Panzer Dragoon World Interviews Saori Kobayashi

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

More Art From Fans of the Panzer Dragoon Series

More Art From Fans of the Panzer Dragoon Series
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I’ve added some new fan art to the site.

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

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

VGMO Reviews Resurrection: Panzer Dragoon Saga 20th Anniversary Arrangement

VGMO Reviews Resurrection: Panzer Dragoon Saga 20th Anniversary Arrangement
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Reilly Farrell from VGMO (Video Game Music Online) has posted a review of the new Panzer Dragoon Saga arrangement album. Since there hasn’t been many reviews of “Resurrection” I thought I’d share this one with you all. From the review:

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

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

Digital Foundry Retro: Panzer Dragoon and Panzer Dragoon Zwei

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

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

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

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

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

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

The soundtracks can be purchased from the following links:

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

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

Basic Wing 3D Fan Model

Basic Wing 3D Fan Model
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Here’s a 3D sculpt I made of the Basic Wing from Panzer Dragoon Saga, with basic materials and a vertex paint texture. I used Blender 2.79 for sculpting and compositing.

Basic Wing 3D Sculpt Perspective View Basic Wing 3D Sculpt Side View Basic Wing 3D Sculpt Top View Basic Wing 3D Sculpt Bottom View Basic Wing 3D Sculpt Front View Basic Wing 3D Sculpt Close Up

Resurrection is Now Available on Other Digital Music Services

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

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

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

Panzer Dragoon Saga's 20th Anniversary: Across the Web
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It’s been a week since Panzer Dragoon Saga turned twenty and fans of the classic Saturn RPG have been celebrating in all sorts of ways. A number of articles about the game and the new re-arranged album “Resurrection” have been posted on various websites.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Resurrection: Panzer Dragoon Saga 20th Anniversary Arrangement on Bandcamp

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

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

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

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

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

Resurrection: Panzer Dragoon Saga 20th Anniversary Arrangement is Now Available to Preorder

Resurrection: Panzer Dragoon Saga 20th Anniversary Arrangement is Now Available to Preorder
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“Resurrection”, the arrangement album for Panzer Dragoon Saga’s upcoming 20th anniversary, is now available to preorder!

You can stream four tracks from the album for free on Bandcamp right now. These tracks are “Ecce valde generous ale”, “Nomad”, “Atolm Dragon”, and “Village of Zoah”. I recommend listening to “Nomad” (the Caravan theme) especially.

You can pre-order a digital version of the album (in the usual Bandcamp formats), as well as a CD or vinyl version. The album is a single bilingual release, and the full version will be released on the 29th of January, the 20th anniversary of the Japanese release of Azel: Panzer Dragoon RPG. More details are available on Brave Wave’s website. And you can expect a full review from yours truly on the 29th.

In addition to all this, Andrew Webster from The Verge has written an article about the new album which was based on an interview with Saori Kobayashi. She says:

By rearranging the album this time, I was able to achieve the kind of music that I wanted to do 20 years ago. This project allowed me to achieve things that weren’t possible then.

Interestingly, she’s interested in releasing a similar album based on the Panzer Dragoon Orta soundtrack as well as revisiting some of the Panzer Dragoon Saga tracks that didn’t make it into “Resurrection” due to time constraints. Let’s see what the future holds!

Pictures of the Panzer Dragoon Saga 20th Anniversary Arrangement Soundtrack

Pictures of the Panzer Dragoon Saga 20th Anniversary Arrangement Soundtrack
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I’ve uploaded four pictures of “Resurrection: Panzer Dragoon Saga 20th Anniversary Arrangement Soundtrack”, the new upcoming orchestral Panzer Dragoon Saga album from Saori Kobayashi herself.

Resurrection: Panzer Dragoon Saga 20th Anniversary Arrangement Soundtrack Cover Resurrection: Azel Panzer Dragoon RPG 20th Anniversary Arrangement Soundtrack Cover Resurrection: Panzer Dragoon Saga 20th Anniversary Arrangement Soundtrack Ensemble Resurrection: Panzer Dragoon Saga 20th Anniversary Arrangement Soundtrack Composer

As you can see, there are two covers, one bearing the title “Resurrection: Azel Panzer Dragoon RPG 20th Anniversary Arrangement Soundtrack”, named after the Japanese release of the game. The presence of a second cover means that there will likely be at least two versions of album.

Brave Wave Announces New Panzer Dragoon Saga Album!

Brave Wave Announces New Panzer Dragoon Saga Album!
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Brave Wave Productions have announced that they will be releasing a special ”Resurrection: Panzer Dragoon Saga 20th Anniversary Arrangement” soundtrack for digital, CD & vinyl! An official collaboration with SEGA, the soundtrack contains 20 songs from Panzer Dragoon Saga, rearranged by the game’s original composer Saori Kobayashi. The release date is currently scheduled for January 29, 2018. Here’s the list of companies and people who contributed to the soundtrack:

It’s great to see Panzer Dragoon Saga’s excellent soundtrack get another release, especially with rearranged tracks by the original composer. Definitely something to look forward to in the new year!

Brave Wave to Make Big Announcement Later this Week

Brave Wave to Make Big Announcement Later this Week
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From Brave Wave’s Twitter account:

Later this week, we’ll announce a digital, CD and vinyl release for an esteemed Japanese retro game that celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2018. We’re truly excited for this one - it’s a special project that you’re all going to love!

A new saga awaits.

I’m sure Brave Wave aren’t the only ones truly excited about this, especially fans of a certain dragon riding RPG.

A Voice From Japan: Eri Itō

A Voice From Japan: Eri Itō
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Besides being the voice behind Panzer Dragoon Saga’s Sona Mi Areru Ec Sancitu and Panzer Dragoon Orta’s Anu Orta Veniya, Eri Itō has provided her talent to a wide range of the other productions. In 2015, YouTube user charguigou created the following compilation of some of her other work:

In recent years Itō released an EP in which she sings classics such as “Danny Boy” and “The Last Rose of Summer” (Apple Music, Spotify). Last year she collaborated again with Saori Kobayashi on Terra Magica.

A Look at the Azel: Panzer Dragoon RPG Complete Album

A Look at the Azel: Panzer Dragoon RPG Complete Album
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The product pictures section now features scans of the Azel: Panzer Dragoon RPG Complete Album.

Azel: Panzer Dragoon RPG Complete Album Case Front Insert (Front Side) Azel: Panzer Dragoon RPG Complete Album Case Front Insert (Back Side) Azel: Panzer Dragoon RPG Complete Album Case Back Insert (Front Side) Azel: Panzer Dragoon RPG Complete Album Case Back Insert (Back Side) Azel: Panzer Dragoon RPG Complete Album Obi Strip Azel: Panzer Dragoon RPG Complete Album Disc 1 Azel: Panzer Dragoon RPG Complete Album Disc 2

Released in 1998, it is visually distinguished from the earlier Azel: Panzer Dragoon RPG Mini Album and the later Azel: Panzer Dragoon RPG Memorial Album by its sepia tone cover artwork and leopard print discs.

New Photos of the Orta Statue and a Sketch

New Photos of the Orta Statue and a Sketch
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Lucens Lux Fatalis has taken some new pictures of the Panzer Dragoon Orta Nonscale Coldcast Statue, including the box (which we previously didn’t have photos of).

Panzer Dragoon Orta Nonscale Coldcast Statue Box (1 of 2) Panzer Dragoon Orta Nonscale Coldcast Statue Box (2 of 2) Panzer Dragoon Orta Nonscale Coldcast Statue Closeup (1 of 2) Panzer Dragoon Orta Nonscale Coldcast Statue Closeup (2 of 2)

Also, we’ve added a new sketch of all of the Panzer Dragoon protagonists riding their dragons.

All Panzer Dragoon Dragon Riders

My thanks goes to Noahpatchi for this last picture.

Panzer Pumpkin

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Happy Halloween, Panzer Dragoon fans!

Panzer Pumpkin

Thanks, Aevelia, for the photo.

Letting Go, An Old Panzer Dragoon Fan Music Track

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Hello Panzer fans,

This is an old track I made nine years ago. I didn’t think much of it myself so I buried it and never did anything musically for a long time. Here it is.

Audio Details for "Letting Go"

Don’t let life pass you by. Live and let live.

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!

New Fan Art of Azel and Edge

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Noahpatchi has contributed this nice picture of Azel and Edge.

Azel and Edge

I particularly like the pattern below the two characters. A not so subtle reference to their legacy.

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!

Drawing of Orta by Hisashi Fujiwara

Drawing of Orta by Hisashi Fujiwara
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Another Japanese artist by the name of Hisashi Fujiwara has given us permission to share his drawing of Orta on the website. You can view his art below.

Bonds

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.