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Ian Flynn discusses the difference between Archie and IDW's Sonic comic books

A portion of a GamingBoulevard interview with Ian Flynn, writer on the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series...

GB: Last year, Sega of America ended a 24 year partnership with Archie that led to the cancellation of their properties. However, IDW picked up Sonic with the first issues now arriving in stores. What can fans, or newcomers, expect from IDW’s version of Sonic that may differ from Archie’s?

IF: My last few years with the old run were front-loaded with world building and lore. It was focused on rebuilding the sense of scale and scope that the old continuity had; recreating the feel of a 15-year-old universe within one or two. With IDW’s Sonic the Hedgehog, we’re starting out much more streamlined. The action and adventure are at the forefront. It’s a brand new take on the series, so the initial world building is the foundation – who Sonic is, who his friends are, what their world is like and what the stakes are. We’ll be building from there, of course, but it’s a very streamlined beginning to the narrative.

SEGA details their 4-pronged approach to IP creation

Sega Sammy CEO Haruki Satomi has an interview in the most recent issue of Famitsu where he discusses all sorts of things about the company. Tucked away in the interview is a detailed look at SEGA's approach to IP. They have a four-pronged approach, which is detailed below.

- continuing to create new games in various forms for current series' like Yakuza or Sonic
- revival of existing IP
- new IP
- working on IP from other companies

Seems like a good approach to IP, and I hope SEGA does well with it. I hope they consider Streets of Rage when looking at revival of older IP, as it's been far too long without an installment!

SEGA releasing Sonic Forces: The Vinyl Cutz album

RELEASE INFORMATION

Release Date: June 30, 2018
Composer(s): Kenichi Tokoi, Naofumi Hataya, Takahito Eguchi, Tomoya Ohtani
Performer(s): Yutaka Minobe
Label(s): Wave Master
Game(s): Sonic Forces
Platform(s): Microsoft Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC, Sony PlayStation 4
Release Country: Japan
Classification: Original Soundtrack,
Format: 2xLP

Thanks to Lars for the heads up!

Phantasy Star Online 2 Cloud - Persona collaboration trailer

As we mentioned over the weekend, Phantasy Star Online 2 Cloud is getting collaboration content from the Persona series. Players will be able to access themed content from both Persona 3: Dancing Moon Night and Persona 5: Dancing Star Night.

SEGA Ages - screens of the announced titles

5 titles announced for SEGA Ages so far, and a screen for each one. What titles do you want to see included in the Ages collection? I need Streets of Rage 1 and 2, and would love some Golden Axe in there as well!

PR - SEGA Revives SEGA AGES on the Nintendo Switch!


An Early Look at the First Five Titles in the Lineup

IRVINE, Calif. - April 16, 2018 - SEGA of America announced today that SEGA AGES, the original series that brought classic games to modern consoles, is being rebooted for Nintendo Switch. This series of retro titles will be launching in Japan, North America, and Europe starting in Summer 2018.

The first five SEGA AGES titles have been announced, including such notable games as the Sega Master System versions of Phantasy Star and Alex Kidd in Miracle World, Sega Genesis versions of Thunder Force IV and Sonic the Hedgehog, as well as a port of the original arcade version of Gain Ground. This collection will mark the first time that several SEGA titles have had official launches in the West. Stay tuned for the first batch of SEGA AGES releases, coming Summer 2018.

About SEGA AGES:

SEGA AGES is a series of classic SEGA titles being released on the Nintendo Switch. Developed by M2, the Japanese developer known for high-quality ports of classic games such as the popular SEGA 3D Classics series on the Nintendo 3DS, SEGA AGES aims to bring prominent titles from SEGA's legacy catalog to fans around the world. From a selection of home console classics, to a multitude of perfectly-emulated arcade games, SEGA AGES gives fans the ability to build their own retro SEGA collection unlike any other.

SEGA AGES originally debuted as SEGA Ages Vol. 1 Shukudai ga Tant-R, a compilation of enhanced arcade ports of Puzzle & Action: Tant-R and Quiz Shukudai wo Wasuremashita, released on the Sega Saturn in 1996 in Japan. Over time, the SEGA Ages series grew to encompass enhanced ports of dozens of games across multiple systems. The series also made an appearance in the West with SEGA Ages: Volume 1, a collection of enhanced ports of Space Harrier, OutRun, and After Burner II, released in 1997 on the Sega Saturn. Now, SEGA AGES is being rebooted on the Nintendo Switch, delivering the most faithful ports of Sega Master System, Sega Genesis, and arcade games for the current generation. As you would expect from the retro geniuses at M2, these games will stay true to their original forms while incorporating new features that bring a refreshing twist to these classic titles' gameplay.

Valkyria Chronicles 4 - "Opposing Valkyria" DLC gameplay

"Opposing Valkyria" DLC

- 1,500 yen (or the 4,000 yen Season Pass)
- includes a chapter in which Crymaria Lewin meets Selvaria Bles

SEGA announces Alex Kidd in Miracle World and Gain Ground for SEGA Ages lineup

SEGA has already revealed another pair of games coming to the SEGA Ages lineup on Switch. Both Alex Kidd in Miracle World and the strategy game Gain Ground will see release sometime this Summer. Alex Kidd in Miracle World will be based on the PS3 version, and Gain Ground is the arcade version.

Valkyria Chronicles - 30 mins of footage

In the world of Valkyria Chronicles, the year is 1935 E.C., and the continent of Europa has been plunged into the Second European War between the Autocratic East European Imperial Alliance -- also known as The Empire -- and the Atlantic Federation over the precious resource Ragnite. The Empire is sweeping through the continent like an unchecked wildfire and has its eyes set on the rich Ragnite deposits of the Principality of Gallia. Although peaceful Gallia remains neutral in the conflict, its citizens will need to defend home and country against the inevitable invasion. Players follow Lieutenant Welkin Gunther and the vaunted Squad 7 of the Gallian Militia as they take on the seemingly insurmountable forces of the Empire.

The original Valkyria Chronicles is heading to Switch

Not only is the Switch getting Valkyria Chronicles 4, SEGA announced that the original game in the franchise is also getting a port. The title will be hitting the Switch eShop in Japan this fall, and it'll cost roughly $18.50. If you buy the first print of Valkyria Chronicles 4, you get a special ticket to grab the original Valkyria Chronicles for just $4.50. The original is coming with all the DLC included. No word on release outside of Japan at this time.

Thanks to Sligeach_eire for the heads up!