Next Yakuza Project to remain ‘hardcore’ but ‘interesting’ according to SEGA’s Toshihiro Nagoshi

The latest retail issue of Edge magazine features a interview with SEGA Chief Creative Officer Toshihiro Nagoshi where he talks about the development stories behind F-Zero GX and Yakuza; but also teases the Yakuza Studios next project:

“It will still be quite hardcore at the beginning, but I want the player to think “Oh this game seems really interesting” – that’s what I’m aiming for this time. That goes for the technology too, though I don’t want to say more as it will spoil the fun. By introducing a new and more current systems, I’d like to increase the number of players. And if I do that, I can re-introducing Kiryu-san to some new fans. That would be ideal.” – Toshihiro Nagoshi
The most interesting part is where he says he wants to re-introduce Kiryu-san to new fans, which is odd because the next Yakuza project, being titled Shin Yakuza, is suppose to have a brand new lead character and Yakuza 6 was meant to be Kiryu’s last game. Some people are assuming there is some translation errors, but could it be that Shin Yakuza will have Kazuma Kiryu as a NPC supporting character in the story? I guess we will find out sooner than later, with Tokyo Game Show 2018 around the corner… What do you think?
[Via: ResetEra]

Magic Knight Rayearth on SEGA Game Gear gets English fan patch

Magic Knight Rayearth is considered to be one of the best Game Gear releases, sadly we couldn’t play the RPG due to the fact that it never came out outside of Japan. But don’t worry, fans and translators Filler and Supper have finally released their English translation project.

Back in 2004, Filler actually released the translated script text and recently Supper took the reins on the project (5 months ago). Since then he has added 11,777 script lines, 200+kb of C++ code, 2,156 lines of assembly hacks, 60k of additional Japanese script lines, and sacrificed hundreds of hours to release this project to the public.

You can check out some of the screenshots here and download the patch via Matt’s Messy Room.

Total War: THREE KINGDOMS cinematic trailer reveals upcoming game’s campaign map

SEGA has released a cinematic trailer for the upcoming Total War: THREE KINGDOMS, which gives us a first look at the game’s campaign map. The trailer focuses on warlord Sun Jian, The Tiger of Jiangdong, who believes his destiny is to be the one true ruler. Historically, the Sun family played an important role in the Three Kingdoms period by establishing the kingdom of Sun Wu.

Developed by Creative Assembly, Total War: THREE KINGDOMS releases on PC in Spring 2019. You can learn more about the game on the Steam product page.

Meet the characters of Shenmue I & II in What is Shenmue? Part 2

SEGA has released the second part in their “What is Shenmue?” video series, this time focusing on the characters of both games and their place in the story. Ryo, Shenhua, Lan Di and many others are highlighted. We suspect Goro Mihashi was not mentioned because SEGA wants to keep him a surprise. Narrated by Ryo’s english voice actor Corey Marshall, the video series is a nice introduction to the series for new players, and a reminder for those who played the Dreamcast originals years ago. You can see the second part above, and the first part can be seen here. Shenmue I & II releases August 21st on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.

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SEGA News Bits: Ben Schwartz to voice Sonic the Hedgehog in upcoming movie from Paramount

The upcoming Sonic movie from Paramount just keeps getting better and better! On this SEGA News Bits, Barry shows his excitement for recent casting announcements and set photos, and speculates on what sort of plot the movie might have.

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Persona Dancing: Endless Night Collection releases December 4th – now available to pre-order

ATLUS has just revealed an awesome collection for a great deal! The Persona Dancing: Endless Night Collection will include the new Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight and Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight as physical discs, as well as a digital code for the 2015 game Persona 4: Dancing All Night which originally released to Vita and had a Japanese PS4 release earlier this year. This will collect the complete catalog of Persona Dancing games in a exclusive art book package. The collection will be available for the PlayStation Vita and PlayStation 4, priced at $69.99 and $99.99 respectively and will release December 4, 2018.

The Persona Dancing: Endless Night Collection will also be available digitally on both PS4 and PS Vita. Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight and Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight will also be available individually for Vita ($39.99 each) and PlayStation 4 ($59.99 each).

Pre-order today:
Persona Dancing: Endless Night Collection
: PlayStation 4 Pre-order | PlayStation Vita Pre-order
Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight: PlayStation 4 Pre-order | PlayStation Vita Pre-order
Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight: PlayStation 4 Pre-order | PlayStation Vita Pre-order

Due to a pricing error, Amazon has pulled links. When they’re back up, we’ll be sure to update the article!

Ben Schwartz to voice Sonic in upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog Paramount movie


It seems that Roger Craig Smith will not be voicing the blue blur in the upcoming Paramount Pictures movie, Variety has reported that the studio has hired Ben Schwartz. The biggest role I recall Ben in has been he’s role in Parks and Recreation. But he has also done some really good voice over work, recently landing the role of Dewey in the DuckTales animated show and plays Leo in the upcoming Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles show.

Sonic the Hedgehog movie is set to debut in November 15, 2019. What are your thoughts on Paramount Pictures changing up the iconic Sonic the Hedgehog voice cast for new actors? Do you think Ben Schwartz can deliver a good performance as Sonic the Hedgehog?

Persona 3’s Female Protagonist will have a big role in Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth


If you guys didn’t know, Persona 3 Portable on PSP allowed users to pick the gender of the protagonist character from Male or Female. A lot of people online would rank Persona 3 Portable‘s female protagonist as one of their favorites in video game history. So when Atlus announced Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth would feature Persona 3 Portable‘s female protagonist, people got excited, but worried she would have a minor appearance. Don’t fret, the latest Weekly Famitsu has confirmed that shes a big part of the story.

Not only that, they also talked about how the game will feature 28 Persona-users, each party member being allowed to use two personas and even that Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth will have its own stand alone story. More details after the break:

SEGA teases possible New Sakura Wars game presentation during Tokyo Game Show 2018 talk


If you guys didn’t already know, SEGA will be reviving the Sakura Wars franchise with a brand new game which was announced at SEGA Fes 2018 this past April. As far as that announcement, SEGA and the team have been pretty hushed on details until it was brought up on SEGA’s latest Sega-Nama broadcast, a official Japanese SEGA news variety program hosted by Toshihiro Nagoshi.

Hit the jump to check out Nagoshi and co-host Anyana Tsubaki discuss the possibility of a Sakura Taisen presentation set for ‘summer’:

Jim Carrey confirms that his portrayal of Dr. Eggman will be live action


Jim Carrey is making the rounds online doing interviews at the recent Television Critics Associations event, that means that interviewers got to ask a variety of question to do write ups. You might noticed the increase in Jim Carrey articles this morning ranging from his opinion on Trump to recent big budget comedy films. The people over at Deadline decided to ask Jim Carrey about his upcoming Doctor Eggman portrayal in the upcoming Paramount Pictures Sonic the Hedgehog movie.

So what new information did we get? All we got was Jim Carrey admitting “It will be live-action” when talking about the character. This seems to be a big change considering this will be the first time that Eggman will get a live action portrayal and the first time since 2005* (Actually 2003, thanks for the correction Mike) that Mike Pollock won’t be voicing the iconic villain. What are your thoughts on the upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog movie and the fact that Dr. Eggman will be live-action? Also, why do mainstream media journalist continue to use Dr. Robotnik?

Team Sonic Racing team mechanics spotlighted in new video

SEGA has released a new trailer spotlighting the team mechanics in Team Sonic Racing. The video shows Team Rose, Team Sonic and Team Dark racing in the recently revealed Ice Mountain track. The highlighted team mechanics include:

  • Skimboost: Boost struggling teammates back into action as you drive by!
  • SlingshotSlipstream a teammate for a slingshot boost!
  • Rival Takedown: Knock out highlighted opponents ahead and speed past them!
  • Item Box TransferSend and receive Wisps with teammates anywhere on the track!
  • Team Ultimate: Use Team Mechanics to fill your Team Ultimate meter and unleash a massive team boost!

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Valkyria Chronicles 4 demo now available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch; digital pre-orders open

Valkyria Chronicles 4 is due out September 25 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and Steam. In anticipation of the game’s release, SEGA dropped a ton of new info about the demo and digital pre-order bonuses. Digital pre-orders are available now for all platforms, and included is a bonus add-on mission ‘A Captainless Squad’ in which a group of Squad E soldiers find themselves on an impromptu reconnaissance operation after the squad’s beloved medic dog, Ragnarok, goes missing. The add-on mission will also be available for $4.99 in late October. Pre-ordering Valkyria Chronicles 4 through the PlayStation Store will get you an exclusive theme and avatar set.

Also available today is the Valkyria Chronicles 4 demo which is free to download from the PlayStation Store, Microsoft Store and Nintendo eShop. Players will be treated to the prologue and first two chapters of the game, as well as a bonus mission created just for the demo. Save data will carry over to the full game, and importing data will unlock an exclusive accessory for use in the full game.

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SEGA reveals Gamescom 2018 lineup

SEGA and ATLUS have just announced what games attendees at Gamescom 2018 in Cologne, Germany can get their hands on. The lineup includes: Total War: THREE KINGDOMS, Team Sonic Racing, Valkyria Chronicles 4, Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise, Persona 3 Dancing in the Moonlight and Persona 5 Dancing in the Starlight. Football Manager 2019 and Two Point Hospital will also have a presence at the event.

Of note to Sonic fans, Team Sonic Racing‘s demo will feature the new Ice Mountain track (which fans have pointed out is a zone in Sonic Advance, though whether that is by chance or intentional is unknown) and two new teams. More of the in-game customization will also be revealed.

All games will be playable at the Deep Silver stand in Hall 9, B011-C010.

Atlus announces Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth for 3DS

While it seems that most publishers have left the Nintendo 3DS for the Nintendo Switch, Atlus isn’t quite done. They just announced Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth for the Nintendo 3DS which is set to launch November 29 in Japan for 6,980 JPY (about $63 USD).

Persona Q2 will feature cast members from Persona 3, Persona 4 and Persona 5; including female protagonist from Persona 3 (guess they were left out in the last one?). Above this post I posted the TV spot that had been released, Atlus is teasing the official trailer won’t release until August 6 at 12:00 JST via the Persona twitter account. There will also be a 10-page Weekly Famitsu preview on August 9th, so we will have a ton of new information soon.

Its not surprising that Atlus will continue to support the Nintendo 3DS, they also supported the PlayStation Vita for a long time after Sony abandoned it.

[Source: Gematsu]