German Translation of Panzer Dragoon Revival

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Yet another translation was added for Panzer Dragoon Revival! This time it’s Senor Kaffee who was kind enough to provide the German translation, bringing the total supported languages up to six. A big thanks goes out to him for the help! At the same time I’ve also updated the website so that the translated pages can now be indexed by all of the different search engines out there. This should help make the website easier to find, which in turn may bring in a couple of new signatures. If you haven’t signed the petition yet, you can by following this link.

Crimson Dragon: Side Story to Cost 99 Cents

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The price of Crimson Dragon: Side Story has been revealed. Yukio Futatsugi has posted on Twitter that Crimson Dragon: Side Story will sell for 90 yen or 99 cents (USD). Thanks go to WPCentral for the translation.

The price of the software was never going to be a barrier to this game. The hardware on the other hand…

Crimson Dragon: Side Story Screenshots

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I’ve uploaded the screenshots of Crimson Dragon: Side Story that were displayed in the Play XBLA article to The Will of the Ancients. You can view them below:

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It’s interesting to compare them to the screenshots released so far for the main Crimson Dragon game. Many of the locations are the same. Sana’s dragon, White Reaver, looks similar to some of the dragons featured in this piece of concept art, however it’s not clear if the dragon/rider pair will also feature in Crimson Dragon.

I want this game to succeed, but I’m pessimistic as to how many people will buy it outside of the existing Windows Phone userbase. An Apple event is occurring on the same day that it is released, and going by the invite image it may include the unveiling of the iPhone 5; lets hope that Crimson Dragon: Side Story’s release on the competing platform won’t be overlooked if that is the case. On the bright side, the cheapest Windows Phone 7 smartphones aren’t as expensive as the iPhone. Maybe some fans will be willing to put down the cash in order to play Crimson Dragon: Side Story.

I’ve also set up an encyclopaedia entry for Crimson Dragon: Side Story which we’ll add to as more information on the game becomes available.

Crimson Dragon: Side Story

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Microsoft announced today that a new spin off title to Crimson Dragon called Crimson Dragon: Side Story would be released for Windows Phone. The game will be coming out on September the 12th… less than a week away!

The game is a side scrolling shooter than utilises the phone’s touch screen, allowing players to control their dragon and target enemies. In story mode, players will assume the role of Sana and her dragon White Reaver, sent on a mission relating to a mysterious pandemic called “Crimonscale Disease”. There will also be a Mission Mode in which “the player faces a variety of situations such as high difficulty stages and continuous boss battles, competing for high scores while collecting powerful skills”. In addition, there will be a skill system, with new skills being unlocked by obtaining jewels. These jewels can be obtained in gameplay, but also through a location service based on the distance the player has travelled per day in the real world, and through purchases (presumably with real money).

Although I speculated yesterday that Crimson Dragon might be coming to Windows in order to push the new Microsoft platform, I hadn’t anticipated Windows Phone as a possibility. Microsoft states in the linked article that “The Crimson Dragon franchise is important to us and we’re doubling down on the series”. It’s good to know that they’re interested in pushing the franchise with more than one game. I can’t help feeling disappointed that many fans won’t get to play Crimson Dragon: Side Story due to its exclusivity though, especially if they already own an iOS or Android device. However, Crimson Dragon: Side Story may not have have been developed at all if not for Windows Phone, so I’m not complaining.

Thoughts on Crimson Dragon's Delay

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It’s been a few months since Crimson Dragon was delayed, with no new release date revealed. No doubt some of you are feeling a bit anxious about the game’s fate. Has it been delayed so that it can be launched at a time that Microsoft feels is more appropriate? Or cancelled entirely? Let’s hope that the latter possibility is not the case. I think that a complete cancelation is unlikely given how close the game was to completion.

One possibility is that the game has been delayed so that it can be released as a launch title for the next Xbox and Kinect 2. A leaked document suggests that the new Xbox will launch bundled with the a new iteration of Kinect in 2013. It is rumoured that the new Kinect will allow players to play while sitting down which could be beneficial to gamers playing for long periods of time. I know I’ve plugged multiple consecutive hours in the Panzer Dragoon games. Also, if Kinect 2 offers better response time, this would likely improve the shooter gameplay of Crimson Dragon.

Another possibility is that Crimson Dragon will also be released on Windows 8 PCs and Microsoft delayed the game so that Grounding could work on a Windows version for a simultaneous 360/PC release. Xbox Live’s Major Nelson recently revealed a list of games that were coming out on Windows 8 and some of these, such as Kinectimals Unleashed, were designed around Kinect. Although Crimson Dragon is not included in the list, the chances of a Windows 8 version seem good as Microsoft will be wanting to give people more reasons to adopt their new operating system. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer previously revealed that Kinect would be supported on Windows.

A further possibility is that Grounding are spending this extra time to add controller support to Crimson Dragon. Many of you have expressed a desire to be able to play the game using a traditional gamepad, however I have my doubts about this option being made available. With Crimson Dragon being designed to promote the Kinect to core gamers it would be a sign of defeat if they included that option, as nice as controller support might be. We shall see. As time goes on, the reason for Crimson Dragon’s delay becomes more mysterious and troubling. Lets hope that some light is shed on what’s happening with the project soon.

Panzer Dragoon Revival Portuguese Translation

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Thanks to forum member Windrider our Panzer Dragoon Revival petition now has a Portuguese translation! The number of signatures is also slowly climbing to 500, so we hope people continue to sign it to get us to that number.

Yukio Futatsugi Wants to Make 'Crimson Dragon Saga'

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In a recent interview with gamesTM, Yukio Futatsugi told the magazine that after Crimson Dragon is released he wants to make an RPG sequel.

You read that correctly. Futatsugi wants to make a spiritual sequel to Panzer Dragoon Saga.

If and when a sequel is made, Futatsugi wants to expand the gameplay just like he did from Panzer Dragoon and Panzer Dragoon Zwei with their RPG sequel, Panzer Dragoon Saga. The game would also drop the Kinect controls of Crimson Dragon in favour of physical controls. Futatsugi goes on to compare his Crimson Dragon RPG idea with Panzer Dragoon Saga:

[S]ome points would be similar, but Panzer Dragoon Saga is 15 years old. Of course we can’t make an open-world RPG on an Xbox Live game development budget, but I want to make a game that feels like an open world, but has a very focused story. So I want to combine them using different thinking to make a Crimson Dragon RPG.

This is exciting news for Panzer Dragoon Saga fans, and we can only hope that Crimson Dragon sells well enough to make such a game possible. GamesTM goes on to quote more of Futatsugi:

“Because Crimson Dragon was designed as a multiplayer game, we couldn’t have a single character focus,” Futatsugi continues. “But in Crimson Dragon RPG we would have a strong main character,” Futatsugi says. “In the shooter, players learn about the world and who the enemies are. If I make a ‘Crimson Dragon Saga’ it would directly connect to the ending of the first Crimson Dragon. The shooter is just a prologue to the bigger story. So if you want to see a Crimson Dragon RPG, you should get the original Crimson Dragon so you can see the story. And if I make a Crimson Dragon RPG, I don’t think it’ll have turn-based battles. It’ll be like the original shooter with action-RPG elements.”

Crimson Dragon Saga? I like the sound of that!

Issue 125 of the magazine contains a full interview with Futatsugi which discusses the making of the Panzer Dragoon series. The site lists the feature as titled “The Retro Guide To…Panzer Dragoon”.

French Version of Panzer Dragoon Revival

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Thanks to forum member PXL our Panzer Dragoon Revival website now has a French translation. This means the petition is now available in four different languages. It has also slowly but surely passed the 400 signatures mark at this point. While this isn’t a particularly impressive number our goal is first and foremost to gather genuine signatures, preferably with a comment from the people signing it. So far, I think we have achieved that goal. Again, a big thanks goes to PXL for providing the French translation of the website. If anyone wants to help out with additional translations, feel free to let us know with a post in this thread on our forum!

Orta Included in IGN's 11 Retro Remakes Article

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Recently IGN released an article called 11 Retro Remakes We Need Right Now, a list of older games that they believe deserve high definition remakes. Panzer Dragoon Orta was included in the list. Here’s a sample of what Colin Campbell, IGN’s Features Editor, had to say about the game:

Ten years on, despite the seemingly ho-hum textures and the muddy backgrounds of that long-gone era, you can still feel a sense of grandeur, an adventure that’s begging to be retold with appropriate visual vim. Ultimately, Panzer Dragoon Orta is a head-swiveling thrill-ride, a place to gaze upon beauty and gasp as worlds of color whoosh by. It deserves to be made anew.

We certainly agree with Colin’s sentiment. With Panzer Dragoon Orta’s tenth anniversary approaching fast, more than enough time has passed to give the original Xbox exclusive another chance on modern day systems. As many of you will know we are going to ask Sega to do just that, which is why we’re pushing the Panzer Dragoon Revival petition right now. Colin was kind enough to retweet a link to the petition to his 4000+ followers, so we should hopefully see some new signatures.

New Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed Trailer

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Sega has released a new trailer for Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, and it’s a must see for Panzer Dragoon fans. You can watch the video by following this link or directly below:

To see the Basic Wing, the Blue Dragon and even an Imperial airship getting shot out of the sky over the Panzer Dragoon-inspired track is certainly a sight to behold for Panzer Dragoon fans. We can only hope that the amount of attention that the Panzer Dragoon franchise is getting in Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed is a sign that Sega has something else planned for Panzer Dragoon in the near future. And even if not, it’s still an awesome tribute from Sumo Digital and Sega to the franchise. I hope the fans see this as an opportunity to tell Sega that they want to see Panzer Dragoon return, be it in the form of an HD re-release, remake or sequel.

NiGHTS into Dreams.com: "SEGA Listened to Us"

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Sega announced today that the Saturn cult classic NiGHTS into Dreams is being re-released in high definition on Xbox Live Arcade, Playstation Network, and Steam. Many fans of the Panzer Dragoon series immersed themselves in NiGHTS into Dreams alongside Panzer Dragoon, Panzer Dragoon Zwei, and Panzer Dragoon Saga back in the Saturn days, so this news is going to excite many independently of any direct link between the two franchises.

But there’s more to this HD re-release than the return of a classic Sega Saturn game. In the blog post, Sega themselves acknowledged the NiGHTS into Dreams online fan community who have been petitioning for years to have the game re-released with their NiD15 campaign.

Sega listened to their fans.

As TRiPPY of NiGHTS into Dreams.com writes:

Thank you so much to EVERYONE who worked so hard to make this happen. The years of campaigning and promoting, causing mischief and creating the best kinds of memories. You should all feel very proud of yourselves and thankful to everyone behind the scenes. If you believe in something enough, face your fears and never give up – it can happen.

This applies to the Panzer Dragoon franchise just as much as it does to NiGHTS into Dreams. We can make re-releases of the Panzer Dragoon games happen too. If you haven’t signed it yet, please support the Panzer Dragoon Revival petition. If you’ve already signed it, tell your friends, your family, your pet dog Lagi, or anyone who will listen that we need their support. Post a link in your forum signatures, on your Facebook or Twitter pages, or anywhere that people will pay attention. Let’s make a Panzer Dragoon revival happen.

Sega Ages 2500 Games Coming to Playstation Network

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While this news entry isn’t strictly on topic, it may very well lead to Panzer Dragoon news in the future.

Sony have announced that they will be expanding their “Game Archives” retro download service to include Playstation 2 games. These Playstation 2 re-releases will be exclusive to Playstation 3; unlike other downloads from Playstation Network they won’t play on the PSP. The first wave of games will arrive on July 25, and the interesting part for Panzer Dragoon fans is that we will be seeing some of the Sega Ages 2500 series games, starting with Dragon Force. Dynamite Dekka (aka Die-Hard Arcade) will be released in August and Gunstar Heroes Treasure Box in September. Sega has shared a trailer for Dragon Force and an image for the other two games.

As many of you will know, Sega also released an enhanced version of the original Panzer Dragoon on the Playstation 2, although it was never released outside of Japan. Will we see Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol. 27: Panzer Dragoon released on Playstation Network? Nothing has been confirmed, but the chances just got significantly higher.

The Will of the Ancients Turns Ten Years Old

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Ten years ago today I posted the first update on The Will of the Ancients, effectively making today the site’s tenth anniversary. I’d like to thank the whole Panzer Dragoon community for your support over the last ten years, whether it be submitting content, contributing to the discussions on the site’s forums, or simply consuming the outcome of the work that’s been put into the site’s content by Panzer Dragoon’s fanbase.

To celebrate the occasion, I’ve written a new article that explains the history of the Panzer Dragoon community, starting with the Panzer Dragoon Club on Yahoo! Clubs, then moving to Die Welt von Panzer Dragoon, and finally arriving to its place on The Will of the Ancients. Being part of this community has meant a lot to me, and I hope it continues to flourish in the years to come. I will certainly do my part in ensuring that happens.

New Platforms, Features, and Downloadable Content

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Segabits has revealed some new information about Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, the new Sega racing title coming out later this year featuring a whole track dedicated to the Panzer Dragoon series.

The game will be coming to the Android operating system as well as iOS. It is unclear at this point whether this includes all iOS devices, but the previous game in the series was made available on the iPhone, iPod Touch, and the iPad so this seems likely that the sequel will appear on those platforms too. Similarly it is unclear whether the Android version will be restricted in any way, such as to certain versions of the operating system.

Second, it has been revealed that there will be features unique to the Wii U, Nintendo 3DS and Playstation Vita versions of the game. There has been no word so far on what these features are. I suspect they will relate to the unique control mechanisms offered by those systems.

Finally, there will also be downloadable content available for the game. Let us hope that Dragon Canyon will be available as part of the core game.

G4TV Top 100 Video Games of All Time

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Panzer Dragoon Saga took the 22nd spot in G4TV’s recent list of their top 100 videogames of all time:

Top 100 Video Games of All Time #22 - Panzer Dragoon

It’s good to see that, even after all those years, the game is still being regarded as one of the best ever made. G4TV’s video also highlights the fact that the English version of the game is very difficult to find nowadays. If you want to keep the hope alive of seeing a rerelease of Panzer Dragoon Saga (or other Panzer Dragoon games) someday then be sure to sign our petition if you haven’t already done so! We’d also like to thank those who already signed the petition, it’s been very interesting to read all your comments!

E3 Gameplay Footage of Dragon Canyon

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Segabits has posted some new footage of Dragon Canyon, along with footage of two other tracks from Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed. The videos include footage of the Dragon Canyon track being raced as Vyse from Skies of Arcadia and Knuckles from the Sonic the Hedgehog series. If you’ve wanted to see the entirety of the Panzer Dragoon themed track, look no further.

Crimson Dragon Has Been Delayed

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Microsoft Japan announced today that the Japanese release of Crimson Dragon has been delayed. On the Xbox Japan website a notice was posted saying that they apologise to customers who were looking forward to the original release date (the 13th of June, 2012). Andriasang has also posted the news:

Microsoft announced today a delay for Crimson Dragon. Originally scheduled for June 13, the Kinect exclusive download game is now without a final date. Microsoft did not give a reason for the delay, but did issue an apologetic press release.

On Grounding’s Japanese website, they have indicated that the delay was not due to defects in the game or other development issues. From the Google translation, it appears that the delay is related to deployment/delivery of the game.

New Transformed Trailer and Wii U Version Confirmed

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E3 2012 has come and with it a new trailer has been released for Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, confirming the Wii U version of the game. The trailer also shows some new footage of various tracks that will be available in Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed. Footage in the trailer includes the Dragon Canyon track based on the Panzer Dragoon series, although it’s mostly what we’ve already been shown in previous videos.

Transformed May Also See a Wii U Release

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Segabits has reported that Sonic & All Stars Racing Transformed, which will feature a Panzer Dragoon themed track, is rumoured to be appearing on the Wii U. Previously, Sonic & All Stars Racing Transformed had been confirmed for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Nintendo 3DS, and PC Digital Download, but no version for Nintendo’s upcoming Wii successor had been listed. Nuckles87 of Segabits writes:

Given the source, think of the rumor designation as more of a formality then anything. Earlier today, Sonic Wrecks uploaded an alternate version of yesterday’s trailer that confirmed a Wii U version of SEGA’s upcoming racer. This confirms speculation that the game was headed to the Wii U, started when Sonic Stadium first reported a Sumo Digital racing title heading to the system back in January.

However, as Segabits points out, the trailer has been removed from Sonic Wreck’s Youtube channel since. It would be best to consider this as still a rumour for now. If true, I imagine we will get a confirmation about the Wii U version of Sonic & All Stars Racing Transformed at E3.

Sega's E3 2012 Lineup

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Sega has announced their roster of titles to be shown at E3 2012. Among the lineup you’ll find their new racing game, Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, which features a track called Dragon Canyon based around the Panzer Dragoon series. Perhaps Dragon Canyon will be playable at E3?

Also on the list is Smilebit’s Jet Set Radio, which has been updated in widescreen and with high definition graphics. Now if only Sega would consider re-releasing Panzer Dragoon Orta in high definition for current or next generation consoles.

E3 takes place from June the 5th until the 7th this year.

Crimson Dragon in Other Regions

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As previously revealed, Crimson Dragon will be released on June the 13th in Japan. According to the website of Grounding Inc., the release date for Crimson Dragon in other regions will be later than the Japanese release date. Google Translate brings back the following text based on the latest post on their website:

Delivery in other regions is scheduled for delivery after the date of Japan

Hopefully it won’t take long before Crimson Dragon is released in other regions, but I’d rather see a quality translation (if that is the reason for the delay) than a rushed translation.

Crimson Dragon Release Date and Price Announced

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Famitsu has revealed the release date of Crimson Dragon, the upcoming rail shooter for Xbox Live Arcade from Yukio Futatsugi. The game will be released on the 13th of June, 2012. Not very far away at all! The Google translation of Famitsu says that, “Microsoft Japan has announced that the delivery from Wednesday 13 June 2012 in Japan, the title of “Crimson Dragon” dedicated Xbox LIVE Arcade Kinect”, so it appears that this may only be the Japanese release date. We may have to wait some time until the game is translated into English, however this announcement doesn’t rule out the possibility of a worldwide release on June the 13th. I’ll try to find out what is happening with Crimson Dragon’s release in other regions and report back here once I know more.

Also revealed was the price: 1200 Microsoft Points. Considering that this is a fully 3D game with impressive visuals and a unique control scheme, the price point seems very reasonable. Compared to other rail shooters such as Child of Eden it will likely be considered a bargain, although of course we will have to wait and play the final game before determining its true quality.

There are also some stunning screenshots of different dragon types displayed on Famitsu’s website, as well as some related art. Be sure to check those out too. I especially like this screenshot of a horned dragon.

The White Phantom

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This may be old news to some of you, but it only recently came to my attention. While browsing the Game Marketplace on my Xbox 360 I came across the following text which describes Crimson Dragon. The description is also available on Microsoft’s Xbox website.

Several generations have passed since the human colonists of Planet Draco lost contact with Earth, and they have reached an uneasy truce with the native dragons. Now they face the return of an old threat, a colossal destroyer known as the White Phantom. In “Crimson Dragon,” use Kinect to control your dragon and fight off the violent enemy life forms. Teach your dragon new skills, and train it to become strong enough to face combat in harder missions. Bring your trained dragon online to take on missions in co-op. Now, embark on your journey to Planet Draco!

So now we know the name of the game’s antagonist. We also know the name of the planet where the game takes place.

New Transformed Interview and Concept Art

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Segabits has posted a video interview with Joe Neate, Producer for Sonic & All Stars Racing Transformed.

It’s over fifteen minutes long, but if you’re looking for the highlight, look no further than the following quote where he discusses the Panzer Dragoon track:

Its got boating, flying, and driving, but its got flying dragons in it, so you fly with dragons. Its got this massive kinda spaceship, the Shelcoof ship, that fires a laser and causes this big ass tidal wave. If you just play that level and know nothing about Panzer Dragoon, you’re like “whoa this has got giant dragons in it, and its got these worms that smash the track, and there’s this big ship that causes massive waves.” So you just remember cool stuff.

It’s great to hear that the Panzer Dragoon elements won’t just be static models on this side, but will interact with the track itself (and perhaps affect the gameplay).

Also, the French gaming website French gaming site, Console Toi, has added some concept art and screenshots of the game. I’ve added the Panzer Dragoon related images to The Will of the Ancients. In particular, I recommend that you take a look at the three stunning pieces of concept art of the Panzer Dragoon track:

Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed Concept Art 01 Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed Concept Art 02 Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed Concept Art 03

The screenshots are also worth checking out if you haven’t already seen them.

Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed

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Sega has announced a sequel to Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing which will launch on multiple platforms later in the year. Named Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, the great thing about this game is that it will include a whole level based around the Panzer Dragoon series.

Going by the video preview, it appears to a canyon level, loosely based on the intro of the original game. Throughout the level we can see Shelcoof hovering overhead (00:52), a number of definitive ruins of the Ancients (00:59), and the Blue Dragon flapping his wings on the side (02:26). We also see the building featured near the end of Panzer Dragoon episode 1 (02:50).

In the preview, Gareth Wilson, Design Director said:

It’s important to us that we keep the classic music that was with the original game but we’ve remixed it this time with Richard Jacques.

Listen closely and you can hear the Panzer Dragoon episode 1 music in the background. He also added:

For each of the tracks in the game we try to make it so it’s as you remember the game as opposed to actually how it is. So what we have to do is take the essence of, say, Panzer Dragoon, so we reimagine what the Blue Dragon would be like if Panzer Dragoon came out today. So we take a very basic, low poly model and then we work very closely with the people who originally worked on Panzer Dragoon all those years ago and we rebuild all the assets from scratch so that it looks like a triple-A racing game.

Shelcoof and the Blue Dragon certainly look how I’d imagine them to if the Panzer Dragoon games had been released on the current generation of consoles.

Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed is expected to be released on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Nintendo 3DS, and PC Digital Download late in 2012. More info is available on the Sega blog.