting and promotional material before being shelved indefinitely (Kane & Lynch being a great example). If the Streets of Rage movie does happen, don’t expect to hear or even see anything for quite a while.

[Source: SEGAbits]

Sonic Origins Artwork Leaks Alongside South Korean Rating

Tuesday, April 19th, 2022

It’s been very quiet on the Sonic Origins front. We haven’t heard anything since the game’s initial reveal back in May 2021, but something is definitely happening soon because the game has been rated in South Korea and some key art has been leaked via the back door of the PlayStation Network. You can see the key art in the header for this this article.

Sonic Origins is a new collection of Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Sonic the Hedgehog 3, Sonic & Knuckles and Sonic the Hedgehog CD. Sonic 3 & Knuckles will also be available to play in their full combined glory, and it has been promised that all games will be displayed in a widescreen resolution. This has led many to believe these ports are being based on Christian Whitehead’s mobile versions of Sonic 1, 2 and CD.

Sonic Origins is scheduled to release at some point in 2022 for “the latest platforms“. Here’s hoping more news on Sonic Origins is coming soon!

[Source: The Sonic Stadium]

Pre-Orders Now Open For Physical Versions of House of the Dead Remake

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2022

Boxed copies of The House of the Dead Remake are now open for pre-order through Forever Limited. The game is available in 3 editions: a standard unlimited edition, a limited edition and an exclusive edition.

The unlimited edition includes a sticker and a numbered certificate. The limited edition is limited to 2000 pieces worldwide and includes a collector’s box, a metal case, enamel pins, cleaning cloth, sticker and numbered certificate. The exclusive edition is limited to 500 pieces worldwide and comes with a collector’s box with lenticular screen, a statue of the Magician boss, sticker and numbered certificate.

Click below for direct links to the Forever Limited store pages for each edition:

Unlimited edition
Limited edition
Exclusive edition

The House of the Dead Remake has been developed by Megapixel Studio and is being published by Forever Entertainment, Microids and Forever Limited under license from SEGA. The game releases exclusively on Switch on April 7th 2022. Boxed copies from Forever Limited will ship in a 2 to 6 month period.

44 New Dreamcast Prototypes Dumped Thanks to ‘Duffy’s Dreamcast Collection’ & SEGA Dreamcast Info

Monday, March 14th, 2022

The wonderful people over at SEGA Dreamcast Info have released an astounding collection of 44 Dreamcast prototypes that are sourced from an ex-Acclaim beta tester.

Dubbed ‘Duffy’s Dreamcast Collection’, this collection features prototypes of games like Shadow Man, Vanishing Point, Re-Volt, F355 Challenge, Fur Fighters, Dead or Alive 2 and the infamously terrible/amazing Spirit of Speed 1937.

Click here to browse ‘Duffy’s Dreamcast Collection’.

In addition to the Dreamcast releases, there are a few PC and PS1 prototypes alongside an Xbox prototype of cancelled title The Red Star.

Once again we’d like to send a huge ‘thank you!’ to the team at SEGA Dreamcast Info for preserving a fantastic selection of Dreamcast prototypes.

[Source: SEGA Dreamcast Info]

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Hyperstone Heist and Tournament Fighters Getting Re-Released Via New Cowabunga Collection

Thursday, March 10th, 2022

While not directly related to SEGA, our readers will be pleased to hear that during the most recent State of Play event from Sony, Konami have revealed a new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles retro compilation that includes the 2 Mega Drive entries in the series. Both Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Hyperstone Heist and the Mega Drive version of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Tournament Fighters will be getting re-released via the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Cowabunga Collection from Konami. You can check out the reveal trailer below:

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Cowabunga Collection will also include every single 8 and 16 bit TMNT game that featured on the NES, Game Boy, Mega Drive, SNES and arcade for a total of 13 games. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Cowabunga Collection will release on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Switch and PC via Steam at some point in 2022.

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