Post by Nester the Lark on Jun 8, 2018 16:47:53 GMT -5
Just wanted to post this somewhere. This is the first English interview with Treasure's Masato Maegawa in many years. It doesn't reveal anything Earth-shattering, but it's nice to get an update on the company. Some of Maegawa's answers are very vague, and it could partially be due to translation issues, but I think that's just how he is anyway. Treasure is a very secretive company.
Hey look, an Atelier spinoff! I was hoping they'd announce something like a Warriors-style game when they said they'd announce Atelier news this week, but this is even better!
Just as I suspsected, after completing so many story arcs, they'd be trying to do something to bridge the series together. It'd be a shame to have all these characters appear only in phone games.
I'm also rather pleased to see them retaining the same basic system configuration (PS4, PS Vita, Switch). From what I heard, initial sales for the Switch version of Lydie & Suelle was disappointing, amounting to less than 20% of total sales and trailing behind PS Vita. Honestly, I wouldn't blame them for dropping Switch in the future, but I can't bring the PS4 outside…
But yeah, non-mobile game that bridges multiple worlds in the same series together. I wish Fire Emblem would do this too.
Post by Nester the Lark on Jul 19, 2018 19:09:17 GMT -5
The first two games in the Sega Ages series will be Sonic the Hedgehog and Thunder Force IV, and they're scheduled to be released in August in Japan for 925 yen. (Source)
Here are the special features for each game:
Sega Ages: Sonic the Hedgehog
- Original Mode: Enjoy the original Sega Genesis / Mega Drive version of Sonic the Hedgehog. Stage selection, which was a cheat code in the original version, can be turned on / off at startup. Additionally, the “Spin Dash” action added in Sonic the Hedgehog 2 and “Drop Dash” action aided in Sonic Mania have also been added (which can be disabled in the game options). Also, in addition to the standard Japanese and overseas game versions, you can also choose to play the Mega Play version. Mega Play was a Sega Genesis / Mega Drive formatted for arcades to play popular Sega Genesis / Mega Drive games. The Mega Play version is a time attack game where the goal is to clear familiar stages within the time limit, allowing players to enjoy a condensed form of Sonic the Hedgehog‘s thrill and sense of speed through stages configured to emphasize speed.
- Ring Keep Mode: A support mode added in 3D Sonic the Hedgehog 2 for 3DS. Since the player will always start the stage with 10 rings, it is easy to come back from boss battles or mistakes made right after the stage begins.
- Challenge Mode: 1) A worldwide ranking mode where players compete to clear “Green Hill Zone Act 1” with the best time. 2) A worldwide ranking mode where players compete in score attack in the Sega Genesis / Mega Drive version. Even just one mistake will end the challenge.
Sega Ages: Thunder Force IV
- STYX Mode: A mode where you can play as the FIRE LEO-03 “STYX,” the fighter spacecraft used by the player in Thunder Force III. While you can play using all of the weapons from Thunder Force III, will the older model spacecraft make the fight harder in Thunder Force IV? STYX Mode is unlocked by clearing Original Mode once.
- Original Mode: Enjoy the original Sega Genesis / Mega Drive version of Thunder Force IV. You can choose between the Japanese and overseas game versions. Also, in addition to being able to increase the difficulty by configuring slowdown reduction, you can also configure whether the background music stops or continues during voice-over playback when powering up like the original version. - Kids Mode: A beginner mode with a lower difficulty from the original version that offers handicaps such as the player not losing their weapon upon making a mistake. This is based on the element added to the Thunder Force Gold Pack 2 version of Thunder Force IV for Sega Saturn.
I'm really looking forward to Thunder Force IV. I hope it releases outside Japan at around the same time. Also, it's interesting that the drop dash from Sonic Mania is being added to Sonic 1.
In other news, here's a very early look at the games in CyberConnect2's "Trilogy of Vengeance."
That Tokyo Ogre Gate game actually looks pretty cool. Like a mix between 3D Sonic the Hedgehog and Shinobi PS2.
Columns II Online Battle will, of course, include online play, and OutRun will have some new music arrangements.
I'm also thrilled to see more Thunder Force! AC is actually just an arcade version of Thunder Force III (some of the levels and music are different), and it was re-ported to the SNES as Thunder Spirits (with tons of lag).
But you know what would be even cooler? If Sega would actually start releasing the games they've already announced!