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Sega Festival in Japan will have "surprise announcement" Update: Sega teasing "huge" announcement. Megaton incoming?

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Posted 13 April 2018 - 02:24 PM

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Yeah just woke up not long ago to the news of both Sega America and Sega Europe teasing some kind of "huge announcement" coming at this event in the early hours of this morning (for those of us in the UK and Europe). So something way bigger than we initially thought. It could be anything from Virtua Fighter 6, to Outrun 3, to Shenmue HD, to a Microsoft partnership, to even a return to hardware (via legacy machines, not a new console) or something else entirely. What strikes me as interesting is that they're hyping this up as "huge" so it has to be at least remotely megaton worthy for them to be so ardently pushing it across all their sub-divisions. I'll edit the thread now to note that a potential megaton announcement is incoming to alert everyone.

So consider me hyped for this one. Looking forward to seeing the news drop later. Hope it's something substantial and worth getting excited about. We'll see soon.
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It seems very likely that they're planning the Shenmue re-releases announcement for tonight, based on the following tweet:
https://twitter.com/...810329115938816
It would be rather mean of them to do that if it wasn't related somehow.

Also this one:
https://twitter.com/...800481229922310
(Koch Media is the parent company of Deep Silver, who is publishing Shenmue 3)

I would not be surprised if they had multiple announcements though. They could have something about Mania Plus, since they didn't show any of the changes at SXSW.

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Thanks sonicblur for updating the thread with this. Yeah given the tweets and hints from official sources Shenmue 1 & 2 HD is a very likely possibility. I've been following the craziness on ResetERA and everyone's predicting everything from Dreamcast 2, to Microsoft buying Sega, to ground-up remakes of Shenmue 1 & 2 by Bluepoint and a plethora of other impossible scenarios. Realistic prediction? I'm going to go with a massive launch of Sega Forever on all consoles with the service finally escaping mobile.

Honestly hoping for much than that, but I could see Sega thinking that's a "huge" announcement. The announcement should be dropping around ~2 hours from the time of this post.

EDIT: Just one thing to note before I forget: this is the president of Sega making the announcement at the opening of the show, specifically talking about "Sega's future". So this might be of some considerable magnitude and potentially massive and thus something beyond game announcements. We'll see soon.
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About ~35 minutes away with the stream starting at 2.30am BST. For anyone that wants to see this live the stream is here.
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It begins.

EDIT: Okay, I can't tell if they're just running ads or announcing Japan-only stuff.

EDIT 2: NOW, it begins. With Sonic R music.
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They've done a brilliant job not subtitling it. :v:

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Thunder Force IV comes to a "Sega Ages" collection for the Nintendo Switch.

EDIT: "Mega Drive Mini" announced.

EDIT: Oh my god, Shenmue 1 & 2.
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shenmue 1&2!

on ps4 only?

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View PostICEknight, on 13 April 2018 - 08:41 PM, said:

EDIT: "Mega Drive Mini" announced.


Guess the initial translation of the Sega CEO musing about getting back into the hardware business with a MD mini was correct. When the other translation that interpreted it as Sega Japan just importing the atGames mini console showed up we all wrote it off as itsfookinnothing.jpg lol.

Also great to hear Shemnue 1 & 2 are finally getting re-releases. I guess with Sony stepping in to help make the third game with Ys.Net, that by default got them exclusivity dibs for over the first two games as well.

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That... was somewhat underwhelming.

I'm not sure anything big - bar Shenmue - actually got announced.
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Surprised an XB1 version is in the cards, considering 3 isn't coming there. If reasonably-priced, I'll want to see what the hype is all about.

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There was also something about a new Sakura Wars game announced?

Kind of a megaton for those fans, from the little bit I've read about the series on TV Tropes, the last game was back in the mid-2000s.

Overall I thought it was a bit neat; namely in regards to Sega going back to their older stuff.
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Sort of surprised it's not an HD remake. Looks the same as just using an emulator.

Anyway, can Sega please now get to letting people have a go at the Saturn version? :argh:

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Updated controls with option to go back to classic controls, English+Japanese audio and subtitle support, new UI, runs in 1080p, XB1 and PS4 physical editions. This guy is a huge fan of the Dreamcast (he claims to own every game for it) as well as Shenmue, so it's really cool that they flew him out to Japan to film some things regarding the real-life locations of the game.


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Yeah I'm unimpressed. Other games get legitimate HD remakes (Crash, Spyro, Shadow of the Colossus, etc) but it seems Sega never wants to put forth any effort to make good remakes of their old titles. It's always emulation unless someone else literally remakes the game for them (Taxman remakes).

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