New Translation and Theory

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Recently there has been a bit of discussion on the forums regarding the identity of the dragon, that same tired old debate of it either being the same dragon or different dragons entirely. I have written a short theory that discusses a third option. What if the dragon’s body did indeed die, but his mind lived on as part of the Heresy Program? You can read the whole thing in my Attached Dragon Mind Theory.

Kimimi has once again provided us with another translation, this time from one of the Azel guidebooks. The piece of information is titled “After Sestren Function Stop” in our favourite language Engrish, and sums up some of the things that happen after Panzer Dragoon Saga. It’s quite an interesting read, and surprisingly consistent with the events of Panzer Dragoon Orta.

I’ve also updated the About section will a few minor details and corrections, nothing major though.

A Couple of New Updates

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Kimimi has recently translated part of the Japanese Panzer Dragoon Zwei manual. This translation contains the information found in the part of the manual that discusses the game’s storyline. It’s mostly information that we already know, but it’s always nice to have a different version of the text, just in case we’ve missed some details that got lost in the original 1996 translation when the game was released outside of its native country. Kimimi was going to do some of the Azel manual as well, but has taken a break to work on the Shining Force III translation over at Shining Force Central. I dare say that the time spent on that translation will be well worth the trouble; both Shining Force and Panzer Dragoon are classic video game legacies.

Besides the Translations section receiving an update, Jeremy Prusak has contributed a new article for the Theories section called Gash’s Identity Theory. Was Gash simply a human, or is there more behind that mask than we are lead to believe?

I’ve been notified of some problems with the RAR files on this site not downloading correctly when their respective links are clicked. It seems that because of the recent change over at my webhost (see last update), the .rar file extension was behaving abnormally. These are links should now work correctly.

We're Back

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The Will of the Ancients was down for a few days, due to some problems with the domain, and my webhost changing owners. Everything seems to be up and running smoothly again now, but if you encounter any problems with the site please do let me know. My webhost has made a number of changes to their servers, so there is a chance that certain parts of The Will of the Ancients may not work correctly.

I recently obtained a copy of the Sega Ages 2500, the PS2 remake of the original Panzer Dragoon game. To be blunt, there isn’t a great deal of point picking this title up if you’ve already played the game before (which I suspect most readers of this site probably have), but I’ll post a full review in the future going over my opinion of the game in greater detail.

The Will of the Ancients is Still Alive and Well

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We’ve added two new theories to the site provided by fans who never seem to lose their enthusiasm. Firstly, the founder of the site himself has carefully pieced together a theory speculating that the ruins found in Episode 6 of Panzer Dragoon Orta may have in fact been one of the mythical Towers, only sunken beneath the planet. We know from the Saturn games that not all the Towers were identical in design (or necessarily function for that matter), so this is open for debate much like the rest of the series’ storyline which is as debatable as ever.

Secondly, Jeremy Prusak has examined the differences between the various coolias found throughout the various games in the series, theorising that coolias may have actually adapted to different environments in different ways in order to survive the harsh weather conditions peculiar to them. Is what we see evolution at work, or inconsistent modelling? You decide.

A new contributor has sent us the first two and a half chapters of a new ongoing piece of fan fiction entitled The Ancient Chronicles. The author, Chupacabra, plans to write more chapters over time, and recommends listening to certain music at certain points in time to put you in the moment.

I’ve updated the links section with a link to the Panzer Dragoon Saga Video Project, which is a recently new noble endeavour to capture/record all the in-game cutscenes from Panzer Dragoon Saga itself for everyone’s viewing pleasure. This is a project that could certainly use our encouragement.

As some of you already know, the Sega Saturn was by far my favourite console of all time. It pained me to see such an untapped console be turned into a punching bag by a biased mass media eager to usher in a new era of corporate Sony dominance where true gamers took a back seat to the direction in which the industry was heading as if it would be some kind of welcome change. Assembly-driven dual processors frightened away all but the most veteran of programmers, leaving the Saturn with little in the way of mass market support (which wasn’t helped by Sony bribing everyone), but being branded as a console incapable of rendering good 3D graphics when games like Exhumed/Powerslave proved everyone wrong, and when Dead Or Alive walked all over the later Playstation incarnation, did the most damage and only exposes this biasness for all to see.

So, in memory of our beloved Saturn I’ve added another link to Game Pilgrimage, which covers the Saturn in quite some detail. Check out the comparison shots, between Dead or Alive for the Saturn and Playstation, and special effects found in some of the more graphically demanding games optimised specifically for the Saturn hardware including the real time light sourcing seen in Exhumed and reflective river effects seen in Sonic R. Any doubters can see some of the full screen light sourcing effects found in Panzer Dragoon Saga with their own two eyes here to put those doubts to rest, too. Not very impressive now, of course, but at the time, these were effects the Saturn was apparently incapable of producing. I only wish all of the Saturn’s greatest games reached our shores. I personally think that Grandia played to the Saturn’s greatest strength by merging isometric 2D sprites with colourful 3D environments. For a corporation that tried to ban 2D graphics, I wonder why Grandia was suddenly good enough for a Playstation localisation when the Saturn was taken out of the picture?

We’ll have more updates for our readers soon.

Pandora's Box in Panzer Dragoon for PS2

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Although this will probably be old news to you by now, I thought that I should mention this news here for those who don’t frequent the site’s forums. The PS2 release of the original game, Sega Ages 2500: Panzer Dragoon, will now feature a Pandora’s Box. Thus far the only thing that has been revealed about the Pandora’s Box is a single screenshot, so it’s difficult to say if this will be simply be a level/weapon select with a few additional options (Zwei) or an expansive database of Panzer Dragoon history (Orta). Judging by the screenshot, I’m guessing that it will simply be a menu containing the features found in the various cheats of the original game, with a few minor extras, but your guess is as good as mine.

A few other things have changed since the last time that I updated. A registration error on the forums that wasn’t allowing any new members to sign up has been fixed. Also due to bandwidth limitations, I have had to take down the Panzer albums from the Music section. It’s a shame really, but if you hunt around for a bit, you should be able to find other sites containing the soundtracks.

By the way, it may seem like I’ve been abandoning this place recently, and to a certain extent that is true. However, I can assure you all I have absolutely no plans to cease updating The Will of the Ancients. It’ll just be longer between updates than it once was, but I’m sure most of you have probably noticed this trend already. Fresh content is currently being prepared however, so stay tuned.

A Music Playing Music Box and More Music

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Sega recently revealed on their Sega Direct website that a DX Pack for Sega Ages 2500 Panzer Dragoon Volume 27 would be coming out. The deluxe version of the game includes a Panzer badge, as well as a music box that supposedly plays the main theme from the game. It’s an interesting bonus, in my opinion. VideogameImports.com has the game listed for the 3rd of May 2006, but as far as I know the official release date of the game is still up in the air.

Speaking of music, I’ve added lossless versions of Panzer Dragoon II Zwei Alternative Elements and the entire Azel: Panzer Dragoon RPG Memorial Album (the complete soundtrack for Saga) to the Music section. I’m actually listening to the track “Interception” as I type this. It truly is an amazing soundtrack.

I was planning on having some more written content on the site for this update, but I wanted to get this news up quickly before it became too old. However, you can expect an update reasonably soon, containing some new articles.

Two New Sections, One New Hosted Site

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Lance has updated the page about Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol. 27 - Panzer Dragoon. The update contains links Sega of Japan’s website, and Famitsu.com, both of which now feature information about the PS2 port of the original game.

I’m also pleased to announce that panzerdragoon.net now hosts another site, The Panzer Dragoon Saga Oasis. Jeremy Prusak overhauled the site recently as well, so it’s worth having another look through all his new content if you haven’t already done so.

And the two new sections? Kimimi has taken a lot of time and effort to provide us with five translations from the original Japanese Panzer Dragoon games! This includes full re-translations of the Panzer Dragoon Saga ending and the Old Diary, which are some of the most debated pieces of dialogue in the series. I think the Panzer community really appreciates contributions of this sort, Kimimi, so well done!

The other new section isn’t really entirely new. I’ve removed the MP3s section is favour of a new Music section. The Will of the Ancients now hosts lossless versions of the Panzer Dragoon and Panzer Dragoon Zwei OSTs, with more to come in future updates (if I make them available all at once I’d hate to think what might happen to the site’s daily bandwidth limit). For those of you with iPods, don’t worry: although you won’t be able to load the .flac files directly into iTunes, there are free tools available on the internet to convert FLAC to MP3 such as foobar2000 using the LAME encoder.

The Will of the Ancients is Finally Back Online

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The Will of the Ancients and most of its content is now back online, having been down for almost a month from sometime in December last year. Due some problems with my last webhost, I decided that it was best to move the site once again, but unfortunately it wasn’t at a very good time for me as I’d been busy with a new job and also I’d only just arrived back from a relatively computer-free holiday yesterday. The opportunity has only just arisen to get the site properly up and running again. So my apologies for the down time; lets look forward to a future of (hopefully) stable Panzer Dragoon coverage at panzerdragoon.net.

Not that there’s been any news on the Panzer front; nothing new has been revealed about the Sega Ages remake or a new title in the series. As most of you will know, the Xbox 360 was recently launched in a number of countries including the US and Japan, with a domestic release here in New Zealand planned for March the 2nd. Sega are already supporting the console with western developed games Condemned and Full Auto, but will a high definition Panzer Dragoon game grace the new Xbox? We can only hope for the best, but expect the worst.

The Physical Appearance of the Ancients

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Jeremy Prusak has written a new theory which comes up with some ideas regarding the identity of the Ancients. It’s common knowledge in the Panzer community that the Japanese versions of the Saturn trilogy do not state that the Ancients were human. And, supposing that they weren’t human, what could they look like? Read the theory, and you’ll see that there is indeed a possible explanation hidden within Panzer Dragoon Saga itself!

Also, Lance has updated the Products section with a few things, and also the Game Info section. If you have a look at the page about the original Panzer Dragoon you’ll notice that there was a re-release of the PC version this year by Empire Interactive. It’s essentially the same game, but with different packaging; someone must have thought that there was money to be made in printing a few more copies of the ten year old classic.

Atolm has also submitted a picture of her imperial necklace. Check it out by following this link or looking in the Fan Art section.

Game Info Section Updated

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Lance Way has submitted a new page for the Game Info section, which sums up all the relevant information that we know about the new Panzer Dragoon remake for the Playstation 2. The summary contains a bullet pointed list of facts, as well as all the information that was revealed during the Tokyo Game Show (including screenshots). The summary of Sega Ages: Panzer Dragoon can be viewed by following this link.

In off topic news, the site’s underground ruins now hosts a set of MP3s from the Sega Saturn classic NiGHTS Into Dreams. Daniel Von Boles recorded the music directly from the game, so the variety of tunes is much more complete than what can be found in the game’s soundtrack. If you enjoyed the music from this game then by all means start leeching.

Long Time No See

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I must admit, I’ve found it very hard to remain optimistic about the future of this series (among others) considering Sega’s recent mediocre output. However… things are set to turn around as Sega prepares to unleash a plethora of quality titles on the current and next generation consoles. The best thing that could happen for Sega would be to stop “jumping on trends” and start setting trends of its own once again by aggressively marketing its own brand of high-quality software realising Sega’s full potential. And when I say high-quality, I mean of the highest quality. I will never condone a flow of mediocrity mingling in a crowd of clones instead of standing out from that crowd (for example) when we all know Sega is capable of so much more. But I digress.

As for this update, firstly, Robert Frazer has kindly written an enlightening article explaining the meaning and origins of the title Panzer Dragoon itself for those of you who may not be fully acquainted with it already. I can’t see how he could have written anything more definitive.

Secondly, Lance Way has updated the Panzer Dragoon products section with coverage of more Panzer Dragoon merchandise on top of writing an entirely new article comparing some of the differences between the different regional versions of each game in the Panzer Dragoon series. I particularly enjoyed reading through this article from beginning to end, and I’m glad to see this section fill up with yet more elucidating insights worthy of our perusal.

And of course, last but not least Jeremy Prusak has contributed another concise yet fascinating theory to the site which provides a possible answer to the question of how the dragon is able store items that come from containers in the form of pure energy. It forces us to ask ourselves if there were any limits to what the Ancients’ technology could accomplish…

Hopefully Sega has a few more surprises in store for long-time fans eager to see a return to the glory days in addition to the very impressive-looking high-speed next generation Sonic game (is Sega finally returning to its roots?). While I’m not particularly thrilled by the prospect of playing nothing more than a souped up port of Panzer Dragoon (see previous update), it shows that Sega still sees some worth in this series. Sega is also taking a very prudent multi-platform approach to as many next generation titles as possible, which needless to say, is a very encouraging sign of things to come for those of us who can’t afford to buy every single console under the sun. I truly hope Microsoft can balance the scales with Sony in the coming console war since Sony’s PS3 has such a complicated/unique multi-cored processor that porting PS3 code to other consoles (even the developer-friendly Xbox 360) may prove to be far more trouble than it’s worth.

Downloadable Footage of Sega Ages: Panzer Dragoon

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Just a quick update to let everyone know (if you haven’t already seen it) that 1up.com has released a trailer of the new Panzer Dragoon “remake”. The game isn’t so much of a remake as an enhanced port of the original game, with improved models in some places, and a (much needed!) smoother frame rate. Sites like Gamespot couldn’t tell some of the smaller differences between the new version and the original so it’s looking likely that this one might only be something that hardcore Panzer Dragoon fans will want to pick up. However, the framerate was one of the biggest flaws of the original Saturn version, which carried over into the PC and Xbox versions, so it is nice that something is finally being done about it. Follow this link to download the screener and see the game running for yourself.

The Magic Box has also posted some screenshots, which look like they’re straight from the 1up video. I must admit, news has been slow in coming to the main page of this site, so if you’re eager to find out about the latest updates on Sega Ages: Panzer Dragoon be sure to check out the latest posts in this forum topic.

And yes I know, I promised some new content for The Will of the Ancients, and it hasn’t come; rest assured, it will be included as part of the next update.

Panzer Dragoon for PS2 at TGS? It's Looking Likely

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Game-Science.com has posted a list of games that will be appearing at this years Tokyo Game Show. Among the games, the Sega Ages “remake” of the original Panzer Dragoon appeared on the list with a release date of Quarter 4 2005. On the official Sega Ages lineup page it’s stated that the next batch of Sega Ages titles will be released before March 2006 (thanks, Abadd, for the translation from Japanese), so there doesn’t seem to be any conflict there. I think we can at least be certain that Sega Ages: Panzer Dragoon will be released sometime before the end of March 2006.

To reconfirm Panzer Dragoon’s appearance at Tokyo Game Show, there is a picture of the game on display on this page. If you look closely at the game’s logo you’ll notice a white blur that isn’t normally displayed beneath the original Panzer Dragoon logo. Does that mean that this new “subtitle” (if that’s what it is) confirms that the game will be a full remake? Who knows, but it’s certainly looking likely that this will be more than just a straight port without any changes. Thanks to Lance Way for this information and for the zoomed-in image.

There’ll be another (much needed) update in the next few days featuring some new articles for The Will of the Ancients, so stay tuned…

Panzer Dragoon Feature in GamesTM Magazine

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In the latest issue of GamesTM (issue 34), forum-goer Szczepaniak has written a nice article that covers the history of the Panzer Dragoon series. I thought this would be worth mentioning here, as those of you who are in the UK should be able to obtain a copy of the magazine quite easily. For everyone else, I am told that the article should be available on the site’s website in about four months, or if you know where to look there are some scans floating around the net…

Not much else for this update, as things have been pretty quiet in Panzer Dragoon community recently. No further news about the updated version of Panzer Dragoon for the Playstation 2 has been revealed, but I’m sure some additional information will become available nearer to the game’s release. One thing that may interest eager rumour listeners, however, is a recent interview with between Sega and Nintendo Power. According to IGN.com:

When asked about the possibility of classic Sega properties such as Panzer Dragoon and Shinobi one day appearing on the Nintendo Revolution, Jeffrey commented that it’s something Sega is definitely looking into.

Does that mean that Panzer Dragoon 5 is currently being planned for the Revolution or another next generation console? Probably not, but there’s no harm in a bit of healthy optimism.

That's Right, Panzer Dragoon on a Sony Console

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As reported on IGN.com, Sega are re-releasing the original Panzer Dragoon game on Sony’s Playstation 2 in an upcoming Sega Ages pack. As well as including a straight port of the original game, it sounds like Sega are planning to include a full remake of the 1995 Saturn game as well. The prospect of yet another port of the original game isn’t anything to get excited about, but if Sega manage to create a smoother, graphically updated version of the game with improved controls then we may have something to look forward to after all.

Sega will be releasing Sega Ages Volumes 20 and 21 on October the 27th this year, and Panzer Dragoon is set to be included in the 22nd instalment so I’m guessing that it will be available later in the year, or sometime in 2006. No release date has been confirmed for countries outside of Japan, so the game may or may not actually be localised. However, considering that Panzer Dragoon never had much dialogue anyway, this should only be a minor problem for English speakers who end up playing through the import version.

The Will of the Ancients will have more information about the Panzer Dragoon remake as it becomes available.

Update (08/07/2005) - It seems that I misread the line about Panzer Dragoon appearing on Sega Ages Volume 22. In actual fact, Panzer Dragoon has only been confirmed to be among the games “set to debut starting with Volume 22”, so it won’t necessarily be on Volume 22 itself.

Two Theories, Three Videos, and a Playable Demo

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Well, E3 has come and gone with no signs of a new Panzer Dragoon game. However, there are plenty of great looking titles coming out later this year to look forward to including Sega’s own Phantasy Star Universe and Nintendo’s turn based strategy game, Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance. Both are sequels to long running, classic series’, so I don’t think RPG fans need feel too starved of games in the genre without the words Final Fantasy in the title, this year.

For this update Jeremy Prusak has submitted a theory that discussed some of the possibilities surrounding Azel’s Awakening. Also KBlack, a new member of our forums, has also posted some more ideas about the origin of Orta’s gun which I’ve edited slightly and compiled into a theory called the Dragon Factory Theory. Did Lagi himself create the gun?

Lastly, I have added four more downloads to the site. The first three are official videos from Panzer Dragoon Saga and Panzer Dragoon Orta (check the Videos section) and also a demo of the PC version of the original Panzer game. I hope they are of some use to someone.

Another Short Update

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Pandora has submitted a new piece of fan fiction. Unlike most of the longer stories in the fan fiction section, Pandora’s fanfic A Dragon Called Lagi is both short and complete. It retells the events that take place in the first episode of Panzer Dragoon Orta, as our heroine and her deadly winged friend escape the clutches the Empire amidst the raging storm.

I was planning to add some more multimedia content to the site this update, but due to some computer problems (don’t they always happen at the worst of times?) it’ll have to wait. If anyone has any trailers or ads for the Saturn Panzer Dragoon trilogy I’d be interested in hosting them on The Will of the Ancients.

Where Did the Mutant Monsters Come From?

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Robert Frazer has submitted a new theory which discusses the downfall of the Ancient Age, and in particular, what caused an outbreak of mutant monsters in such a tightly controlled environmental system as that of the Towers. Is it possible that one group of the Ancients intended for these mutants to exist? I won’t repeat anymore of what Robert has discussed in his article, but I can tell you that he’s certainly raised some thought provoking ideas in his War Without End Theory.

I had something else planned for this update, but after being distracted by playing through a certain 35 hour long Star Wars RPG and spending most of the weekend on it, I’ve decided to leave it until next update (I need one of those fabled “breaks” from my PC). However, don’t feel that you need to be kept in suspense - it’s not something that can’t be found elsewhere.

Panzer Dragoon's 10th Anniversary Has Dawned on Us

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It’s hard to believe that the Panzer Dragoon series entered the world of gaming 10 years ago today. Although we’ve received no news of a new Panzer Dragoon game, the series will live on in our hearts for many years to come. Truth be told, recent events in the Sega community have robbed me of much of my enthusiasm. After watching Sega turn the latest Shining Force game into an Action/RPG (sacrificing the trademark turn-based Strategy/RPG gameplay that made the series so great in the first place) all in the name of money, I dread to think what Sega would do with a new Panzer Dragoon RPG. However, since many of the original creators of the series still work for Sega, we can probably rest assured that the future of the series is in capable hands… assuming of course we ever live to see a new game.

As for this update, to mark the series’ 10th year anniversary, Lance has put together a new products section for the site where you can naturally view every single Panzer Dragoon product released to date, and has given the Game Information section a complete overhaul. It now contains a more comprehensive listing of all the different versions of each game in the series. We owe Lance a debt of gratitude for all the work he has done for the community here.

Chris has also updated the trivia section with a quiz that’s not so easy this time. Even I had trouble giving the correct answers to some of the questions, so good luck!

The Return of the Will of the Ancients

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The Will of the Ancients was recently down for a couple of days due to changing servers, but now we’re back, and with more webspace to burn than ever.

There are a couple of new articles for this update, which I’ve placed in a new section. Perhaps the most interesting of these new articles is The Mystery of the Emerald Dragon by Robert Frazer which discusses an early Panzer Dragoon build that a lot you probably have never seen before (I hadn’t). The article includes some scans from the Official Sega magazine that show screenshots of what the original Panzer Dragoon could have looked like.

Lance has also written an article about the first Panzer Dragoon Saga screenshots, going through some of the more subtle differences between them and the final game.

Last, but not least, Geoff has also completely rewritten his review of Panzer Dragoon Saga. Maybe I’ll do the same one day.

No New Panzer; Brand New Site Content

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For this update, I’m pleased to announce the arrival of a new section on The Will of the Ancients. The Parallels section contains three articles covering various stories (each from different mediums) that share a number of likenesses with the Panzer Dragoon series. Geoff has written an article summing up Overworks’ Skies of Arcadia, and Lance has gone in depth talking about Moebius’ Arzach. As for myself, I’ve completed an article outlining some of the parallels found in Hayao Miyazaki’s excellent series of graphic novels, Nausicaä of the Valley of Wind.

If you’re keen to contribute an article to the Parallels section, please let me know.

Also for this update a new “flythrough” for Panzer Dragoon Zwei. Jeremy Prusak has written a detailed guide outlining exactly what you need to do to obtain a Winged Death rank in the game. To further illustrate the guide, I’ve scanned a number of stage maps from the official Zwei guidebook. Full size versions of these scans can be found in the Maps section.

Secrets, Cheats, and Compiled Game Credits

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Merry Christmas every one! I hope you’ve all enjoyed yourselves (or are enjoying yourselves at the moment for most countries), in whatever way you or your family have chosen to celebrate the festive season.

Lance Way has been busy, writing up a new Secrets guide for the original Panzer Dragoon game. There’s a few things that most you probably won’t have heard of on these pages, so they’re worth skimming through at least if you own one of the three versions of this game. He has also compiled the complete list of passwords for Panzer Dragoon Mini (previously I’d only listed the passwords for the Blue Dragon). As these pages cover much more than the previous game specific secrets pages did, I’ve taken the old pages down. Lance has also added and updated a few parts of his Panzer Dragoon Saga Secrets Guide - all the major updates are marked, so you won’t have to worry about reading through the whole guide again if you already have.

As if he hadn’t contributed enough to the site for this update, Lance has also sent me the credits for the first three Panzer Dragoon games (and he tells me the Panzer Dragoon Orta credits are on the way too). Thanks a great deal for all this, Lance, I’m sure the Panzer Dragoon community appreciates it. :)

Some Long, Overdue Updates

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I’ve decided to update The Will of the Ancients with a few things that should have been done months ago. First off, I’ve finally made a proper Videos section so that it now merges with the rest of the site. Each video has page to itself, with a one to three paragraph description per video. For those who haven’t seen it, I’ve also added footage of Panzer Dragoon X which was “leaked” onto the net around 2001. More details are available here.

I’ve also decided to clean up the site a bit by removing a few of the more questionable files (GiriGiri Saturn, Cassini, the Saturn BIOS, and the Panzer Dragoon Mini ROM). They really shouldn’t have been put up in the first place, but considering the rarity of some of these files it was easy to justify hosting them. If you still want them, email me. Lance’s GiriGiri save files will still be available in the Accessories section.

On a more official note, there’s a new Panzer Dragoon Orta book available which can be purchased from sites such as Amazon.co.jp. The book is likely to be completely in Japanese, although the cover has the subheading “Kaze To Akatsuki No Musume” in English characters which means “The Daughter of Wind and Dawn” (thanks, lordcraymen, for the translation!). The book seems to be a retelling of Panzer Dragoon Orta, although I’m unsure if it’s simply a novelisation of the game, or a graphic novel. I’m hoping for the latter, since it’s highly unlikely to be released outside of Japan.

More News on the Panzer Front

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The webmaster of Shin Force has added a whole new section to his site devoted to the Panzer Dragoon series, which includes reviews of each game in the series (with the exception of Panzer Dragoon Mini), as well as artwork, cheats, codes and more. Shinobi’s site is one of my favourite sources for reviews of Sega games, so it’s worth checking out if you haven’t already.

On another matter, it seems that Jeremy’s site (mentioned in the previous update) was downsized to a free plan, meaning his site can no longer host most of the content it hosted before (including the Panzer Dragoon OVA). This also means that his site has changed addresses once again. I’m not sure what happened exactly, but I hope that those of you who were eager to see the Panzer Dragoon anime for themselves (however awful it may be) grabbed it while they could. I’ve updated the links section to include where you can find his site now.

Greetings from The Will of the Ancients

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After a long absence I’ve finally returned to bring you more news on the Panzer Dragoon front. All sources indicate that 2005 will be a good year for Sega since Sega fully intends to resurrect more of its older franchises from the dead, so perhaps not all hope of seeing a true RPG sequel to Panzer Dragoon Saga is lost yet. You never know what the future holds. If you want my advice, Sega fans should keep their eyes on the two new Shining Force games destined to emerge sooner or later, especially the second Shining Force game which is rumoured to be a Strategy/RPG (I really hope there’s some truth to that rumour). All I really want is a true Shining Force game (by true I mean a game that remains true to its Strategy/RPG roots) with next generation graphics. Is that really too much to ask Sega?

Anyway, back to the task at hand. In this update I’d just like to direct everyone’s attention to Jeremy Prusak’s relatively new website devoted to Panzer Dragoon Saga again. The site itself has been flooded with new content including the complete Panzer Dragoon Saga OST as well as a specially edited version of the Panzer Dragoon anime. The site did actually disappear for a while but reappeared on a new server.

Next, Matt has created a trailer for another fake Panzer Dragoon RPG entitled Panzer Dragoon Incubos, which you can download here. I’ve also added a poster he made for the fictitious game to the fan art section, which can be viewed by clicking here. It makes me wonder who or what the next Panzer Dragoon RPG will be named after… if we ever see one of course; hopefully, the next game’s namesake will be a noble admiral of the Imperial armada hellbent on protecting his people from “the dragon witch” at any cost. Oh yes. I can see it now.

As for me… I’m putting some finishing touches to a piece of work I should’ve finished a long time ago. Chris also plans to focus on The Will of the Ancients a lot more in the weeks to come just as soon as he finds the time.