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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.

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:

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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.