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Update 1.3 for Panzer Dragoon: Remake Now Available for EU, NA and AU Regions!

Update 1.3 for Panzer Dragoon: Remake Now Available for EU, NA and AU Regions!
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Update 1.3 for Panzer Dragoon: Remake on the Nintendo Switch has been released, introducing a wide number of fixes and enhancements!

The official Panzer Dragoon: Remake Twitter account has announced that update 1.3 for Panzer Dragoon: Remake is now available for the EU, NA and AU regions! Forever Entertainment has detailed the following list of changes in v1.3 of the game:

New additions:

  • Episode 0
  • Super Weapon Mode
  • New gameplay options: rumble, classic reticle, auto-aim zoom, HUD toggle, performance mode (60FPS)
  • Cheatcodes in the main menu allowing the player to cheat in a campaign (god mode, infinite credits, super weapon mode)
  • Gyroscope controls

Improvements:

  • SFX system and sounds rework
  • Multi-button fire (A and B)
  • Input lag removed from all actions
  • Camera rotation speed increased
  • Easier and more responsive targeting system
  • Full options access trough pause menu
  • Blue Dragon motion re-work
  • Start language based on console account language
  • New, reworked Pandora’s Box is now available after beating the game at any difficulty

You can see the new trailer showcasing the various updates here:

Video Details for "Panzer Dragoon: Remake - Version 1.3 Update Trailer"

Answering questions from fans on Twitter, Forever Entertainment also added the following points:

  • The aiming reticule can now go behind the dragon on screen, if you choose it in the options menu
  • The Japanese version of the game is still waiting for Nintendo evaluation, and will be announced when it is ready
  • The patch will also be included on the physical version from Limited Run Games
  • Cheat codes appear randomly on loading screens

For those of you who already have the game, let us know what you think of the update on our social media channels or our Discord channel!

4Gamer Interviews Wildman Inc. about Panzer Dragoon Voyage Record

4Gamer Interviews Wildman Inc. about Panzer Dragoon Voyage Record
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In an interview with Mr Wildman (Haruto Watanabe), Naoki Horii (from M2), and 4Gamer, we learn the origin story of Panzer Dragoon Voyage Record!

During an interview with 4Gamer and Mr Wildman / Haruto Watanabe (founder of Wildman Inc.) and Naoki Horii (director at M2), we learnt the following about the upcoming Panzer Dragoon Voyage Record.

  • Naoki Horii, representative director of M2, was impressed by Wildman’s “The Gunner of Dragoon”, and decided to introduce Wildman to SEGA.
  • Initially, Wildman hadn’t thought about making on official Panzer Dragoon game. Instead, he went to SEGA to ask them if he could put the Blue Dragon in his The Gunner of Dragoon game. However, SEGA encouraged him to instead try to get an official license for a Panzer Dragoon game instead. As such, he ended up making a pitch for Panzer Dragoon VR and delivered it to SEGA.
  • SEGA asked M2 to make a Panzer Dragoon for Nintendo 3DS, but it didn’t end up happening. Instead the VR project seemed like it would get a lot of attention.
  • Discussions with SEGA went smoothly thanks to Mr. Horii.
  • Wildman Inc. will also be publishing the game, which means SEGA doesn’t stand to lose any money on the project. Wildman argues that if he were to ask for a SEGA to invest money into the game and the sales didn’t meet expectations, it could damage the Panzer Dragoon franchise. That’s something he wanted to avoid.
  • Wildman also mention that despite low sales outside of Japan, Panzer Dragoon has a cult following, especially in North America.
  • Panzer Dragoon Voyage Record is a VR remake of select stages from the trilogy, rather than a full VR remake of the first game. Wildman wasn’t sure if he could make more Panzer Dragoon VR games after this one, so rather than making a full remake of the original game, he wanted to include parts of Panzer Dragoon II Zwei and Panzer Dragoon Saga as well.
  • For Panzer Dragoon Saga, the focus was on recreating the battle scenes in VR.
  • There will be very few stages in the initial game, but it will contain “3 dragon fights + popular scenes”. Since they don’t have a huge budget, the focus is on recreating a small number of stages in AAA quality.
  • Wildman says the goal of this project is to continue the Panzer Dragoon series based on the attention and performance of this VR project.
  • Development of Panzer Dragoon Voyage Record is going well.
  • The D-Unit Type 01 (a.k.a. Blue Dragon) in Panzer Dragoon Voyage Record is a 3D model created by K’s Design Lab based on the garage kit created by Yoshikazu Yamamoto based on the official documentation. It’s still being tweaked. Not all models will be based on garage kits.
  • SEGA has given Wildman Inc permission to use crowdfunding to raise funds for the development of stages and scenes that can’t be implemented by Wildman alone.
  • Mr Horii explained that people within SEGA had been pitching a new Sakura Wars project every year, much like with Panzer Dragoon, but there are a lot of steps involved in making such a project a reality. It took a “reckless young man” to knock on SEGA’s door and pitch his own project.
  • Mr. Horii thought that if he could show Gunner of Dragoon to SEGA, there would be a future where Wildman would make a Panzer Dragoon game, and also a future where SEGA would make their own Panzer Dragoon game again.
  • When presenting his demo to SEGA producers, Wildman told them that they “should do this too”, referring to making their own Panzer Dragoon game. Mr. Horii says he was hoping for Wildman to do that.
  • Mr. Horii isn’t earning money from this, but he’s fine with that. He just wants to see the game released.
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We tried to translate this to the best of our abilities. The full Japanese language interview can be found on 4gamer.net, where some concept art from Panzer Dragoon Voyage Record has also been added. Nice to see Atolm!

Tokyo Game Show 2020 Has Been Cancelled, Wildman Still Deciding How to Proceed

Tokyo Game Show 2020 Has Been Cancelled, Wildman Still Deciding How to Proceed
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The creator of the upcoming Panzer Dragoon Voyage Record writes about the cancellation of Tokyo Game Show due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As reported by The Verge, the organisers of Tokyo Game Show have announced that 2020’s event has been cancelled. This is to prevent the further spread of new coronavirus infection in Japan. Tokyo Game Show 2020 was due to take place from September 24th through to 27th at the Makuhari Messe convention center, which is just outside of Tokyo.

Wildman has written in a tweet (DeepL translation):

The Tokyo Game Show has been cancelled since February, which means that there is no more opportunity to test drive the show, so we’re still thinking about what to do.

There will be an online event, but there’s the question of how that could work for a VR game like Panzer Dragoon Voyage Record. In any case, we hope Wildman Inc can find a good solution for demonstrating Panzer Dragoon Voyage Record, which was previous announced to be released in Japanese Fiscal Year 2020 (ends March 2021).

New Images of Azel Resurrection Appear With a Cryptic Message, Hinting at This Being a Fan Work

New Images of Azel Resurrection Appear With a Cryptic Message, Hinting at This Being a Fan Work
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New images of the supposed Panzer Dragoon Saga remake "Azel Resurrection" were posted again on 4chan, and thanks to Simon Gibbs we now know the contents of the message hidden in the artwork.

After the previous two supposed leaks, a new batch of “Azel Resurrection” images was recently posted on 4chan. The images reveal more artwork similar to the ones posted before. The quality of the artwork, some of it looking like it may be based on 3D renders, is undoubtedly high. Enough so that they actually resemble promotional or teaser artwork more so than concept art used during a game’s development, which often consists of sketches and usually don’t have this amount of polish.

Azel Resurrection - Assault Class Azel Resurrection - Spiritual Class Azel Resurrection - Armada Imperial Azel Resurrection - Crests Dragon

Another curious inclusion is a large amount of text, most of it written in a weird alphabet. It seems whoever made this artwork was trying to get people to decipher their message. On Twitter, Simon Gibbs accepted the challenge to decipher the alphabet and published the details and a partial translation to the community in this tweet. In a further discussion via DM on Twitter, we then exchanged our findings to complete the translation of the entire message. This is what it reads (be advised that it spoils a major plot twist in Panzer Dragoon Saga, so don’t read it or the next paragraph if that’s a concern to you):

Azel Resurrection - Divine Dragon

Rumor or truth? …is it really what matters? Everything you’re searching for is already within you. Base your happiness on factors that can’t be controlled. And your life will be filled with unmet expectations. Or… are you asking yourself the right questions? Why do you wish to believe when you can’t believe what you see? What does this contradiction means (sic) to yourself? Nothing really. Why? Because you forgot that you were the Divine Visitor. That without you, Edge wouldn’t have found the Light. That without you , you wouldn’t have given humans control over their own destiny. Realize that everything you’re searching for outside of you is already within you. That you have, Divine One, the free will over your choices and beliefs…

The start of the text seems to allude to whether or not the leaks are genuine, and then asks if that question really matters. What follows is a philosophical message, which also references the ending of Panzer Dragoon Saga and the role of the Divine Visitor (which in a major plot twist and 4th wall breaking moment turned out to be you, the player). That said, I must admit the meaning of the message is lost on me. Simon also learned that the message underneath the “Author” section suggests the author’s name is one of Loki’s sons (Fenrir, Hel, or Jormungandr).

Lastly, the page with the Dragon Crests art also has the title “Book of Genesis”, which of course seemed like a reference to Panzer Dragoon Saga’s Book of Genesis. And sure enough, it turns out the text in the artwork originates from the book. All this seems to paint the image of a fan trying to generate interest for a remake. But regardless of how this develops, the quality of the art is without a doubt excellent.

Forever Entertainment Presents Record Results for Q1 2020 After Panzer Dragoon: Remake's Launch

Forever Entertainment Presents Record Results for Q1 2020 After Panzer Dragoon: Remake's Launch
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According to a report from Strefa Inwestorów, Forever Entertainment achieved more than a 150% increase in revenues and about three times the increase in all profits for Q1 2020, compared to the results from Q1 2019.

According to a Polish language financial report from Strefa Inwestorów, Forever Entertainment has experienced impressive financial results for the first quarter of 2019. According to a DeepL translation:

Published Q1 results confirm that 2020 will be a breakthrough year for Forever Entertainment. The growth of revenues and profits in Q1 2020 was achieved primarily thanks to a 200% y/y increase in revenues from product sales to PLN 5.9mn. In addition, maintaining organizational costs translated into even higher profit growth dynamics, to the highest levels in the history of the company. March 26th saw the premiere of Panzer Dragoon: Remake, and its sale has a positive impact on the company’s revenues and results throughout 2020.

It goes on to say:

FE SA achieved over 150% increase in revenues and about 3 times increase in all profits for the first quarter of 2020 compared to the results for the first quarter of 2019.

The CEO of Forever Entertainment, Zbigniew Dębicki, is quoted to have said the following about Panzer Dragoon: Remake:

The premiere of Panzer Dragoon: Remake for the Nintendo Switch console and the related profits exceeded all our expectations. It has confirmed that the decision to implement this title and enter the remake segment is a hit. We are still working on improving it and introducing it to sales on other platforms. Panzer Dragoon: Remake will therefore work for us and positively influence the company’s results for many months to come.

As reported previously, sales revenue of Panzer Dragoon: Remake already more than doubled the game’s development costs. It’s nice to see that Panzer Dragoon: Remake continues to positively affect the financial position of Forever Entertainment.

SEGA Asks Fans to Share Their Thoughts With Them on Their 60th Anniversary Website!

SEGA Asks Fans to Share Their Thoughts With Them on Their 60th Anniversary Website!
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If you'd like to let SEGA know how much you like the Panzer Dragoon (or other SEGA) games, and what you'd like to see from them in the future, you can now submit your messages to SEGA directly on their 60th anniversary website!

Want to let SEGA know how much you like their games (be it Panzer Dragoon or other titles)? Now’s the perfect time to make your voice heard, as SEGA is now asking fans to share their thoughts with them on their 60th anniversary website! The messages will be displayed on their website starting June 3rd. SEGA will also be sending a gift to a lucky 60 people who leave a message. The website has this to say in regards to what kind of messages SEGA are expecting:

The message submissions page has been established in commemoration of SEGA’s 60th anniversary. Whether it’s words of encouragement, or reminiscences about your favorite titles and other experiences with SEGA etc., please use the form provided to send a message up to 280 characters. Your message will be displayed on the site in due course. Furthermore, 60 posters chosen at random will receive exclusive limited edition commemorative gifts!

Interestingly, when leaving a message you’re asked to select one out of 60 possible images to include. These mostly represent some of the many SEGA games that have been released over the years, although unfortunately none of the images are directly related to Panzer Dragoon (despite the release of Panzer Dragoon: Remake and the upcoming Zwei Remake and VR game). Nonetheless, you’re bound to find something among the images that you like (such as the Sega Saturn one). You can also upload your own image along with your message.

You can find the entry form here, but you may want to have a look at the terms of use first to see what content you’re allowed to send.

Some of the Panzer Dragoon: Remake v1.3 Patch Details Have Been Revealed

Some of the Panzer Dragoon: Remake v1.3 Patch Details Have Been Revealed
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As confirmed by Forever Entertainment, the v1.3 patch for Panzer Dragoon: Remake is on the way and will include a 60fps performance mode, reduced input lag, a new reticle, Episode 0, gyro controls, and more.

The developers of Panzer Dragoon: Remake have been hard at work on a new v1.3 patch based in part on fan feedback. This patch is currently in testing; due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there is currently no release date for the v1.3 patch. Patches are validated by Nintendo Japan.

In a recent French language interview with co-producer Benjamin Anseaume, the contents of the next patch for Panzer Dragoon: Remake were revealed. These aren’t the complete patch notes, but we’ve confirmed with Monika Ginter from Forever Entertainment that the v1.3 patch will contain these enhancements. Note, Monika has clarified and added a few details from the original list which I’ve included here; although this isn’t a comprehensive list, it covers the main points:

  • HD Rumble
  • Performance Mode (60FPS)
  • Input lag will be reduced and rotation improved
  • Gyro controls will be added
  • Sound effects have been reworked
  • Multiple buttons to fire and lock-on (attack using A and B)
  • An auto lock system will be available as an option
  • Episode 0 has been added
  • New gameplay options
  • New cheat codes
  • Options accessible from Pause menu
  • Dragon animation has been reworked
  • Game language is based on the system language at first launch
  • The secret menu called Pandora’s Box is now accessible once the game is beaten (regardless of difficulty).
  • A cheat code for Pandora’s Box can be entered at the main menu.
  • Not only will lock-on be fixed, but there is also a new reticle.

This will be the second patch for Panzer Dragoon: Remake. The previous patch was version 1.2, but due to an oversight this was left as version 1.0 on the game’s title screen.

It’s great to see the developers of Panzer Dragoon: Remake have responded to our feedback and we’re looking forward to trying the patch. Improvements to the controls and responsiveness were highly requested by fans. It’s also great to see that “Shadow Mode” (now apparently renamed to “Pandora’s Box” to match the original games) will be more accessible. According to Monika Ginter, the Pandora’s Box changes were apparently made because many reviewers didn’t play the game thoroughly enough to be aware of its existence. This is a shame, as the Panzer Dragoon shooters contain a fair amount of replay value due to Pandora’s Box.

We’ll have more news about the v1.3 patch when Forever Entertainment post their official release notes.

The Panzer Dragoon Original Soundtracks Are Now Available On Streaming Services

The Panzer Dragoon Original Soundtracks Are Now Available On Streaming Services
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The four mainline Panzer Dragoon original soundtracks are now available on music streaming services such as Spotify, Apple Music, Line Music, Amazon Music, and AWA!

Previously, the original soundtracks for Panzer Dragoon, Panzer Dragoon II Zwei, Panzer Dragoon Saga, and Panzer Dragoon Orta were released on digital music stores such as iTunes. As reported by SEGA Sound Terminal, now these soundtracks have been released on music streaming services.

The soundtracks can be found on Spotify, Apple Music, Line Music, Amazon Music, and AWA. Saori Kobayashi’s “Resurrection: Panzer Dragoon Saga (20th Anniversary Arrangement)” is also available on streaming services.

This is great news for people who prefer to stream their music via these services rather than purchasing albums. It exposes these fantastic soundtracks to a wider audience.

Is There a Panzer Dragoon Saga Remake Called "Azel Resurrection" in the Works?

Is There a Panzer Dragoon Saga Remake Called "Azel Resurrection" in the Works?
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Is there a Panzer Dragoon Saga remake called "Azel Resurrection" in the works? I don't believe so, but it's nice to imagine!

You may have heard that a Panzer Dragoon Saga remake is in the works. Called Azel Resurrection, this was supposedly revealed by a 4Chan user’s friend at Sega, and would consist of the following:

  • A reimagining of Panzer Dragoon Saga, like Final Fantasy VII Remake.
  • Will keep the same combat system, but will improve controls, camera, and UI.
  • Some fights will be huge, like the battle against the Guardian Dragon.
  • In addition to being able to move sideways around enemies, you’ll also be able to move on top and under them.
  • Dragon bosses will have weak points hidden under their armour. Edge will need to crack open the armour to reveal those weak points.
  • No release date has been decided yet.

The following concept art pictures were also “leaked”:

Azel Resurrection - Valiant Wing Normal Class Concept Azel Resurrection - Valiant Wing Defence Class Concept Azel Resurrection - Valiant Wing Agility Class Concept Azel Resurrection - Dragon Classes

I particularly like the Valiant Wing Agility Class model; it’s one of my favourite dragon forms from Panzer Dragoon Saga. Edit: the fourth image wasn’t included in this 4chan topic but was provided by windyhouse on the Forever Entertainment Discord server and was apparently shared earlier by Carl Beaumier from a deleted 4chan topic.

The Panzer Dragoon series has a long history of fake entries. These images could simply be an continuation of that tradition. Keep in the mind that although Panzer Dragoon: Remake appears to be selling well, a Panzer Dragoon Saga remake would be a much more complex and expensive undertaking. Not to mention that, with the already announced Panzer Dragoon II Zwei: Remake and Panzer Dragoon Voyage Record, the lineup of future entries to the series would be starting to look crowded if a third developer were involved. To give a comparison, the much more popular Resident Evil series is being remade one game at a time.

The way that the features of this remake are being framed sounds very much like the extension of what we already have. For example, reusing the old battle system and extending it with the ability to move over and under enemies has long been a fan favourite idea for a Panzer Dragoon Saga remake or sequel.

Nostalgic fans tend to be conservative about what they want from a remake, extending old systems rather than reinventing fundamentals. Whereas if an actual remake was green-lit, the developers would likely look at how the concept of Panzer Dragoon Saga could be updated for a modern audience (as the developers of the Final Fantasy and Resident Evil remakes have done) if the significant money that a Panzer Dragoon Saga remake would require was to be invested (compared to the smaller rail shooter remakes). For better or worse, Panzer Dragoon Saga is very much a product of the 90s and would require some significant gameplay changes to make it accessible to modern gamers. Panzer Dragoon Saga’s original audience was never large enough to warrant a remake targeted solely at millennial nostalgia.

As much as we might like the sound of Azel Resurrection, it’s likely that this is fake news.

Sales Revenue of Panzer Dragoon: Remake Already More Than Doubled The Game's Development Costs

Sales Revenue of Panzer Dragoon: Remake Already More Than Doubled The Game's Development Costs
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While the exact number of copies sold isn't known, revenue for Panzer Dragoon: Remake already exceeded the game's production costs by more than a double within its first weekend.

According to a report from Forever Entertainment (thanks Saturn Memories for pointing this out) and Reuters (thanks DhessGamer), the combined revenue from digital and physical sales of Panzer Dragoon: Remake in its first weekend have already doubled the game’s development costs. In addition it’s noted that, combined with the prepayments from partners (not disclosed which ones), revenue from the game has in fact already exceeded the costs of game production by over 300%. This matches earlier remarks from the company’s CEO that the game’s development costs had already been recouped before it was even released. Due to contractual obligations, the exact sales numbers will apparently not be communicated. The report concludes by stating that the game will be released on additional platforms in the coming months. We already know that at least two of those platforms are Google Stadia and PC (via Steam/GOG).

With all that said, we’ve also been told that we shouldn’t take these reports as “official” announcements in the sense that they have not been communicated by the game (or Forever Entertainment)’s official channels. Nonetheless, and while we don’t know what their sales estimates were, it would appear that the remake is already a success for Forever Entertainment. The fact that the game is set to receive additional patches based on feedback from fans also bodes well for its release on other platforms.

The First Patch for Panzer Dragoon: Remake is Now Available

The First Patch for Panzer Dragoon: Remake is Now Available
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The first patch for Panzer Dragoon: Remake is now available. Looking forward to hearing that new Saori Kobayashi soundtrack!

Panzer Dragoon: Remake for Nintendo Switch has been updated with its first patch. The official Twitter channel for Panzer Dragoon: Remake has reported what’s new:

  • Additional OST by Saori Kobayashi
  • Main SFX rework
  • Fix for statistics and save data
  • Updates for cutscenes
  • New indicators when the enemy is immune to attacks
  • HP adjustments for balancing the gameplay

I’m really looking forward to hearing the new soundtrack by Saori Kobayashi, so I will be downloading this shortly.

This patch is for the Nintendo Switch version of the game (which is currently the only version).

There has been no release date confirmed for the PC version, however the planned release date on Steam has been updated from “This Winter” to “Coming Soon”. The GOG listing also says “Coming soon”.

Note: The Japanese version of the patch has been delayed by a few days.

Panzer Dragoon: Remake: An Overview of the Game's Reception by Critics and Fans

Panzer Dragoon: Remake: An Overview of the Game's Reception by Critics and Fans
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With the game now available digitally on the Nintendo Switch, how well was Panzer Dragoon: Remake received? We made an overview of some of the reviews from critics and fans, and the response from Forever Entertainment to fan feedback.

After the surprise launch of Panzer Dragoon: Remake on the Nintendo Switch digitally last week, reviews of the game are still a bit scarce, with Metacritic only having the bare minimum of 4 critic reviews available (at the time of writing) to give the game an average critic score of 61%, with user reviews averaging a much more favorable 8.3/10. On our own Twitter poll, the majority of the fans who voted think the remake is a good game, but one in need of patches. Below you can find a non-exhaustive overview of links to recent reviews from critics and YouTubers.

Websites

YouTube reviews

While generally praised for its graphical overhaul, most reviews point out problems with Panzer Dragoon: Remake’s controls, such as heavy input lag on the shoulder buttons and problems locking on to targets due to the game’s reticle not behaving the same as in the old game. The game’s $25 price tag also appears to be a topic for debate as the game doesn’t have much in the way of added content and features compared to the original game, aside from a photo mode that has been enthusiastically received by fans. However, Forever Entertainment has been quick to promise upcoming patches that will improve the game, based on fan feedback from the Panzer Dragoon community. Already confirmed to be in the works are patches that add the new soundtrack by Saori Kobayashi, gyro controls and fixes for the game’s controls.

The key takeaway is that while not perfect, Panzer Dragoon: Remake shows potential and Forever Entertainment’s willingness to accept feedback and take the criticism seriously is being well received by the fans. More importantly, it should also help improve the quality of the upcoming Zwei remake. Like many, we’re looking forward to the upcoming patches and the PC version of the game. We’ll be sure to keep you posted on the updates the game receives!

Forever Entertainment is Collecting Feedback on Panzer Dragoon: Remake

Forever Entertainment is Collecting Feedback on Panzer Dragoon: Remake
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Feedback for the developers of Panzer Dragoon: Remake is currently being collected in a Google spreadsheet. Adding to the sheet will help us see refinements to the game in future patches.

With Panzer Dragoon: Remake being out on the Switch for a couple of days now, many of you will be currently enjoying experiencing Panzer Dragoon reimagined.

Shelcoof, a fan of the series, is collecting feedback on behalf of Forever Entertainment. You can always provide feedback over on their #remake-feedback Discord channel. But for a more organised way of entering collecting the feedback, you can edit this Google Spreadsheet that Shelcoof has set up. Feedback will help Forever Entertainment and Megapixel Studio to determine what to improve in future game patches.

Panzer Dragoon: Remake Physical Editions Will Be Available to Pre-Order From Tomorrow

Panzer Dragoon: Remake Physical Editions Will Be Available to Pre-Order From Tomorrow
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Alongside the digital release of Panzer Dragoon: Remake, Limited Run Games and Forever Entertainment have also announced that pre-orders for the limited run physical edition will start tomorrow (the 27th of March)!

Limited Run Games will be taking pre-orders for the physical editions of Panzer Dragoon: Remake for Nintendo Switch, which is already available digitally. The pre-orders start tomorrow (the 27th of March) at 10am Eastern Time. Limited Run Games writes:

On a far, lone planet, you encounter two dragons awaken from the ancient times.

PanzerDragoonRemake, the visually-upgraded remade version of the classic Panzer Dragoon game, gets a Limited Run TOMORROW! Pre-orders open at 10am ET and will be up for four-weeks.
Panzer Dragoon: Remake (Nintendo Switch) Standard Edition

There will also be a classic edition that looks like an NTSC Sega Saturn game case. Pretty cool.

PanzerDragoonRemake also gets a Classic Edition reminiscent of its original home release!

Grab this Sega Saturn throwback during its four-week pre-order, starting TOMORROW at 10am ET.

Panzer Dragoon: Remake (Nintendo Switch) Classic Edition

Limited Run Games has confirmed that it will cost US$39.99 for the Standard Edition and US$59.99 for the Classic Edition. For comparison, the digital version is US$24.99.

Panzer Dragoon: Remake is Now Available Digitally on Nintendo Switch!

Panzer Dragoon: Remake is Now Available Digitally on Nintendo Switch!
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We have waited long and through many winters for this day, but at last the dragon has returned to the skies! Panzer Dragoon: Remake is now available on Nintendo Switch!

Panzer Dragoon: Remake has arrived! You can now purchase the game digitally from the Nintendo Store. It costs US$24.99, however in each country the price will vary; in my local currency, the game cost NZ$41.25. The PC and Stadia versions have yet to arrive.

There’s a new launch trailer to accompany the release:

Video Details for "Panzer Dragoon: Remake Nintendo Switch Launch Trailer"

Panzer Dragoon: Remake producer Benjamin Anseaume has also revealed that a patch is on the way:

A patch is on the way and will arrive soon, it improves some features of the game (especially the photo mode) and add the track selection between original and remade by Kobayashi-san. It will arrive in few days, please be patient and enjoy the game!

And to answer a question on Twitter, he also added that Gyro controls will be included in a future patch:

@level857 @ForeverEntert Glad you like it! Yes, we will add the gyro controls in a patch very soon - not the next one but soon after -. It’s an exclusive news for you ;)

After all this time, the dragon has finally taken flight again.

Panzer Dragoon: Remake Will Feature a Rearranged Soundtrack by Saori Kobayashi!

Panzer Dragoon: Remake Will Feature a Rearranged Soundtrack by Saori Kobayashi!
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As announced by Forever Entertainment and Brave Wave Music, Panzer Dragoon: Remake will, aside from the original soundtrack, also feature a rearranged soundtrack by none other than Saori Kobayashi!

The official Panzer Dragoon: Remake Twitter account, as well as Brave Wave Productions, have announced that Saori Kobayashi, composer for Panzer Dragoon Saga and Panzer Dragoon Orta, will also be working on the soundtrack for the Panzer Dragoon: Remake! In a short video posted with the tweet, Saori Kobayashi herself confirmed her involvement and explained that she’ll arrange the original game’s soundtrack by Yoshitaka Azuma “in a manner that respects Azuma’s original compositions while striving to meet the expectations of today’s gamers and the capabilities of modern consoles”. Note that this video was actually recorded at the start of the game’s development, so the comment about the game’s release should be seen in that context.

Video Details for "Saori Kobayashi Confirms She’ll Be Working on Panzer Dragoon: Remake's Soundtrack"

The music in the background is presumably a sample of the rearranged version of the memorable track of the game’s first episode, “Flight”. It sounds as good as you’d imagine, and we’re looking forward to hearing the entire soundtrack!

In a separate tweet, the game’s producer Benjamin Anseaume added that you’ll be able to switch between the original music and the new arranged soundtrack. This was something many fans had asked for so it’s great to see that they’ll have this option available. Alex Aniel, aka cvxfreak, also confirmed that he worked on the project as Saori Kobayashi’s Sound Producer.

Panzer Dragoon: Remake Has Been Delayed "A Bit Longer"

Panzer Dragoon: Remake Has Been Delayed "A Bit Longer"
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Winter is over, but the dragon will be in hibernation a little while longer. Forever Entertainment asks fans for patience as Panzer Dragoon: Remake will take a little while longer to be released.

Panzer Dragoon: Remake producer Benjamin Anseaume has tweeted an update on the game’s release:

#PanzerDragoon It’s 10 degrees and cloudy at @TA_Publishing HQ. C’mon guys, I think we can call this “Winter”! Let’s hope the weather will be better in the upcoming weeks! 🤞

Forever Entertainment also responded with the following:

We have the same situation 🙈😎 Still Winter… 😉

Finally, there was a tweet from the official Panzer Dragoon: Remake channel with something (slightly) more concrete:

For us, this year’s Winter is a bit longer 😉 Please be patient 😊

Panzer Dragoon: Remake was originally scheduled to be released in Winter 2019/2020 which is now over. We can take these tweets as confirmation that Panzer Dragoon: Remake has been delayed, but is still expected to arrive soon. We’ll have more news as it arrives.

RadioSEGA Interviews Benjamin Anseaume In The SEGA Lounge Episode 106

RadioSEGA Interviews Benjamin Anseaume In The SEGA Lounge Episode 106
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There's a new podcast Interview with Panzer Dragoon: Remake producer Benjamin Anseaume, courtesy of RadioSEGA.

The SEGA Lounge is an interview based podcast focusing on SEGA games, game developers and community personalities. In the latest episode (106), the podcast interviews Benjamin Anseaume about the upcoming Panzer Dragoon: Remake.

Panzer Dragoon: Remake is still officially scheduled for “this Winter”. In the podcast, Benjamin said that they’ll reveal more about Panzer Dragoon II Zwei: Remake once the first remake is released.

Panzer Dragoon: Remake is Still Planned for "This Winter", Stadia Version Coming "Later This Year"

Panzer Dragoon: Remake is Still Planned for "This Winter", Stadia Version Coming "Later This Year"
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Where is Panzer Dragoon: Remake? It's still planned for "this Winter", which ends in eight days. Follow Panzer Dragoon: Remake on social media for updates.

“Where is Panzer Dragoon: Remake?” you cry. We’ve been wondering the same thing. The remake was previously confirmed to be released “this Winter”.

In a very recent tweet, the official Panzer Dragoon: Remake channel has confirmed that “this Winter” is “still the plan”. Winter 2019 ends on March 20, 2020, which is eight days away.

The Google Stadia version of Panzer Dragoon: Remake has been announced to “soar onto Stadia later this year” by the Stadia official Twitter. But this is a vague release date, since technically the end of Winter is later in the year than today, and this hasn’t been confirmed on Forever Entertainment’s social media channels either. So, we don’t have enough information to confirm if the Stadia version will come out after the Switch and PC versions, which are said to be available Winter and with a planned release date of this Winter according to their respective marketing pages. A GOG.com version was previously confirmed to arrive at the same time as the Steam release.

With only a small number of days left in Winter it’s very likely that we’ll hear some more news about the release date soon. It’s been eighteen years since the last full Panzer Dragoon game, Panzer Dragoon Orta, was released. Hopefully Panzer Dragoon fans can hold their breath a little while longer.

Thanks to Porasz/Maeh for contributing the image, which is from the film Frankestein (1931).

Panzer Dragoon Voyage Record Announced, a New VR Panzer Dragoon Game!

Panzer Dragoon Voyage Record Announced, a New VR Panzer Dragoon Game!
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Exciting news! A new official VR Panzer Dragoon game has been announced by Wildman Inc! Panzer Dragoon Voyage Record (tentative title) is coming to VR headsets in 2020 or 2021!

On the 25th anniversary of Panzer Dragoon, Wildman Inc has announced that it will release a new VR title called Panzer Dragoon Voyage Record (tentative title), which is an officially licensed Panzer Dragoon software title dedicated to VR headsets! It is amazing that after all this time, we will be getting not one, but two new but very different Panzer Dragoon games (three if you include the confirmed Panzer Dragoon II Zwei remake).

The official press release states that Panzer Dragoon Voyage Record is a VR dramatic shooter which will allow players to relive “various episodes” that appeared in the three Saturn games, Panzer Dragoon, Panzer Dragoon II Zwei, and Panzer Dragoon Saga. The included episodes have not been announced yet, but according to an automated translation of the Japanese language press release and this official tweet, it will be an omnibus that allows you to meet the Blue Dragon (Type 01), Lagi, the Prototype Dragon (Type 02), Guardian Dragon, and Atolm in VR.

Panzer Dragoon Voyage Record First Screenshot

Panzer Dragoon Voyage Record will be a completely new game built from the ground up, allowing players to play episodes of the Panzer Dragoon trilogy with new graphics and in first person perspective optimised for VR headsets. There will be a new input method so that the VR controller will be similar to the handgun of the dragon rider. Panzer Dragoon Voyage Record will be a single player game and is expected to be released in the 2020 Japanese Fiscal Year (which goes until March 2021).

Panzer Dragoon Voyage Record is not a full remake and it is unclear how many episodes of the Saturn trilogy the title will feature at this point, or which VR platforms it will support, but nonetheless this is exciting news. We can’t wait to learn more.

You can follow the official Panzer Dragoon Voyage Record account on Twitter.

Wildman who is developing the game is known for his experience with VR games. You may have heard of his previous work The Gunner of Dragoon which is a VR dragon riding experience with many similarities to the Panzer Dragoon series.

The developer himself is a fan of the original Panzer Dragoon series. He hopes to make a safe game that values ​​the original. The dragon on the screen under development retains the familiar “nostalgic shape” for this reason.

Original Panzer Dragoon creator Yukio Futatsugi tweeted to congratulate Wildman on announcing the game. He is not involved with either Panzer Dragoon Voyage Record or the upcoming Panzer Dragoon: Remake but nevertheless hopes that both games will succeed.

The Panzer Dragoon Series is Twenty Five Years Old Today

The Panzer Dragoon Series is Twenty Five Years Old Today
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Happy 25th Birthday Panzer Dragoon! A very big thank you to Yukio Futatsugi and the former Team Andromeda for bringing this incredible world to life!

It’s been 25 years since the original Panzer Dragoon game was released into the wild. Has it really been that long? Yes it has; the series began on March 10, 1995, when the original adventure of the armoured blue dragon launched in Japan, beginning one of the greatest gaming franchises of all time.

The themes and mysteries of the Panzer Dragoon universe still inspire the Panzer Dragoon community two and half decades later. Despite it’s lengthy hiatus, there’s still an active fan community surrounding the Panzer Dragoon series on the Internet. It’s fitting that after 25 years, Panzer Dragoon is about to be released again in an updated form for Nintendo Switch and other platforms in the form of Panzer Dragoon: Remake.

A very special thanks to Yukio Futatsugi and the rest of the former Team Andromeda for bringing this amazing fictional world to life.

Level 857 Interviews Benjamin Anseaume, Producer of the Panzer Dragoon: Remake

Level 857 Interviews Benjamin Anseaume, Producer of the Panzer Dragoon: Remake
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In one of their recent podcasts, Level 857 interviewed Panzer Dragoon: Remake producer Benjamin Anseaume about the Panzer Dragoon remake, but they also had an interesting discussion about other classic Sega (and non-Sega) games as well!

In one of their recent podcasts, Level 857 interviewed Panzer Dragoon: Remake producer Benjamin Anseaume. Much of their discussion is about the remake, but they also talk about other Sega games as well. Benjamin was also asked about the release date for Panzer Dragoon: Remake, something which a lot of fans have been asking about recently. While he couldn’t go into detail, he confirmed once again that the release date is still set for this winter, while also acknowledging that winter will be indeed over soon. At the same time it didn’t seem Benjamin wanted to completely rule out the chance of a delay either. You can view the discussion about the release date for yourself starting from 51:43 in the video below, but the entire podcast is well worth watching as Benjamin answer questions about the remake’s soundtrack, the Panzer Dragoon II Zwei remake, whether or not a Panzer Dragoon Saga remake is in the realm of possibility, and much more!

Panzer Dragoon Legacy Has a New Site Banner

Panzer Dragoon Legacy Has a New Site Banner
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We've added a new art banner to the website, representing the original Panzer Dragoon game and upcoming Panzer Dragoon: Remake. Thanks to Murozmuromuro for letting us use the image.

I’ve made a couple of small changes to the site’s layout, adding a new art banner to the top of the website and removing some of the extra black space around the social media icons by decreasing the size of the logo.

The old banner, created by Legaiaflame, has served us well. The banner depicted dragons from both the Panzer Dragoon and Crimson Dragon franchises, with a mostly empty space in between representing the bleakness of Panzer Dragoon’s post-apocalyptic world.

But we are no longer living in the time of Crimson Dragon, with the focus of this site returning sharply to Panzer Dragoon in recently years (particularly with the impending release of Panzer Dragoon: Remake). As such, I’ve chosen a new banner based on this great fan art of the Blue Dragon fighting an Imperial battle crusier which artist Murozmuromuro has kindly let us use as our banner. It represents both the events of the original Panzer Dragoon and the upcoming remake, so it should communicate what the site is about to both old and new fans alike.

Panzer Dragoon: Remake Officially Announced for Google Stadia

Panzer Dragoon: Remake Officially Announced for Google Stadia
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Panzer Dragoon: Remake has been officially confirmed for release on Google Stadia! Contrary to some reports on other websites, the official announcement makes it clear that the game is not actually part of the "First on Stadia" titles.

While it’s been stated in last year’s quarterly financial reports from Forever Entertainment before, Google has now confirmed that Panzer Dragoon: Remake is heading to Stadia, their online game streaming platform, in the coming months. The game is however not part of their “First on Stadia” games, meaning there shouldn’t be any concern about any timed exclusivity for the Stadia release. At the time of writing, the official Panzer Dragoon: Remake Twitter account hasn’t made any announcement of their own so far regarding the Stadia release. It’s good to see the game announced on more platforms as that can only mean more people get to play it! Hopefully we’ll eventually see the game confirmed for PS4 and Xbox One, as well as next-gen consoles.

Part 8 of the Art of Panzer Dragoon: Remake Gives Us a First Look At the Creature From the Intro

Part 8 of the Art of Panzer Dragoon: Remake Gives Us a First Look At the Creature From the Intro
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Part 8 of Panzer Dragoon: Remake's "The Art of Panzer Dragoon: Remake" series reveals a familiar bio-engineered monster from the original game's intro!

Panzer Dragoon’s iconic introduction full motion video sequence is fondly remembered by fans. It was amazing that the Sega Saturn could render such a lengthy story sequence in full 3D (compared to what the previous console generation was capable of). If you remember the intro, you will likely recall the scene where Kyle is chased through an Ancient ruin by a pure-type bio-engineered monster, with the creature eventually being crushed by a falling rock. The latest “Art of Panzer Dragoon: Remake” update gives us a glimpse of what this creature will look like (a work in progress) in the upcoming remake.

Video Details for "The Art of Panzer Dragoon: Remake Part 8: The Monster From the Intro"

It hasn’t been confirmed that this model will be used in the new introduction of the game, but it’s very likely that this will be the case. Although Panzer Dragoon’s introduction was groundbreaking at the time, a lot has changed over the last twenty five years and Saturn full motion videos haven’t aged well. So, a replacement of some sort will be required. I’m excited to see what the Panzer Dragoon: Remake team can come up with using today’s technology.