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Galerider is Now Available on the App Store!

Galerider is Now Available on the App Store!

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Galerider, a new Panzer Dragoon-esque rail shooter, has been officially released on the App Store. Congratulations to team at Orion Arts on the launch!

Galerider requires iOS 11 or later and is compatible with iPhone (an iPhone 6S or later is recommended as this was the device the game was tested on). It is available for the low price of US$1.99 and does not feature any in-app purchases.

There’s currently an issue where part of the user interface being cut off on some iPhones (edit: the full list is iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max). Daniel Choo from Orion Arts reports that “my team is implementing a fix right now and it may take up to 2 days for the patch to be available.” If you have one of those iPhones you may want to wait until the patch arrives for the best experience.

Galerider Launching on iPhone, Planned for Android "Much Later"

Galerider Launching on iPhone, Planned for Android "Much Later"

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We have some additional information regarding the platforms that Galerider will be available on. Daniel Choo from Orion Arts has provided the following statement:

Unfortunately the iPad will not be supported. Given the iPad’s form factor and weight, players may feel the fatigue on their hands while playing; which could get annoying after playing a few sessions.

We have plans to support Android devices, but that would come in much later. Right now my team is working on updates and improvements to the iOS version. Please expect more content in the months to come!

Given the recommendation of an iPhone 6S Plus or above to play Galerider at decent performance, we can rule out the lower speced iPod Touch hardware as well, effectively making Galerider an iPhone exclusive… for the time being.

Galerider Launches on October 10, New Trailer and Screenshots Available

Galerider Launches on October 10, New Trailer and Screenshots Available

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Galerider, a new dragon rider combat game for iOS that looks a lot like Panzer Dragoon will now be launching on October the 10th. Orion Arts has released a new trailer and screenshots:

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Orion Arts creative manager Daniel Choo has informed me that since the game is quite graphically intensive, Galerider will play better on an iPhone 6S Plus or above.

You can find more information about Galerider over on the official website.

New Fan Art and Game-Specific Categories

New Fan Art and Game-Specific Categories

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I’ve added six new pieces of fan art to the site. Thanks to the many contributors for this round of art.

Paet Edge and Azel Panzer Dragoon Neo Chibi Azel Kyle Portrait Muscular Azel

You may also notice we’ve split some of the site’s categories, including fan art, into smaller, game-specific categories. As an example, you can now see all of the Panzer Dragoon Saga fan pictures together in one place.

OrionArts Announces Galerider, a Dragon Riding Rail Shooter for iOS

OrionArts Announces Galerider, a Dragon Riding Rail Shooter for iOS

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Singapore based mobile developer Orion Arts has announced a new mobile game, a dragon riding adventure called Galerider. The reason we’re posting it here is that it looks a lot like a certain other dragon riding rail shooter, complete with lock on lasers and barrel rolls. Check out the announcement trailer:

Galerider is expected to be released on October the 3rd, on the App Store. There’s been no word as to whether Galerider will be released on other platforms besides iOS, but it’s being built with the multi-platform Unreal Engine 4, so that’s a possibility. Keep an eye on the official Galerider Twitter and Facebook pages for updates.

New Fan Art of Orta


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We have a new fan art contribution, this time of Orta:

Orta Fan Art Drawn on School Notes

Thanks to Space Lion 88 for the contribution.

Saori Kobayashi to Play at Metroid Metal Event in September

 Saori Kobayashi to Play at Metroid Metal Event in September

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Metroid Metal, a band which provides a “celebration and interpretation of the Metroid soundtrack” will be performing in Houston, Texas this September. Panzer Dragoon Saga composer Saori Kobayashi will also be performing at the concert as a special guest. From the blog post:

Metroid Metal is headed to Houston, TX for the very first time thanks to REPLAY – Sept 2, 2018. Join us for our 15th birthday jam party fest featuring Darren Korb w/Ashley Barret (Bastion) and Danimal Cannon (chip majesty). Also, coming from Japan (!!) is special guest Saori Kobayashi, composer of the Panzer Dragoon series. Well that’s hecka neat.

While on the subject of music, Artist Formally Known as Lundi has submitted a new in-progress fan track called No More Wandering. Be sure to check it out if you enjoyed his previous contributions.

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

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

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

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

Restock Announcement!

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

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

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

Panzer Dragoon Orta Emulation on PC Progresses with Cxbx-Reloaded

Panzer Dragoon Orta Emulation on PC Progresses with Cxbx-Reloaded

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

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

Two New Pieces of Fan Art

Two New Pieces of Fan Art

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

Battle With Atolm The Lovely Azel

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

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

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

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On the 30th of April 1998, several months after it’s Japanese debut, Panzer Dragoon Saga was released in North America.

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

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

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

Panzer Dragoon Orta: Xbox vs Xbox One X

Panzer Dragoon Orta: Xbox vs Xbox One X

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

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

Panzer Dragoon Orta is Now Playable on Xbox One

Panzer Dragoon Orta is Now Playable on Xbox One

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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YouTube channel Ludodrome has released a 38 minute video that goes over the complete history of the Panzer Dragoon series.

From the video:

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

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

The Good Life Campaign Relaunched on Kickstarter

The Good Life Campaign Relaunched on Kickstarter

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

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

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

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

Panzer Dragoon World Interviews Saori Kobayashi

Panzer Dragoon World Interviews Saori Kobayashi

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

More Art From Fans of the Panzer Dragoon Series

More Art From Fans of the Panzer Dragoon Series

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I’ve added some new fan art to the site.

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

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

VGMO Reviews Resurrection: Panzer Dragoon Saga 20th Anniversary Arrangement

VGMO Reviews Resurrection: Panzer Dragoon Saga 20th Anniversary Arrangement

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

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

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

Digital Foundry Retro: Panzer Dragoon and Panzer Dragoon Zwei

Digital Foundry Retro: Panzer Dragoon and Panzer Dragoon Zwei

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The soundtracks can be purchased from the following links:

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

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

Resurrection is Now Available on Other Digital Music Services

Resurrection is Now Available on Other Digital Music Services

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Resurrection: Panzer Dragoon Saga 20th Anniversary Arrangement on Bandcamp

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

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

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

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

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