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- Endless Dungeon (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Switch) 2023
- Hyenas (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S) TBA
- Company of Heroes 3 (PC) TBA
- Wonder Boy Anniversary Collection (Switch & PS4) TBA
- Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S) 2023
- Like a Dragon 8 (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S) 2024
- Like a Dragon: Ishin! (PS4, PS5) 02/2023
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- Company of Heroes 3 (PC) TBA
- Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S) 2023
- Like a Dragon 8 (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S) 2024
- Like a Dragon: Ishin! (PS4, PS5) 02/2023


Sonic Spin-Off Game ‘SEGAPede’ Prototype ROM Dumped

November 25th, 2022

Craig Stitt’s SEGAPede game has been discussed previously as some footage of it had been released back in August 2020 where it was known as Astropede. The game was pitched as a spin-off to the Sonic series where you play as a badnik who befriends Sonic. Using existing Hidden Palace tile-sets from his work on Sonic 2, Stitt developed a prototype to pitch to SEGA but the game was never picked up.

Now thanks to the amazing work of Hidden Palace, this prototype has been dumped and archived so we can actually experience the SEGAPede prototype in all its glory. You can check out direct capture of the game via the embed below:

You can download the SEGAPede prototype from the game’s entry on the Hidden Palace wiki. The ROM will run under emulation or on real hardware. Thanks again to the Hidden Palace team for their incredibly digital archive work and making sure this piece of SEGA history is now available to all.

[Source: Hidden Palace]

Let’s Go Retro Gaming on a Budget With 5 of the Cheapest SEGA Saturn Games | YouTube Channel

November 23rd, 2022

We’ve been running a series on our YouTube channel where we try to find the cheapest games for a certain SEGA system that aren’t sports titles, and in our latest edition we put the focus on the SEGA Saturn. Check it out below:

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Sonic Frontiers – PC Review

November 20th, 2022

The release of a new Sonic game has become a somewhat sad affair over the course of the last decade, right after it seemed like he was finding his footing with games like Sonic Colours and Sonic Generations. So after nearly two full run-throughs of the game, it brings me great joy to say that Sonic Frontiers is the best Modern Sonic title released in the past 10 years. In fact, there’s elements of it I think I enjoy more than Generations! It’s also, however, a game with no shortage of issues; in ways that often feel much like ‘first game syndrome’ for the ‘open-zone’ concept that Takashi Iizuka believes could form the future of Sonic games.

Read our full written review, and watch our in-depth video review, by clicking here.

New Sonic Prime Trailer Showcases Multiple “Shatterspaces” | Video Spotlight

November 17th, 2022

The latest Sonic Prime trailer has arrived and in this extended 2 minute look at the show we get to see even more “shatterspaces” and variants of Sonic’s buddies. We even get a whole menagerie of different Eggmen! You can check out the full trailer via the embed below:

Sonic Prime launches on Netflix December 15th 2022. The series is being animated by Wildbrain and features Deven Mack as the voice of Sonic the Hedgehog.

Former SEGA Managing Director Akira Nagai Passes Away Aged 79

November 16th, 2022

Former Sonic Team lead programmer Yuji Naka has revealed that former SEGA managing director Akira Nagai has passed away. He died on November 15th 2022 aged 79.

Nagai started his career at Nihon Goraku Bussan in 1963 where he worked in sales and distribution, directly selling to SEGA when they were producing electro-mechanical arcade games. Nihon Goraku Bussan was absolved into SEGA in the CSK buyout of Gulf+Western in 1984 and Nagai stayed with the company until 2004 when he retired after SEGA’s merger with Sammy.

Nagai is digitally immortalised in Shenmue as a yakuza boss. SEGADriven would like to send our deepest condolences to Akira Nagai’s friends, families and colleagues.

SEGA Mania Magazine Suddenly Ceases Publication

November 16th, 2022

UPDATE 17/11/2022

All 7 issues of SEGA Mania have now been digitally preserved on the SEGAMagazines.com website which is run by the SEGA Mania team. You can browse them all by clicking here. Thanks to Peder Johnsen on Twitter for informing us.

ORIGINAL STORY

The independent SEGA fanzine SEGA Mania has officially ceased publication after only 18 months of activity. The fanzine produced 7 issues.

Lead editor Tim Hugall has cited “a multitude of factors” for the fanzine’s discontinuation. He also revealed that the fanzine never produced any profit and all the writers contributed their work for free. All proceeds made from magazine sales were put directly into the production of the next issue. You can read Tim’s entire farewell announcement by clicking here.

SEGA Mania had only just revealed the cover for their 8th issue 2 days ago which makes the cancellation strangely abrupt. All open pre-orders and subscriptions have been reportedly refunded. Unfortunately, the team have also removed all access to digital back issues and completely deactivated their social media channels – a disappointing end to a fanzine that has previously championed digital archiving.

SEGADriven want to send our best wishes to the SEGA Mania team and hope everyone moves onto bigger and better things. You can read our full review of SEGA Mania issue 1 by clicking here.

SEGA Powered Kickstarting 2022 Hardback Annual

November 15th, 2022

The team at SEGA Powered magazine are putting together a special 2022 annual in celebration of the publication’s first anniversary.

SEGA Powered is an independent SEGA fanzine that features Dean Mortlock of SEGA Power fame as editor. The team have published 7 issues so far and this new annual will compile some of their best features with some additional new content.

The Kickstarter for the annual has 13 days left and is currently at £2066 funded. The goal to make the annual a reality is £5000.

If you’re interested you can head to the project’s Kickstarter page and look at he various tiers to see what suits you best. The annual is being offered as both a digital release and a physical hardback book.

[Source: SEGA Powered 2022 Annual Kickstarter]

Unreleased Saturn Game ‘The Sacred Pools’ Discovered

November 8th, 2022

The wonderful people over at Gaming Alexandria have discovered and dumped an unreleased SEGA Saturn game called The Sacred Pools.

Development on the game started in 1996 by SEGASoft of Bug Too! and Mr. Bones fame, and the title is described as an erotic thriller that heavily uses full motion video. The game was previewed at E3 that year and received a lot of negative press which eventually lead to the game’s cancellation.

The dumped disc image can be downloaded from The Internet Archive by clicking here. Gaming Alexandria also have an extensive article that delves deeper into the history of the game, it’s development and eventual cancellation that you can read by clicking here.

A huge thank you to Gaming Alexandria for preserving another lost SEGA title! You can watch the game in action via the video embed below:

[Source: SEGAbits]

New Sonic Prime Trailer Confirms December 15th 2022 Release Date

October 28th, 2022

The latest Sonic Prime trailer showcases our first look at Sonic’s dimension hopping action via the Paradox Prism and also confirms that the series will premiere on Netflix on December 15th 2022.

Dr. Eggman clearly has other plans for his newly acquired treasure, the Paradox Prism, but when Sonic smashes into it, he is flung into another dimension where he meets his friends from a world where Dr. Eggman has already taken over. This is remarkably similar in style to the Sonic the Hedgehog SatAM show from 1993. Sonic and his pals are even referred to as “rebels”. Check it out below:

Sonic Prime premieres on Netflix on December 15th 2022. The series is being animated by Wildbrain and features Deven Mack as the voice of Sonic the Hedgehog.

Rieko Kodama Has Passed Away

October 27th, 2022

SEGA have confirmed that long time artist, director and producer Rieko Kodama has passed away. Kodama passed much earlier in the year, back in May 2022.

News of Kodama’s passing came to light when Retro Gamer writer Nick Thorpe spotted a tribute to her in the credits for the Mega Drive Mini 2. This was then confirmed by SEGA producer Yosuke Okunari.

Rieko Kodama had been working at SEGA since 1984 and has produced art for many classic games that include Alex Kidd in Miracle World, Quartet, Phantasy Star, Altered Beast, Shadow Dancer and the first 2 Sonic the Hedgehog games. Kodama personally directed Phantasy Star IV and Magic Knight Rayearth for the SEGA Saturn, while producing a number of titles including Skies of Arcadia and the largely Japan exclusive 7th Dragon games.

SEGADriven would like to extend our condolences to Rieko Kodama’s family, friends and colleagues. She was 58 years old.

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