Steamforged Games announces Sonic The Card Game, releasing 2021

Steamforged Games, creators of tabletop games including several licensed video game board and card games, have announced Sonic The Card Game. From their website: “Sonic’s the name, and speed is the game—literally! Join the beloved blue blur in a competitive card racing game where you’ll collect power-ups and rings to win. It’s fast family fun you’ll race through again and again.”

Little else is known, but once we learn more about the game we’ll be sure to news it! Thanks for the tip, Berto!

SEGA Amusements’ Roger Pennington leaves company after 31 years

SEGA’s arcade division has been taking a lot of hits since Covid-19 with the company selling a majority of its Amusement management business in Japan and now the company has announced that a 31 year veteran Roger Pennington will be leaving the company. The website Global Amusements and Play has a good write up on Roger.

He began his career with Deith Leisure as a financial controller, Deith Leisure would then be taken over by SEGA. Roger and Bob Deith would grow the UK Amusement division branch to have a £100m turnover and 250 employees.

“It has been an enjoyable 20+ years working with Paul and building a new team which has become a second family. We have seen our own game development grow and no longer rely solely on Sega Japan for games. Rebranding the company to Sega Amusements International Ltd (SAI) a few years ago and focusing on becoming an international company selling machines all over the world to major operators and distributors. SAI has truly become a global company which not only manufactures and develops games but also distributes 3rd party product and operates games,” 

Roger Pennington will be replaced by Siraj Elkhawad moving forward. Welcome aboard and we hope 31 years of more arcade action!

Yu Suzuki and Namco’s Katsuhiro Harada talk Virtua Fighter 6, cancelled Tekken Dreamcast title and Tekken x Virtua Fighter

Yesterday the Japanese video game news site Denfaminico Gamer held an interview with SEGA-AM2 legendary arcade designer Yu Suzuki (Virtua Fighter), Tekken’s Katsuhiro Harada and Arc System Works’ Toshimichi Mori where they talked about the histories of their franchises that included Virtua Fighter, Tekken, Guilty Gear and Blazblue. There was also some talk about the possibility of creating Virtua Fighter 6!

The important bits of the interview were taken from @gosokkyu twitter account, who translates Japanese gaming news. If you like Japanese games, I suggest you give the account a follow.

IDW announces Sonic the Hedgehog 30th Anniversary Celebration: The Deluxe Edition

You hungry for some Sonic news? IDW has announced Sonic the Hedgehog 30th Anniversary Celebration: The Deluxe Edition, an anniversary collection featuring classic Sonic and friends in a new story from Ian Flynn as well as additional stories from “some of Sonic’s biggest fans” and bonus content. Who are these “biggest fans”? My hope are guest artists and writers from other IDW projects, but we’ll see!

The hardcover 96 page book is due to release October 5, 2021, and will be priced at $19.99. You can find pre-order links at Penguin Random House’s website.

Yakuza 6 launches on Xbox Game Pass on March 25 on Xbox, PC and the Cloud


If you’re a long time SEGA fan on Xbox and have been looking forward to Yakuza 6: The Song of Life on the Xbox and/or Xbox Game Pass for PC, then you’re in luck! In a little less than 2 weeks you’ll be able to finish the Kazuma Kiryu storyline.

It looks like March is a big month for Game Pass as its also getting:

  • Undertale (Cloud, Console, and PC) – March 16
  • Empire of Sin (Cloud, Console, and PC) – March 18
  • Nier: Automata (PC) – March 18
  • Star Wars: Squadrons (Console) EA Play – March 18
  • Torchlight 3 (PC) – March 18
  • Genesis Noir (Console and PC) – March 25
  • Octopath Traveler (Console and PC) – March 25
  • Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire – Ultimate Edition (PC) – March 25
  • Supraland (PC) – March 25
  • Yakuza 6: The Song of Life (Cloud, Console and PC) – March 25
  • Narita Boy (Cloud, Console and PC) – March 30
  • Outriders (Cloud and Console) – April 1

Since Yakuza 6 will support the ‘cloud’ that means you’ll be able to stream it to compatible devices including your phone.

SEGA may reveal the future of Virtua Fighter in the next Japan Fighting Game Publishers Roundtable

Japan Fighting Game Publishers Roundtable is a online session stream with popular fighting game publishers within Japan such as Bandai Namco and Arc System Works as they discuss behind the scenes development of their titles to the fighting game community.

In the latest online session towards the end of the stream, Bandai Namco’s Naoya Yasuda revealed that SEGA is apparently on board in joining the next roundtable to discuss the future of the Virtua Fighter series; most likely to discuss the Virtua Fighter x eSports project.

SEGA has previously stated that Virtua Fighter, the world’s first 3D fighting game in 1993, will be rebooted first in Japan to celebrate Sega’s 60th anniversary during Tokyo Game Show 2020. Are you tuning in the next Japan Fighting Game Publishers Roundtable stream? What would you expect SEGA to reveal regarding the future of Virtua Fighter? Let us know in the comments below.

[Source: Eventhubs]

[Tip: ShannyNackFan]

Cyber Troopers Virtual-On Creator, Juro Watari, leaves SEGA

Cyber Troopers Virtual-On creator, Juro Watari, recently made an announcement on his personal Twitter that he has resigned his position at SEGA by the end of February and said that he is grateful of everyone who took care of him during his time at the company and offers his sincerest appreciation. In the next set of tweets, Watari-san said that his future is unclear and hopes that he could find a new workspace with an interesting theme that he can pour his heart into with guidance and encouragement. As a final supplement, Watari-san said that there were not any troubles that led to his resignation.

As for the future of the Cyber Troopers Virtual-On series, Watari-san said,

“I imagine many of you may be worried about, ‘What happens to Virtual-On?’ While I’m sorry to say that I don’t have an answer for you right now, if there are any developments at SEGA in the future, I would like to watch with anticipation how it plays out alongside everyone.”

If you are curious to check out Cyber Troopers Virtual-On series, you can checkout the first game on Yakuza Kiwami 2 which is now available for Playstation 4, Xbox One, and Steam as well as Cyber Trooper Virtual-On: Oratorio Tangram on Xbox Live Marketplace.

[Sources: Gematsu, Game Talk]

Panzer Dragoon II Zwei: Remake to Launch This Year

Last  year was the launch of the first Panzer Dragoon: Remake. While the game had issues when it first launched on Nintendo Switch, publisher Forever Entertainment actually went in and fixed the game through updates. Later we got PlayStation, Xbox and PC versions with higher resolutions.

Now the Panzer Dragoon: Remake twitter account has confirmed that Panzer Dragoon II Zwei: Remake is coming this year:

Forever Entertainment is also doing a remake of House of the Dead 1 & 2, but we still haven’t gotten updates on that. I guess one game at a time.

Sonic Boom Season 1 Blu-Ray and Season 2 DVD now available for pre-order


We previously reported on Sonic Boom season 1 releasing to blu-ray and now we have pre-order listings and box art! Season 1 will not only include 9 hours of episodes on 3 blu-ray discs, but there will also be a digital code to be redeemed on a service called movieSPREE. Also revealed is the cover art and bonus item in the Limited Edition Gift Set for Season 2 Vol. 1 of Sonic Boom Season 2. Instead of more figures, they’re including a backpack hanger. Not as exciting as Amy and Sticks figures, but it could be because TOMY no longer produces the figures which were included in previous sets. There is also a standard version without a toy included. All three releases hit May 4, 2021 and pre-order links can be found below.

Sonic Boom: The Complete Season 1 Blu-Ray | Sonic Boom: Season 2 Volume 1 Gift Set

Did you pre-order that indie Dreamcast game SLaVE? Better login now and save your receipt!

On September 9th, 2014 we shared the news of a new indie Dreamcast game called SLaVE. The game has been in development for so long, that back in 2017 I posted a story updating readers on why it was taking so long, and while I am not here today to give another update, you can read that article. The reason I am writing about the game again is that GOAT Store, which is the home to GOAT Store Publishing who had taken 400 pre-orders for the game back in 2014, emailed those with user accounts giving an update on the site:

You are receiving this email because at some point, you signed up for a GOAT Store member account. Your member account gave you access to a record of your past GOAT Store orders – but that was it, we kept no other information. I’m writing this email because this weekend, we will be performing a major site upgrade, and when we do, we will not be able to carry over our current member system.

Because of this, if you wish to access or save any part of your order record, please head to https://www.goatstore.com ASAP as we intend to upgrade this coming weekend.

If this is a reminder that you loved the GOAT Store and want to order more great gaming stuff, our old site is available for ordering now!

Basically, if you ordered SLaVE, which is an old unfulfilled order, it is likely that your order history will disappear after this weekend. So head to the site now, login and screen capture or print out your order because you may lose any evidence that you pre-ordered the game.

I do not know what their future plans are, but if pre-orders are disputed or refunds are issued, it’s good to have proof you paid for the game 7 years ago.

Watch Pepelogoo and Asha in action in this new Wonder Boy: Asha in Monster World trailer

In case you didn’t know, Japanese publisher G Choice and Studio Artdink are bringing Wonder Boy: Asha in Monster World to the PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch and Steam on April 22nd in Japan. Western publisher ININ Games plans for an “early 2021” for both PlayStation 4 and Switch. The game is a remaster of Monster World IV, and it has been confirmed that the original game will be included as a bonus. The latest trailer showcases Pepelogoo, Asha’s round and blue buddy.

We’ll share more news about the upcoming remake as we hear it!

Sonic Revolution Announced for 2021 Online Event

Sonic the Hedgehog’s 30th anniversary keeps getting better with the announcement of Sonic Revolution, the 7th year that the event has been concurrently going and is the 2nd one to be online. The event has been a Los Angeles-located Sonic convention but due to the Covid-19 virus, the event will be hosted online through the Sonic Revolution Discord servers. Front runners Shanye (@sonicremix) and Licide (@Angelidia) are back to bring the biggest Sonic fan convention in the world on June 19th and 20th, 2021.

Phantasy Star Online 2 coming to Epic Games Store next week

Phantasy Star Online 2 used to be exclusively available on the Microsoft Store for PC players. SEGA has expanded their support to Steam and soon will also have the free-to-play game on Epic Games Store by the end of the week. February 17th, 2021, for those keeping notes.

SEGA has also been teasing that Phantasy Star Online 2 recently launched the newest Chapter 6 update; which means its a perfect time to launch on a new platform. The real question for me is when is this game launching on Sony consoles like PlayStation 4/5? What about the Nintendo Switch version titled: Phantasy Star Online 2: Cloud?

Sonic movie sequel officially titled Sonic the Hedgehog 2 – releasing April 8, 2022

The Sonic movie twitter account shared the news that the Sonic the Hedgehog movie sequel, which we have all been calling Sonic the Hedgehog 2, will in fact be titled… Sonic the Hedgehog 2! The animated logo reveal, which you can see after the break, features Emerald Hill Zone music and a stylized 2 featuring Tails’ tails. The release date is set for April 8, 2022.