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Panzer Dragoon: Remake is Now Available on PlayStation 4

Panzer Dragoon: Remake is Now Available on PlayStation 4

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You can now download Panzer Dragoon: Remake from the PlayStation Store, featuring similar enhancements to the PC version and enhanced game play on PlayStation 4 Pro.

The PlayStation 4 version of Panzer Dragoon: Remake is out! You can download the digital version from the PlayStation Store, and view the game details via the following link in your web browser:

Official PlayStation Store - Panzer Dragoon: Remake

This version appears to be the same as the PC version (marked as version 1.4 on the title screen), featuring enhancements such new loading screens and a flash from the gun when you shoot enemies. The store page also says that the game can be controlled via a PlayStation Vita and has enhanced game play on PlayStation 4 Pro consoles.

Panzer Dragoon Voyage Record Tokyo Game Show Teaser

Panzer Dragoon Voyage Record Tokyo Game Show Teaser

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Wildman has released a new 31 second teaser showcasing Panzer Dragoon Voyage Record, with a new full-length video expected to be released before the crowdfunding campaign begins later this year.

In a tweet, Wildman has released a new short teaser along with some information about Panzer Dragoon Voyage Record (DeepL translation):

Yesterday, we released a new video for Panzer Dragoon Voyage Record at TGS 2020 Sega Atlas TV! Work on the newly unveiled dragons is well underway, and we are working on the full-length video for the game, which will be released before the crowdfunding campaign begins this year!

Video Details for "Panzer Dragoon Voyage Record Tokyo Game Show Teaser"

We’ve also prepared a Japanese subtitled version of the teaser video that was released in June! The support of everyone who loves the Panzer Dragoon series is essential to the success of this film. Thank you for your continued support!

As the iconic Guardian Dragon theme plays in the background, the teaser shows us some new enemy and dragon models, including the Stripe Wing from Panzer Dragoon Saga! I’m certainly looking forward to seeing more.

Panzer Dragoon: Remake is Now Available on Windows PC

Panzer Dragoon: Remake is Now Available on Windows PC

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Today marks the release of Panzer Dragoon: Remake on PC, available on the Steam and GOG.com digital stores and launching with a 10% discount.

You can now buy Panzer Dragoon: Remake on Steam and GOG.com for Windows PC!

To celebrate the launch, GOG.com writes:

Ride a powerful creature in the new, remade version of the action-adventure classic!

Fulfill your destiny, armed with a deadly gun from the past & the guidance of your armored blue dragon.

Both versions come with a 10% discount. It appears that both versions are same, with the exception of Cloud Saves not being listed on GOG.com (but, as with all GOG games, you will receive a stand alone installer). We’ll no doubt have more details about the PC version once players have had time to explore it. We know that a lot of you have been looking forward to this release, so enjoy!

Panzer Dragoon: Remake Confirmed For Amazon Luna, a New Cloud Gaming Platform

Panzer Dragoon: Remake Confirmed For Amazon Luna, a New Cloud Gaming Platform

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At their recent hardware event, Amazon announced a new cloud gaming platform called Amazon Luna, and Panzer Dragoon: Remake is confirmed to be a launch title.

As reported by The Verge, another cloud gaming competitor has entered the field; this time it’s Amazon. Powered by AWS, Amazon Luna will be available at an “introductory price” of US$5.99 for the early access phase, giving subscribers the ability to play the “Luna Plus” channel. The Verge lists Panzer Dragoon as one of the games available on the Luna Plus channel:

Amazon says more than 100 games will be available via the Luna Plus channel, and launch titles include Resident Evil 7, Control, Panzer Dragoon, A Plague Tale: Innocence, The Surge 2, Yooka-Laylee, GRID, Abzu, and Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons. Amazon says more titles will be added “over time.”

The official Twitter account for Panzer Dragoon: Remake, confirms that this is indeed the remade version of Panzer Dragoon, which was launched on Nintendo Switch, and later Google’s cloud gaming platform Stadia, earlier this year. You can find out more about Amazon Luna on the official landing page.

Panzer Dragoon: Remake PlayStation Trophies and PC Achievements Confirmed

Panzer Dragoon: Remake PlayStation Trophies and PC Achievements Confirmed

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Forever Entertainment have confirmed the PlayStation 4 trophy list for Panzer Dragoon: Remake! These trophies will also be the achievements in the PC version of the game.

Thanks to Monika Ginter for confirming these trophies on the Panzer Dragoon Legacy Discord. These achievements/trophies are more or less the same as the Google Stadia version of the game, plus an additional platinum trophy for unlocking them all. Also, there is some different phrasing in some of the achievements. Besides this, we now know which trophies are valued as platinum, gold, silver, and bronze in the PlayStation version.

Total: 1x Platinum, 7x Gold, 7x Silver, 8x Bronze

Platinum

Panzer Dragoon
Gather all other trophies!

Bronze

Hello World
Start game
Drop in the lake
Finish level 1
Dune
Finish level 2
Sunset Boulevard
Finish level 3
Isolation
Finish level 4
Greenday
Finish level 5
Undersiege
Finish level 6

Gold

The Great Storm
Finish level 7
Hidden menu
Open shadow menu

Silver

Ninja dragon
Finish level with hp >=70%
Butterknife
Finish level 1 with shoot ratio >=70%
Scissor
Finish level 2 with shoot ratio >=70%
Dagger
Finish level 3 with shoot ratio >=70%
Shark with laser eyes
Finish level 4 with shoot ratio >=70%
Sword
Finish level 5 with shoot ratio >=70%
Axe
Finish level 6 with shoot ratio >=70%

Gold

Goliath
Finish level 7 on hard
Godless
Play level on god mode

Bronze

Not good enough
Die at least once

Gold

Useless feature
Finish campaign on any difficulty without auto aim
Lifeless
Have 100+ hours in game
Leeroy Jenkins
Finish a level without killing a non-boss enemy

You can also find a copy of these trophies on Exophase, which shows the icons for each trophy. I’m sure many of you will enjoy unlocking these achievements/trophies, with the goal of becoming a champion of the game by unlocking the ultimate “Panzer Dragoon” trophy by obtaining them all.

The GOG Version of Panzer Dragoon: Remake Will Include Achievements

The GOG Version of Panzer Dragoon: Remake Will Include Achievements

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Forever Entertainment have confirmed that the GOG.com version of Panzer Dragoon: Remake will include support for achievements, like the Steam version.

Monika Ginter has confirmed that we’ll be able to earn achievements in the GOG release of Panzer Dragoon: Remake. GOG has its own client software called GOG Galaxy with it’s own database of achievements, seperate from Steam. However, the 2.0 version of the Galaxy client provides the option of connecting other accounts and viewing all of your games and achievements in a shared library. This means that even if you buy the game on Steam, Xbox, or PlayStation you’ll be able to view those achievements in Galaxy, and with the Steam version you’ll be able to launch the game via Galaxy. Still, it’s nice to see that if you want to buy the GOG version to get that stand alone installer that will work even if the service goes down, you’ll still get native achievement support when Galaxy is running, without the need to connect to other accounts or have multiple clients installed on your PC.

Achievement support hasn’t been added to the GOG listing yet, which is a bit out of date, featuring early screenshots from E3 2019. But no doubt this will be updated nearer to the release date. We’re still waiting to hear back regarding whether the GOG version will support cloud saves, which have already been added to the Steam listing.

How to Play Panzer Dragoon Orta on Xbox in Late 2020

How to Play Panzer Dragoon Orta on Xbox in Late 2020

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Panzer Dragoon Orta is leaving Xbox Game Pass on September 30, but there are a number of other ways that you can play the fourth episode of the Panzer Dragoon series on Xbox consoles.

Microsoft has announced that Panzer Dragoon Orta will be leaving their Xbox Game Pass subscription service on September 30. The original Xbox title was added to Game Pass in October 2019 although not in every region. Since there’s still a number of days left in September, now is the time to download the game and give it a try if you’re a Game Pass subscriber.

How can you play Panzer Dragoon Orta after September? There are a number of ways. Of course you can boot up an original Xbox console and play using a DVD of the game. The Xbox 360 is backward compatible with the disc and since the game breaking bug was patched in 2018 it should be fully playable on the second Xbox console. You can also play the game via a disc or digital purchase on any Xbox One console. If you have an Xbox One X it will run at 4K/60fps, making this the definitive way to play the game.

Will Panzer Dragoon Orta be playable on the next generation of Xbox consoles? It’s looking increasingly likely that this will be the case. Microsoft has announced that both the Xbox Series S and X will run thousands of older Xbox titles via their backward compatibility program, with some recent details added on how games will work on the lower budget Series S:

We’re happy to share that backward compatible titles will be coming to Xbox Series S as well as Xbox Series X. To deliver the highest quality backwards compatible experience consistent with the developer’s original intent, the Xbox Series S runs the Xbox One S version of backward compatible games while applying improved texture filtering, higher and more consistent frame rates, faster load times and Auto HDR. As for next generation titles, Xbox Series S was designed to be the most affordable next generation console and play them at 1440P at 60fps. We’ll be sharing more details on backward compatibility for both Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X soon.

This means that if you want to play Panzer Dragoon Orta in 4K, you’ll need to get either an Xbox One X or Xbox Series X. To play the game at 1080p or 1440p, an Xbox Series S will be sufficient. In practice I’ve found 4K to be more of a “nice to have”. Games still look great running at 1440p, with HDR and an improved framerate offering a more noticeable benefit than going higher than this resolution.

It’s unclear at this time whether the new Xbox consoles will offer other improvements to Panzer Dragoon Orta such as Auto HDR and 120fps support, so we’ll have to wait until more details are revealed about specific titles. Nevertheless, with both Crimson Dragon and Panzer Dragoon: Remake expected to be playable on the Xbox One and Series S / X, now is a good time for Panzer Dragoon fans to get back into Xbox gaming.

Panzer Dragoon: Remake Will Premiere on Both Steam and GOG on 25 September

Panzer Dragoon: Remake Will Premiere on Both Steam and GOG on 25 September

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Monika Ginter, community manager for Forever Entertainment, has confirmed that Panzer Dragoon: Remake will arrive on both Steam and GOG.com on September 25.

We’ve received a confirmation that both the Steam and GOG.com releases will premiere on 25 September, confirmed by Monika Ginter on the Forever Entertainment Discord. The official Panzer Dragoon: Remake Twitter has also released a couple of videos announcing both the Steam and GOG releases with this date.

At this point in time the GOG.com listing hasn’t been updated with the same information as the Steam release, so it’s unclear if the GOG version will also include support for achievements and cloud saves (via GOG Galaxy) like the Steam version does. But it will come with a stand alone installer, as with every GOG release, which gives it an advantage over Steam in terms of offline installations.

Monika Ginter has also confirmed the price of the PC version: US$24.99, the same as the Switch version. Will you be buying the game on Steam or GOG? Let us know in the comments on social media, or on Discord/Discourse. You can also join our Steam group to connect with other Panzer Dragoon fans on Steam.

The PC Release of Panzer Dragoon: Remake is Planned For 26 September

The PC Release of Panzer Dragoon: Remake is Planned For 26 September

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The Steam listing for Panzer Dragoon: Remake has been updated with a planned release date of 26 September along with system requirements and other game information!

At long last, the PC version of Panzer Dragoon: Remake is nearly here. The official Steam listing for the game has been updated with “Planned Release Date: 26 September”, approximately eleven days away. While this is only a planned release date and may be subject to change, it’s great to see a release date listed that is more concrete than “This Winter” and “Coming Soon”.

The Steam listing also confirms that Panzer Dragoon: Remake will include achievements and support for cloud saves via the Steam client, along with Full Controller Support. The system requirements are as follows:

MINIMUM:

  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
  • OS: Windows 8 / 10
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-2200 (or equivalent)
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 970 or AMD Radeon R9 290 (equivalent or better)
  • Storage: 7 GB available space

RECOMMENDED:

  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • DirectX: Version 9.0
  • Storage: 9 GB available space

A GOG.com version of Panzer Dragoon: Remake is also planned for Windows PC, however that listing still remains set to “Coming Soon” at the time of writing. Forever Entertainment recently announced that the game was headed to Steam, GOG.com, and PlayStation 4 soon, with the Xbox One version arriving a little bit later.

The Panzer Dragoon: Remake Physical Cartridge is Expected to Ship in Eight Weeks

The Panzer Dragoon: Remake Physical Cartridge is Expected to Ship in Eight Weeks

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According to a new email from Limited Run Games, the physical cartridge for Panzer Dragoon: Remake is expected to ship in about eight weeks.

The email, which was recently sent out to people who had ordered one of the physical versions of Panzer Dragoon: Remake, is as follows:

Hi all!

As some of you may know, we held back the production of the Panzer Dragoon physical in order to include the 1.3 patch on cart (see below for a full list of 1.3 additions/improvements, which include gyroscope controls and 60FPS).

The dev team is currently working on making this patch compatible with the physical format, and we expect to move onto the next step of production very soon. All in all, we expect to ship in about eight weeks.

Thank you for your patience as we work to include this patch with deeply important improvements on the physical cart!

The delay pushes the expected release of the physical Panzer Dragoon: Remake cartridge out to around October. The v1.3 patch was previously released digitally back in May.

Panzer Dragoon: Remake is Coming to PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X

Panzer Dragoon: Remake is Coming to PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X

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In a recent investor chat with Zbigniew Dębicki we learn that Panzer Dragoon: Remake PC is expected to happen this year, the game is confirmed for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, and Panzer Dragoon II Zwei: Remake goes according to plan.

On Friday, 14 August 2020, an investor chat was held with Zbigniew Dębicki, the CEO of Forever Entertainment. Almost 1100 people took part in the meeting, and Zbigniew Dębicki answered nearly 90 questions. I’ve used DeepL to translate the questions which should be of interest to Panzer Dragoon fans. The full Polish language chat can be found on Strefa Inwestorów.

Natalia: Is the company planning to present its productions at this year’s Gamescom? If so, what titles will we see?

Zbigniew Dębicki: No, our most important titles will be shown in a different formula. Similarly to the announcement of Panzer Dragoon: Remake we want it to take place with the right “momentum”.

Riki: Panzer Dragoon: Remake, when will you debut on Steam?

Zbigniew Dębicki: Soon…

Gość: Is the Company still planning to release Panzer Dragoon: Remake on PC? This item does not appear in the “Premieres” tab on the Company’s website - has the idea been abandoned in connection with the release of the game dedicated to Google Stadia?

Zbigniew Dębicki: We are still planning the premiere of Panzer Dragoon: Remake on PC. What more can I “whisper”… that it will certainly happen this year. We will inform about the exact date of the premiere in a separate announcement.

Gość: What stage is the work on Panzer Dragoon II Zwei game? Remake? Will the game also be a temporary exclusive for the Nintendo Switch console?

Zbigniew Dębicki: Panzer Dragoon II Zwei: Remake goes according to plan.

Gość: Is the company currently conducting talks with new partners on the potential release of new titles in the remake version?

Zbigniew Dębicki: Constantly! Panzer Dragoon’s success: The remake accelerated many discussions (e.g.: the recently signed Shadowgate license), and also made it possible to obtain new, extremely exciting licenses, which due to the importance of IP were not previously considered by us at this stage of development. I hope to be able to boast of concrete contracts by the end of this year. Of course in the form of this report :-)

Anonymous Guest: In what time horizon does the Company settle the license costs associated with the sale of Panzer Dragoon - will the costs incurred in Q2 have a material impact on the result of Q3, or was the shift of part of the costs between quarters in H1 associated with the release of the game in the last week of Q1?

Zbigniew Dębicki: Settlement of licenses and revenue share (RS) from sales in Q2 should not have a significant impact on Q3 results, due to, among other things, more “flat” sales in the following months of Q2 itself. The premiere of Smoka and sales in the last week of Q1 had a decisive impact on the increase in the cost of license and RS settlement in Q2.

Anonymous Guest: Were the proceeds from “milestones” for the preparation of Panzer Dragoon: Remake (and potentially The House of the Dead: Remake) for the Google Stadia platform a significant component of the Company’s revenue in H1’2020?

Zbigniew Dębicki: Due to the agreement with Google we do not provide such information.

Anonim Adi: When you can expect the first trailers from Panzer Dragoon Zwei or HD remake alternatively there may be some photo from production. You can specify the estimated time with bread ;]

Zbigniew Dębicki: This is not an ordinary bread but Turbo Bread 2000 (gold-plated and with leds), and this one has to be presented with proper stage setting. At this moment I can’t write anything else but that such presentation will take place…

Adi: According to my calculations Panzer Dragoon: Remake on Xbox One and PS4 should appear in September and on PC December ;]

Zbigniew Dębicki: My calculations are different :o Certainly Panzer Dragoon: Remake will come out on the platforms mentioned by you by the end of this year.

Tomasz Ślęzak: What is the probability (small, medium, large) of publishing Panzer Dragoon Zwei by the end of this year?

Zbigniew Dębicki: I cannot provide this information at this time. With such a large IP, many partners are involved in making this decision. As you can see from the example of Panzer Dragoon: Remake, postponing the premiere and combining it with the Nintendo conference worked great.

Gość: How much has Panzer Dragoon earned so far? The results do not show that the game was a success?

Zbigniew Dębicki: The game generated a net profit even before its premiere, so we can definitely call it a success.

Gość: What about the third quarter? Will the main game launches be moved again? Can you guarantee your word that the schedule will be kept?

Zbigniew Dębicki: Our premiere schedule contains indicative information about when a particular game less should have a premiere, so I wouldn’t call it a “schedule”. Ultimately, the release date is set with our partners in such a way as to maximize the chances of success, and this is influenced by many factors. Game launches are often postponed due to the fact that at a given date, for example: a similar game of the competition comes out.

ZIZ: Did the income from Panzer Dragoon cover the cost of the licence fee - is this op.l. a one-off amount, so will further income from Panzer Dragoon be without this burden?

Zbigniew Dębicki: License fees or revenue share are charged from the sale of each title in accordance with the concluded agreements. These are fees calculated from the sales made.

Snadek: Hello. I have a question about obtaining a license for Panzer Dragoon Saga? Are you already negotiating?

Zbigniew Dębicki: Secret/confidential ;-)

Snadek: Hello! Are you considering working with Yukio Futatsugi? The next part of Panzer Dragoon?

Zbigniew Dębicki: We cooperated with Panzer Dragoon: Remake.

Natalie: Will Panzer Dragoon: Remake be released this year for the new generation of consoles?

Zbigniew Dębicki: Due to the agreements concluded, I cannot comment on this at this time…

Pit: Is there a chance that the Panzer Dragoon Saga will also be developed by Forever?

Zbigniew Dębicki: …

Seb: What is the estimated profit from Panzer Dragoon after license counting?

Zbigniew Dębicki: We do not make such information public.

Matthew: Good morning. What are the company’s plans for the next generation of consoles? Are there any more games you’re running on this equipment?

Zbigniew Dębicki: Surely Panzer Dragoon: Remake will come on both new platforms.

Alan: Probably in November this year new generation consoles - PS5 and XSX - will debut, can you indicate what titles the FOR will release for these platforms in 2021?

Zbigniew Dębicki: At this moment I can only confirm Panzer Dragoon: Remake. The rest has not been officially announced yet.

There have been reports floating around for a while now that Panzer Dragoon: Remake would arrive on next generation consoles, so it’s great to see this confirmed directly from the CEO of Forever Entertainment.

The Status of the Limited Run Games Panzer Dragoon: Remake Release

The Status of the Limited Run Games Panzer Dragoon: Remake Release

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Douglas Bogart and Josh Fairhurst from Limited Run Games have provided some updates on the status of the physical editions of Panzer Dragoon: Remake.

Replying to a question on Twitter, Douglas Bogart from Limited Run Games provided an update on the release:

Panzer Dragoon had some issues on the backend that we were waiting on the developers to address before we could even get it on our account. It should be close to resolved now.

There was also a response to a question from Josh Fairhurst of Limited Run Games to a similar question:

If you bought Streets of Rage with Panzer Dragoon, your hold up is due to Panzer Dragoon and not Streets of Rage because we had to wait to include an important patch with Panzer Dragoon. We can only ship an order once all items in the order are in hand and ready to ship.

As previously confirmed by Forever Entertainment, the v1.3 patch will be included with the Limited Run Games release. This was a large and important patch for the game. We also know that a v1.4 patch is on the way, but it is unclear if it will be included with the physical release.

I’ve personally adopted a minimalist approach to game collecting and won’t be receiving either physical edition. But I’m certainly looking forward to seeing all of your photos once the game arrives.

Panzer Dragoon: Remake Version 1.4 is in Testing

Panzer Dragoon: Remake Version 1.4 is in Testing

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Forever Entertainment have confirmed that version 1.4 of Panzer Dragoon: Remake is currently in testing, featuring bug fixes and "something more".

Monika Ginter, community manager for Forever Entertainment, has confirmed that the next patch for Panzer Dragoon: Remake is being tested at the moment:

There is v1.4 in tests right now bug fixes.. and something more :slight_smile: But I cannot share the details just yet

As previously reported, we knew that another update after the large v1.3 patch was coming, and that concerns with the gyro controls would be addressed. Beyond this, very little has been revealed about Panzer Dragoon: Remake v1.4.

The “something more” that we’ll see in v1.4 is certainly intriguing. Monika has confirmed that the update “won’t include other games”, so we can rule out a demo of the Panzer Dragoon II Zwei remake being included, although that’s not to say we won’t see some kind of teaser for the next remake.

What do you think will be included in the next Panzer Dragoon: Remake update? Let us know your thoughts on social media or via our community discussion platforms.

The Physical Editions of Panzer Dragoon: Remake Are Expected to Arrive in Q3 2020

The Physical Editions of Panzer Dragoon: Remake Are Expected to Arrive in Q3 2020

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The two physical versions of Panzer Dragoon: Remake have yet to arrive, but Limited Run Games expects these to arrive this quarter.

In a response to Alex Oatley on Twitter, Limited Run Games has provided an update on the status of the physical editions of Panzer Dragoon: Remake for Nintendo Switch:

Working on it! 😄

Expect to see it this quarter (Q3). -L

You view the status of Limited Run Games items in production on their Production Updates page.

We know from comments on social media, along with our Discord and Discourse communities, that a number of you have held off playing Panzer Dragoon: Remake to obtain a physical copy, so it will be great to see the physical copies ship. As previously reported, there will be two physical editions, a regular and a classic edition that looks like an NTSC Sega Saturn game case.

Panzer Dragoon: Remake v1.3 is Now Available in Japan

Panzer Dragoon: Remake v1.3 is Now Available in Japan

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After a long delay, the v1.3 patch for Panzer Dragoon: Remake is now available in Japan on Nintendo Switch.

Great news for Japanese players of Panzer Dragoon: Remake, as the 1.3 patch has just become available on the Nintendo Store. Panzer Dragoon: Remake’s official Twitter announced the news. Here’s the Google Translation from Japanese:

Thank you for your patience. ! Version 1.3 update of “Panzer Dragoon: Remake” for Nintendo Switch is now available in Japan! Please update the software and enjoy the new features.

Due to a delay at Nintendo Japan, Japanese gamers were up until now been stuck on the original launch version of Panzer Dragoon: Remake. Japan had not been able to experience the new features in v1.2 (such as Kobayashi-san’s music), or the large 1.3 patch, which came out a little over a month ago in other countries. This release will be welcome indeed.

First Panzer Dragoon Voyage Record Trailer Revealed at Upload VR Showcase

First Panzer Dragoon Voyage Record Trailer Revealed at Upload VR Showcase

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The first Panzer Dragoon Voyage Record teaser was revealed at the Upload VR Showcase, featuring art by Koichiro Tamura, platforms announced, new art with dragons/environments, and a confirmation that crowdfunding will take place in 2020!

Here’s the first trailer of Panzer Dragoon Voyage Record from Upload VR Showcase: Summer Edition!

Video Details for "Panzer Dragoon Voyage Record Teaser"

The trailer goes through footage of the Saturn Panzer Dragoon games, giving a brief history of them, featuring music from “Atolm Dragon” and “Flight”. We see a new version of the logo and art to accompany it, created by Koichiro Tamura, 2D artist from Panzer Dragoon Orta. You’ll find more original art near the end of the trailer, including art based on Episode 1 of the original Panzer Dragoon, suggesting (but not confirming) that we will see this iconic stage in Panzer Dragoon Voyage Record.

The YouTube video’s description tells us more about the platforms that Panzer Dragoon Voyage Record will be released on: PC VR, PSVR, and Quest. The trailer states that planned platforms are PC VR, Console VR, and Standalone VR. The game is expected to be released in 2021. We’ve also learned that the game will be powered by Unreal Engine 4.

The official tweet ended with confirmation that crowdfunding will take place in 2020. The trailer states that Wildman will need your help to add more episodes to the game.

The trailer ends with “Lagi, He’s still with me…”, based on the iconic line at the end of Panzer Dragoon II Zwei, leaving us excited for more.

Welcoming Admiral Craymen to the Panzer Dragoon Legacy Team

Welcoming Admiral Craymen to the Panzer Dragoon Legacy Team

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Long time Panzer Dragoon fan Admiral Craymen joins us in maintaining the Panzer Dragoon Legacy digital archive and social media channels.

I’m happy to announce the addition of Admiral Craymen to the Panzer Dragoon Legacy admin team. Admiral Craymen, also known as TB Samurai, has been contributing fan art to the site for many years now and has begun helping us to curate the contributions of other fans and maintain our growing social media channels. Admiral Craymen has actually been posting art for a number of weeks now and I’m glad to finally make this official.

Also, I’d like to use this update to thank Geoffrey for his valuable contributions to running Panzer Dragoon Legacy over the years. He will stepping down from his admin role as he focuses on other things.

Panzer Dragoon Legacy has always been a community effort, but it really should be acknowledged who has contributed to building up the site over the years. For this reason, I’ve overhauled the About the Site page to talk about not just our current team, but everyone who made Panzer Dragoon Legacy what it is today.

Panzer Dragoon Legacy's Second Interview With Forever Entertainment

Panzer Dragoon Legacy's Second Interview With Forever Entertainment

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We came up with sixteen questions for Forever Entertainment about Panzer Dragoon: Remake and you'll find the answers here in our latest interview with Monika Ginter and Kamila Dębicka from the PR Team!

Following on from our first interview with Benjamin Anseaume, the following questions were prepared for Forever Entertainment by Panzer Dragoon Legacy and members of our community. Thanks to Monika “BluNectarine” Ginter and Kamila Dębicka from Forever Entertainment’s PR Team for taking the time to answer our questions! This is not an exclusive interview; you are free to send your own questions to pr@forever-entertainment.com.

Note, the questions were sent to Forever Entertainment before the Panzer Dragoon: Remake v1.3 patch and Google Stadia version were released.

1) With Panzer Dragoon: Remake now out on the Nintendo Switch, what are your thoughts about the game’s reception from both critics and fans?

The launch of the Panzer Dragoon: Remake game was a great success for us! The amount of feedback we received from both the community and critiques helped us build the confidence that the game, even though it’s 25 years old, truly has a chance to shine among other modern franchises.

2) How well did you expect Panzer Dragoon: Remake to perform financially, and now that the game has been released, have these expectations been met?

Fully.

3) The upcoming Panzer Dragoon: Remake v1.3 patch has an impressive amount of changes based in part on the feedback from the community. Were some of these features originally planned to be included at launch and held back due to deadlines?

The great amount of features included in v1.3 were added after the players’ suggestions, and we’re more than happy we could work on an update based on their feedback. Some of the features, like Gyro or HD rumble, were planned before the release, but needed more time for development, as they were considered extras.

4) We understand that Panzer Dragoon: Remake will be released on Windows PC and Google Stadia at an unspecified point in the future. Will these versions of the game include all of the patches from the Nintendo Switch version at launch and have you found it easier to focus on just one platform initially?

The upcoming releases on different platforms will of course include the features from the Nintendo Switch version! Thanks to being able to develop and update the game on only one platform at the time, we can provide new patches faster and more frequently.

5) The Witcher III features cross save functionality between the Switch and PC versions of the game. Have you considered adding similar functionality for players who buy Panzer Dragoon: Remake on both platforms (for example, the ability to synchronise game stats)?

This feature has not been considered yet, but it might be possible in the future.

6) We have seen many comments on forums and social media from Panzer Dragoon fans asking for PlayStation and Xbox versions of Panzer Dragoon: Remake. While we understand that PlayStation/Xbox versions haven’t been confirmed, is there a message that you can give to the hopeful?

Hope dies last ;) We can’t comment on this matter for now.

7) Panzer Dragoon: Remake was slated to be released in Winter but it was delayed. Can you shed some light on why the game was delayed?

The game was delayed a little bit so we could feature the premiere on Nintendo Direct Mini.

8) Ahead of the release of Panzer Dragoon: Remake, there wasn’t much in the way of news regarding the game’s launch. Then we received the surprise release on Nintendo Switch. Can we expect a similar launch for the Panzer Dragoon Zwei remake or will there be more communication with players before the release?

We believe the communication is here - you can always chat with us live on our Discord or visit our official social media profiles :) We can’t comment on Panzer Dragoon Zwei: Remake premiere yet.

9) How long was Panzer Dragoon: Remake in production (until launch), and now that the game is out on Nintendo Switch, how much longer do you intend to continue supporting the game with updates?

Panzer Dragoon: Remake was in production for around 18 months. The game will receive life-long support, as we greatly care about the franchise and its community.

10) Unlike in the original version of Panzer Dragoon, it is possible to experience the full game on Easy Mode in the remake. Is diversity among the player base and inclusion of players of different skill levels something you are concerned about?

Games in the past were way less accessible, but it was a part of their charm. We decided to simplify some of the aspects (mentioned full game in the Easy Mode). At the same time, we tried to leave a hint of nostalgia, when we added features such as cheat codes or Pandora’s Box unlocking after beating the game - for those who wanted a little “blast from the past” :)

11) There are a number of configurable options in Panzer Dragoon: Remake, for example, the ability to choose between the Yoshitaka Azuma and Saori Kobayashi soundtracks. How do you decide which features should be configurable and what should remain an unchangable part of your vision for the remake?

We had in mind that the game should leave as much freedom of choice for the player as possible. We chose those features, which in our opinion, are the most important and make the most sense in the remake.

12) We’re excited to hear more about the upcoming Panzer Dragoon Zwei remake. Do you intend to create a close 1:1 remake in terms of gameplay, level design, and story, similar to the first remake, or is this an opportunity to revise these aspects of the game?

The success of the Panzer Dragoon: Remake showed us, that we should keep the gameplay almost 1:1 with the original, adding only the modern graphics – this has been emphasized by the majority of the players, and their opinion is the key point of the remake’s development.

13) The Saturn Panzer Dragoon games have a distinct earthly colour palette that is also present in official artwork associated with those games. Can you talk about the decision to go with a brighter colour palette for the remake?

The current color palette is a part of our artistic choice, thoroughly picked and discussed with every party involved in the remake’s creation.

14) We hope that you are all staying safe. What challenges has the COVID-19 situation brought to your working environment and has remote work been a good fit for your organisation?

We’re all trying to stay reasonable during this time. The safety of our teams is the most important thing there can be. Working completely remotely is something new for us, but despite its difficulties, we still manage to bring you new updates :)

15) It was nice to see the Panzer Dragoon fan base acknowledged in the credits of Panzer Dragoon: Remake. How did the community influence the development of Panzer Dragoon: Remake and what can we can do to help with the upcoming Panzer Dragoon Zwei remake?

The feedback from players is a tremendous help! Of course, there is no way to include every suggestion, as we receive tons of it daily - and the opinions can vary very much in the same topics.

16) Lastly, there’s a question that fans have been asking for a long time: who was the Sky Rider who dies in the introduction to Panzer Dragoon? He’s been speculated to be a human, drone, and a descendant of the Ancients. What’s your angle on this fan favourite question?

That’s a tricky question! We like to think that the Sky Rider is one of the last Ancients. But of course – that’s only a thought! ;)

Thank you very much for answering these questions for the readers of Panzer Dragoon Legacy.

Thank you too! :)

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.