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Panzer Dragoon: Remake is Now Available on Google Stadia

Panzer Dragoon: Remake is Now Available on Google Stadia
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The dragon flies through the clouds in Panzer Dragoon: Remake as the Google Stadia version becomes available.

As announced by Panzer Dragoon: Remake’s Twitter, the Stadia version of Panzer Dragoon: Remake is now available:

Panzer Dragoon: Remake is now available on #Stadia! Take your Dragoon wherever you want and experience an amazing adventure!

Play now on @GoogleStadia↪️stadia.google.com

The game runs at 1080p on Stadia and with a similar framerate to performance mode on Nintendo Switch.

We’ll have more information and screenshots of the Stadia version in subsequent updates.

Panzer Dragoon: Remake v1.3 Will Be Included on Stadia at Launch And Another Patch is Coming

Panzer Dragoon: Remake v1.3 Will Be Included on Stadia at Launch And Another Patch is Coming
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Forever Entertainment has confirmed that Panzer Dragoon: Remake for Stadia will launch with the v1.3 patch and gyro controls will be tweaked in an upcoming update, but is the current version 1.3 polished enough to provide a solid gameplay experience?

We would also like to inform all of our readers who haven’t been closely following Twitter and Discord that we haven’t seen the last of Panzer Dragoon: Remake on Nintendo Switch. Another patch is on the way. The official Panzer Dragoon: Remake Twitter has confirmed that the gyro controls will be tweaked. Beyond this, we don’t have information about the contents of the next patch. The latest patch, Panzer Dragoon Remake v1.3, was a large update that also contained whole new features such as Episode 0 and a performance mode. It’s reasonable to assume we won’t be seeing the same quantity of improvements in future updates going forward, although nothing has been confirmed.

Unfortunately not everyone has been able to download the v1.3 patch, with the COVID-19 situation still preventing the release of patch in Japan.

But the official Panzer Dragoon: Remake Twitter has just confirmed that the upcoming Google Stadia version of Panzer Dragoon: Remake will include the v1.3 patch “for you to enjoy all the new features”. The Stadia version of Panzer Dragoon: Remake launches on June the 1st.

With the release of Panzer Dragoon: Remake v1.3 for Nintendo Switch, has the game reached a point where it has been refined enough to provide a solid gameplay experience? I haven’t written a full review of Panzer Dragoon: Remake or shared my thoughts here about the game, and that’s been intentional.

Early versions of Panzer Dragoon: Remake felt very much like a work in progress, with an immense amount of feedback collected from fans on Discord and used to improve the game. There’s a good collection of videos capturing some of these issues over on Synbios 16’s YouTube channel that you may find interesting.

With v1.3, I feel that the main gameplay issues, particularly surrounding the responsiveness of the controls, have been resolved. It’s not perfect, but Panzer Dragoon: Remake v1.3 is, from a gameplay and level design point of view, a solid 1:1 remake of the original 1995 game. It’s hard to deny that from a graphical point of view, Panzer Dragoon: Remake, which has been rebuilt from the ground up, is technically on another level than what was possible on the Sega Saturn. The art direction, a somewhat more subjective quality, is more controversial and I might talk about this in a future article. But if you’re looking to get into Panzer Dragoon (or revisit it after all these years) and own a Nintendo Switch (or soon, have a Stadia Pro subscription), we’ve reached a point where many of the rough edges have been ironed off and it’s the right time to give Panzer Dragoon: Remake a try.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

Introducing the Literature Section and Tags

Introducing the Literature Section and Tags
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We've made some improvements to how you can navigate the website. Panzer Dragoon Legacy's new Literature section combines our existing texts into a unified index page and you can also now browse the site by tag.

Over the years we’ve added more and more content to Panzer Dragoon Legacy. Figuring out how the organise all of this content has proven to be both a challenge and a learning experience, and there’s no question we’ve accumulated some baggage along the way. This week I sat down and reorganised some of website’s content in order to simplify things and make the content easier to find and share going forward.

First up is the introduction of the new Literature section which combines the previous Articles, Links, Poems, Resources, and Stories media types into a single “Literature” index page under “Browse by Media Type” in the lefthand navigation. Each literature page contains a unique number in the URL, ensuring links will continue to work if we rename or recategorise pages, which is becoming increasingly important as more content is shared on social media directly. The Encyclopaedia remains seperate, however these pages are now also numbered.

I’ve removed the Links section and replaced it with two articles: Panzer Dragoon Websites and Other Gaming Websites. Unfortunately most of the old Panzer Dragoon fan sites are now dead, so the first article is primarily a collection of Internet Archive links. But they’re a fun nostalgia trip for those who grew up in the era of personal websites, before the rise of the Empire.

The latest contributions in all of the main media types can now be found on the Contributions Feed (previously it only included pictures). As we’ve been doing with new fan art, we’ll share other new contributions directly on our social media pages.

Finally, I’ve introduced a new way of finding content on the site: browsing by tag. Tags work in a similar way to the related links displayed at the bottom of encyclopaedia entries, except we also have tags for topics that don’t have a dedicated page in the encyclopaedia. For example, the tag page for Atolm Dragon looks like this.

This year it will be twenty years since I started working on my original Panzer Dragoon website, Azel Online. Some of the content from Azel Online is still on Panzer Dragoon Legacy. I hope the current structure will be robust enough to last another twenty years; indeed, I intend that this site will become more of a stable archive from here on, rather than something which constantly changes. With Panzer Dragoon: Remake coming out soon, a whole new generation of Panzer Dragoon fans will be introduced to the series, contributing new literature and other content of their own.

All of the Fan Art From the Second Half of 2019

All of the Fan Art From the Second Half of 2019
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During the second half of 2019 we introduced a new way of sharing contributions, particularly the Contributions Feed where we’ve been posting lots of art. I thought it would be worthwhile posting the new fan art we’ve accumulated in a single post.

Kyle and the Blue Dragon Lagi Craymen Atolm Dragon Craymen Orta's Dragon  Craymen and Maple Orta and Her Dragon Dragon near Ancient Ruin Blue Dragon Panzer Dragoon Tribute Sketch Panzer Dragoon Tribute Sketch Panzer Dragoon Tribute Sketch Panzer Dragoon Inktober 2019 Fan Art Blue Dragon Lagi, Lundi, and the Destruction of Elpis Kyle and the Blue Dragon Panzer Dragoon Sketch Panzer Dragoon on Nintendo Switch Panzer Dragoon on Nintendo Switch (Work in Progress) Azel and Edge Orta and Her Dragon Sketch Azel on a Cliff Orta and Her Dragon Ink and Pencil Drawing (1 of 2) Orta and Her Dragon Ink and Pencil Drawing (2 of 2) Tribute to Panzer Dragoon Panzer Dragoon Saga Tribute
Panzer Dragoon Jack’o’lantern (1 of 3) Panzer Dragoon Jack’o’lantern (2 of 3) Panzer Dragoon Jack’o’lantern (3 of 3)
Azel Halloween Pumpkin (1 of 2) Azel Halloween Pumpkin (2 of 2)
Polymer Clay Craymen Figure Sterling Silver Imperial Pendant Craymen Keychain (1 of 2) Craymen Keychain (2 of 2)
Panzer Dragoon Modded Saturn Controller (1 of 4) Panzer Dragoon Modded Saturn Controller (2 of 4) Panzer Dragoon Modded Saturn Controller (3 of 4) Panzer Dragoon Modded Saturn Controller (4 of 4) Panzer Dragoon Modded Saturn 3D Controller (1 of 4) Panzer Dragoon Modded Saturn 3D Controller (2 of 4) Panzer Dragoon Modded Saturn 3D Controller (3 of 4) Panzer Dragoon Modded Saturn 3D Controller (4 of 4)
Panzer Dragoon Car Sticker (1 of 4) Panzer Dragoon Car Sticker (2 of 4) Panzer Dragoon Car Sticker (3 of 4) Panzer Dragoon Car Sticker (4 of 4)
Custom Panzer Dragoon Saga Saturn Console (1 of 8) Custom Panzer Dragoon Saga Saturn Console (2 of 8) Custom Panzer Dragoon Saga Saturn Console (3 of 8) Custom Panzer Dragoon Saga Saturn Console (4 of 8) Custom Panzer Dragoon Saga Saturn Console (5 of 8) Custom Panzer Dragoon Saga Saturn Console (6 of 8) Custom Panzer Dragoon Saga Saturn Console (7 of 8) Custom Panzer Dragoon Saga Saturn Console (8 of 8)

It was an amazing half-year for fan art, with all of this accumulated in just a few months. Thanks to everyone who contributed! We have even more fan contributions in the pipeline for next year, so keep following us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Discord to see what’s new.

Card of Darkness: The Remixes Available For Pre-Order, Featuring Saori Kobayashi

Card of Darkness: The Remixes Available For Pre-Order, Featuring Saori Kobayashi
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Brave Wave have announced a new remix album for the Apple Arcade game Card of Darkness, now available to pre-order on Bandcamp. Originally composed by Stemage, the second track, “Ergo, Where Go?”, is a remix by none other than Saori Kobayashi, composer of Panzer Dragoon Saga and Panzer Dragoon Orta.

Pre-Order “Card of Darkness: The Remixes” on Bandcamp

You can pre-order the album today (goes live on December 16), as well as sample other Brave Wave albums, many of which also feature music by Kobayashi.

Panzer Dragoon Legacy Celebrates the Long Awaited Return of Shenmue

Panzer Dragoon Legacy Celebrates the Long Awaited Return of Shenmue
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It’s great that we’re close to seeing a return of the Panzer Dragoon series after such a long hiatus. Today marks the long awaited return of another classic Sega franchise: Shenmue. Take a moment to celebrate the launch of Shenmue III with us, eighteen years after it’s last instalment, by enjoying screenshots of a Panzer Dragoon cameo featured in Shenmue I & II.

Shenmue Solo Wing Toy Capsule (1 of 5) Shenmue Solo Wing Toy Capsule (2 of 5) Shenmue Solo Wing Toy Capsule (3 of 5) Shenmue Solo Wing Toy Capsule (4 of 5) Shenmue Solo Wing Toy Capsule (5 of 5)

It would be been nice to capture a screenshot of the toy Solo Wing in Ryo’s hand, but given the random nature of the toy capsule collection that would been a time consuming endeavour, time better spent playing Shenmue III.

A New Approach to How We Share Contributions

A New Approach to How We Share Contributions
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Traditionally we’ve always posted new art and other content that fans contribute as news updates here on the front page of Panzer Dragoon Legacy. However, the way in which people consume content has changed considerably (“social media” didn’t even exist when I founded this site in 2002). Many people only follow us on social media now instead of checking the website for updates.

Today we’re introducing a new approach to how contributions are shared. We’ll now post art and other contributions directly to three social media channels: Facebook, Twitter, and Discord. Instead of following along on the Panzer Dragoon Legacy website, you can follow us on any of these three platforms for new content.

We have also set up a new Instagram page; like our YouTube channel, Instagram will be used for media updates, so be sure to follow on Instagram if you want to see our content there.

And then there are those of us who like to get updates the old school way: manually checking a website without all the noise of social media. Panzer Dragoon Legacy has always featured every new contribution here on it’s front page. Now, new contributions will become visible in a Contributions Feed instead. This will allow us to share contributions faster, without the ceremony of a news update to go with it. We may post a summary of new contributions from time to time, but the primary way of seeing which contributions are new will be to check the feed.

We encourage you to follow along on whatever channel suits your style of consumption.

Watch IcogamerXC's Cosplay Act of the First Disc of Panzer Dragoon Saga

Watch IcogamerXC's Cosplay Act of the First Disc of Panzer Dragoon Saga
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Panzer Dragoon Saga Disc 1 like you’ve never seen it before!

Video Details for "Panzer Dragoon Saga Cosplay Act"

(Update 26/12/2019) We’ve also added some behind the scenes photos of the event to our gallery.

Panzer Dragoon Saga Cosplay Act (1 of 5) Panzer Dragoon Saga Cosplay Act (2 of 5) Panzer Dragoon Saga Cosplay Act (3 of 5) Panzer Dragoon Saga Cosplay Act (4 of 5) Panzer Dragoon Saga Cosplay Act (5 of 5)

My thanks goes to IcogamerXC and his sister for their entertaining performance.

Panzer Dragoon Mini Packaging and Manual Scans

Panzer Dragoon Mini Packaging and Manual Scans
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Panzer Dragoon: Remake won’t be the first portable game in the series. Back in the 90s, Sega released a spin off title called Panzer Dragoon Mini for the Game Gear. Skye Welse has kindly submitted some photos of the game’s packaging, manual, and warranty card.

Panzer Dragoon Mini NTSC-J Version Manual 1 of 7 Panzer Dragoon Mini NTSC-J Version Manual 2 of 7 Panzer Dragoon Mini NTSC-J Version Manual 3 of 7 Panzer Dragoon Mini NTSC-J Version Manual 4 of 7 Panzer Dragoon Mini NTSC-J Version Manual 5 of 7 Panzer Dragoon Mini NTSC-J Version Manual 6 of 7 Panzer Dragoon Mini NTSC-J Version Manual 7 of 7 Panzer Dragoon Mini NTSC-J Version Warranty Card 1 of 2 Panzer Dragoon Mini NTSC-J Version Warranty Card 2 of 2 Panzer Dragoon Mini NTSC-J Version Cartridge in Packaging

For completeness, you can view all of the Panzer Dragoon Mini product photos, including those previously submitted by Lance Way, over in the Panzer Dragoon Mini Product Pictures category.