SEGA Tokyo Game Show 2012 Roundup

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Compared to last year, SEGA’s showing at Tokyo Game Show (TGS for short) was hugely gimped by lack of multiplatform titles, something the publisher is greatly known for. A general shift in focus towards touch-based platforms is apparent with not just SEGA, but the entirety of the event across all publishers.

That said, SEGA has still revealed and demonstrated several titles, although as always it is unclear how many of these will receive English language releases.

After the break we have compiled a list of every title involving SEGA at the event.

Ryu ga Gotoku 5

Easily SEGA’s biggest game of the event, Ryu ga Gotoku 5 (titled Yakuza 5 outside of Japan) had it’s first public reveal at this year’s Tokyo Game Show and had several dedicated conferences. It is set to be the most content-rich game in the action role playing series to date. It will even feature the classic SEGA arcade title Virtua Fighter 2 in it’s entirety.

The title was also playable behind closed doors and will receive a Japanese release exclusively on PlayStation 3 in December. It is unknown if the game will see a worldwide release, but it is worth nothing that almost every title (including every numbered release) in the franchise has been made available eventually to English speaking customers.

Phantasy Star Online 2

A direct sequel to 2000’s Phantasy Star Online for the SEGA Dreamcast, Phantasy Star Online 2 was the second biggest game of SEGA’s showing. Available to demo on both the PC and PlayStation Vita platforms at the event, SEGA had also set up special giveaways and announced several ways as to how they will be celebrating the Phantasy Star franchise’s upcoming 25th anniversary.

Phantasy Star Online 2 is already available for free-to-play download in Japan on PC. The worldwide release is set for early next year, but the PlayStation Vita and mobile versions have only been announced for Japan so far.

Border Break Mobile

The reveal of the first home release of the popular Border Break arcade game turning out to be an iOS game was considered surprising, based on the title’s complex control method that literally uses a keyboard and mouse. No gameplay footage was released as of the time of writing this (the footage above is from the newest arcade release’s introductory sequence), but the game is set to be released in Japan later this year.

Ryu ga Gotoku 1 & 2 HD Edition

Another PlayStation 3 exclusive, Ryu ga Gotoku 1 & 2 HD Edition is an upgraded release of the first two titles in the series on PlayStation 2. Beyond graphical upgrades similarly comparable to several HD re-releases Sony is known for as of late, these versions also feature upgraded mechanics for both games, such as faster load times.

Several iOS releases were revealed or shown off at this year’s Tokyo Game Show. Arguably the biggest was Kingdom Conquest II, a sequel to the very popular free-to-play co-opperative action game, a new action IP titled Devil Tribe, a port of the Nintendo 3DS music title Phantom Thief R (English title is Rhythm Thief), a continuation of the Miku Hatsune music games Miku Flick 2 and FLICK of the Dead based on The House of the Dead franchise were all playable at TGS, but press assets of all these titles are limited outside of Japan.

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Dead or Alive 5

A continuation of Tecmo Koei’s popular fighting game series, Dead or Alive 5 features Sarah Bryant, Pai Chan and Akira Yuki all as guest characters from SEGA’s popular Virtua Fighter franchise (which Dead or Alive itself was initially based off of), the later of which is even featured on the boxart.

The game will see a worldwide release later this week.

Project X Zone

Featuring several dozen characters across video game publishers SEGA, Capcom and Bandai Namco, Project X Zone (pronounced Project ‘Cross’ Zone) is the largest crossover video game of all time. A strategy role playing game exclusive to the Nintendo 3DS, the game is very unlikely to see a release outside of Japan considering the mass of franchises involved, several of which are highly obscure.

SEGA’s deal to distribute several of EA’s titles continues with Medal of Honor: Warfighter, Battlefield 3, F1 2013, F1 Race Stars and FIFA 13, which were all also at SEGA’s show floor and are all confirmed for worldwide and multiplatform releases. Some of which are already available in many regions.

Most confusing of all was how soon-to-be-released fan favorite titles such as NiGHTS Into Dreams and Jet Set Radio were not included at the event. Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed is another bizarre exclusion, although it is arguable that the brands represented in the game are not relevant outside of North America.

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