TGS 2019: Sonic at the Olympic Games – Tokyo 2020 Mobile Gameplay Trailer

Sonic the Hedgehog and friends will be competing at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics on mobile devices with countless popular Olympic sport games included along with the newly approved sports in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The game will progress through stages placed in popular tourist spots within Tokyo.

In addition to competing for rank with friends, there are many features for personal ranking for each event as well as online competitive play between countries and regions. Sonic at the Olympic Games – Tokyo 2020 is set for release on Android and iOS devices for Spring 2020.

TGS 2019: Yakuza: Like A Dragon Gameplay and Story Trailer

As previously reported in our Weekly Famitsu article on Yakuza: Like A Dragon, SEGA has uploaded two brand new trailers demonstrating the title’s gameplay features and story details. We got a good look on the game’s Live Command RPG Battle system in action with the ability to change Ichiban’s attire through “Job Change” with unique abilities to execute in battle depending on the selected attire.

The trailer also shows off the setting of Yokohama, ways to earn money through can collecting mini games, recruiting people in your team and various new and returning play spots to try out! The story trailer is similar to the previous one but with a few new scenes included featuring more new characters introduced to Yakuza: Like A Dragon. To check out the new story trailer, be sure to hit the jump after the break. Yakuza: Like A Dragon will be released in Japan on January 16, 2020 in Japan and in 2020 in the Americas and Europe.

TGS 2019: Shenmue 3 “Spirit Of The Land” Trailer

YS Net shared two new trailers for Shenmue III from Tokyo Game Show 2019 which features the spirit where the long awaited sequel takes place with a great view of beautiful landscapes, the detailed setting of Bailu Village in Guilin and its people. The second trailer is the previous released video in Japanese which can be watched here. Shenmue III is set for November 19, 2019 for Playstation 4 and Epic Game Store.

TGS 2019: New Shin Sakura Taisen Info with Story and Gameplay Trailers

During SEGA’s Tokyo Game Show presentation for Shin Sakura Taisen, the game’s producer, Tetsu Katano, made several announcements on what we can expect from Shin Sakura Taisen starting with a gameplay demonstration of the New Imperial Combat Revue members, Azami and Anastasia, in action. Following from there, they have made a few new character announcements with Yasha (CV: Chisa Yokoyama), A mysterious high-class exorcism that suddenly appeared in the Imperial Capital along with the disaster at the opening ceremony of the Hanatakudan War. Hardcore fans of the Sakura Taisen series will instantly know the identity of this character.

Next on the announcement were the members of the Berlin Combat Revue, Ellis (CV: Nana Mizuki) and Margarete (CV: Rie Kugimiya), with character designs by Fumikane Shimada, known for creating characters sparking the popularity of the mecha musume boom within the 2000s. In the Sakura Taisen V: New York OVA, the Berlin Combat Revue was briefly hinted at as Ratchet Altair left New York to help form a new team. The stream ended with several trailers showcasing the adventure and combat game play along with a few commercials. You can check them out along with character images after the break!

New Yakuza: Like A Dragon Details from Weekly Famitsu featuring summons, kart racing and more!

Weekly Famitsu’s latest issue in Japan has new game play information on Yakuza: Like A Dragon which covers two new characters, how the Live Command RPG Battle begins, summoning help in battle, and new mini games to try out in the latest installment. With Tokyo Game Show 2019 happening this week, we most likely see live demonstrations of the features in action during SEGA’s livestream starting this Thursday. For insight details on the game play, click the link after the break.

Next Yakuza Game officially announced as Yakuza 7: Whereabouts of Light and Darkness, with Turn Based Combat

SEGA has announced the official name for the new Yakuza game titled “Yakuza 7: Whereabouts of Light and Darkness” during the game’s press conference today in Japan with series creator, Toshihiro Nagoshi taking center stage. Yakuza 7 is said to be aimed to be a “watershed” moment for the Yakuza series.

Yakuza 7 will take place in Yokohama with Ichiban Kasuga as the main protagonist who was sent to jail in 2002. Eighteen years later, waiting for him in Kamurocho is Masumi Arakawa (CB: Kiichi Nakai), who Kasuga owes his life to. He manages to make his way to Yokohama. Saved by Nanba (Ken Yasuda), this story will be the rise of Kasuga. He’s also a fan of Dragon Quest. Sega managed to make a deal with Yuji Horii to mention Dragon Quest in the game.

The gameplay for Yakuza 7 will be vastly different from other Yakuza titles as the game will feature an all-new turn-based action command battle system, which was shown as an April Fools joke. It will include returning elements such as using your environment and objects to fight and incorporates real-time physics. The game will be playable at TGS 2019 from September 12th to September 15th and will officially launch in Japan on January 16th 2020 and in North America and Europe in 2020 for Playstation 4.

What are your thoughts on the new entry to Yakuza and the gameplay change? Be sure to leave a comment below and hit the break for embedded tweets of Yakuza 7 info from Famitsu.

Shin Sakura Taisen Official Stream unveils new characters, gameplay, package art, and much more

On the recent Sakura Wars Imperial Theater Propaganda Department Report stream, SEGA revealed a lot of information regarding the upcoming game. As the stream began, they have demonstrated another look at game play by showcasing two Flower Division members, Hatsuho Shinome and Clarice Snowflake, with their own battle mode features and a tutorial session for beginners who are new to the game. Next, the staff introduced a new package art for the game and merchandise to be sold at Tokyo Game Show 2019. They have also revealed that Shin Sakura Taisen will be receiving a manga adaptation by Koyuri Noguchi and will be serialized at Weekly Young Jump on September 12th.

Then the staff shown off a new character, Gekizou, a machine doll designed by Ken Sugimori (known for his artwork behind Pulseman and the Pokemon series) and will serve promoting the Imperial Theater with Seijuro making sure that it doesn’t go down under. At last, another set of characters are revealed to appear in Shin Sakura Taisen with introduction of the London Assault Force who pilot the Spirit Particle Fighters named the Prywen. The London Assault Force is made of Lancelot and her captain Arthur with “BunBun“, illustrator of the Sword Art Online light novels as their character designer.

The new team then challenges Sakura and Seijuro in a battle. The London Assault Force also has another team member that has yet to be revealed as producer, Katano, wanted to show more about Arthur and Lancelot but anymore scenes with them will contain big spoilers. As the stream was about to end, the staff announced that the next set of streams will be held each day at Tokyo Game Show 2019 from September 12 to September 15th. Shin Sakura Taisen is set for release in Japan on December 12th with western release set for Spring 2020.

What are your thoughts on the latest info on Shin Sakura Taisen and what do you expect from Tokyo Game Show? Let us know in the comment below.

Takashi Iwade, Veteran Designer for the Panzar Dragoon series, passes away

According to a Twitter post by James Mielke, creative director at Tigertron and founder of BitSummit, Takashi Iwade, known for his work on the Panzar Dragoon series as a designer as an ex-Andromeda team member and SEGA, had recently passed away last week due to an illness.

One of his notable roles in the Panzar Dragoon series was character model production, title logo designer, and art director at SEGA for over 25 years. He had also worked on many other SEGA franchises such as Jet Set Radio and Yakuza. May we pay respect for his hard work on the iconic gaming franchise that debuted on the SEGA Saturn since 1995.

Fan Re-Imagines The House of the Dead 2 with Unreal Engine 4

Programmer and YouTube user, MoonGlint, has recreated and re-imagined the arcade classic light gun shooter, The House of the Dead 2, powered by the Unreal Engine 4 with short demonstration game play videos of the first level. It amazes me how fans can recreate classic video games with modern technology. Even the new installment, House of the Dead Scarlet Dawn, uses the Unreal Engine.

You can check out more game play clips after the break. Would you like to see The House of the Dead 1 & 2 reimaigned in Unreal Engine 4 for arcade and consoles? Let us know in the comments below.

Summer of Sonic team launches Kickstarter Campaign for Sonic Adventure Music Experience Live in the UK

If you happen to be a Sonic the Hedgehog fan residing in the UK, the Summer of Sonic team has launched a Kickstarter campaign for an official Sonic Adventure Music Experience live UK performance of music from the Sonic the Hedgehog series Sonic Adventure, 2 and Team Sonic Racing featuring performances by Jun Senoue (guitarist), Takeshi Taneda (long-time bassist for Crush 40) and drummer Act. (Crush 40, TSR Soundtrack drummer), on December 8th 2019 at The Garage, London.

The band will perform music from the Sonic Adventure series and the recently released, Team Sonic Racing, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the release of the SEGA Dreamcast and Sonic Adventure in the west. Their Kickstarter campaign goal is to reach at least £13,500 within it’s 3 week duration.

If you want to attend or support the campaign, be sure to check out their Kickstarter page with more details on the event and tiers you can earn.

Project Sakura Wars Release Date announced for Japan and more info on gameplay

SEGA has finished their recent Sakura Wars Imperial Theater Propaganda Department Report stream by showcasing character theme songs, new characters (Shanghai Kagekidan members, Shaolong and Yui), and a battle system vastly different from the original Sakura Wars games.

While the previous entries used a traditional turn-based battle system, Project Sakura Wars seems to use a different approach with more of a platforming and hack/slash combat style game play. You can check out the game play in action here.

SEGA has also announced that the game will be released in Japan on December 12, 2019 with pre-orders to be available with a special PS4 Theme, and the limited edition will have a soundtrack with over 60 songs from the whole series, and an artbook.

A upcoming fan event will also take place on August 21st for Japanese players to get their first hands on Project Sakura Wars. Check out screenshots of the new characters and battle system right after the break!

Project Sakura Wars Battle System Gameplay to debut in official live stream on July 25th

SEGA will be hosting a second live stream of the ‘Sakura Wars: Imperial Theater Propaganda Department Report’, and will demonstrate the battle segments of the game and more public information on Project Sakura Wars. The live stream will premiere on July 25th from 20:00 JST to 21:30 JST (4am-5:30am PST) on YouTube and Periscope.

The stream will feature:

– Tetsu Katano (Project Sakura Wars producer)
– Nao Yue (SEGA, director of SEGA Games Corporation)
– Mami Yamashita (assistant MC)

If you can’t make it to the stream, SEGA will have it uploaded to their YouTube archives and we’ll keep you posted on more news regarding Project Sakura Wars as they come by.

Sonic & Tails to guest star in OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes Cartoon

Cartoon Network released a new trailer for an upcoming episode of OK K.O. Let’s Be Heroes at their panel during San Diego Comic Con 2019. The episode titled “Let’s Meet Sonic” will be featuring special guest appearances by Sonic the Hedgehog and Tails with Roger Craig Smith and Collen O’Shaughnessey confirmed to reprise their roles as the unbreakable duo and will premiere on Cartoon Network on Sunday, August 4, at 4:45pm (PT/ET).

OK K.O. Let’s Be Heroes follows the titular character, K.O., and his efforts to become the world’s greatest hero while working at Gar’s Bodega along with his friends, Enid and Radicles, and protecting their home, Lakewood Plaza.

Want to see the trailer in action, be sure to click the link after the break.

SEGA AGES Shinobi coming to Nintendo Switch

SEGA of Japan recently made an announcement that the classic arcade version of Shinobi will be coming soon to the SEGA AGES line up for the Nintendo Switch in Japan with a release date undecided at the moment.

Debuting on the SEGA System 16 arcade hardware, Shinobi is a side scrolling action and platforming game featuring Joe Musashi as he uses ninja martial arts and weapons to attack enemies of the Zeed Organization while saving the children of the Oboro Clan. In addition, you can use the killing Ninjutsu technique to wipe out the enemies in the screen and encounter bosses appears at the end of each mission with extraordinary battles such as a helicopter carrying a ninja army and a huge computer protected by a Buddha statue.

We will keep you posted on more information for SEGA AGES Shinobi once a release date and price has been announced for both regions.

[Source: Official Website]

Valkyria Chronicles 4 receives price drop and a Complete Edition on all consoles

Valkyria Chronicles 4, the latest installment in the long running turn based RPG series by SEGA, is now available at a permanently reduced price of $29.99 on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Steam with every DLC included. You can pick up the Valkyria Chronicles 4: Complete Edition digital package, available now on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, which contains all add-on content released for the game, all for $49.99. If you happen to own the base game already, a convenient all-in-one DLC pack is also available for $24.99.

Valkyria Chronicles 4: Complete Edition contains add-on scenarios ranging from high-difficulty maps to entirely new story content, including:

  • A United Front with Squad 7
  • Edy’s Advance Ops
  • The Two Valkyria
  • Expert Level Skirmishes
  • A Captainless Squad
  • Squad E, to the Beach!