Saori Kobayashi, Triforce Quartet, Recording New Album

Saori Kobayashi, Triforce Quartet, Recording New Album
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Over the last weekend, Saori Kobayashi and the Triforce Quartet recorded five songs for a new album that the Panzer Dragoon composer has been working on. The Triforce Quartet shared the following on Instagram:

We just had an incredible weekend recording for a ‘secret’ project with the incredible Panzer Dragoon composer, Saori Kobayashi @bravewavemusic ! Can’t wait to share more with you soon!

Although details about the new album are scarce at this point, we do know that the Triforce Quartet have played live Panzer Dragoon music before, and that there is a big anniversary coming up that relates to one of Saori Kobayashi’s projects.

No matter what Kobayashi is working on, I’m sure we’ll be happy with the result. But if this new album is an orchestra recording of music from Panzer Dragoon Saga (to celebrate the game’s 20th anniversary next year) many fans will be especially happy.

Futatsugi Wants to Revisit Old SEGA IP

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In a recent interview with Polygon, Yukio Futatsugi revealed some information on the projects he’s currently working on. While the article is mostly about Space Channel 5 VR, it also suggests that we may see Futatsugi’s Grounding Inc. work on other SEGA IP in the future. He noted that recently SEGA seems to be more open to licensing their IP to other companies. At the same time, he’s also thinking about new VR projects Grounding Inc. can pursue. The interviewer also asked him about Panzer Dragoon in particular:

Asked about Panzer Dragoon — the series he’s best known for — in VR, Futatsugi said if the opportunity came up he would love to work on it, though he wouldn’t want to port the old games over in a straightforward way. He would want to do something new. He clarified, though, that at the moment “there’s no specific movement happening on the Panzer Dragoon front”.

It’s a logical assumption that the “something new” is referring to VR. While Futatsugi has nothing to announce yet, these comments at least hint at the possibility of the Panzer Dragoon franchise making an unlikely return after a long absence. Let’s hope that’s the case!

Campaign For a Panzer Dragoon Open World Action RPG

Campaign For a Panzer Dragoon Open World Action RPG
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My name is Olivier aka Eliot-Ness aka Panzer Dragoon World.

Last summer, I decided to start a campaign in favor of a new open world action RPG Panzer Dragoon game.

The campaign was created mainly due to my long lasting love for the almost twenty year old Panzer Dragoon Saga, but also because I was hooked by how the game The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild broke the conventions of the past games in that series. I thought a similar methodology would be beneficial to the Panzer Dragoon series.

So I started the campaign on Twitter and published a petition on Change.org. Quickly, the campaign got a lot of attention (+200 followers within a month).

The maker of the series, Mr Yukio Futatsugi, started following us with his own personal account.

Recently I have been interviewed by RadioSEGA and this is a good summary of the campaign. You can listen the segment on SoundCloud:

In short, I think giving visibility to the series cannot do any harm. Some of us want remasters, I want them too and maybe we will get remasters first. Maybe we will get a new game, maybe both. But every bit of support will count: from acorns grow oak trees.

So follow us, sign the petition, and spread the word! Here are all the relevant links:

Thank you. We can do this!

Yukio Futatsugi's New Project, The Good Life

Yukio Futatsugi's New Project, The Good Life
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In collaboration with White Owls and Camouflaj, Yukio Futatsugi’s development studio Grounding is crowd funding a new RPG called The Good Life. For this project, the creative and artistic direction is being handled by White Owls, with Grounding doing the production work.

A video clip has also been released where Futatsugi talks about The Good Life:

Marketed as a “Debt Repayment Life Simulation RPG”, The Good Life will take place in an RPG style town. “Each character has a unique personality and lives out a unique life” which is consistent Futatsugi’s approach to Panzer Dragoon Saga’s Zoah: depth over breadth.

You can visit campaign page over on Fig for more information and also invest in the project. If The Good Life is funded, delivery is expected for Q3 2019 for PC and Playstation 4.

Original Xbox Backward Compatibility Coming to Xbox One

Original Xbox Backward Compatibility Coming to Xbox One
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Some original Xbox games will be coming to Xbox One later this year, via backward compatibility. At E3, Phil Spencer from Microsoft announced that backward compatibility will be supported for some games, and that original Xbox games “will look better and play better across the Xbox One family.”

Panzer Dragoon Orta has not been confirmed. However this is definitely a step in the direction of Panzer Dragoon Orta on Xbox One becoming a reality.

Albert Penello from Microsoft also confirmed that original Xbox discs and digital purchases will carry over, so if support for Panzer Dragoon Orta is added at some point you won’t necessarily have to re-purchase the game to play it on Xbox One.

Video Game Grooves Podcast Covers the Data Discs Vinyl

Video Game Grooves Podcast Covers the Data Discs Vinyl
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Video Game Grooves is a new podcast that began in April of this year. Dedicated to keeping listeners informed about the latest video game soundtrack vinyl releases, Video Game Grooves has covered the Data Discs release of Panzer Dragoon in their latest episode. You can listen to the podcast on their website:

Video Game Grooves Episode 4 :: Panzer Dragoon, Fez

The podcast doesn’t offer any new information, but is a decent general discussion of the Data Discs release. The section on Panzer Dragoon starts at 00:48:14.

Futatsugi Says Rail Shooters and VR Are Very Compatible

Futatsugi Says Rail Shooters and VR Are Very Compatible
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Famitsu recently interviewed Panzer Dragoon creator Yukio Futatsugi. Although the Google translation of the interview is rough, his comments about Panzer Dragoon and VR can be interpreted as follows:

  • He thinks rail shooters and VR are very compatible.
  • He says that although rail shooters are an old game style, we are currently at the dawn of VR, so the genre is a good match.
  • He thinks the combination of rail shooter and VR present in Rez Infinite is very good.
  • He thinks that when you play a VR rail shooter, the immersive feeling it creates makes us forget that it is an old game style.
  • He thinks that if someone made a VR version of Panzer Dragoon, it would be fun.
  • He is thinking of making a VR rail shooter.

Of course, Futatsugi’s development studio Grounding Inc doesn’t own the rights to Panzer Dragoon (or Crimson Dragon), so any VR rail shooter than he made would likely be a new IP. Unless Sega or Microsoft allow him to use their intellectual property for the new VR shooter.

Phantom Dust Now Available on Windows PC and Xbox One

Phantom Dust Now Available on Windows PC and Xbox One
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The re-release of Yukio Futatsugi’s Phantom Dust is now available for Windows 10 PCs and Xbox One. You can download it from the Microsoft Store now.

From the store page:

Phantom Dust for Xbox One and Windows 10 PC is a re-release of the original Xbox classic, now returning with full Xbox LIVE support and a host of enhancements, including Xbox Play Anywhere, cross-device multiplayer, achievements, and 16x9 presentation. It features new gameplay enhancements including multiplayer starter decks that let you jump straight into multiplayer, improved frame rate, and adjustments to overall game balance. Experience the cult classic that’s kept a passionate community playing to this day and a unique multiplayer experience that’s never been duplicated.

Not only do we finally get to play Futatsugi’s other big game with the initials “PD” in PAL regions for the first time, but the game is available completely free of charge.

First Look at Xbox One/PC Phantom Dust Re-Release

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Phil Spencer from Microsoft has tweeted a screenshot of the upcoming remastered version of Phantom Dust which is expected to arrive some time in 2017 on both Xbox One and Windows PC.

Phantom Dust Re-Release Screenshot

Phantom Dust was originally released in 2004 for the original Xbox. Phantom Dust was Panzer Dragoon creator Yukio Futatsugi’s other big game, and like Panzer Dragoon, received a cult following but was not a commercial success.

Phil Spencer wants Phantom Dust to be released before E3 in June of this year.

VGMO Interviews Saori Kobayashi at MAGFest 2017

VGMO Interviews Saori Kobayashi at MAGFest 2017
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Emily McMillan from VGMO (Video Game Music Online) recently interviewed Panzer Dragoon Saga composer Saori Kobayashi at MAGFest 2017.

Read the Full Interview on VGMO

In the Interview, Saori Kobayashi shares some interesting insight into her album Terra Magica, which was released last year, in how it relates to Panzer Dragoon:

I’m very well aware that most of my fans are Panzer Dragoon music fans so I definitely wanted to keep elements of that in place for this album. In terms of the packaging on the CD–as we all know, Panzer Dragoon is a game series that takes place in the sky, and that’s been a very prominent theme of those games, but for something like Terra Magica, I wanted to focus on the ground a bit more. I wanted to show that part of the Panzer Dragoon world that has not been as prominently featured, if that makes sense.

There is no game, but it’s supposed to sound like it came from a game. It’s an album that’s made specifically for people who like to listen to that, my old music.

Also, we learn that the music of Crimson Dragon was changed specifically for the Xbox One version. The arrangement was done by an orchestra, and a more Hollywood-based composer, however the Xbox 360 versions of some of those tracks ended up on her album Journey. “Journey would be the way I would have done it.” Kobayashi says.

Alexander Aniel from Brave Wave also revealed that there’s more coming from Saori Kobayashi in the future. “Big anniversary coming up!”, he says. Could he be talking about Panzer Dragoon Saga’s 20th anniversary next year?

Retronauts Discusses Panzer Dragoon's Soundtrack

Retronauts Discusses Panzer Dragoon's Soundtrack
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The latest episode of the Retronauts podcast contains a twenty minute section discussing the Panzer Dragoon soundtrack which was recently re-released on vinyl. Check it out:

Retronauts Episode 83: A trial run for “Retronauts Radio”

The talk includes music samples from the soundtrack, a discussion how the soundtrack feels like movie score, Azuma’s previous work and how it influenced Panzer Dragoon’s soundtrack, how the soundtrack has a 90s quality to it but yet doesn’t feel dated, and some talk about the new Data Discs release. Good stuff.

Saori Kobayashi Performing at MAGFest 2017

Saori Kobayashi Performing at MAGFest 2017
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Panzer Dragoon Saga composer Saori Kobayashi recently performed at MAGFest 2017, which took place between the 5th and 8th of January in National Harbor, Maryland. The full 40 minute performance can be found on MAGFest’s YouTube channel.

Saori Kobayashi played six tracks, with assistance from Yumiko Takahashi, the Triforce Quartet, and others. The songs played include music from the Panzer Dragoon and Crimson Dragon games.

  • 0:00 - Dance of Seekers (from Terra Magica)
  • 8:03 - Bravehearted (from Terra Magica)
  • 15:05 - Dragon’s Journey (from Journey, based on the theme of Crimson Dragon)
  • 19:42 - Tsubasa (from Journey, based on the camp theme from Crimson Dragon: Side Story)
  • 27:43 - Sona Mi Areru Ec Sancitu (from Panzer Dragoon Saga)
  • 33:23 - Anu Orta Veniya (from Panzer Dragoon Orta)

The last four songs include vocals by Yumiko Takahashi. All of the performances are great and I particularly liked the addition of the flute and violin in the intro to Sona Mi Areru Ec Sancitu.

The Panzer Dragoon Vinyl is Now Available to Purchase

The Panzer Dragoon Vinyl is Now Available to Purchase
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The Panzer Dragoon soundtrack can now be purchased on vinyl! Head on over to the Data Discs website if you wish to order a copy.

DATA008: Panzer Dragoon Online Store Picture (1 of 5)

The vinyl went on sale just a few hours ago, but already the limited frosted clear sky blue and grey vinyl edition has sold out. You can still purchase the sky blue or classic black version, however.

Saori Kobayashi to Attend MAGFest 2017

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Along with her AKANE band member Yumiko Takahashi, Panzer Dragoon Saga composer Saori Kobayashi will be performing at MAGFest 2017. MAGFest is a four day-long event dedicated to the appreciation of video game music and other aspects of gaming that takes place in National Harbor, Maryland. From their website:

This year’s guests from Japan are Saori Kobayashi and Yumiko Takahashi. Saori is an accomplished pianist who has composed music for Sega games since 1993. Her most notable work comes from the Panzer Dragoon series and Crimson Dragon, which features magical string melodies back by quick drum beats and ethnic flute melodies. She will be doing a special concert with Lauren Liebowitz from The Returners, Doug Perry, and The Triforce Quartet. This concert is only going to be held at MAGFest and is surely not one to miss!

Previously, Saori Kobayashi and Yumiko Takahashi did a live performance of Anu Orta Veniya together at BitSummit MMXIV.

Panzer Dragoon Vinyl to be Released on Saturday

Panzer Dragoon Vinyl to be Released on Saturday
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Data Discs are about to release the soundtrack of the original Panzer Dragoon on vinyl. It will be available on Saturday the 3rd of December. From Data Discs’ website:

We are proud to present the first ever vinyl edition of Yoshitaka Azuma’s score to SEGA’s classic rail-shooter, Panzer Dragoon. First released in 1995 to coincide with the North American launch of the Saturn console, Panzer Dragoon has since become a cult favourite, not only for its stark art direction, inspired by renowned French artist Jean “Mobieus” Giraud, but also for its sweeping soundtrack.

DATA008: Panzer Dragoon Online Store Picture (3 of 5)

Panzer Dragoon is presented as a double 180g LP, cut at 45rpm and housed in a single pocket, 425gsm mirror board sleeve with accompanying lithographic insert and silver laminated OBI strip. This edition features the entirety of Azuma’s score, along with three bonus tracks of alternate synthesizer versions. It is available in the following editions:

  • 180g 2xLP on frosted clear, sky blue and grey vinyl (limited edition) - £22.99
  • 180g 2xLP on sky blue vinyl - £22.99
  • 180g 2xLP on classic black vinyl - £22.99

It is great that this remastered version of the classic soundtrack will soon be available to vinyl collectors. You will be able to purchase the vinyl from the Data Discs website.

SEGA Asks Fans Which SEGA Work They Want to See Revived

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SEGA of Japan has launched a new survey where, among other things, they ask fans what they feel is SEGA’s most memorable work and most memorable character. Interestingly, Panzer Dragoon is on the list of items that you can select for the most memorable work. Where things get even more interesting is that one of the questions asks fans which SEGA work they want to see revived. Of course, this means it’s a good opportunity for us to ask for a new Panzer Dragoon game!

While the survey is in Japanese, this guide by Phantom River Stone offers an English translation of the poll. You can find the survey here.

Panzer Dragoon Saga Widescreen Hack

Panzer Dragoon Saga Widescreen Hack
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Over on the Assembler Games forum, member Esppiral has figured out how to change the horizontal and vertical field of view in Panzer Dragoon Saga. The result is that the game can now be played in widescreen, as demonstrated in the following screenshots (click the thumbnail to view the full screenshot in widescreen):

Panzer Dragoon Saga Widescreen Hack 01 Panzer Dragoon Saga Widescreen Hack 02 Panzer Dragoon Saga Widescreen Hack 03

You can check out the full topic where Esppiral provides codes to get the widescreen hack working on various Saturn emulators. Seeing these screenshots make me wonder just how good a remastered Panzer Dragoon Saga could look.

Saori Kobayashi and Jordi Asensio Live in Paris

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Back in July, Saori Kobayashi performed live to a group in Paris, together with Jordi Asensio. In this performance she plays three classics: Sona Mi Areru Ec Sancitu (Panzer Dragoon Saga), Anu Orta Veniya (Panzer Dragoon Orta), and Dragon’s Waltz (Crimson Dragon). I’ve uploaded the video to our archive so that it can easily be found by Panzer Dragoon fans in the years to come.

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A special thanks to Nicolas Girault for the recording. You can follow Nicolas on Twitter and YouTube.

Saori Kobayashi and Eri Ito at Japan Expo 2016

Saori Kobayashi and Eri Ito at Japan Expo 2016
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Back in July, Saori Kobayashi and Eri Ito attended Japan Expo 2016. I’ve uploaded a video clip and some photos of this event to our archive (captured by Brave Wave).

First up is a recording of Saori Kobayashi and Eri Ito performing the epic theme song to Panzer Dragoon Saga, Sona Mi Areru Ec Sancitu to a live audience. Just awesome.

Video Details for "Sona Mi Areru Ec Sancitu (Saori Kobayashi and Eri Ito)"

I’ve also uploaded six photos taken at the event:

Japan Expo 2016 Photo 01 Japan Expo 2016 Photo 02 Japan Expo 2016 Photo 03 Japan Expo 2016 Photo 04 Japan Expo 2016 Photo 05 Japan Expo 2016 Photo 06

I particularly like the dragon sketch from Panzer Dragoon fan, @kpeclet.

Thanks to Brave Wave for sharing this content on their Twitter feed.

Panzer Dragoon Legacy Annual Hosting Fundraiser 2016

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Panzer Dragoon Legacy will be holding an annual hosting fundraiser each year so that the community can help fund the website’s server costs. This is similar to the method used by other fan sites such as Shining Force Central. To keep the website running for another year, we require:

  • US$10 per year for the domain
  • US$6 per month for the main site’s hosting fee + backups (US$72 per year)
  • US$12 per month for the forum hosting fee + backups (US$144 per year)
  • Total: US$226 for one year

To contribute to the fundraiser, you can make a donation directly to my PayPal account. I’ll post another update once the full US$226 has been met. If you’re unsure how much to contribute, I suggest around $10, but $5 or $20 would be great also. We need just over twenty people contributing $10 each to reach the fundraiser goal.

Why are we suddenly starting this fundraiser? Over the last year I’ve been adding features to Panzer Dragoon Legacy to make it more of community driven site. We now have a contributions system so that fans can directly submit news, articles, pictures, and more directly to the site for approval. This is great for ensuring that the site can continue to be sustained without a significant time investment from the busy administrators here. Long term, I’d like to see this site become mostly community sustained, both in terms of server costs and fresh content, with the administrators here acting mainly as curators of the Panzer Dragoon fan archive. This will ensure that, as a community project, Panzer Dragoon Legacy can continue to thrive for many years to come.

Vinyl of Panzer Dragoon Saga's Soundtrack "Possible"

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In response to the announcement that the soundtrack of the original Panzer Dragoon would be released on vinyl some time this year, Twitter user NorikiyoGO asked if Panzer Dragoon Saga’s soundtrack would also be released at some point. While Data Discs didn’t confirm anything, a simple response was tweeted:

@NorikiyoGO I suppose anything’s possible ;)

If you like the idea of the Azel: Panzer Dragoon RPG Complete Album - arguably the best in the series - being released on vinyl, it might be a good idea to let Data Discs know that there’s interest.

Panzer Dragoon's Soundtrack to be Released on Vinyl

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Great news, the soundtrack of the original Panzer Dragoon is being released on vinyl. Up until now the music of the Panzer Dragoon games hasn’t been released on vinyl, but this year Data Discs will be selling an officially licensed record of the original game’s score. From their newsletter:

We are excited to share with you some news today about another upcoming release. It gives us great pleasure to announce that we will be bring the late Yoshitaka Azuma’s 1995 score from Panzer Dragoon to vinyl for the very first time.

This is one of many titles we are currently working on and will join Out Run as part of our 2016 line-up. Further details on both of these titles (and others!) will be released in due course.

Unlike the chip generated music found in later titles in the series, Panzer Dragoon had an orchestral score making it a perfect fit along side other Data Discs releases such as Shenmue. This release will surely be a must have for vinyl collectors who are also fans of the Panzer Dragoon series.

Saori Kobayashi's Terra Magica Has Been Released

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It’s April the 13th. The digital version of Terra Magica, Saori Kobayashi’s new solo album, can now be heard in it’s entirety:

Listen to Terra Magica on Bandcamp

I haven’t listened to the entire album yet, but I definitely like what I’ve heard so far. Lots of Panzer vibes. Since the album can be streamed for free, there’s little reason for me to write a review on such a subjective topic; go listen to the album and form your own impression. Once again, if you like what you’ve heard here, please support the artists who made this possible by purchasing Terra Magica.

Brave Wave have also released a new episode of their Wavelength podcast. The podcast discusses Terra Magica among other topics.

A Remix of Eastern Sky By Saori Kobayashi

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While we wait for Terra Magica, the upcoming Solo album from Saori Kobayashi, there’s another recent track that you can listen to from the Panzer Dragoon Saga composer. In February, Keiji Yamagishi released the album Retro​-​Active Pt. 2 and the final track is a remix of a track called “Eastern Sky” by Saori Kobayashi.

 Retro​-​Active Pt. 2 Digital Cover

Saori Kobayashi’s distinct musical style can be heard here. You can buy the remix of “Eastern Sky” on it’s own for $1.30 USD or purchase the full album on Bandcamp. As with other Brave Wave albums, you can stream all of the music for free before deciding whether to purchase it or not.

What is Terra Magica? Saori Kobayashi's Own Words

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In the latest email from Brave Wave, we learn from Saori Kobayashi herself what the intentions were behind her latest Panzer-esque album, Terra Magica:

For my solo album, the music takes precedence over any story or imagery, allowing listeners to visualize a world that only I have created. I hope to create an album whose music will inspire listeners and give them complete control over what they see in realm of their own imaginations.

I personally enjoy fantasy games and RPGs; worlds where dragons soar across the sky, and a cosmos with a vast bed of planets scattered across it… these images are my fantasies. What are yours? I hope that when people listen to my solo album, they can conjure up their own worlds like I do when I compose music with Brave Wave.

You can pre-order Terra Magica now on Bandcamp. It will be released on the 13th of April.