A Mention in the Official Xbox Magazine!

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Although I’ve never intended this site to be more than a hobby and personal tribute to the Panzer Dragoon series, it’s great news that I’ve just been given a bit of extra coverage. The Will of the Ancients was mentioned in the November issue of the Official US Xbox Magazine under the old URL of azelonline.cjb.net (which still works thankfully!). I didn’t know anything about it until a Panzer fan known as Chuck emailed me about it. Since we usually get the UK gaming magazines here in New Zealand I wasn’t able to pick up a copy but Lagi kindly scanned the page so I could see it for myself. You can view the page by clicking here.

A Limited Edition of Orta Will Be Released in Japan

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Those Japanese seem to get everything don’t they? Not only do they get the game first but also a limited edition featuring an extra audio CD of atmospheric Panzer Dragoon music. The CD will feature the music from the trailers of Panzer Dragoon, Panzer Dragoon II Zwei, Panzer Dragoon Saga, and Panzer Dragoon Orta. I’m hoping this will be brought to NTSC-U and PAL Xboxes too, although it seems unlikely. If you can understand Japanese and are prepared to pay a bit more for the game then consider yourself lucky.

Source: Planet Xbox

The Panzer Lagoon launches... and So Does Xbox

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Another new Panzer Dragoon site… fantastic! The latest tribute to the series, amusingly titled The Panzer Lagoon has been set up by James “Popcorn” Duffy and contains information on all the titles in the series. It’s nice to see so many new Panzer sites popping up all over the place in the last few weeks. :)

I’ve added a new tip to the Panzer Dragoon Zwei Secrets page - a different sort of way to defeat the Episode 3 boss (which is, by far, the coolest boss in the game in my opinion). Thanks to harrisandyk@aol.com for pointing this out.

Lastly, and also off topic, today the Xbox finally launched in New Zealand! Yep, after almost a year since the Xbox was launched in the States, the rather large black box was made available in various stores around the country. I haven’t picked one up yet, but it’ll be interesting to see how long it’ll be before Panzer Dragoon Orta makes its way here. Would June 2003 be a realistic guess?

The Reviews Section Expands

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There is now two new reviews in the Reviews section of this site. Actually one of them isn’t new, but a rewrite of Geoffrey’s Panzer Dragoon Saga review. He has also written a review for the second game in the series, Zwei. If you’re thinking of tracking down either of these games they’re worth a read and also if you’re just curious about someone else’s viewpoint of the game.

Also I’ve added the name of the compiler of the Panzer Dragoon Saga FMV Script to the Dialogue section for credit.

The Third Part of Zero. Confused?

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I’ve added the third chapter of the fanfic Panzer Dragoon Zero to the Fan Fiction section of this website. Many thanks to Shadow for writing it and letting me use it on The Will of the Ancients.

Also, since several of you have requested it, I’ve readded the Panzer Dragoon Saga FMV Script which was on my old website Azel Online. Sorry I can’t remember who sent it to me so I can’t provide credit (if it was you say so now!). I hope this will help some of you who only have the Japanese version understand what’s going on a bit better.

Get Two Panzer Dragoon Games for the Price of One!

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It had been rumoured, but now it’s been confirmed in the US Official Xbox Magazine. Included in Panzer Dragoon Orta is the original Panzer Dragoon game! It will most likely the Windows version since the Xbox is so similar to a PC internally. Of course it’s unlikely you’ll be able to play the game straight away… you’ll have to earn the game through Pandra’s Box which will give players something to look forward to when trying to get 100% shot down ratio on every stage.

Thanks to Tails of Sega World Weekly for this information.

The Fifth But Not Final Part of a Fanfic

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The fifth part (chapters 10 and 11) of Arc’engal’s huge piece of fan fiction, Scourage of the Terrablossom has been added to this site. The fanfic will now span six parts rather than the original five it was intended to be. You can view the latest instalment in the Fan Fiction section.

While I’m on the subject of fan fiction I’d also like to point out a new Panzer Dragoon site that has been started up by Shadow, a member of the Panzer Dragoon forum. Panzer Dragoon Zero is a website about the fanfic of the same title (also on The Will of the Ancients) that he is writing. The site is looking good from what’s been put on it so far. You can visit it along with other Panzer Dragoon pages in the Links section.

Those Lucky Japanese Get Panzer Dragoon Orta This Year!

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Sega of Japan has announced that Panzer Dragoon Orta is going to be released on December the 19th 2002 in Japan. The game will sell for 6,800 yen (about $US54) so those of you who can’t possibly wait for the American or European version (I know the feeling!) should be able to preorder the Japanese version from somewhere like Lik-Sang or National Console Support soon.

Source: Planet Xbox

Another Panzer Dragoon Saga?

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This news is going to get any Panzer Dragoon Saga fan excited and once you hear it you’ll understand why! When IGN visited Tokyo Game Show they spoke to the people at Smilebit. After explaining that the reason Panzer Dragoon Orta was a shoot em up was to reintroduce people to the Panzer Dragoon world, Kawagoe added that if there was going to be a continuation of the Panzer Dragoon series that the next game would be an RPG! Apparently there was a smile on his face as he said this… was he hiding something we don’t know about?

Due to copyright issues I can’t publish the whole article on this site but you can read some of it on this thread at the Die Welt von Panzer Dragoon forum.

Source: IGN Xbox (IGN Insider only)

Orta Sings Her Way Onto Xbox

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While it is probably not meant to be Orta singing, it is true that the main theme of Panzer Dragoon Orta has been revealed, and in my opinion it is as beautiful as Sona Mi Areru Ec Sancitu. There is also a new trailer for the game which can be downloaded by following this link. Unfortunately the trailer doesn’t feature the beautiful song, but it can be heard by listening to one of the streaming video links below:

Source: Gamespot

Orta Will Be At Tokyo Game Show

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According to the Panzer Dragoon Official Website, at the upcoming Tokyo Game Show, Panzer Dragoon Orta will be on display at SEGA’s and Microsoft’s booths. There’ll be 6 display units at Microsoft’s and 8 at SEGA’s. Both will have some Panzer Dragoon Orta memorabilia for people who visit the show to take home with them. I received a nice Panzer Dragoon Orta pin from a fan who went to E3 so it’ll be interesting to see what sorts of goodies fans will be able to pick up from Tokyo Game Show in several days.

Sources: Planet Xbox, translated from Panzer Dragoon Official Website.

Part Four of Scourage of the Terrablossom Added

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Chapters 8 and 9 have been added of Arc’engal’s fanfic. The story is beginning to come to it’s conclusion now (it’s planned to be five parts in total) and we finally get to discover the meaning of the title. You can read the latest two chapters (or previous ones if you need to get up to date) in the Fan Fiction section.

If you like Arc’engal’s writing you might like to check out his newly started Panzer Dragoon website called The Temple of Sestren. It contains a very in-depth walkthrough to Panzer Dragoon Saga, covering the first two discs and soon the whole game. You can visit it by clicking here.

Panzer Dragoon Orta is Delayed Until January 2003

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The title says it all really. While some people will be devastated at the news of having to wait an extra two months for the game, I’d like to congratulate SEGA for not following the trend of other publishers and rushing the game in time for Christmas sales. We can now expect the final product to be even more impressive than what would have been released in November. But who knows now how long us PAL Xbox owners will have to wait for Panzer Dragoon Orta… April 2003 maybe?

“SEGA decided to delay the release of ‘Panzer Dragoon ORTA’ in order to continue adding innovative features and content to the game and its stunning back story,” said Mike Fischer, vice president, entertainment marketing, SEGA of America, Inc. “SEGA has a well-earned reputation for developing industry-leading content, and this decision reflects our commitment to quality.”

Source: IGN Xbox

Another Addition to the Fan Art Section

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I really need to get some originality into my titles. But anyway, like the title says I’ve once again added to the Fan Art section. Kheel’s first Panzer Dragoon drawing is more creative than others as he has used his own designs for the dragon rather than choosing a particular model from the games. You can view the picture of the Kheel and the Dragon here:

Kheel and the Dragon

Panzer Dragoon Official Website Updated

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I don’t usually post updates on other websites, but this is certainly worth a mention. The Panzer Dragoon Official Website, has been given a new design and some added content. The most interesting addition to the site is the World section which explains the background story. Although the Babelfish translation wasn’t very easy to understand, it seems a drone (possibly the one we saw in the E3 Trailer) is leading a new empire and has created biological weapons in some sort of “life furnace”. I’ll post more info as it becomes clearer. There are also some new wallpapers on the official site which can be downloaded from the links below:

An Addition to the Fan Art Section

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Another short update to say I’ve updated the Fan Art section. The latest picture shows Dsudorion’s interpretation of what the inside of the Azel’s body looks like since she is more like a biomonster internally. You can view the picture here:

The Inside of Azel's Head

Three New Pieces of Fan Art

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I’ve added three new sketches to the Fan Art section. All three are of Orta from Smilebit’s Panzer Dragoon Orta which is due out in November of this year. Thanks to Psylisia Dragoon for allowing me to put this art on The Will of the Ancients. You can view the pictures by clicking the links below:

Orta and Her Dragon Orta Aiming Up at You Orta Sketch

Panzer Dragoon Orta Will Have Surround Sound

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In a press release, Dolby Laboratories and Sega of America announced that Panzer Dragoon Orta will feature Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound. Judging by the quality of past Panzer Dragoon soundtracks and now the addition of surround sound, Panzer Dragoon Orta may sound even better than previous titles in the series!

“Dolby Digital will give players information that cannot be visually described on-screen,” said Akihiko Mukaiyama, director of Panzer Dragoon ORTA. “With the control system in Panzer Dragoon ORTA, players can look freely to the front, back, left and right while they are flying, allowing them to anticipate key plot points or enemies approaching from different directions, which makes game play experience that much more immersive.”

Source: Planet Xbox

New Fanfic Chapter and Theory

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Shadow has written another chapter of his story, Panzer Dragoon Zero. I’ve also added another interesting theory to the website about how Sky Rider and Lundi could have possibly been the same person. Thanks to Geoffrey for this latest theory which can be read in the Theories section.

Missing Skinner Found

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Just a short update tonight to tell you I’ve finally found out who made the Panzer Wing Skin. It was a Panzer Dragoon fan whose screen name is Hikaru Ichijoe. If anyone else out there made something on this website that isn’t credited then now’s a good time to tell me it’s yours.

Another Fan Fiction Update

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Arc’engal has completed the 6th and 7th chapter of his story, Scourage of the Terrablossom. It’s starting to get into the story nicely and is an excellent read for Panzer Dragoon fans. Also Shadow has begun writing a story called Panzer Dragoon Zero, a prequel set in the time just before the Empire came to power. Both can be read in the Fan Fiction section.

New Theory Added

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An interesting topic at the Excavation Camp at the moment is what planet Panzer Dragoon is set on. If the world has two moons then it couldn’t be Earth. Arc’engal has written a theory about a possible planet that the Ancients could have colonized. You can read it in the Theories section.

Fan Fiction Update

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I’ve updated the Fan Fiction section with some more great writing based on the world on Panzer Dragoon. First up is a new fanfic called Scourage of the Terrablossom which is written by Arc’engal. This story is a continuation of Panzer Dragoon Saga, explaining what happens to Edge next. Windrider has also written another section of his prequel, The Ancients set before the fall of the Ancients. Be sure to have a read of them and the others in the Fan Fiction section.

New Panzer Dragoon Orta Screenshots

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20 new screenshots have been released today on PlanetXbox of Smilebit’s new Panzer Dragoon game, Panzer Dragoon Orta. I’ve uploaded the screenshots to The Will of the Ancients and they can be viewed by clicking the links below:

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My personal favourite out of this new batch of screenshots would have to be number 50. That thing looks amazing!

Source: Planet Xbox

Panzer Dragoon Orta Release Dates Announced

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Sega has confirmed that the latest instalment of the Panzer Dragoon series, Panzer Dragoon Orta for Xbox, will be released in North America on November the 2nd. The Japanese version will come out almost two months beforehand, sometime in September. This still leaves European Panzer Dragoon fans wondering when they can get their hands on the next instalment of the classic dragon riding series.

Source: Planet Xbox