SEGA launching Phantasy Star Online 2: Trading Card Game in Japan

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While we cross our fingers for a Phantasy Star Online 2 western announcement, in Japan they will soon be launching a 1v1 trading card game based on the popular IP. The game will feature cards based on characters, weapons and other art assets found in Phantasy Star Online 2.  As far as how the game will play, that remains a mystery for now.

Phantasy Star Online 2: Trading Card Game isn’t just aiming at being a competitive 1v1 game, but will also feature “Cooperation Battles” where you and friends can play the game versus in-card (is that a word?) bosses. SEGA will be showing off the card game across Japan starting on December 9, where attendees will be allowed to try the game for themselves. If you’re from Japan and want to give the game a try, check out the participating stores here.

SEGA plans on launching Phantasy Star Online 2: Trading Card Game in Japan on March 22, 2018. The first expansion of the series will have 100 cards to collect. Each pack will come with 6 cards and go for 250 yen (about $2.25 USD) each. As far as this coming to the West, don’t count on it, obviously.

[Source: Siliconera]

SEGA and Two Point Studios announcing a new game on January 16

twopointstudiosSEGA and Two Point Studios (a team made up of ex-Lionhead and Bullfrog developers) have now teased a new game announcement via a twitter post telling us to check back on January 16, 2018. SEGA Europe announced their partnership with Two Point Studios back in May 30, 2017 and it seems that they have been hard at work on this new title if its going to be shown in a less than two months.

According to Two Point Studios twitter bio, the team is “Making sim games with ” . It makes sense that SEGA would try their hands at the PC sim market considering that new IPs such as Cities XXL, Cities in Motion and Cities: Skylines have carved a big chunk of the market away from EA. Not only that, they are already heading that way by purchasing the Endless Space developers, Amplitude Studios. It does seem that if they make a sim game that it will be based on something like Theme Park or Theme Hospital. But who knows at this point. While these PC games are usually aimed at another market, as a SEGA fan I actually like the brand name to grow into other markets. Plus the team being made up of people that worked on games like Theme Hospital and Fable really peaks my interest.

SEGA shows off A Certain Magical Virtual-On box art

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Check out the official Japanese box art for A Certain Magical Virtual-On, an upcoming game being released on the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita. The game features characters from the light novel franchise A Certain Magical Index and SEGA’s arcade franchiseCyber Troopers Virtual-On in a epic cross-over competitive game. 

A Certain Magical Virtual-On Japanese box art features Touma Kamijo (A Certain Magical Index) and Virtuaroid MBV-707/VSL “Temjin 707” (Virtual-On). I think the box art is just OK, nothing special and feel that the art style differences between Virtual-On and A Certain Magical Index really clash on the cover. For example Temjin 707 looks rather 3D while Touma Kamijo on the other hand is a typical anime drawing. As for the game, its set to launch on February 15, 2018 in Japan on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita. SEGA West hasn’t announced a western release date as of this posting.

[Via: Gemastu]

Yakuza’s Kazuma Kiryu joins Street Fighter V via fan mod

Yakuza‘s Kazuma Kiryu joins the fight in Street Fighter V, thanks to this fan mod created for the PC version of the game. The mod was crafted by Khaled Antar, who is known in the Street Fighter V community for his past mods, this time he is giving us SEGA fans something to cheer about. If you didn’t know, when Tekken 7 producer asked fans what DLC character they wanted, Kazuma Kiryu topped their list. Maybe someone will make a Kazuma Kiryu mod for Tekken 7 next?

Download the Street Fighter V Kazuma Kiryu mod here

The mod uses Ryu as a base for Kazuma Kiryu and features three variants of the skin that each have 15 color options. You can play with shades, no shades and even have breakable shades via fighting. According to the description it also features jacket and hair physics.

[Thanks Sanus]

Hokuto ga Gotoku Japanese box art released and it looks amazing

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Below I have posted both the clean and retail box art for the upcoming Hokuto ga Gotoku on the PlayStation 4. If you guys didn’t know, Hokuto ga Gotoku is a game based on the Fist of the North Star IP, being done by the team behind the Yakuza games. The game’s box art was drawn by the and only Tesuo Hara, who obviously did illustration for the manga.

Hokuto ga Gotoku hits Japan, exclusively on PlayStation 4 this February 22nd! No western release plans have been shared by SEGA, but don’t be shocked if we get an announcement release early next year.

[Via: Gematsu]

SEGA announces Wonder Gravity RPG for Smartphones

SEGA Games has announced Wonder Gravity ~The Pino and the Gravity User~ as a 2018 mobile title. SEGA has confirmed that the game will be free-to-play and include microtransactions. The story for the game will be written by Yasuko Kobayashi who has written for Japanese TV shows such as Samurai Sentai Shinkenger and Kamen Rider Den-O. The game will focus on you fighting monsters called ‘Debris’ by using the strengths of different gravity fields to attack.

Wonder Gravity ~The Pino and the Gravity User~ story will have you playing in a world without land or ocean, where humans live with Pinos, which are tiny beings created by stars and if you eat their fruit you can become a gravity user. In the game, the main character Hugo receives a message from his long lost father telling him to reach a place called “Endroll”, which happens to be at the bottom of the world and is said to have a mysterious power (very typical JRPG story line). Not too sure what to think of the game myself, it does seem a bit like Sony’s Gravity Rush, no? Maybe its just the name, I guess…

[via: Siliconera]

Dx2 Shin Megami Tensei: Liberation is coming out world wide to a phone near you

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SEGA held a special smartphone game announcement event where they shared some updates on their upcoming free-to-play game Dx2 Shin Megami Tensei: Liberation, a game being developed by SEGA and produced by Atlus. One of the first cross-over projects between the companies! At the event, SEGA talked a lot about the AR technology within the game that will allow you to summon demons via real life, which is something a lot of developers are looking into after the massive popularity of Pokemon Go. Seems that SEGA doesn’t have a release date for when they will release the Dx2 Shin Megami Tensei: Liberation AR update. But they did say they will have more to share at a later date.

SEGA has also confirmed that Dx2 Shin Megami Tensei: Liberation will get a world wide release thanks to fan outcry throughout the globe. SEGA plans to release the game first in Japan, then Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau. Who knows when the English version will be set to launch, but when we get a date we will keep you posted here.

Check out the game’s AR technology in motion and a look at some five-star demons after the break!

[Via: Siliconera]

SEGA releasing an official Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Future Tone DX controller

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SEGA is getting ready to release Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Future Tone DX, which happens to be a sort of ‘Game of the Year’ release for last year’s big Hatsune Miku game(s). This one includes all the DLC released for Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Future Tone plus new songs and modules. The game is set to have over 237 tracks and 396 modules. Yeah, its quite the hefty package.

This officially licensed Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Future Tone DX controller is set to deliver an experience of playing the game at the arcades. If you didn’t know, Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Future Tone DX is actually the port of the SEGA-AM2 developed arcade game, so releasing an arcade style controller for this release makes sense. This also isn’t the only official Hatsune Miku controller available, as SEGA has released similar accessories in the past. According to the item description the controller uses 45mm buttons that have a similar feeling to those used in the arcade machine and the controller weighs in at 1.7kgs (3.7 pounds).

[Source: Degeki Online]

Yakuza Kiwami 2 demo available now on Japanese PSN Store

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The demo for SEGA’s upcoming remake of Yakuza 2, being called Yakuza Kiwami 2, is now available for you to download via the Japanese PSN store. The demo will weigh in at 9.89 gigabytes and allow users to play through some of the main game’s story. SEGA has confirmed that Yakuza Kiwami 2 demo saves will not transfer over to the full version of the game.

If you never made a Japanese PSN account, I suggest giving some YouTube guides a quick look, it isn’t hard to do. I would say its worth it just to try out some upcoming Japanese game demos. Its free, nothing to lose. Yakuza: Kiwami 2 hits Japan on December 7, no western release date has been announced as of posting. But don’t be surprised if we get an announcement sometime next year.

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 remastered joins the SEGA Forever lineup – Happy Sonic 2sday!

Happy Sonic 2sday! The beloved sequel to SEGA’s Sonic the Hedgehog turns 25 years old today. To celebrate, the 2013 remastered version of Sonic the Hedgehog 2 from Taxman and Stealth (of Sonic Mania fame) is now free-to-play (ad-supported) on iOS and Android devices. Of course, if you already own the game, you can restore your purchase and wipe away those pesky ads.

This version of the game is excellent, we even named it our favorite SEGA game of 2013, and Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is so beloved that it made the top of our Top 100 SEGA Games list. So if you haven’t tried it yet, now is the perfect time to do so!

Valkyria Chronicles 4 announcement trailer released, coming 2018 world wide

SEGA has revealed that they are working on a new entry to their popular Valkyria Chronicles franchise, this title being simply titled ‘Valkyria Chronicles 4‘. The franchise might have had a side-game released earlier this year that took the franchise in a more action direction, but it seems that SEGA has gone 100% back to what made people fans of the original. Including the water painting look and a brand new cast of characters to befriend.

I’m going to be honest, this is pretty fantastic. Its also nice seeing Atlus USA localization producer Sam Mullen in the trailer, letting us know that this is a world wide effort. I can’t wait to play Valkyria Chronicles 4 and I hope more in-house SEGA projects take this world wide approach. The game is heading to not only the PlayStation 4 but also Xbox One and Nintendo Switch! Check out the official site right here.

Sonic Forces and Puyo Puyo Tetris gets ‘2 Hits Pack’ on Nintendo Switch

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It seems that Europe, specifically France, will get a ‘2 Hits Pack’ which will include both Sonic Forces and Puyo Puyo Tetris on a Nintendo Switch cartridge(s). The 2 Hits Pack will be published and released by Koch International and not self published by SEGA. According to the Amazon listing, this 2 Hits Pack will cost 49,99 EUR (about $59 USD). Which is a deal considering Puyo Puyo Tetris is listed for 34,99 EUR and Sonic Forces is listed for 29,99 EUR. That’s quite the savings, if you can put up with the bad box art.

The Amazon listing says that shipping starts January 5, 2018. My only other question is if this will come in a single cartridge or will the bundle ship with two separate cartridges? I guess we will find out in a few months. I have heard people online state that they should have included or had Sonic Mania on this ‘2 Hits Pack’ instead of Sonic Forces. Personally think Sonic Mania will do well with a stand alone release, try that before putting it in a bundle like this. But it is a bit shocking that Sonic Forces just came out and its already being bundled with another game to move copies. I mean, that can’t be a good sign, right?

[Via: Amazon.fr]

Check out the opening animation for A Certain Magical Virtual-On

On February 15, 2018 SEGA’s Virtual-On series makes its return with A Certain Magical Virtual-On, a crossover between the giant robot fighting series from SEGA and the A Certain Magical Index light novel from Dengeki Bunko. The collaboration began when the two crossed over for a light novel back in 2016 to celebrate Virtual-On’s 20th anniversary. The game is said to be an adaptation of the light novel, and the core gameplay is 100% what Virtual-On fans have come to expect from the series, so don’t worry about this not playing like a Virtual-On game despite the crossover.

Via SEGA of Japan’s YouTube channel comes the game’s full animated intro, seen above, produced by the Japanese animation studio J.C.STAFF. The intro looks great, and reminds me of the days when SEGA Saturn games would launch with their own animated intros. No word yet on a western release, but given how import friendly SEGA of America has been thanks to the Atlus staff I would not rule it out. Still, if you just want to import the game it will be available 2/15 for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita in special edition releases. You can pre-order both titles now from Play-Asia:

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Yakuza 6: The Song of Life western cover art revealed

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Via the PlayStation Blog comes our first look at the cover art for the upcoming Yakuza 6: The Song of Life. The blog entry covers the localization process, and is well worth reading. Topics covered include a bar conversation mini-game, balancing comedy and drama, and comforting a baby.

The blog entry concludes with a look at the “Essence of Art Edition”, the new name for the launch edition, which features cover art that calls back to the original PS2 game. You can pre-order the “Essence of Art Edition” here.

SEGA releases first Shining Resonance Refrain trailer

If you guys missed the news, SEGA will be porting the PlayStation 3 title Shining Resonance onto the PlayStation 4 as Shining Resonance Refrain. The title will have a slew of new content and aims to give the failed PlayStation 3 game another chance to make an impact. Now SEGA has released the game’s trailer, which you can see above.

The trailer features a brand new theme song that will be exclusive to the enhanced port. Outside of that, there isn’t much new things but we did find out its being typed out as “Shining Resonance Re:frain“, so maybe I should change it on other stories we have done?