Train2Game News Sonic Central Announcements

Yesterday, SEGA hosted Sonic Central, the company’s second annual virtual fan-centric event unveiling a plethora of exciting projects starring everybody’s favorite hedgehog – Sonic.

Streamed on the official Sonic the Hedgehog YouTube and Twitch channels, Sonic Central was hosted by Sonic Team’s Chief Brand Officer and SVP Sega of America, Inc., Ivo Gerscovich, along with legendary game designer, Takashi Iizuka, who revealed a packed lineup of new experiences coming to the franchise.
 

The stream featured a sneak peek at SEGA’s upcoming remaster of the original games, Sonic Origins, and also revealed a new animated special based on the awaited open-zone-inspired adventure Sonic Frontiers with Sonic Lore. Additionally, SEGA showcased brand new footage from the highly anticipated Netflix animated series,Sonic Prime,which will premiere worldwide later this year, along with much, much more!
 

You can find an overview of all the announcements spanning games, film, television and licensing that were revealed today at Sonic Central, below: 

Games

  • Sonic Origins – Get ready to experience the classic Sonic the Hedgehog™ games like never before! Sonic Origins is the best way to play the original Sonic titles – Sonic The Hedgehog 1, 2, Sonic 3 & Knuckles and Sonic CD – fully remastered and redefined. Jump into the non-stop action found in the original titles with fresh twists like Mirror Mode, new animations and much more, available for purchase on PlayStation®5, PlayStation®4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, the Nintendo Switch™ and PC on Sonic’s birthday, June 23. 
  • Sonic Frontiers – Speed into new realms as worlds collide in Sonic the Hedgehog’s newest adventure game coming soon to PlayStation®5, PlayStation®4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, the Nintendo Switch™ and PC! Sonic Frontiers is a massive leap for the Sonic franchise, taking the Blue Blur to accelerated new heights and giving players the freedom to explore the thrill of high-velocity, open-zone freedom. Battle powerful enemies as you speed through the Starfall Islands – landscapes brimming with dense forests, overflowing waterfalls, expansive deserts and more.
  • Fall Guys This August,players can take the form of Sonic, Knuckles and Tails with the all-new Sonic collaboration in Mediatonic’s massive multiplayer battle royale game, Fall Guys, which will be free to play on all platforms on June 21.
  • Sonic Speed Simulator in Roblox – Celebrate Sonic Central with Sonic Speed Simulator, the fastest game in Roblox, players are able to level up and gain speed by running through unique worlds while racing against friends to earn rewards. Today, SEGA and Gamefam announced the all-new Chemical Plant World content where players can unlock the Amy Rose chao using the provided code. Footage of the new content can be seen here.
  • Sonic Forces and Sonic Dash This summer, unlock special movie-themed characters from Paramount Pictures’ Sonic the Hedgehog 2 in the Sonic mobile titles, Sonic Forces and Sonic Dash. This Halloween, keep an eye out for Mephiles the Dark, and in November, Super Shadow joins the battle. Separately, in Sonic Dash along with Sonic Dash+ on Apple Arcade, be sure to show off your greatest achievements with Player banners and give Sir Percival a warm welcome.

Movies and Television

  • Sonic the Hedgehog 2 – Paramount Pictures announced Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is heading to Blu-ray and Digital in an announcement from actor Ben Schwartz, voice of Sonic in the films. Check out the home entertainment release, loaded with deleted scenes, hilarious bloopers, fun behind-the-scenes moments and an exclusive animated short taking place right after the adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog 2.
  • Sonic Prime Get ready to see Sonic in a new light with the all-new Netflix animated series, produced in partnership with WildBrain, coming soon!

Licensing

  • SEGA will be collaborating with a number of partners to release a robust offering of new Sonic-branded products in the coming months. Partnerships will bring forth all-new food and beverage items including a Knuckles-inspired energy drink from G FUEL, along with Tails and Knuckles PEZ dispensers. 
  • Additionally, customers will be able to purchase a variety of collectibles, including hand-made silkscreen prints from Moor Art Gallery, resin statues of Amy Rose and Miles “Tails” Prower from F4F, iconic early 90’s-inspired statues of the Blue Blur from Neamedia. 
  • Our gaming accessory partners are also joining in on the fun with Razer’s Sonic the Hedgehog Wireless Controller and Quick Charging Stand, as well as EXG’s new Cable Guy Controller holder. 
  • Fans can also sport stylish new clothes featuring the Blue Blur with new items from HYPE’s Sonic the Hedgehog capsule collection. 
  • Finally, Sonic fans can go toe-to-toe with Dr. Eggman with the Egg Mobile Battle Set from Jakks Pacific with five configurations straight from the games (available this fall). 
  • Assets of the licensed products are available here.

More!

  • Stay tuned for the return of the Sonic the Hedgehogsymphony, with more details coming soon. 

To stay current on Sonic the Hedgehog news, follow Sonic on Twitter and Instagram, like him on Facebook and subscribe to the Twitch channel and the YouTube channel. For more information, please visit www.sonicthehedgehog.com

Train2Game News Sonic Comes To Roblox

Leading professional game developer and publisher Gamefam, in collaboration with SEGA of America, Inc., today announced the launch of Sonic Speed Simulator, an all-new game featuring SEGA’s entertainment icon, Sonic the Hedgehog.

The game is now available on the Roblox platform and marks the first time that a world-renowned, AAA gaming character has been officially featured on Roblox.


Sonic Speed Simulator is the fastest game in Roblox and features everyone’s favorite speedster, Sonic the Hedgehog.

In the game, players will be able to level up and gain speed by running through multiple unique worlds while racing against friends to earn rewards, including pets that can increase stats and Sonic character skins. Players can also expect regular weekly updates and will earn an exclusive community Sonic the Hedgehog skin once the game has received 10,000 “likes” from players.


This is the latest in a long line of successful partnerships in which Gamefam has been entrusted to unlock the metaverse for beloved brands. The company previously worked with leading global innovators including Ubisoft, Mattel, Sony, MGA and more to create highly engaging experiences for players. With Gamefam’s proven expertise in building authentic and exciting games and the company’s creator-first approach to development, Gamefam continues to be the top choice for brands looking to connect with Roblox’s rapidly expanding user base.


For more information on Gamefam, including details around the company’s recent $25M Series A funding round led by Konvoy Ventures, visit https://gamefam.com/ or follow the company on Twitter at @gamefamstudios.

Train2Game News The Story Of Alex Kidd’s Return

To celebrate Alex Kidd’s 35th birthday, Merge Games reveals how they revived Sega’s classic 1986 game using AAA indie publishing expertise.

The platform game, Alex Kidd, first appeared in Alex Kidd in Miracle World on the Sega Master System 1st November 1986 and has been a fan-favourite ever since – but it wasn’t until over three decades later that Merge Games – in conjunction with the developer, Jankenteam were able to revitalise and rebirth the experience for release earlier in 2021.  

Merge Games had come to Sega’s attention by successfully distributing the retail version of the mega-hit Streets of Rage 4, in collaboration with DotEmu. It was this release that also gave the six-person dev team – Jankenteam, who were long-standing Alex Kidd fans – the impetus to come to Merge with and share their dream of remaking the game. The idea was to recreate, rebuild and modernise a deluxe version of the game whilst sticking faithfully to what fans had treasured about Alex Kidd for 30 years. 

Following a visit to Sega’s HQ in Japan to license the long-dormant IP, Merge Games developed a complete strategy for full production, marketing and commercial success using the company’s deep expertise in creating bespoke routes to market, which put quality front and centre and exploited all available digital, retail and collectable opportunities. 

The team were determined to faithfully include all the original content and levels and combined this with striking new art, improved boss fight systems and different modes. Extra levels were created to expand the lore of the original title to bring a fresh dimension to Alex Kidd in Miracle World. The game included a Retro Mode specifically to bring back the nostalgia from the Master System classic, allowing players to switch back to a recreated version of the original graphical style, to the new Boss Rush Mode which provides nonstop Rock Paper Scissors action, the DX version of Alex Kidd in Miracle World includes a wealth of extra content to expand on the original Master System version. Comprising an array of other updates such as improvements to combat, movement mechanics and new menu systems, Alex Kidd in Miracle World DX adds a new level of fluidity to the original classic!

Through Merge’s statistical analysis of the Alex Kidd franchise over the previous 30 years, plus profound knowledge of current market trends the team were able to provide tailored international PR and marketing to support the game’s commercial release.

Since the game was released on June 24th Merge Game’s is on track to break 200,000 units sold by Christmas and continues to tap into a niche market of passionate retro fans.

“It was a pleasure to work with Sega and Jankenteam reviving this retro classic” said Luke Keighran, Managing Director, Merge Games “The success of Alex Kidd in Miracle World DX has given Merge a blueprint in this niche, and we intend to continue to drive that objective and look at other potential franchises we can resurrect.”

The game is available now for PC, Xbox, Switch, and PlayStation.

Train2Game News Classic 90’s Games Return

In collaboration with Piko Interactive, these classic 90’s games have been revived and restored back to life!

Funstock have listed these two nostalgic titles for pre-order, throwing it back to the good old days. 

Jim Power: The Lost Dimension and Stone Protectors are both retro-style games available in a standard and a limited edition for various retro platforms, providing gaming enthusiasts with a bigger range to choose from.

It is a very exciting time for Funstock as we continue to grow our retro collection and introduce new titles for avid video gamers! 
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Jim Power: The Lost Dimension

Jim Power: The Lost Dimension
Jim Power is a shoot ’em up game similar to Mega Man, Turrican, Contra and other similar genres. Earth has always blocked “The Lost Dimension” and now alien guardian, Vaprak, threatens to annihilate earth to free its brethren in the dimension.

In Jim Power: The Lost Dimension, lead character Jim Power is an intergalactic soldier, who travels to a 5th dimension to stop evil monster Vaprak, from invading and destroying earth. Armed with your upgradeable blaster, spaceship, and jet pack, you will blast and jump your way across “The Lost Dimension” taking down it’s inhabitants before they take your life! The game soundtrack features rock music composed by Chris Huelsbeck (Turrican, Gemx, Apidya, Tunnel V1). 

Both the standard and the limited editions are available for the NES, SNES, and Sega Mega Drive/Genesis. Piko Interactive have only manufactured 1,000 units of the limited edition for each platform; Funstock have acquired half of these units.

The Limited Edition version of Jim Power includes:

  • Physical game cartridge
  • Limited Edition box with special edition artwork
  • Poster with special edition artwork (11 in x 17 in)
  • CD Soundtrack
  • Coloured instruction manual with key art

Available to pre-order now through Funstock.co.uk for £74.99 each for the Limited Edition versions and £44.99 each for the Standard versions. 

Stone Protectors ­ Stone Protectors:
Stone Protectors is an action game featuring 10 levels where rock band heroes, Clifford, Cornelius, Chester, Maxwell, and Angus, have just performed at a New York City club, and find five magical stones…these stones give them troll-like appearances and special skills. This puts them at odds with the music-hating Zok and his henchman Zink, collectively known as The Protectors.

The Stone Protectors must battle the predators throughout their mission to retrieve Zok’s crystal and bring them all back to the kingdom. Weapons can also be acquired but only used by certain characters. Depending on the difficulty setting, the game’s ending scene also features different music in which the Stone Protectors are seen performing as a band.

Both the standard and the limited editions are available for the SNES and Sega Mega Drive/Genesis – this is the first time ever that the game is available for the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis.

The limited edition includes:

  • Physical game cartridge 
  • DVD box set (13 episode series) *
  • Coloured instruction manual with cover art
  • Cardboard box with game artwork

*The Stone Protectors DVD Box Set will feature all 13 episodes (including 5 never seen before episodes!) in Standard Definition. 

Available to pre-order now through Funstock.co.uk for £74.99 each for the Limited Edition versions and £44.99 each for the Standard versions. 

Train2Game News 30 Years Of Sonic

IDW Publishing (OTCQX: IDWM) and SEGA® of America, Inc. today announced a special comic book collaboration celebrating 30 years of the video game sensation-turned-pop culture icon, Sonic the Hedgehog™.

Timed to the speedster’s 30th trip around the sun this June, IDW will release the Sonic the Hedgehog 30th Anniversary Special, a super-sized 80-page comic book featuring three tales of colorful heroes and dastardly villains, sure to tug at the heartstrings of fans of all ages!

With the franchise entering a new decade, the anniversary issue will feature the writings of New York Times best-selling authors Gale Galligan and the McElroy Brothers to bring a fresh spin to the Blue Blur’s next chapter.

“We’re celebrating a major milestone for the world’s coolest hedgehog, so we needed creators who could capture the vibrant comedy and action of Sonic in style,” said IDW editor David Mariotte. “The 30th Anniversary Special features possibly the greatest creative lineup ever assembled on a single issue of Sonic!”

For this spectacular tribute comic, IDW has tapped Gale Galligan, known for her illustration work on The Babysitters Club, along with Justin, Travis and Griffin McElroy, podcasters recognizable from The Adventure Zone and the wildly popular My Brother, My Brother, and Me. This group of newcomers will be contributing their first-ever Sonic adventures alongside fan-favorite and longtime scribe Ian Flynn and artists Mauro Fonseca, Reggie Graham, Aaron Hammerstrom and Thomas Rothlisberger.

“Seasons of Chaos,” the first of three stories featured in the 30th Anniversary Special, comes courtesy of Flynn, Hammerstrom and Graham, and sends Sonic on a mission from pleasant spring valleys to winter wonderlands in search of Chaos Emeralds alongside his friends Miles “Tails” Prower, Knuckles the Echidna, Amy Rose, Mighty the Armadillo, and Ray the Flying Squirrel.

“Sonic has been central to my creative career for fifteen years,” said Flynn. “I’ve had the pleasure of writing the little blue hedgehog in a variety of media, and he in turn has introduced me to an army of artists and editors who have helped me grow as a professional (and made me look good). I’ve had a long run with Sonic, and I hope that continues for years to come!”

The vile Dr. Eggman takes center stage in the second story, with the surprisingly poignant “Dr. Eggman’s Birthday” by Galligan and Rothlisbeger… because this momentous occasion belongs to the bad doctor, Sonic’s 30-year long nemesis, as much as it does to the Blue Blur.

“When my sister and I were little, we borrowed the Sonic the Hedgehog OVA from our local video library and proceeded to watch it about a billion times,” said Galligan. “I still remember quoting it back and forth with her for weeks after that! Sonic has held a special place in my heart ever since. I’m thrilled to be able to contribute to the 30th Anniversary Special, and I can’t wait to send my sister a copy!”

Finally, in the action-packed and laugh-inducing third story “Sonic Learns to Drive” by the McElroy Brothers and Fonseca, Sonic’s up against a tough challenge: when the fastest thing alive can outrun any car, will Sonic have the patience to learn what to do behind the wheel… or will he finally get left in the dust?

The Sonic the Hedgehog 30th Anniversary Special will be available with multiple cover variants for retailers and fans to enjoy, including Cover A by Sonic Team, Cover B by Christina-Antoinette Neofotistou, and two retailer incentive editions featuring art by Patrick Spaziante and Tyson Hesse, respectively.

For ardent Sonic enthusiasts, IDW will also be producing the Sonic the Hedgehog 30th Anniversary Celebration: The Deluxe Edition, a hardcover version with special bonus content and a level of added prestige for $19.99 USD. Hitting stores on October 5, 2021, the Deluxe Edition features an additional story by Gale Galligan, a cover gallery, a “From Script to Comic” feature and much more.

As another way to commemorate 30 years of Sonic, IDW will release Sonic the Hedgehog: The IDW Collection, Vol. 1 for $59.99 USD on June 22, 2021, debuting a new line of oversized Sonic hardcover editions that will encompass the ongoing series, annuals and mini-series in the recommended reading order.

Featuring everything a beginner could need and everything a diehard could want, the first volume collects issues #1-12 of IDW’s Sonic the Hedgehog comics, comprising the complete “Fallout,” “The Fate of Dr. Eggman” and “Battle for Angel Island” story arcs.

For information on how to acquire Sonic the Hedgehog comics and graphic novels from IDW, please contact your local comic shop or visit www.comicshoplocator.com to find a store near you.

Train2Game News Judgement Coming To XSX & PS5

SEGA and Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio are returning to the streets of Kamurocho, Tokyo, to present Judgment’s tale of murder and mystery in remastered form on Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 5 and Google Stadia on April 23 for $39.99.

Judgment takes advantage of the new hardware with refined visuals in 60 frames per second along with improved load times and includes all previously released DLC on these three platforms.

Praised as ‘the best crime drama not on TV’ by the Hollywood Reporter, Judgment was originally released on PlayStation 4 in 2019. The remastered Judgment marks the gritty tale’s debut on Xbox and Stadia.

Investigate the new trailer here:

  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FlLURGxlQmk

Judgment is an action thriller that puts players in the shoes of Takayuki Yagami, disgraced attorney turned rugged private detective, as he uncovers the mystery behind a grisly series of murders. Joined by his partner, ex-yazuka Masaharu Kaito, Yagami must claw his way through Kamurocho’s criminal underground to unravel the truth – as painful as it may be.

In addition to locale, Judgment takes on the classic hallmarks of the Yakuza series through the eyes of Yagami. Fans will recognize rough-and-tumble street fights, engrossing side missions with locals, and comedy breaks with mini-games. Judgment ups the ante with emphasis on investigative gameplay tracking suspects and discovering clues as Yagami walks the thin line of justice in a world of corruption. Packed with a thrilling story, filmic combat and a cast of intense characters, Judgment will keep all aspiring private detectives on their toes.

Train2Game News Physical Total War Saga TROY

SEGA Europe Ltd and The Creative Assembly Ltd. today announced that the physical release of A Total War Saga: TROY will release on Thursday 5 November.

This follows A Total War Saga: TROY’s enormously successful debut on Epic Games Store in August, where it was claimed by over 7.5 million players in its first 24 hours on launch. 

To celebrate that success, the physical edition of A Total War Saga: TROY will initially be released in a limited edition steelbook. This steelbook package includes the Amazons DLC, bringing warrior queen Penthesilea and her sister Hippolyta to the Bronze Age battle, along with new Epic Missions, cavalry units, unique faction mechanics and much more.

Using Total War’s BAFTA award-winning marriage of grand turn-based strategy and spectacular real-time battles, A Total War Saga: TROY™ plunges players into the legendary Bronze-Age conflict of the Trojan War, where they assume the roles of Achilles, Hector, and many other legendary heroes as they fight to defend the great city of Troy… or raze it to the ground.

The physical edition of A Total War Saga: TROY will be released on 5 November and will cost £39.99. Further details on TROY can be found here.

Train2Game News New Streets Of Rage Characters

Publisher and co-developer Dotemu (publisher of Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap, developer of Windjammers 1 and 2) with co-developers Lizardcube (Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap) and Guard Crush Games (Streets of Fury) announced today that Streets of Rage 4 will be dishing out the knockouts with unlockable classic characters and music from Streets of Rage 1 & 2 for fully nostalgic brawls.

Streets of Rage 4 will be released this spring for PC, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox One for $24.99, with the release date to be confirmed.
 
Dotemu released an action-packed gameplay trailer today which reveals some of Streets of Rage 4’s tributes to the original trilogy, including unlockable pixel art characters with movesets and abilities unique to their respective games; Streets of Rage’s fighters can call the cops for their special moves, while Streets of Rage 3’s characters can sprint and roll through environments.

Catch Skate, Max, and all the throwback warriors making their glorious return by viewing the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5meiRPJTWU&feature=youtu.be
 
These retro characters combine with Streets of Rage 4’s five hand-animated leading fighters to bring the total playable roster’s count to 17.

For a full nostalgic trip, players can also switch to the series iconic original soundtrack, handing out beatdowns backed by tracks from Streets of Rage 1 and Streets of Rage 2. Taking down thugs with these timeless songs cranked up makes for an incredibly satisfying retro experience.
 
Streets of Rage 4 is the first entry to the mainline series in more than 25 years. The revival merges classic Streets of Rage elements with fresh directions for more combat possibilities, strikingly fluid hand-drawn art, and an inventive, distinct soundtrack led by Olivier Derivière which incorporates worldwide talent, including significant contributions from series composers Yūzō Koshiro and Motohiro Kawashima.
 
For the latest on Streets of Rage 4 head to www.streets4rage.com

Train2Game News Genesis Does

Genesis Does.

A simple phrase that threw down the gauntlet against the competition.

More than just a catchy slogan that defined the strengths of the SEGA Genesis (Mega Drive) and its innovative library filled with arcade hits, those two words defined the confidence (and swagger) SEGA personified at a time when the competition was fierce.

30 years later, the SEGA Mega Drive remains beloved in the hearts of fans the world over.

In honor of this remarkable launch, SEGA have reimagined the classic Genesis Does commercial to bring fans back to the glory days of the 16-bit revolution.

This time, however, the focus is on the powerful line-up of the SEGA Mega Drive Mini.

Watch the new Genesis Does commercial!

What did the Mega Drive mean to you?

Let SEGA know for a chance to be featured in their video:
https://www.sega.com/mystory

Train2Game News SEGA Retrotainment On A Yacht

REZtron Ltd., invites you to a
night of RETROTAINMENT like no other for an end of summer
pop-up…

Expect 80s & 90s SEGA nostalgia, competitions, drinks, dancing, a silent disco and much more…

All on top of Europe’s most exotic Mega Yacht Hotel, Sunborn, moored in the Royal Victoria Dock.

Re-live the golden era of gaming with legendary titles on all four generation
of SEGA consoles, Master System! Mega Drive! Saturn! Dreamcast!

  • Legendary games including Golden Axe, OutRun, Space Harrier, Sonic 2, Ecco the Dolphin, Mortal Kombat, Street Fighter II, Ecco Altered Beast, Pac-Man, R-Type, Streets of Rage, Alien Storm, Thunderforce, Super Monaco GP, California Games, Virtua Racing, Revenge of Shinobi, Italia ’90, Micro Machines 2, Virtua Cop, Virtua Fighter,SEGA Rally, Virtua Tennis , Crazy Taxi, House of the Dead 2,Power Stones, Soul Calibur, Marvel Vs Capcom and many more will be there to keep you retrotained…
  • Retro games displayed on Retro CRT TVs and Huge Projector screens on walls and ceiling
  • SILENT DISCO – (3-Channels) Switch between 80s, 90s and even a retro game music channel throughout the night with our amazing LED lit headphones
  • Dance , Sing and Play retro games in front of a stunning panoramic view of the city skyline that’ll sure to keep your phone busy
  • Sonic speed run Competition + Prizes Giveaway!
  • WIN AN ORIGINAL MEGA DRIVE
  • Photographer will be there capturing all the antics

AND MORE…. 8, 16, 32 and 128-BIT Yacht Retrotainment Awaits…
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwF_tbOcivg

The Yacht Retrotainment experience will take place on Saturday August 31st, 6pm til 12am at Sunborn.

Tickets can be bought through Eventbrite.

Further details on REZtron’s upcoming events or for retro gaming private hire & corporate bookings please visit Reztron.co.uk