Archive for the ‘PlatinumGames’ Category

Anarchy Reigns “Day One” edition announced for Europe

November 8, 2012

It was revealed through the Official SEGA Blog today that Platinum Games’s upcoming online beat ’em up Anarchy Reigns will be getting the special edition treatment in Europe with the “Day One” edition DLC for the game, which will feature two new multiplayer game modes and an extra playable character — the witch Bayonetta, the titular heroine of the 2010 action game Bayonetta, also developed by Platinum Games.

Bayonetta fights in her own trademark style, wielding four guns (two of which are on her feet) and uses a variety of unique attacks from the game. It should be noted, however, that Bayonetta holds no actual advantages over any other playable character in the game, and thus players concerned with balance issues can put their fears to rest. The two new multiplayer game modes in the “Day One” edition are called Mad Survival and Dogfight. Mad Survival is a different take on the game’s own Survival mode, in which a team of three must defend themselves against multiple waves of enemies of varying strength — the difference in Mad Survival being that the enemies faced here are other playable characters from Anarchy Reigns, who will put up a much more difficult fight than the standard roster of enemies. The other new mode, Dogfight, is major departure from the game’s other modes in that it sees players hanging from moving helicopters as they attempt to shoot opponents out of the sky. Both of these modes will take place in the game’s already existing multiplayer maps, with the later mode allowing players to explore the additional verticality of these environments.

“Day One” edition is currently exclusive to Europe, but SEGA soon plans to reveal how these bonuses can be obtained in other territories. It can be pre-ordered from both online and physical retailers for £ 19.99 / € 29.99 for both PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, while the game itself will be released in Europe on January 13th, 2013.

[Source: Official SEGA Blog]

Vanquish available for purchase on PlayStation Network

November 6, 2012

Today Sony added Vanquish, SEGA and PlatinumGames’ 2010 action shooting game to their North American PlayStation Store on PlayStation Network. This allows one to purchase the full PlayStation 3 title and directly download it to keep on their HDD. A retail release, the game was also added to Microsoft’s Games on Demand service on Xbox Live in May of last year (originally $40 USD, it has dropped in price to half that since), although unlike that version, the extra optional downloadable content is included in the PlayStation Network purchase.

At the price of $19.99 USD, shooter fans will be hard pressed to find a better deal for this unique game bundled with all of its extra content. Be sure to read our review to help make your purchase.

Bayonetta 2 announced as Wii U exclusive

September 13, 2012

Bayonetta 2 was revealed during the latest Nintendo Direct conference. Developed by PlatinumGames and joint published by SEGA and Nintendo as an exclusive for the upcoming Wii U console, this announcement is surprising considering that the original was only on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 platforms.

Not much information has been revealed (such as the year it will be available) other than the title will be developed by largely the same staff as the first game. The exception is that the original’s creator Hideki Kamiya is no longer the director of the game, but a consultant supervisor.

Included after the break is the teaser trailer, which is very similar to the first game’s teaser.


Anarchy Reigns demo available on Japanese Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3

May 31, 2012

An extensive demonstration of PlatinumGames’ upcoming online multiplayer-focused ‘beat em up’ Anarchy Reigns is now available for free download on the Japanese Xbox 360 marketplace and PlayStation 3 store. At almost 2 gigabytes, the demo includes portions of the main story mode, multiplayer and training scenarios. Six playable characters and settings for both the Japanese and English languages are available as well.

Known as Max Anarchy in Japan, the full game was set to be released worldwide in July, but has become postponed for unknown reasons in all non-Asian regions. Although SEGA has confirmed they have not canceled the title, PlatinumGames have stated that the game is entirely finished.

Personal View: SEGA’s March 2012 layoffs – A nail in the coffin or the makings of a bright future?

April 7, 2012

Last week, news from SEGA of America broke that saw numerous members of staff fired, games canceled and a general downsizing of the entire branch of SEGA of America. Initially, rumors ran rampant and confused a large amount of fans across the globe, the worst of which was that the entire United States branch of SEGA had completely shut down, which of course is not the case.

Immediate reconstruction has taken place going into their new fiscal year. They expect a net loss of ¥7.1 billion ($86.4 million) as part of the reform and news of this dropped their entire company’s stock 4%. However, the day after their stock rose 5% and is showing signs of continual growth.

After the break I discuss the potential cancellations, their effects, observe the negatives and positives of the change and attempt to discover if SEGA truly is in trouble or if the downsizing is the start of a brilliant strategy. The rest of the post should be taken as speculation from a dedicated fan of the company and game industry as a whole and not as a financial advisor.

Out of respect of those whom lost their jobs, any subjects around them will not be mentioned at all.


Bayonetta featured in Anarchy Reigns as downloadable content

March 22, 2012

Piledrive me to the moon

Bayonetta, star of the hit 2009/2010 action game of the same title will be featured as a downloadable playable character in the upcoming Anarchy Reigns for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. She will be included as a downloadable voucher in first-print copies of the Japanese version. Although it has been announced that other regions will have a similar method for obtaining her, it is unknown at this time how it will be done or how late adopters will be able to download her.

Anarchy Reigns is the multiplayer-focused beat-em-up spiritual sequel to 2009’s MADWORLD on the Wii console. Known as Max Anarchy in Japan, the game will be released early July in all major regions.

UPDATE: Included after the break is her reveal trailer.


Anarchy Reigns delayed to Summer 2012

December 16, 2011

SEGA has announced the second delay for PlatinumGames multiplayer online-focused ‘Beat em up’ on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Originally slated for release in December 2011 and then March 2012, it has again been delayed; This time to July 3rd. Gary Knight, Senior Vice President of Marketing at SEGA West gave vague details in the following statement:

“ANARCHY REIGNS brings a new take to the brawler genre and we have decided to take a little more time to deliver the full knockout punch. I can’t reveal much now, but it has something to do with scale. Let’s just say traditional one-on-one or two versus two fighters will be a thing of the past,”

Typically SEGA releases the majority of their titles within the first quarter of the year as that is when their financial season ends. For comparison to the rest of the industry Summer is typically very light on high-profile video game releases, meaning the title may have a better chance at succeeding in sales.

It is also worth nothing that Anarchy Reigns‘ fairly small development studio is working on Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance for Konami along with other projects not yet revealed, which could be slowing their productivity down.

SEGA Tokyo Game Show 2011 Roundup

September 23, 2011

SEGA had the largest lineup or show floor of any publisher at Tokyo Game Show 2011. As such, they have received the most amount of people view their titles and had the longest press and fan events. They also had an extensive library of games by Electronic Arts that they demonstrated as they will be distributing a large amount of their games in Japan in the upcoming years.

We have collected info from hundreds of previews, interviews and presentations then summed it all up in a simple read after the break.


SEGA GamesCom 2011 Roundup

August 21, 2011

Although SEGA was notably absent from GamesCom 2010 (with the exception of Virtua Tennis 4), their showing at the German event this year was very strong. Mostly focusing on home console releases, not much new info was revealed overall, but each product featured was a better representation of how the finished game will turn out. As such, each title represented had a more positive reception overall when compared to E3 2011.

We have collected info from hundreds of previews, interviews and presentations then summed it all up in a simple read after the break.


SEGA E3 2011 Roundup

June 13, 2011

SEGA had a fairly sizable showing at the 2011 Electronic Entertainment Expo (shortened to ‘E3’) this year and had something available on each platform, including the two platforms that were formally announced during the event, Wii U and the PlayStation Vita handheld. These are successors to Nintendo’s Wii console and Sony’s PlayStation Portable handheld, respectfully. SEGA even had a special party for Sonic fans in particular.

We have read through hundreds of impressions, interviews and gameplay demonstrations and summed it all up into a basic read. Hit the jump for the full list of details and trailers.