SEGA uses an interesting but unique method to celebrate its 60th anniversary.
We have four games that won’t be available for a long time. We’ll go in the order of their respective release dates – The Eccentric Ape’s development, Armor of Heroes comes first. „Sega has taken the retro thrill of old school tank battles and polished them up with a modern spit shine, integrating art and models from Relic Entertainment’s beloved Company of Heroes series. Play solo, team up against the AI, or go head-to-head in all-out four-person player-versus-player battles!
Three scoring modes (Deathmatch – Reach the score limit or achieve the highest score within the time limit; Score Zone – Only get points when within the zone; Survival – Fixed number of lives; the winner is the last tank standing), three configurations: Arcade, Tactical, Hardcore; nine game modes in total: Crazy Tanks, King of the Hill, Standoff, Skirmish, Danger Zone, Last Man Standing, Annihilation, Carnage, Extinction; four levels from small to large with destructible scenery. AI opponents. Fully configurable controls (keyboard and controllers via Steam Input). Remote Play Together – Invite a friend, let them take a tank,” the game’s Steam page says. It will launch on October 15.
Next up, it will be Endless Zone, a homage to Fantasy Zone, yet again by The Eccentric Ape. „Waaaaay back—before Endless Legend, before Dungeon of the Endless—Opbot was just another Field Surgeon and Organ Recovery Specialist in the Mezari military. Then, one day, something happened… and Opbot found themself on the run. In a stolen escape pod (with, fortunately, several gun emplacements), they will attempt to flee the Mezari empire, escape the tendrils of the Unfallen, avoid getting eaten by Cravers, and find a way out of a temporary breach into the Riftborn universe! For Sega’s 60th anniversary, we’re putting our favourite android through the wringer in homage to one of our favourite Sega console games: Fantasy Zone. Opbot got stuck in the Endless Zone. Can you get them out?”, the Steam page reads. It will be available from October 16.
On October 17, Streets of Kamurocho comes by Empty Clip Studios. It is a mashup of Streets of Rage 2 and the Yakuza series. „Sega mashed Streets of Rage 2 with the ever-popular Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio’s Yakuza series, and Streets of Kamurocho was born. The death of the Tojo Clan’s Third Chairman has plunged the organization into chaos. The violence spreads to the streets, and only Kazuma Kiryu and Goro Majima can put an end to the bloodshed!”, the Steam page says.
And finally, The Eccentric Ape will release Golden Axed on October 18. It’s a single-stage vertical slice that was in development about ten years ago, but this Golden Axe reboot was cancelled. „At the beginning of this decade, Sega Studios Australia was working on a series of reboots of classic Sega intellectual property, known collectively as the Sega Reborn series. These included 2.5D reboots of Golden Axe, Altered Beast, and Streets of Rage, as well as an endless runner version of Shinobi, all encompassed in a universal hub world. Sadly Sega Studios Australia’s doors were shuttered in 2013, and with it, the Sega Reborn project was lost to the annals of video game history. Until now.
On the occasion of Sega’s 60th Anniversary, as a special treat to say “Thank You!” to our fans, Sega is releasing a working prototype of Golden Axe Reborn, a single level created as a proof-of-concept, or what’s known in the industry as a “vertical slice.” We’ve dubbed it, tongue in cheek, as “Golden Axed.” Golden Axed may be janky, may be buggy, maybe an artefact of its time, but it offers a unique glimpse into the prospect of a project that could have been, and a rare peek behind the curtain at the sometimes tumultuous world of video game development. We reached out to some of the original development team to bring this dusty gem to light, and they are proud that this project could be revived in some form to be shared with you, the fans,” the Steam page says.
Attention! All four games will be available for only a limited time: until October 18, 6 PM UTC, to be exact! Steam has a lot of discounts on SEGA games, and here, if you register with your Steam account, you can get NiGHTS: Into Dreams for free.
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