I know someone on the staff that really likes Yakuza. You know who I’m talking about right? Well, this is all for him.
Sega has released the first of three planned developer interviews related to Yakuza 5. This one is called Welcome to the World of Yakuza 5. They’re advice, according to the press release? Follow your dreams.
Sega has announced a new game based off of the highly successful Sonic Boom cartoon series on Cartoon Network. This new game, called Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice, serves as the latest chapter in the Sonic Boom series. All of the characters from the previous game return including Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, Amy and Sticks. The game will be released exclusively on the 3DS later this year.
New elements of fire and ice will be used to enhace elements of the game play. Characters will have new abilities with special moves and the ability to interact with the environments. The developers, Sanzaru Games Inc, say players will be able to run through the game at top speed, or take their time and slowly explore the environment and the game’s many puzzles.
“By introducing unique elemental gameplay features like ice and fire, along with new speed and exploration gameplay, there is a lot to enjoy with Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice.” – John Cheng, President and COO of Sega of America
One new element of the game is called Bot Racing. This is a supplemental game tied to the single player story with multi-player game play. It’s, according to the press release, purely about speed. Players will be able to unlock character themed bots to race against friends.
Look for the game on the 3DS this Holiday season.
How about a Go Round based on a French comic book series?
Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games was also revealed during the recent Japanese Nintendo Direct. It’ll be based around the summer Olympics and will feature sports such as volleyball, soccer, and track-and-field. The game will be available on Wii U and 3DS though no date has been given.
Gamestalk, a Japanese gaming site that talks about rumors, posted some images of something Square Enix will allegedly be showing off at E3. What’s interesting though is the screens appear to be Shenmue related. Gamestalk is speculating that the screens mean the could mean they’re both remastering the original two games and finishing the trilogy.
Ok folks, remember, this is just a rumor. Nothing official. Shenmue is a series that has gone quite some time without a new entry. We’ve also heard numerous rumors about the series over the years but nothing has come of it. So, take this with a grain of salt. Finish the heavy breathing now. Ok. Alright. You good? The other “evidence” is after the jump.
Continue reading Rumor – Shenmue Related News Coming From Square Enix At E3?
Lately, things at Sega haven’t exactly been good. Sonic Boom didn’t live up to expectations and they started doing mass layoffs earlier this year due to them being financially strapped.
Well, it only gets worse. Because of all the things that have been happening, Sega won’t be at this years E3. Here’s what a representative had to say:
Over the next months, SEGA of America will be focusing on the restructure and relocation to Southern California, and we have decided to not attend E3 with our own booth this year. With the majority of our bigger titles launching later in 2015/2016, particularly those from our AAA studios Relic Entertainment, Sports Interactive and Creative Assembly, we are concentrating our efforts for some of these major announcements after our relocation. Instead, we will be collaborating with our various business partners for this year’s E3 show.
It’s sad to see them in the position they’re in. All is not bad though. This will help them save money. Also from the sound of it, they’ll still be at E3 just in others booths. They also still have other games on the way, such as Total War: Warhammer. Hopefully we’ll see Sega get back on track.
Sega and Creative Assembly have just announced that they’re basically making my dreams come true. I love Warhammer. I’m not ashamed to admit it. I spent way more money than I want to admit and way more time than I care to image with these little plastic figures for the game. I created dozens of pieces of custom terrain for tables, participated and helped organize tournaments. I was even a part of a dual-city grudge match at one time. I like Warhammer, a lot.
What I haven’t found in a long time is a reasonable recreation of the game on console or PC. That’s all about to change as the two companies have announced Total War: Warhammer. The game, which you can see in the trailer above is described by Sega:
“Our rules have changed, and with change comes war on a scale as yet unimagined. Gigantic monsters, flying creatures, legendary heroes and storms of magical power take their place on the battlefield, alongside thousands of warriors clashing in real-time tactical battles. All at YOUR command. In the turn-based campaign game of statecraft & empire building, you will find the Old World an unforgiving and treacherous place, filled with endless war and cunning alliances alike. Whichever race you choose to play as and however you seek conquest, you will be faced with a conflict that threatens to tear the very fabric of reality asunder.”
It’s one of the worst kept secrets in gaming as it was leaked back in January and then teased again in March. The trailer doesn’t mention anything specific as far as platforms or when the game will be released. All you need to know is my hype level for this is currently off the charts. I’ll probably need to reign it back in a bit. With this, Blood Bowl 2 and Mordheim: City of the Damned all on the horizon it’s a good time to be a fan of Games Workshop.