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Sales Revenue of Panzer Dragoon: Remake Already More Than Doubled The Game's Development Costs

Sales Revenue of Panzer Dragoon: Remake Already More Than Doubled The Game's Development Costs
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According to a report from Forever Entertainment (thanks Saturn Memories for pointing this out) and Reuters (thanks DhessGamer), the combined revenue from digital and physical sales of Panzer Dragoon: Remake in its first weekend have already doubled the game’s development costs. In addition it’s noted that, combined with the prepayments from partners (not disclosed which ones), revenue from the game has in fact already exceeded the costs of game production by over 300%. This matches earlier remarks from the company’s CEO that the game’s development costs had already been recouped before it was even released. Due to contractual obligations, the exact sales numbers will apparently not be communicated. The report concludes by stating that the game will be released on additional platforms in the coming months. We already know that at least two of those platforms are Google Stadia and PC (via Steam/GOG).

With all that said, we’ve also been told that we shouldn’t take these reports as “official” announcements in the sense that they have not been communicated by the game (or Forever Entertainment)’s official channels. Nonetheless, and while we don’t know what their sales estimates were, it would appear that the remake is already a success for Forever Entertainment. The fact that the game is set to receive additional patches based on feedback from fans also bodes well for its release on other platforms.

The First Patch for Panzer Dragoon: Remake is Now Available

The First Patch for Panzer Dragoon: Remake is Now Available
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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.

Panzer Dragoon: Remake: An Overview of the Game's Reception by Critics and Fans

Panzer Dragoon: Remake: An Overview of the Game's Reception by Critics and Fans
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After the surprise launch of Panzer Dragoon: Remake on the Nintendo Switch digitally last week, reviews of the game are still a bit scarce, with Metacritic only having the bare minimum of 4 critic reviews available (at the time of writing) to give the game an average critic score of 61%, with user reviews averaging a much more favorable 8.3/10. On our own Twitter poll, the majority of the fans who voted think the remake is a good game, but one in need of patches. Below you can find a non-exhaustive overview of links to recent reviews from critics and YouTubers.

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While generally praised for its graphical overhaul, most reviews point out problems with Panzer Dragoon: Remake’s controls, such as heavy input lag on the shoulder buttons and problems locking on to targets due to the game’s reticle not behaving the same as in the old game. The game’s $25 price tag also appears to be a topic for debate as the game doesn’t have much in the way of added content and features compared to the original game, aside from a photo mode that has been enthusiastically received by fans. However, Forever Entertainment has been quick to promise upcoming patches that will improve the game, based on fan feedback from the Panzer Dragoon community. Already confirmed to be in the works are patches that add the new soundtrack by Saori Kobayashi, gyro controls and fixes for the game’s controls.

The key takeaway is that while not perfect, Panzer Dragoon: Remake shows potential and Forever Entertainment’s willingness to accept feedback and take the criticism seriously is being well received by the fans. More importantly, it should also help improve the quality of the upcoming Zwei remake. Like many, we’re looking forward to the upcoming patches and the PC version of the game. We’ll be sure to keep you posted on the updates the game receives!

Forever Entertainment is Collecting Feedback on Panzer Dragoon: Remake

Forever Entertainment is Collecting Feedback on Panzer Dragoon: Remake
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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 Studios 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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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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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 Will Feature a Rearranged Soundtrack by Saori Kobayashi!

Panzer Dragoon: Remake Will Feature a Rearranged Soundtrack by Saori Kobayashi!
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The official Panzer Dragoon: Remake Twitter account, as well as Brave Wave Productions, have announced that Saori Kobayashi, composer for Panzer Dragoon Saga and Panzer Dragoon Orta, will also be working on the soundtrack for the Panzer Dragoon: Remake! In a short video posted with the tweet, Saori Kobayashi herself confirmed her involvement and explained that she’ll arrange the original game’s soundtrack by Yoshitaka Azuma “in a manner that respects Azuma’s original compositions while striving to meet the expectations of today’s gamers and the capabilities of modern consoles”. Note that this video was actually recorded at the start of the game’s development, so the comment about the game’s release should be seen in that context.

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The music in the background is presumably a sample of the rearranged version of the memorable track of the game’s first episode, “Flight”. It sounds as good as you’d imagine, and we’re looking forward to hearing the entire soundtrack!

In a separate tweet, the game’s producer Benjamin Anseaume added that you’ll be able to switch between the original music and the new arranged soundtrack. This was something many fans had asked for so it’s great to see that they’ll have this option available. Alex Aniel, aka cvxfreak, also confirmed that he worked on the project as Saori Kobayashi’s Sound Producer.

Panzer Dragoon: Remake Has Been Delayed "A Bit Longer"

Panzer Dragoon: Remake Has Been Delayed "A Bit Longer"
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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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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?” 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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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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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.

Level 857 Interviews Benjamin Anseaume, Producer of the Panzer Dragoon: Remake

Level 857 Interviews Benjamin Anseaume, Producer of the Panzer Dragoon: Remake
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In one of their recent podcasts, Level 857 interviewed Panzer Dragoon: Remake producer Benjamin Anseaume. Much of their discussion is about the remake, but they also talk about other Sega games as well. Benjamin was also asked about the release date for Panzer Dragoon: Remake, something which a lot of fans have been asking about recently. While he couldn’t go into detail, he confirmed once again that the release date is still set for this winter, while also acknowledging that winter will be indeed over soon. At the same time it didn’t seem Benjamin wanted to completely rule out the chance of a delay either. You can view the discussion about the release date for yourself starting from 51:43 in the video below, but the entire podcast is well worth watching as Benjamin answer questions about the remake’s soundtrack, the Panzer Dragoon II Zwei remake, whether or not a Panzer Dragoon Saga remake is in the realm of possibility, and much more!

Panzer Dragoon: Remake Officially Announced for Google Stadia

Panzer Dragoon: Remake Officially Announced for Google Stadia
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While it’s been stated in last year’s quarterly financial reports from Forever Entertainment before, Google has now confirmed that Panzer Dragoon: Remake is heading to Stadia, their online game streaming platform, in the coming months. The game is however not part of their “First on Stadia” games, meaning there shouldn’t be any concern about any timed exclusivity for the Stadia release. At the time of writing, the official Panzer Dragoon: Remake Twitter account hasn’t made any announcement of their own so far regarding the Stadia release. It’s good to see the game announced on more platforms as that can only mean more people get to play it! Hopefully we’ll eventually see the game confirmed for PS4 and Xbox One, as well as next-gen consoles.

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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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.

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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.

The Art of Panzer Dragoon: Remake - Part 7 Reveals an Enemy From the Game's Episode 6

The Art of Panzer Dragoon: Remake - Part 7 Reveals an Enemy From the Game's Episode 6
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The latest artwork reveal of Panzer Dragoon: Remake is arguably the most intriguing one yet. While the tweet is labeled as “the Empire”, the object shown doesn’t actually look much like anything the Empire has used in the game. Upon closer inspection the artwork itself contains the label “E05.1_L06”, and following the pattern from previous artwork reveals this means it’s an enemy from Episode 6. As such, this can only really be showing us one of the drop pods that we encounter in Episode 6, which aren’t built by the Empire but are actually part of the bio-engineered army of monsters released from the Tower. Spoilers ahead, for those worried about them!

Those who played the original game may recall that during Episode 6, the awakened Tower launched a devastating attack on the nearby Imperial capital. It’s during this attack that these drop pods were launched into the capital. They’re designed to annihilate any remaining forces that may remain in a conquered area, and remain dormant until they detect nearby movement. When that happens, the device opens up and releases bio-engineered monsters known as “Pod Stingers” to attack anything nearby. You can see the pods in the original game in this video at the 41m45s mark.

Panzer Dragoon: Remake - Drop Pod Concept Art

The design in this artwork looks somewhat different from the original and it looks more like a stationary device rather than a drop pod, but this might be explained by the fact that we don’t actually see the pods launched into the area in the original game. As such the perception may be that they had always been there. Similarly, the fact that the artwork was marked as “the Empire” may be explained by the fact that the Episode takes place in the Imperial capital. It’s not always easy to distinguish the Empire’s forces from the ones of the Tower and with very little in terms of story, these details are easily overlooked. But the biggest tell that this artwork is indeed showing a pod is the overall design and the placement of the “eye”.

Episode 6 is arguably the most interesting and at the same time the most challenging episode to remake. Seeing the dragon race through the Imperial capital as it’s swarmed by bio-engineered monsters could be a sight to behold. In the original game, the developers added little touches like Kyle and his dragon flying through clotheslines hanging between people’s houses, a detail easily missed on the original hardware but one that will hopefully be preserved and improved in the remake.

On a closing note, it might also be worth mentioning here that many enemies (such as the aforementioned “Pod Stingers”) had English names even in the Japanese version. These name are written in Katakana, which is typically used to transcribe words from foreign languages.

The Art of Panzer Dragoon: Remake - Part 6 Unveils Episode 2 Enemy Concept Art and 3D Models

The Art of Panzer Dragoon: Remake - Part 6 Unveils Episode 2 Enemy Concept Art and 3D Models
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The Panzer Dragoon: Remake team has released the sixth batch of concept art and 3D model screenshots, and this time it features enemies from the game’s Episode 2! There’s one 3D model that depicts the “simurgh”, a mutated creature that can be seen flying gracefully through the sky. When it’s flying in the caves (which are actually petrified forests) that are found throughout the desert. the luminescent cells in its body will glow in the dark. The latter isn’t actually something that’s noticeable in the original game, so it’ll be interesting to see if the remake will add this particular detail.

Panzer Dragoon: Remake - Simurgh 3D Model

The other two images are a concept art and 3D model of a creature simply known as a “sand insect”, which lives in the deserts’ petrified forests. While it can’t fly, it can burrow and emerge from the sand to leap at its enemies, as Kyle and his dragon find out while flying through the cave in Episode 2.

Panzer Dragoon: Remake - Sand Insect Concept Art Panzer Dragoon: Remake - Sand Insect 3D Model

In comparison to the original game, the game adds some color and a ton of detail to the sand insect while also faithfully updating the simurgh. The translation from the remake’s concept art to 3D model also appears to be handled very well, as evidenced by the sand insect images. It makes us look forward to seeing the update of one of episode 2’s most iconic enemies, and one we encounter in other Panzer Dragoon games as well: the sand worm.

Part 5 of "The Art of Panzer Dragoon: Remake" Shows Environment Design Concept Art

Part 5 of "The Art of Panzer Dragoon: Remake" Shows Environment Design Concept Art
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The 5th entry in “The Art of Panzer Dragoon: Remake”, a series of concept art and 3D model reveals by the Panzer Dragoon: Remake team, is labeled as “environment design” and is almost certainly concept art for the game’s Episode 3. It’s during this episode that Kyle and his dragon attempt to pass through an Imperial excavation site at night. The concept art appears to show this site, with (what looks like) worker housing located inside of a canyon. It’s perhaps more reminiscent of the excavation site seen in Panzer Dragoon Saga as well as Panzer Dragoon Orta’s Yelico Valley rather than that of the original game, which makes sense considering that those were considerably more detailed.

Panzer Dragoon: Remake Excavation Site Concept Art

While not immediately noticeable on the concept art, all of the Empire’s excavation sites were guarded by a detachment from the Imperial army. Much of the technology from the Ancients was still a mystery to the Empire and they weren’t able to replicate it, so these excavations were crucial to the Empire to retrieve parts for their battleships and other vehicles. Unfortunately for them, the forces stationed in this particular excavation site weren’t prepared to face a dragon, the ultimate weapon of the Ancient Age.

If you’ve missed them, you can check out our previous articles for “The Art of Panzer Dragoon: Remake” series here:

Part 4 of "The Art of Panzer Dragoon: Remake" Shows the In-Game Model of an Episode 1 Enemy

Part 4 of "The Art of Panzer Dragoon: Remake" Shows the In-Game Model of an Episode 1 Enemy
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The Panzer Dragoon: Remake team has released part 4 in their “The Art of Panzer Dragoon: Remake” reveals. This time it’s a short video of an enemy in the game’s episode 1, which is in fact the in-game version of the artwork of a poisonous plant we talked about in more detail earlier in this previous article. You can view the video here:

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New Concept Art for the Panzer Dragoon: Remake Shows Episode 1 Enemies

New Concept Art for the Panzer Dragoon: Remake Shows Episode 1 Enemies
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The Panzer Dragoon: Remake team has unveiled more concept art, this time giving us a closer look at the enemies from the game’s first episode. This gives us a good occasion to compare the new artwork to the information we have available from the original game’s guidebook.

Panzer Dragoon: Remake Enemy 06 Level 01 Concept Art Panzer Dragoon: Remake Enemy 06.2 Level 1 Concept Art

First off is the concept art labeled “Enemy 06” and “Enemy 06.2”, both also labeled to be from “Level 1”. From that it’s easy to gather that this is the flower-like poisonous plant that’s found on the surface of the water on Episode 1, and “06.2” is the insect that’s found flying above it. The name of the insect isn’t mentioned but the guide labels it as (translated from Japanese) “osumushi”, with “mushi” being Japanese for “insect” or “bug”. This is one area where the team has more creative freedom to elaborate on the minimal design of the original enemies, and the concept art doesn’t fail to impress here. It has a Moebius-like feel to it that fits the Panzer Dragoon universe quite well.

Panzer Dragoon: Remake Ecto Discus_L01 Concept Art

The third concept art is also interesting in that it’s labeled as “Ecto Discus”. This is in fact the name of the enemy in the original game as well (where it was written in the guidebook in Katakana, which is typically used for foreign words). This starfish-like creature is found clinging to walls, but will react to approaching enemies by taking flight and firing amoeba-like projectiles. It’s not clear to me if they still actually cling to walls in the remake, but we have seen that they’re found flying and firing projectiles at the player.

These new images haven’t generated nearly as much discussion as the previous concept art among the Panzer Dragoon community, but as I hope this article shows it’s still quite interesting to compare the new art to the information we already have available.

Panzer Dragoon Remake Team Showcases Kyle Fluge and Weapon Redesign

Panzer Dragoon Remake Team Showcases Kyle Fluge and Weapon Redesign
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Forever Entertainment has released more concept art and 3D models for Panzer Dragoon: Remake, this time showing concept art for the dragon rider Kyle Fluge and the Ancient weapon he inherits from the dragon’s previous rider, known only as the “Sky Rider”. Kyle’s new concept art shows 3 different takes on his new design, with the one on the left appearing the most like the original. The weapon concept art however appears to be more of a departure from the original. While showing some minor differences between the two dragon riders’ guns, the remake’s design also includes glowing parts in the guns, reminiscent of the Bioluminary Oscillator often found in bio-engineered creatures and weapons from the Ancient Age. In that sense this new addition can easily be supported by the game’s lore.

Panzer Dragoon: Remake Kyle and Gun Concept Art Panzer Dragoon: Remake Gun 3D Model Panzer Dragoon: Remake Kyle Fluge Concept Art

More surprising are the seemingly metal parts that make the gun appear more like a conventional firearm, coated with the Ancient’s ceramic-like white material that’s so characteristic to the Ancient design. It’s not clear if this was an intentional design choice as the dragon rider guns in the previous games, like drones and dragons, appeared to be almost entirely built from that ceramic-like material. While the gun’s design isn’t necessarily unfitting of what we see in the world of Panzer Dragoon, it’s something you’d expect to see from the current-day humans in the Panzer Dragoon world trying to incorporate Ancient technology in their weapons (the Imperial ships are the best example of that).

Admittedly, the dragon’s gun is rarely shown up close so it’s likely a non-issue regardless. In comparison the far more important dragon model also looks much closer to the original design. Nonetheless it would be interesting to learn more about the thought process behind the new design for the guns. We do know Forever Entertainment is willing to listen to constructive feedback, so if you’d like to share your own thoughts on the matter, you can do so on their Twitter account!

Panzer Dragoon: Remake Will Be Available DRM-Free on GOG.com This Winter

Panzer Dragoon: Remake Will Be Available DRM-Free on GOG.com This Winter
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While we knew the game was heading to Steam, GOG.com has now announced that they will also be releasing Panzer Dragoon: Remake on their store this winter. They had this to say in the announcement on their website:

A new, remade version of the classic console game with improved graphics and controls is arriving soon on GOG.COM. During this winter we will have a chance to ride the ferocious flying beast in Panzer Dragoon: Remake from Forever Entertainment.

Those interested can add the game to their wishlist on the game’s store page. Where GOG.com differs from the competition is that it offers completely DRM-free games, and Panzer Dragoon: Remake is no exception. The game’s system requirements are listed below, but are likely still subject to change.

Minimum System Requirements:

OS: Windows 10

Processor: Intel i5
Memory: 4 GB RAM
Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 970 or AMD Radeon R9 290 (equivalent or better)
DirectX: Version 10
Storage: 8 GB available space
Sound Card: Integrated

We reached out to Benjamin Anseaume (producer of Panzer Dragoon: Remake) who has confirmed that the game will be released on GOG.com on the same day as Steam.

New Panzer Dragoon: Remake Video Shows the In-Game Dragon Model

New Panzer Dragoon: Remake Video Shows the In-Game Dragon Model
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The Panzer Dragoon: Remake team have uploaded a new video on their Twitter and YouTube channel showing the remake’s in-game dragon model.

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Compared to the one we’ve seen in earlier videos, this version appears to be missing the holes in the dragon’s wings. It’s possible these were removed based on fan feedback, as several people felt these were out of place given that the dragon was designed as the “ultimate weapon” of the Ancient Age, and they had never been present on this dragon form in the earlier games. Aside from some differences on the dragon’s head, the overall model looks very faithful to the original design, as shown here by Alex Darby.

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

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

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

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

Forever Entertainment Warns Against Pre-Ordering Panzer Dragoon: Remake on PlayAsia

Forever Entertainment Warns Against Pre-Ordering Panzer Dragoon: Remake on PlayAsia
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Published by Draikin in News

Forever Entertainment has issued a statement on Twitter about a recent promotional tweet from the online store PlayAsia. In a now deleted tweet, PlayAsia stated that Panzer Dragoon: Remake is currently available for pre-order on their online store, which lists both a US and EU version. Forever Entertainment had this to say in response:

Hi everyone, be aware that every news regarding Panzer Dragoon: Remake needs to be CONFIRMED by us via our channels and the pre-order of the game on @playasia isn’t by any means our official distribution.

The tweet also shows an image of PlayAsia’s own tweet with the label “FAKE” stamped on it. In other words, neither the price nor the Dec 31, 2019 release date on PlayAsia’s website are accurate. As such it’s not advised to pre-order on their website as it’s not even certain they’ll be able to fulfill any pre-orders made for the game. Instead, it’s advised to follow the game’s official Twitter account to learn when the game’s really up for pre-order. As always, we’ll also be posting any news we learn about the launch date and pre-orders on our website.

While PlayAsia has now deleted their promotional tweet, their pre-order page for Panzer Dragoon: Remake is nonetheless still online at the time of writing.