Resurrection: Panzer Dragoon Saga 20th Anniversary Arrangement Vinyl Album is Now Available

Resurrection: Panzer Dragoon Saga 20th Anniversary Arrangement Vinyl Album is Now Available
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Some fans have reported that they’ve received the vinyl edition of “Resurrection: Panzer Dragoon Saga 20th Anniversary Arrangement” which had previously been delayed. Here’s an unboxing video from YouTube user SkillJim showing off the vinyls in all their purple glory:

And there’s more news surrounding the “Resurrection: Panzer Dragoon Saga 20th Anniversary Arrangement” vinyl edition. Brave Wave have announced that a second pressing in black of the vinyl edition is now available on BigWax.

Restock Announcement!

The 2nd pressing of “Resurrection: Panzer Dragoon Saga 20th Anniversary Arrangement” is now available on BigWax for EU customers!

Please note that the 2nd press comes on black vinyl, instead of the purple used in the 1st press.

The new black vinyls will be available to US customers on Fangamer in the coming days. No doubt both the purple and black versions of the album will be sought after by hardcore collectors.

Panzer Dragoon Orta Emulation on PC Progresses with Cxbx-Reloaded

Panzer Dragoon Orta Emulation on PC Progresses with Cxbx-Reloaded
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A new build of Cxbx-Reloaded, an Xbox emulator for Windows, has been released which runs Panzer Dragoon Orta significantly better than previous efforts. Some new footage has been released showing almost the entire first episode running on the emulator:

The Cxbx-Reloaded project began its life as a fork of the older Cxbx emulator, but with added 64-bit support. Cxbx-Reloaded is under active development, so support for Panzer Dragoon Orta may improve over time. You can follow the project over on GitHub.

Two New Pieces of Fan Art

Two New Pieces of Fan Art
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We have two nice, new additions to the fan art section. The first is a picture of a battle with Atolm, while the second is of everyone’s favourite drone, Azel.

Battle With Atolm The Lovely Azel

Thanks to the artists Saulo Souza and Pariah Exile Wrath for contributing these.

The North American 20th Anniversary of Panzer Dragoon Saga is Upon Us

The North American 20th Anniversary of Panzer Dragoon Saga is Upon Us
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On the 30th of April 1998, several months after it’s Japanese debut, Panzer Dragoon Saga was released in North America.

To celebrate, Polygon has released a massive article discussing the game with former members of Team Andromeda called Panzer Dragoon Saga: An oral history. The article includes a video of former Panzer Dragoon Saga character designer Katsumi Yokota sketching the story’s heroine, Azel, along with numerous comments from the original team, including what they would like to see in a continuation of the series. These words from Panzer Dragoon Saga director Yukio Futatsugi stood out for me:

At the beginning, I envisioned it to be something like [thatgamecompany’s] Journey. But we didn’t go that route, because we figured nobody would want to play a game so open and distant from the original Panzer Dragoons. But I feel that now something like that might be accepted. Of course, I would keep the dragon in the game, but the focus would be more on riding the dragon and exploring the world, and the player would find traces of the previous games within this universe. The game would be like a remake of the entire series and flash back to the originals. That’s just what comes to mind. The core members of the Orta team work at [Futatsugi’s company] Grounding now. But I think everyone would like to revisit Panzer Dragoon again. I’d like to tie up any loose ends and complete the saga before I die.

Journey is my second favourite video game (after Panzer Dragoon Saga), so it’s exciting to read that Futatsugi would consider an abstract game like it set in the Panzer Dragoon world.

Panzer Dragoon Orta: Xbox vs Xbox One X

Panzer Dragoon Orta: Xbox vs Xbox One X
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Xbox Live Fr has posted a video comparing Panzer Dragoon Orta running on the original Xbox compared to what is currently the most advanced way to play the game: on Microsoft’s new Xbox One X console.

As you can see from the video, the Xbox One X version looks quite incredible running at 4K. There’s no question in my mind that, visually at least, Panzer Dragoon Orta has stood the test of time very well when running on modern hardware.

Panzer Dragoon Orta is Now Playable on Xbox One

Panzer Dragoon Orta is Now Playable on Xbox One
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Panzer Dragoon Orta is now playable on Xbox One, via backward compatibility. If you have your original Xbox disc you’ll be able to experience the game with a resolution upgrade on the Xbox One family consoles. Draikin has shared some screenshots and a video of the game running on a regular (not Xbox One X) console, but as you can see the resolution upgrade still makes the game look significantly more impressive.

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If you want learn more about the new Panzer Dragoon Orta experience, there’s an active topic on our forum which includes links to footage of the game.

Microsoft Finally Patched the Episode 4 Bug for Panzer Dragoon Orta on PAL Xbox 360's

Microsoft Finally Patched the Episode 4 Bug for Panzer Dragoon Orta on PAL Xbox 360's
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PAL Xbox 360 users who tried using the console’s backward compatibility to play Panzer Dragoon Orta may remember that the game crashed at the start of Episode 4. In a surprise move, Microsoft has now apparently patched this bug, as pointed out by Kimimi on Twitter who posted screenshots of the game’s transition from Episode 3 to Episode 4 on a PAL Xbox 360. In the past the game would always crash there, but a 6MB update that will be installed when you start the game while connected to Xbox Live finally resolves this problem.

It’s reasonable to assume that this is the result of Microsoft working on the Xbox One backward compatibility for the game, and apparently in doing so they figured out the problem with the PAL version and backported the fix to the Xbox 360. While it would have been nice had they fixed the problem all those years ago, it’s still a pleasant surprise to see them update the game now. Better late than never!

Resurrection: Panzer Dragoon Saga 20th Anniversary Arrangement Vinyl Delayed Until June

Resurrection: Panzer Dragoon Saga 20th Anniversary Arrangement Vinyl Delayed Until June
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Brave Wave has reported that the vinyl release of “Resurrection: Panzer Dragoon Saga 20th Anniversary Arrangement” has been delayed from April to June:

Due to a manufacturing error, we have to redo the 1st pressing of ‘Resurrection: Panzer Dragoon Saga’ 2-LP. The vinyl is delayed until June.

Our customers hold us to the highest standards, and we want the best quality for you. We apologize for the delay.

In the meantime you can stream the full album from Bandcamp (where you can also order the vinyl edition).

Panzer Dragoon Orta Joins the Xbox One Backward Compatibility List!

Panzer Dragoon Orta Joins the Xbox One Backward Compatibility List!
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Microsoft has announced another batch of Original Xbox games that will be made playable on the Xbox One, and Panzer Dragoon Orta is one of them! Released back in 2002, it was the last game in the main Panzer Dragoon series and arguably one of the best railshooters ever made. Fusing elements from both the previous railshooter games and the RPG Panzer Dragoon Saga, Panzer Dragoon Orta offered an impressive amount of replayability with plenty of unlockable content, including the PC port of the original Panzer Dragoon!

According to Microsoft, all of the newly announced Original Xbox games will have up to 4X the pixel count on Xbox One and Xbox One S, and up to 16X the pixel count on Xbox One X. It’ll be interesting to see the results of that for Panzer Dragoon Orta, which supported an (at the time impressive) 480P resolution combined with a 60fps framerate.

Starting April 17, you’ll be able to play the game through the original disc if you already own it, or you can purchase it digitally in the Microsoft Store.

Ludodrome's "A Brief History of... Panzer Dragoon"

 Ludodrome's "A Brief History of... Panzer Dragoon"
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YouTube channel Ludodrome has released a 38 minute video that goes over the complete history of the Panzer Dragoon series.

From the video:

The series is a historical curosity, an object of nostalgia at this point. Rail shooters are a relic of a bygone era and have little relevance in this day and age. The series’ towering achievement - Panzer Dragoon Saga - is both too obscure and too difficult to remake or port. At least there’s emulation. The Panzer Dragoon series is too unique, too charming, and too beautiful to be so forgotten. What could easily have been a bog-standard arcade shooter blossomed into something special because of the determination of Team Andromeda to make something no one had ever seen before: arcade shooters as fast and fun as any other in the genre but delivered with literary and cinematic panache far ahead of their time. And what’s more they went on to create one of the greatest RPGs of all time, one that anyone with the slightest interest in the genre owes themselves to play.

The whole video is well worth a watch for those wanting a summary of the Panzer Dragoon series’ development and it’s legacy.

The Good Life Campaign Relaunched on Kickstarter

The Good Life Campaign Relaunched on Kickstarter
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Back in September last year we posted an article about Yukio Futatsugi’s latest project, The Good Life which was being crowd funded on Fig. Unfortunately the campaign did not reach it’s funding goal, but now Futatsugi and SWERY are making a second attempt on the more well known Kickstarter platform.

Panzer Dragoon creator Yukio Futatsugi writes about how he aims to make some of the magic found in older games return with The Good Life:

A long time ago, I used to believe that games had magic in them. A new game always brought me a brand new experience, and excitement as to what would happen next. Crazy things would happen, and it felt really like I had fallen under some sort of spell. But lately, the risks involved in creating new games have gotten more and more extreme, and it’s becoming harder and harder to make magic games. SWERY and I want to bring that magic back - but we need to borrow a little mana from you in order to summon it. We want to show the world a kind of magic it’s never seen.

If The Good Life looks like it might appeal to you, or you want to support Yukio Futatsugi’s vision, you can back the project on Kickstarter.

Panzer Dragoon World Interviews Saori Kobayashi

Panzer Dragoon World Interviews Saori Kobayashi
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Panzer Dragoon World has posted a new interview with Panzer Dragoon Saga composer Saori Kobayashi. Interview topics include her favourite tracks and games, Tomonori Sawada (Panzer Dragoon Zwei composer)’s involvement with “Resurrection: Panzer Dragoon Saga 20th Anniversary Arrangement”, and how the original Panzer Dragoon Saga soundtrack was created. From the interview:

For the original game, I used Roland and E-mu sound samples. When implementing them into the Saturn, we ran into data size limitations, which restricted how we could use the sounds in the game. We downgraded the sound quality and performed various processes in order to create the soundtrack. Nowadays, I can totally control the kind of sound I want in the game, so that is quite fun and convenient, but if that were true back in the 90s, then perhaps the unique sound attributed to that era may never have been created.

The interview confirms that Saori Kobayashi is not currently planning a re-arrangement album for the tracks that were missing from “Resurrection”, but she is interested in working on future Panzer Dragoon projects.

To read the full interview, head on over to the Panzer Dragoon World campaign website.

The Resurrection: Panzer Dragoon Saga 20th Anniversary Arrangement CD is Now Shipping Worldwide

The Resurrection: Panzer Dragoon Saga 20th Anniversary Arrangement CD is Now Shipping Worldwide
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If you pre-ordered the CD version of “Resurrection: Panzer Dragoon Saga 20th Anniversary Arrangement” there’s good news: Brave Wave has reported that the CD is now shipping worldwide.

The CD version of “Resurrection” is available to purchase from Fangamer (North America), BigWax (Europe), and Ebten (Japan). The digital version was released on the day of Panzer Dragoon Saga’s 20th anniversary and the vinyl is expected to ship on the 9th of April.

More Art From Fans of the Panzer Dragoon Series

More Art From Fans of the Panzer Dragoon Series
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I’ve added some new fan art to the site.

Panzer Dragoon Cake Azel Orta Commission
Panzer Dragoon Tribute Concept Dragon Rider Panzer Dragoon Tribute Characters Alternative Panzer Dragoon Vinyl Cover Art Alternative Panzer Dragoon Vinyl Cover Art

Thanks to the various contributors of this latest batch of art.

VGMO Reviews Resurrection: Panzer Dragoon Saga 20th Anniversary Arrangement

VGMO Reviews Resurrection: Panzer Dragoon Saga 20th Anniversary Arrangement
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Reilly Farrell from VGMO (Video Game Music Online) has posted a review of the new Panzer Dragoon Saga arrangement album. Since there hasn’t been many reviews of “Resurrection” I thought I’d share this one with you all. From the review:

Panzer Dragoon Saga‘s original soundtrack was an achievement in game music unlike anything that came before it. Twenty years later, that soundtrack is still unlike anything that came after its time – and, twenty years later, Saori Kobayashi still has plenty of fresh perspective for the music she composed so long ago. Resurrection succeeds not only in transitioning old tracks into a new age, but also in reworking a selection of pieces in an unexpected style. Whether or not Panzer Dragoon Saga is a part of your gaming past, Resurrection is a gorgeous arrangement album that deserves your attention.

You can read the full review over on VGMO’s website.

Digital Foundry Retro: Panzer Dragoon and Panzer Dragoon Zwei

Digital Foundry Retro: Panzer Dragoon and Panzer Dragoon Zwei
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Digital Foundry has released a retro episode looking at the technical aspects of the Sega Saturn classics Panzer Dragoon and it’s sequel Panzer Dragoon Zwei, along with their spin off titles. The video features music from “Resurrection: Panzer Dragoon Saga 20th Anniversary Arrangement”.

Panzer Dragoon Saga and Panzer Dragoon Orta will be covered in a future video.

SEGA Releases the Original Panzer Dragoon Soundtracks on Digital Stores and in English

SEGA Releases the Original Panzer Dragoon Soundtracks on Digital Stores and in English
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SEGA has released the original soundtracks of the four main Panzer Dragoon games on digital stores such as iTunes and Amazon Music. Not only is this the first time that SEGA has released these soundtracks digitally, but the covers and tracklists have been translated into English too; previously only the Panzer Dragoon Orta Official Soundtrack, along with the Sega Ages and vinyl releases of Panzer Dragoon’s soundtrack were translated.

Panzer Dragoon (Original Soundtrack) Digital Cover Panzer Dragoon II Zwei (Original Soundtrack) Digital Cover Panzer Dragoon Saga (Original Soundtrack) Digital Cover Panzer Dragoon Orta (Original Soundtrack) Digital Cover

Note, this is the first time that the Panzer Dragoon Saga original soundtrack has been named after the English language version of the game.

The soundtracks can be purchased from the following links:

The new albums are available from the links above in English, and there’s also Japanese versions of each soundtrack. The covers are the same, except for Panzer Dragoon Saga’s cover, which uses the game’s Japanese title instead.

Right now, these newly released digital soundtracks are only available to purchase, not rented. For example, they can be purchased from iTunes, but not streamed with an Apple Music subscription. This has been the case for other SEGA soundtracks such as that of Skies of Arcadia which has only been available on the former service for some time. So, don’t count on these original soundtracks coming to Apple Music if this trend is set to continue (update: the Skies of Arcadia soundtrack is reportedly on Spotify, so there may be hope yet). But in any case, let’s be glad that the soundtracks are now easy to listen to without having to resort to eBay or piracy. Thanks SEGA!

Basic Wing 3D Fan Model

Basic Wing 3D Fan Model
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Here’s a 3D sculpt I made of the Basic Wing from Panzer Dragoon Saga, with basic materials and a vertex paint texture. I used Blender 2.79 for sculpting and compositing.

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Resurrection is Now Available on Other Digital Music Services

Resurrection is Now Available on Other Digital Music Services
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Brave Wave has reported that “Resurrection: Panzer Dragoon Saga 20th Anniversary Arrangement” is now available on streaming subscription services such as Apple Music and Spotify, along with being available to purchase from digital music stores such as iTunes and Amazon. Previously the re-imagined Panzer Dragoon Saga soundtrack was only available digitally on Bandcamp.

Hey Siri, play me “Sona mi areru ec sancitu”.

Panzer Dragoon Saga's 20th Anniversary: Across the Web

Panzer Dragoon Saga's 20th Anniversary: Across the Web
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It’s been a week since Panzer Dragoon Saga turned twenty and fans of the classic Saturn RPG have been celebrating in all sorts of ways. A number of articles about the game and the new re-arranged album “Resurrection” have been posted on various websites.

Ben Lindbergh from The Ringer has written a detailed piece called The Ruinous Road of Gaming’s Missing Masterpiece. He says, “Twenty years after its creation, it also remains nearly impossible to play, a cult classic whose elusiveness mirrors the misery that suffused its development, setting, and story.” The article is in part based on correspondence with Chris Lucich and Matt Underwood, the game’s localisation team from Sega of America. A great read for any fan of Panzer Dragoon Saga wanting to know more about how the game was localised.

There’s also another article discussing Yukio Futatsugi’s ideas for a remake of Panzer Dragoon Saga (purely hypothetical). He imagines an online component, like Dark Souls, but where the content of each player’s game is a different parallel world. Multiple divine visitors influencing each other’s version of the world via Sestren perhaps? He also says that he would make a Panzer Dragoon Saga remake open world and allow the player to make their own choices. “Make a strong correlation between the characters’ responses and behaviors and the player’s actions, so that the characters change depending on the player’s choices,” he says. All this sounds intriguing and it’s a shame that its probably too expensive for any publisher to consider.

There’s also another review of “Resurrection” by Eliot-Ness of Panzer Dragoon World. Be sure to check it out if you want another opinion on the new album besides the review I posted earlier.

Finally, Brave Wave has posted on Twitter thanking everyone who helped make the anniversary album an “astounding success”. There’s more news from Brave Wave too: there will be a Saori Kobayashi concert at Universal Fan Con in Baltimore this year, featuring music from Panzer Dragoon Saga. The game we remember may have ridden off into the sunset on the Saturn twenty years ago, but legacy of Panzer Dragoon Saga is alive and well.

Panzer Dragoon Saga Turns Twenty; Anniversary Arrangement Album Released and Reviewed

Panzer Dragoon Saga Turns Twenty; Anniversary Arrangement Album Released and Reviewed
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Today marks the 20th anniversary since the original release of Panzer Dragoon Saga! To celebrate, you can now listen to the full album of “Resurrection: Panzer Dragoon Saga 20th Anniversary Arrangement”, a 20 track compilation of the game’s music rearranged by original composer Saori Kobayashi.

Resurrection: Panzer Dragoon Saga 20th Anniversary Arrangement on Bandcamp

The icing on the cake? “Resurrection” is currently the number one selling video game soundtrack on Bandcamp!

What do you all think of the new album? You can find my thoughts about the new album in my full review of “Resurrection”. Spoiler: I liked it.

Twenty years… has it really been that long? This anniversary brings to mind a quote from Gash from near the end of Panzer Dragoon Saga, when all hope seemed to be lost:

Without any fire power, what can we do? All is lost. I can’t go after Sestren. Protecting the people of this village comes first. We’ve lost this time, but we’ll have another chance. 20, 30 years… If we’re lucky.

Panzer Dragoon Saga really did get another chance, twenty years later. Thanks to Saori Kobayashi, Eri Ito, and everyone at Brave Wave for making “Resurrection: Panzer Dragoon Saga 20th Anniversary Arrangement” possible!

Resurrection: Panzer Dragoon Saga 20th Anniversary Arrangement is Now Available to Preorder

Resurrection: Panzer Dragoon Saga 20th Anniversary Arrangement is Now Available to Preorder
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“Resurrection”, the arrangement album for Panzer Dragoon Saga’s upcoming 20th anniversary, is now available to preorder!

You can stream four tracks from the album for free on Bandcamp right now. These tracks are “Ecce valde generous ale”, “Nomad”, “Atolm Dragon”, and “Village of Zoah”. I recommend listening to “Nomad” (the Caravan theme) especially.

You can pre-order a digital version of the album (in the usual Bandcamp formats), as well as a CD or vinyl version. The album is a single bilingual release, and the full version will be released on the 29th of January, the 20th anniversary of the Japanese release of Azel: Panzer Dragoon RPG. More details are available on Brave Wave’s website. And you can expect a full review from yours truly on the 29th.

In addition to all this, Andrew Webster from The Verge has written an article about the new album which was based on an interview with Saori Kobayashi. She says:

By rearranging the album this time, I was able to achieve the kind of music that I wanted to do 20 years ago. This project allowed me to achieve things that weren’t possible then.

Interestingly, she’s interested in releasing a similar album based on the Panzer Dragoon Orta soundtrack as well as revisiting some of the Panzer Dragoon Saga tracks that didn’t make it into “Resurrection” due to time constraints. Let’s see what the future holds!

Pictures of the Panzer Dragoon Saga 20th Anniversary Arrangement Soundtrack

Pictures of the Panzer Dragoon Saga 20th Anniversary Arrangement Soundtrack
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I’ve uploaded four pictures of “Resurrection: Panzer Dragoon Saga 20th Anniversary Arrangement Soundtrack”, the new upcoming orchestral Panzer Dragoon Saga album from Saori Kobayashi herself.

Resurrection: Panzer Dragoon Saga 20th Anniversary Arrangement Soundtrack Cover Resurrection: Azel Panzer Dragoon RPG 20th Anniversary Arrangement Soundtrack Cover Resurrection: Panzer Dragoon Saga 20th Anniversary Arrangement Soundtrack Ensemble Resurrection: Panzer Dragoon Saga 20th Anniversary Arrangement Soundtrack Composer

As you can see, there are two covers, one bearing the title “Resurrection: Azel Panzer Dragoon RPG 20th Anniversary Arrangement Soundtrack”, named after the Japanese release of the game. The presence of a second cover means that there will likely be at least two versions of album.

Brave Wave Announces New Panzer Dragoon Saga Album!

Brave Wave Announces New Panzer Dragoon Saga Album!
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Brave Wave Productions have announced that they will be releasing a special ”Resurrection: Panzer Dragoon Saga 20th Anniversary Arrangement” soundtrack for digital, CD & vinyl! An official collaboration with SEGA, the soundtrack contains 20 songs from Panzer Dragoon Saga, rearranged by the game’s original composer Saori Kobayashi. The release date is currently scheduled for January 29, 2018. Here’s the list of companies and people who contributed to the soundtrack:

It’s great to see Panzer Dragoon Saga’s excellent soundtrack get another release, especially with rearranged tracks by the original composer. Definitely something to look forward to in the new year!

Brave Wave to Make Big Announcement Later this Week

Brave Wave to Make Big Announcement Later this Week
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From Brave Wave’s Twitter account:

Later this week, we’ll announce a digital, CD and vinyl release for an esteemed Japanese retro game that celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2018. We’re truly excited for this one - it’s a special project that you’re all going to love!

A new saga awaits.

I’m sure Brave Wave aren’t the only ones truly excited about this, especially fans of a certain dragon riding RPG.