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Panzer Dragoon Orta Fan Art by GrenadeKitten

Published by Draikin .

I’ve uploaded two new fanart wallpapers to our website. These were created by GrenadeKitten, and were initially posted on his DeviantArt page. Our thanks to GrenadeKitten for allowing us to upload these to Panzer Dragoon Legacy!

Design Reboot: Panzer Dragoon Orta City in the Storm

GrenadeKitten also created an original character called Sigma, a robot born in a futuristic post-apocalyptic world where humans have gone extinct. She’s featured in Sigma’s Journey, a collection of 3 separate artworks. I think Panzer Dragoon fans will appreciate the art direction and theme of Sigma’s Journey, so you may want to take a look at them. Fair warning: these are somewhat NSFW, as they do contain some mild nudity.

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Gaming Masterpieces: Panzer Dragoon Saga

Published by Solo Wing .

YouTube channel ProDaKah has reviewed/discussed Panzer Dragoon Saga as part of the channel’s Gaming Masterpieces series. Check it out:

I found the comparison to Star Wars: The Force Awakens particularly interesting. Do you agree that an appreciation of Panzer Dragoon Saga is less dependent on previous titles in the series than the latest Star Wars film?

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A Compilation of Panzer Dragoon Saga's In-Game Artwork

Published by Draikin .

Years ago, I ended up trying to extract some artwork images from Panzer Dragoon Saga, the Sega Saturn classic and only RPG in the Panzer Dragoon series. While I managed to write a small program to extract the grayscale versions of the images out of the game’s files, actually getting the images in colors proved a bit more difficult. I never did figure out how to apply the color palette to the images, but I did manage to find a workaround. I looked up the exact location the Sega Saturn stored the images and the color palletes in its internal memory, and then used the Sega Saturm emulator Yabause to inject all of the images and the corresponding color palettes at the correct location in the memory, while the game was running and showing the opening menu. In doing so, I could alter the background of the start screen and grab each of the images.

The artwork consists of the following:

  • Four images that were shown when you were asked to switch between the game’s four CDs.
  • Four images shown at the end of the game when you viewed your statistics (like how much of the game’s map you explored). The image differed depending on how well you performed throughout the game.
  • The image shown in the background of the Save menu.
  • The images shown at the game’s title screen, for both the US/EU and Japanese version.

But I never did upload those images to Panzer Dragoon Legacy. More recently someone posted a thread on the forum here asking for those images, and I finally got around to uploading them. You can find them here:

Panzer Dragoon Saga CD Change Screen 1 Panzer Dragoon Saga CD Change Screen 2 Panzer Dragoon Saga CD Change Screen 3 Panzer Dragoon Saga CD Change Screen 4 Panzer Dragoon Saga End Result Screen 1 Panzer Dragoon Saga End Result Screen 2 Panzer Dragoon Saga End Result Screen 3 Panzer Dragoon Saga End Result Screen 4 Panzer Dragoon Saga Save Screen Panzer Dragoon Saga Title Screen (English) Panzer Dragoon Saga Title Screen (Japanese)
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Join the Panzer Dragoon Legacy Steam Group

Published by Solo Wing .

I’ve set up a new group on Steam for the Panzer Dragoon Legacy community. If you’re on Steam and wish to play games with other Panzer Dragoon fans, please join us. At the time of writing, this is the only Panzer Dragoon group on Steam.

Panzer Dragoon Legacy Steam Group

Perhaps we should set up a multiplayer game sometime, although I’m not sure which game would appeal to members of the community here. None of the Panzer Dragoon games featured a multiplayer component after all.

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New Forum URL and Colour Scheme

Published by Solo Wing .

The forum is back online and accessible via a brand new URL:

discuss.panzerdragoonlegacy.com

We’ve also added a new colour scheme to the forum to match the colours on the main site. It does, I hope, feel a lot more Panzerish to members. A special thanks to Shadow for doing most of the work preparing the new colour scheme.

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Introducing Panzer Dragoon Legacy

Published by Solo Wing .

After much discussion, we’ve decided to rename this website from The Will of the Ancients to Panzer Dragoon Legacy. Please update your bookmarks to the new domain: panzerdragoonlegacy.com.

This site has become the central hub for fans of the Panzer Dragoon series. We felt that the site needed a more recognisable name to properly represent the Panzer Dragoon series on the web, for hardcore fans as well as for people who are just curious about the games. While it certainly summarised the themes of the Panzer Dragoon series, the phrase “The Will of the Ancients” only appears in Panzer Dragoon Saga, the rarest game in the series, and not until the final disc. We felt that the name needed to be instantly recognisable for people who have never had the pleasure of playing a Panzer Dragoon title.

Long time readers may recognise the name Panzer Dragoon Legacy. That’s because it was also the name of Draikin’s former Panzer Dragoon Orta fansite which was eventually merged into this site. We discussed many alternative new names containing the words “Panzer Dragoon”, but something about the name Panzer Dragoon Legacy resonated with us more than the other options.

On a side note, the forum is currently down for maintenance; if all goes as planned it will be returning in the next day or two with the new branding.

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New and Replacement Art From Panzer Dragoon Saga

Published by Solo Wing .

JacKc has contributed some new images for our gallery, including a picture of the box of the Japanese version of Panzer Dragoon:

Excavation Site #74 06 Azel Panzer Dragoon RPG Main Illustration Gash Riding Coolia 02 Panzer Dragoon PC Japanese Box Front Panzer Dragoon Saga Creature Sketch 09 Azel 10 Azel 11

He’s also sent me some replacement images. These previously were copied from Lagi’s old art site, but contained watermarks. JackC’s versions of the images do not contain the watermarks.

Imperial Troops Zadoc Rhagg Azel Prototype 01 Azel Prototype 02 Edge's Captain Enkak Jael Jared Damon Abner The Seventh Emperor

We have even more art that has yet to be published. Expect another update soon.

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Panzer Dragoon Trilogy Artwork and Wallpapers

Published by Solo Wing .

Our contributors have uploaded some new wallpapers and updated art from the Panzer Dragoon games.

First, JacKc has contributed these nine wallpapers from the Sega Ages 2500 website:

Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol. 27: Panzer Dragoon Wallpaper 01 Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol. 27: Panzer Dragoon Wallpaper 02 Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol. 27: Panzer Dragoon Wallpaper 03 Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol. 27: Panzer Dragoon Wallpaper 04 Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol. 27: Panzer Dragoon Wallpaper 05 Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol. 27: Panzer Dragoon Wallpaper 06 Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol. 27: Panzer Dragoon Wallpaper 07 Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol. 27: Panzer Dragoon Wallpaper 08 Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol. 27: Panzer Dragoon Wallpaper 09

He has also replaced the five Panzer Dragoon ending artworks with higher quality versions than those that were originally provided by Lagi:

Panzer Dragoon Ending Screen 1 Panzer Dragoon Ending Screen 2 Panzer Dragoon Ending Screen 3 Panzer Dragoon Ending Screen 4 Panzer Dragoon Ending Screen 5

In addition, JacKc has also replaced the twenty four Panzer Dragoon Zwei ending artworks:

Panzer Dragoon II Zwei Ending Screen 01 Panzer Dragoon II Zwei Ending Screen 02 Panzer Dragoon II Zwei Ending Screen 03 Panzer Dragoon II Zwei Ending Screen 04 Panzer Dragoon II Zwei Ending Screen 05 Panzer Dragoon II Zwei Ending Screen 06 Panzer Dragoon II Zwei Ending Screen 07 Panzer Dragoon II Zwei Ending Screen 08 Panzer Dragoon II Zwei Ending Screen 09 Panzer Dragoon II Zwei Ending Screen 10 Panzer Dragoon II Zwei Ending Screen 11 Panzer Dragoon II Zwei Ending Screen 12 Panzer Dragoon II Zwei Ending Screen 13 Panzer Dragoon II Zwei Ending Screen 14 Panzer Dragoon II Zwei Ending Screen 15 Panzer Dragoon II Zwei Ending Screen 16 Panzer Dragoon II Zwei Ending Screen 17 Panzer Dragoon II Zwei Ending Screen 18 Panzer Dragoon II Zwei Ending Screen 19 Panzer Dragoon II Zwei Ending Screen 20 Panzer Dragoon II Zwei Ending Screen 21 Panzer Dragoon II Zwei Ending Screen 22 Panzer Dragoon II Zwei Ending Screen 23 Panzer Dragoon II Zwei Ending Screen 24

Finally, Legaiaflame has provided an enhanced image based on the Azel: Panzer Dragoon RPG back cover:

Azel: Panzer Dragoon RPG NTSC-J Version Case Back Insert (Enhanced)

It’s great to continually enhance the Pictures section with new contributions such as these.

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Sega "In a Difficult Place" For a New Panzer to Sell

Published by Solo Wing .

As reported by SEGAbits, the Dengeki Playstation magazine asked some Sega developers (including Satoshi Sakai, producer Phantasy Star Online 2), some direct questions about the future of various Sega franchises, including the Panzer Dragoon series.

Satoshi Sakai was asked if Sega would ever make a new game similar to Panzer Dragoon:

Q: We want to see another game with a dragon lead character like Panzer Dragoon.

A: I would like to make it, but I’m sorry to say we’re in a difficult place for something like that to sell.

This answer is unfortunate. I can only imagine what a Panzer Dragoon-style game might look and play like on modern hardware (with gameplay and story telling refinements from the last 10+ years of gaming evolution). Perhaps we’ll still see a new entry in the series if alternative funding methods are considered, as with the revival of Shenmue III after 13 years. Otherwise, we’ll always have our memories.

You can read the full interview on Gematsu.

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Custom Panzer Dragoon Saga Wall Scroll

Published by Legaiaflame .

With the limited amount of official Panzer Dragoon merchandise/collectibles, sometimes the fans have to take it upon themselves to create new items. There are many examples of this ranging from: Panzer Dragoon coffee mugs, Panzer Dragoon key chains, to more intricate items such as carved tablets made from stone:

Azel Stone Tablet

But there is something any Panzer Dragoon fan can do: and that is make a custom wall scroll! Over at Custom Wall Scrolls you can take any of the beautiful art from the Panzer Dragoon series and make yourself a custom fabric wall scroll; printed on high quality polyester!

Here is an example of one that I recently made:

Panzer Dragoon Saga Azel Wall Scroll

The results may vary, so try to pick a large high quality image. Try it out and display something you’re passionate about!

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Translated PD Saga Interview by Shmuplations

Published by Draikin .

Shmuplations has translated an old developer interview with some of the key staff members behind Panzer Dragoon Saga. The interview originally appeared in the AZEL -Panzer Dragoon RPG- strategy guide, and features the game’s director Manabu Kusunoki, designer Yukio Futatsugi and programmer Hidetoshi Takeshita. It’s an interview containing details that I wasn’t aware of, and it’s definitely a very interesting read for Panzer Dragoon fans. You can follow the link below to read it:

Panzer Dragoon Saga – 1998 Developer Interview

A few years ago, The Will of the Ancients also commissioned Glitterberri to translate a few pages from the same strategy guide. These contained a lot of answers to questions that fans had regarding the game’s backstory. You can find these here:

Translations by Glitterberri

Both Shmuplations and GlitterBerri are on Patreon, so if you’re interested in seeing more translations on old Japanese videogame articles, you may want to consider supporting them there. You can find them here:

GlitterBerri Patreon

Shmuplations Patreon

My thanks also go to Segalization team member InTheSky for pointing me to this interview, and of course Shmuplations for translating the interview!

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Video Game Music Online Interviews Saori Kobayashi

Published by Draikin .

Video Games Music Online have posted a new interview with Saori Kobayashi, which we of course know for her work on the soundtrack for the Panzer Dragoon and Crimson Dragon games. The interview discusses the various projects Saori worked on, starting all the way back on the Game Gear. She mentions how the Saturn’s limitations actually led her to create the unique Panzer world instruments, and how more powerful hardware doesn’t necessarily make it easier to compose a soundtrack for a game. The interview then moves on to discuss Saori’s freelance work after leaving Sega, and how she ended up forming the band AKANE.

What I personally found particularly interesting is that the interviewer asked Saori how she feels about the fact that her Crimson Dragon soundtrack was altered for the Xbox One release of the game (the interviewer uses the word “Hollywoodization”, which I think is rather accurate). While Saori doesn’t think it was necessarily a bad thing, she did find it unfortunate that her original version wasn’t used. She says she’d love to be able to release the original version of the soundtrack if there is demand for it from the fans.

Personally, I’d certainly be interested in seeing the original version of the soundtrack released, as I really think it’s far superior to the “remix” we got in the Xbox One version of Crimson Dragon.

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Heart Beat Circuit, Featuring Music By Saori Kobayashi

Published by Solo Wing .

A new album has been released by BraveWave. Titled Heart Beat Circuit, the album was primarily produced by George “Smoke Thief” Baker, however the eighth track “Nights II” features additional writing and production by Saori Kobayashi. If you enjoyed the music in the Panzer Dragoon games, be sure to check out this latest work by Saori Kobayashi.

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Xbox One May One Day Play Panzer Dragoon Orta

Published by Solo Wing .

Phil Spencer, the current head of Microsoft’s Xbox division, was asked on Twitter how much work would be required to run original Xbox games on the Xbox One. Phil’s response is certainly hopeful for players wishing to play Panzer Dragoon Orta on the Xbox One:

@HadleeSimons I don’t think it’s silly. I ask the BC team this question a lot. Need to finish 360 BC for now.

This is far from a confirmation, but it leaves open the possibility that we will one day be able to play original Xbox games such as Panzer Dragoon Orta on the Xbox One. Microsoft may decide not to devote the resources into making this happen of course, but at least it hasn’t been ruled out.

Given the emulation issues with running Panzer Dragoon Orta on the Xbox 360, I for one would like to see a better attempt at bringing the game to a modern system.

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Custom Sega Saturn With Panzer Dragoon Saga Theme

Published by Solo Wing .

Carl Tough James has contributed photos and a video of his themed Sega Saturn. The console has been customised using art from Panzer Dragoon Saga to produce this glorious finish:

Panzer Dragoon Saga M.A.L. Custom Sega Saturn (1 of 8) Panzer Dragoon Saga M.A.L. Custom Sega Saturn (2 of 8) Panzer Dragoon Saga M.A.L. Custom Sega Saturn (3 of 8) Panzer Dragoon Saga M.A.L. Custom Sega Saturn (4 of 8) Panzer Dragoon Saga M.A.L. Custom Sega Saturn (5 of 8) Panzer Dragoon Saga M.A.L. Custom Sega Saturn (6 of 8) Panzer Dragoon Saga M.A.L. Custom Sega Saturn (7 of 8) Panzer Dragoon Saga M.A.L. Custom Sega Saturn (8 of 8)

The custom console was created by Mark Liptak of M.A.L. Custom Consoles.

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Single Physical Dragon Theory Remastered Edition

Published by Solo Wing .

Back in 2012, we reviewed all of the articles on The Will of the Ancients as part of the effort to bring the site up to a higher standard of quality. During this clean up process we edited or rewrote most of the existing articles, but a particular article got put to one side: a theory arguing that the dragon was the same physical dragon in all four Panzer Dragoon games.

The revised version, now called the Single Physical Dragon Theory, is finally complete. If you open the page, you’ll see why we delayed editing the article for so long. At almost 10,000 words, the article discusses a wide range of interconnecting topics in great detail. Whenever we attempted to argue for a particular angle, two more holes would appear elsewhere in the theory. The theory is now about as a good it will ever be. So here it is, our behemoth for all the world to see.

The new table of contents feature at the start of the theory has also been applied to other articles on the site. Whenever an article has headings, it now has a generated table of contents. I hope this new feature will make The Will of the Ancients more accessible, especially for long articles such as this one.

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New Search Feature Powered by DuckDuckGo

Published by Solo Wing .

I’ve added a search box to the left of the site’s horizontal navigation. You can use this to search for any content on The Will of the Ancients. Searches are powered by the excellent DuckDuckGo search engine, a top quality alternative to Google with a focus on user privacy. With this new search feature you’ll be able to find Panzer Dragoon content faster than you can say “Swift Gigra”.

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Meeting Saori Kobayashi at Japan Expo 2015

Published by Matt .

After completing a remix for Brave Wave’s remix competition, I got talking with some of the associated people through social media, including Kobayashi-san. As Japan Expo 2015 approached, Kobayashi-san got in contact with me over Facebook asking if I’d be there and I couldn’t turn down the offer to meet my musical hero.

I had not made plans to go, but now I was going!

Saori Kobayashi and Matt Slade at Japan Expo 2015 (1 of 2) Saori Kobayashi and Matt Slade at Japan Expo 2015 (2 of 2) Albums Signed by Saori Kobayashi at Japan Expo 2015

As I approached the booth. Saori noticed me and jumped out of her seat to greet me. She gave me a big hug. She could not have been more warm and friendly. It’s said that meeting your heroes can be a risk as they may not be the person you expected but Kobayashi-san exceeded my expectations. We took pictures together. She signed my Azel: Panzer Dragoon RPG Memorial Album. I bought the first AKANE album ‘こちゃへ’ and she signed that too. It was such a rewarding experience as a fan and as an artist. One of the best trips of my life.

More photos of Saori Kobayashi at Japan Expo are available on AKANE’s blog.

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More Official Artwork From Panzer Dragoon Saga

Published by Solo Wing .

This afternoon I uploaded another batch of official art based on the characters, creatures, locations, and vehicles featured in Panzer Dragoon Saga. Some of this art is new to The Will of the Ancients, while some replaces older images with higher resolution versions (and without watermarks). For your convenience I’ve linked to each image below:

Arwen 01 Arwen 02 Arwen 03 Azel 03 Azel 04 Azel 05 Azel 06 Azel 07 Azel 08 Azel 09 Azel Riding Coolia Basic Wing Craymen 02 Craymen, Zastava, and Arwen 02 Edge 02 Edge 03 Excavation Site #74 01 Floater 02 Gash 02 Gash 03 Gash Riding Coolia 01 Grig Orig 04 Paet 02 Paet 03 Panzer Dragoon Saga Characters Panzer Dragoon Saga Poster 03 Panzer Wing Rhua 02 Seekers The Tower of Uru 03 Zastava 01 Zastava 02 Zastava 03

JacKc has once again proven to be very helpful by providing all of these images.

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Video of Unreleased White Desert Crimson Dragon Level

Published by Solo Wing .

Back in 2012, a video playthrough was posted on Japanese website NicoGame of the White Desert level from the unreleased Xbox 360 version of Crimson Dragon. The level was featured in trailers but never made it into the final Xbox One release. The video features a girl playing the Xbox 360 version with the Kinect while Yukio Futatsugi provides a commentary.

For archival purposes I’ve made a copy of the video here on The Will of the Ancients:

A special thanks to forum member radiax for linking me to the video.

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Saori Kobayashi Will Be Attending Japan Expo in July

Published by Solo Wing .

Saori Kobayashi, the composer of multiple games in the Panzer Dragoon (and Crimson Dragon) series will be attending Japan Expo in July. Brave Wave tweeted the following:

If you’re Panzer Dragoon fan in Europe, drop by our booth at @japanexpo 7/2-7/5 in Paris because composer Saori Kobayashi will be there!

Japan Expo is being held in Paris from July the 2nd until the 5th.

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Farewell to the Panzer Dragoon Subsites

Published by Solo Wing .

Over the last few months we’ve been working to consolidate the subsites hosted here on The Will of the Ancients into a single website. Today that process is complete. All of the content that we’ve deemed worth keeping from Lagi: The Art of Panzer Dragoon, The Panzer Place, and Sky Rider: The Imperial Archives can now be found on The Will of the Ancients itself.

It’s now time to say farewell to these websites as they’re taken offline. Online since the Geocites days, all three have been of great service to the Panzer Dragoon community.

I’ve captured screenshots of each site along with the “Panzer Dragoon Academy Awards” website from back in 2004. Each screenshot page also contains a link to an archive of the site on the Internet Archive.

Lagi: The Art of Panzer Dragoon The Panzer Place Sky Rider: The Imperial Archives The Panzer Dragoon Academy Awards

While in the process of capturing these screenshots, I’ve also added some screenshots of the old forums (replaced last year):

The Will of the Ancients Forums Version 1 (Forum Index) The Will of the Ancients Forums Version 1 (Topic Index) The Will of the Ancients Forums Version 1 (Topic)

The Will of the Ancients also used to host a subsite called The Panzer Dragoon Saga Oasis; this site has not been taken offline and was previously moved to GitHub Pages.

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Site Map and Category Groups

Published by Solo Wing .

The content on this site has grown like an infestation of monsters, one which must be constantly kept in balance to prevent chaos from overwhelming the humans who visit here.

One issue that stood out was the long lists of categories that were placed in no meaningful order. For example, screenshot and fan art and photo categories were all lumped together under “Pictures”. To resolve this, the categories section has been replaced by a new Site Map which is accessible from the horizontal navigation bar at the top of this site. The Site Map now places encyclopaedia entries, music tracks, pictures, resources and videos into what (I hope) are meaningful category groups. For example, all of the screenshot categories are now grouped under a “Screenshots” category group, all of the Panzer Dragoon Orta Encyclopedia categories are now grouped together, and so on.

Furthermore, each of the encyclopaedia, music, pictures, resources and videos index pages now list the categories in these groups. Going forward it will be easy for us to add more categories and groups in order to make The Will of the Ancients more enjoyable to navigate.

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Panzer Dragoon Orta Pre-Release Screenshots

Published by Draikin .

As we’re closing down Lagi’s The Art of Panzer Dragoon subsite, we’ve moved the pre-release screenshots for Panzer Dragoon Orta to the main website. You can find them by following this link (screenshots 68-129 were moved):

Worth noting is that a lot of these screenshots are actually in a much higher resolution (1080p) than the actual resolution the game ran at on the original Xbox. Because of this, they actually give us a good view of how a potential Panzer Dragoon Orta HD would look on current-gen systems.

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More Fan Art of the Blue Dragon

Published by Solo Wing .

I’ve added a fan sketch of the blue dragon about to fire homing lasers, to our archive:

Blue Dragon About to Fire Homing Lasers

My thanks go to Josh Murray for this contribution.