This weekend, Sega announced a new physical edition of Sonic Mania called Sonic Mania Plus that includes new content, a reversible cover, and a 32-page art book. Ray the Flying Squirrel and Mighty the Armadillo, from SegaSonic the Hedgehog, will both be playable, as well as a four player competition mode, and a new Encore Mode, which features remixed versions of zones.
Lastly, a Sonic Mania Adventures YouTube series of five minute shorts will be released with Tee Lopes, who worked on Sonic Mania, still handling music. Hit the jump to check out a sneak peek of the first episode.
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Yuji Naka, one of the three creators credited with the creation of Sonic the Hedgehog, who worked as a programmer and producer for the series, has surprisingly announced on his Twitter account that he has joined Square Enix. He joined SEGA back in 1983 where he worked on titles such as Phantasy Star, before departing in 2006.
Now that he’s back at a more game-oriented studio like Square Enix, it will be interesting to see what titles he helps to develop.
One of the most popular staples of Japanese arcades for almost a decade, Border Break is a 10 v. 10 mecha battle game, that allows players to customize mecha, and do battle with each other, with the ability to unlock new upgrades and weapons as they play. It’s been a fan-favorite for many years, and now it would seem is headed to the PlayStation 4.
It’s been announced, thanks to the above trailer, that the game will be launching on PS4 this summer, with an open beta taking place in February. Currently, no release date for the US has been set, but our fingers are crossed.
The Hollywood Reporter has word that Paramount Pictures has secured the rights to an upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog that’s set to be a blend of live-action and CGI characters. What’s more interesting, though, is that Deadpool director Tim Miller is now attached as producer.
The video game adaptation also has a director in the form of Jeff Fowler. “Jeff is an incredible director with strong story instincts,” Miller said in a statement addressing the directorial announcement. “The world of Sonic presents the perfect opportunity for him to leverage his experience in animation to bring new dimension to this iconic character.” The screenplay was written by Patrick Casey, and Josh Miller.
Fans of Sega’s failed, classic video game console, have something incredible to look forward to. At least, if they can afford it.
SEGA Dreamcast: Collected Works is the definitive history of the cult games console, produced in collaboration with SEGA. This large format, deluxe hardback will feature a dazzling collection of never-before-published materials and specially commissioned editorial, offering unprecedented insight into the creation of the Dreamcast console and its celebrated library of games.
The book features incredible detail with full history break-downs, sketches, concept art, and more for the console, and it’s diverse and iconic library of games. Head over to Kickstarter to donate and help make this project a reality.
It’s been a great 25th Anniversary for the speedy hedgehog this year, with Sonic Mania already making Game of the Year lists for many outlets. Now, we still have Sonic Forces left, with an official release date of November 7th.
Now, on top of a release date, we also have some pre-order bonuses for players, with an official controller skin and Create-a-Hero outfits and accessories from PuyoPuyo, Super Monkey Ball, NiGHTS, Jet Set Radio, and even Persona 5. The outfits will be available specifically for player characters, so don’t get your hopes up on seeing Sonic rock some Persona 5 gear. Sonic Forces is releasing on November 7 for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.
Developer Ys Net has posted the first teaser trailer for Shenmue III out of GamesCom, and… well, it’s not pretty. The movements are slow and, the character design is straight out of the Dreamcast era, which could or could not be exactly what you were hoping for.
Shenmue III is being released on PlayStation 4 and PC in late 2018, and will see the events of Shenmue II, from way back in 2001, finally resolved. The game is being published by Deep Silver globally, and was delayed not too long ago, most likely to make room for improvements to the game.
To say the hype surrounding Sonic Mania has been considerable, would be quite the understatement. The game started as a fan-game, with a dedicated group of players coming together to take matters into their own hands, and create a true-to-form Sonic the Hedgehog game in the vein of the classics, using new and older content to craft intricate levels, with updated sprites.
However, SEGA got word of the project and it was quickly ordered a cease-and-desist. Except, it wasn’t. Instead, SEGA snatched up the developers and started working together with them, noticing a rare opportunity, and taking full advantage of of the situation to create a great game. Did it work out? Hit the jump to find out.
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SEGA has announced that Yakuza 6: The Song of Life is getting a North American release, along with the first ever Premuim Edition, which is honestly one of the coolest premium editions I have ever seen. The “After Hours Premium Edition” will retail for $89.99 and will include the following.
- Hardcover Art Book
- Two Bar Glasses
- Two Ice Stones
- Two Coasters
- An outer box
It’s an impressive send-off for series protagonist, Kazuma Kiryu, and absolutely worth the wait when it debuts on March 20, 2018, exclusively for the PlayStation 4. Hit the jump to check out the North American reveal trailer for the game.
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Shenmue III developer, Ys Net, has shared that they’ve signed a global partnership with publisher Deep Silver for the long-awaited sequel. Updates have been quiet on the Shenmue III front for quite some time, since the crowdfunding campaign was a massive success.
The good news? Ys Net also announced that Yu Suzuki will be attenting GamesCom, and is expected to show off many new updates, clips, and gameplay footage from the game. Shenmue III launches in 2018 for the PlayStation 4 and PC.
Today is the long-awaited release of Sonic Mania, and with it, we have an incredibly charming new trailer for the retro-inspired title. Players who pre-ordered the game will be receiving a free digital copy of Sonic The Hedgehog this morning, on the platform that they chose to purchase the game on.
Hopefully we get a fantastic vinyl release of the Sonic Mania soundtrack, because the music in this trailer was so wonderful. Hopefully the excitement around this title gives SEGA a better understanding of what we’re after as Sonic fans.
SEGA has posted the Opening Movie for the upcoming and highly anticipated Sonic Mania, and it’s an unbelievable amount of fun for classic fans of the series. The 2D-animated piece is produced by comic book writer/artist Tyson Hesse and featuring killer music from Hyper Potions.
Check it out above, and make sure to grab Sonic Mania on August 15th if you’re looking for the true-to-form classic Sonic experience.
Sega has posted a minute and a half long snippet of the Sonic Forces theme song, titled “Fist Bump.” Douglas Robb, the lead singer of Hoobastank, wrote the lyrics for, and performs the song. In addition, Tomoya Ohtani composed and arranged it and Takahito Eguchi arranged the strings.
This was supposed to be something comical, but instead it sounds like a kick-ass anime opening theme song, with English vocals by the lead singer of Hoobastank, and I can’t complain. Sonic Forces releases on the PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and PC later this year.
Probably what has to be one of the most adorable and supportive moves we’ll see this week, original Sonic The Hedgehog designer, Naoto Ohshima, created a piece of artwork in support of the upcoming Sonic Mania title from Sega, despite no longer working for the company.
You can hit the jump to view the artwork in full. Sonic Mania will release for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch on August 15th.
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SEGA has announced its continued efforts at a full re-brand, and attempt back at their past glory, with a new mobile endeavor called SEGA Forever. SEGA is bringing its entire back catalog of games to Android and iOS, completely free. The games will include controller support, and be Ad-free for a small fee of $1.99.
That selection isn’t just limited to Genesis games, either. Dreamcast, and Saturn games have also been kicked around. WiFi Multiplayer connectivity will be included in certain titles at launch, but SEGA is also looking into 3G and 4G options.