Sayonara Wild Hearts - development blog, mini-site now available

Four years.

We’ve been working on Project Nightroad for what feels like a slice of eternity. But now, we’re happy, and to be honest also kind of scared, to finally be able to show you what we’ve been doing during this long silence.

Our new game! Our new pop album! Our new everything!

Sayonara Wild Hearts is pop album video game about being awesome, riding motorcycles, skateboarding, dance battling, shooting lasers, wielding swords, and breaking hearts at 200 mph.

Head over to the mini-site to read about all the nice features and whatnot!

…With the more market-y stuff out of the way, we’d like to talk a little more personal about what Sayonara Wild Hearts is, and how it came to be.
Sayonara Wild Hearts is a soup made of pop-culture. It’s OutRun, the teddygirls sub-culture, Carly Rae Jepsen, Rez, cafe racers, WarioWare, Blümchen, the 1950s, modern dance, Akira, F-zero, Space Harrier, Sia, Gradius, the 1980s, Charli XCX, Sailor Moon, Ouendan, Tron, Rhythm Tengoku, Punch Out and a good portion of ourselves, strangeness and mysticism stuffed into a blender.

It all started with a drawing of a woman wearing a mask and a couple of thoughts that had been bubbling for a while. After making three slow and thinky games, it was time to make something that had a swift soul. Something that was more gut than brain. Something that’d be thrilling, and fill you with euphoria, like a good pop song. And, we wanted to make a video game that was unashamed of being a video game.

Sonic the Hedgehog movie poster revealed, a ton of details

The following details come from an IGN article about the upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog movie...

- in the movie, Sonic as a bit of a fish out of water

- Sonic, voiced by Ben Schwartz, finds himself in our present-day world

- develops a relationship with James Marsden's Tom Wachowski

- in addition, finds himself at odds with Jim Carrey's Dr. Robotnik

- mayhem ensues as you would expect

- production team opted to go for a more realistic take on Sonic

- filmmakers consider Ted to be an appropriate analog for the upcoming Sonic movie's integration of a CG character into a real-world setting

- Sonic is shown having fur

- ''It would be weird and it would feel like he was running around nude if he was some sort of otter-like thing. It was always, for us, fur, and we never considered anything different,'' said executive producer Tim Miller

- producer Neal Moritz on shoes: ''We looked at every different variation of what shoes he's worn and we're trying to pay homage to that and also make it current and present day in what we think a Sonic of today would wear.''

- filmmakers struggled with how best to depict Sonic's eyes because often he's only seen with one

- Tim Miller: ''I don't think SEGA was entirely happy with the eye decision, but these sorts of things you go, 'It's going to look weird if we don't do this.' But everything is a discussion, and that's kind of the goal, which is to only change what's necessary and stay true to the rest of it. He's not going to feel like a Pixar character would because I don't think that's the right aesthetic to make it feel like part of our world.''

- post-production began about a month ago, so the special effects are still being finalized

- director Jeff Fowler, a Sonic superfan, is an internal defender of staying true to the character

- knew from the start exactly how he wanted to visually represent Sonic's super-fast abilities

- Fowler, Moritz and Miller all worked on a test video for what they envisioned Sonic would be to show to their studio partners, and it revealed their early concepts for how the speed would work

- Miller on speed: ''The first thing you need to do is put limits on it. If you can do anything, nothing is special. For me, it's always about keeping it grounded and keeping it realistic.''

- Sonic's speed took a bit of trial and error

- Sonic's speed is slightly teased in the poster, but don't consider that to be an accurate depiction of how Sonic's fast-moving nature will be represented in the movie

- Moritz on poster: ''That's a hint at what we're hoping to accomplish, but I think people are going to see things they've probably never seen before in trying to represent speed in this movie. We've worked so closely with the people at SEGA who are kind of the gatekeepers of Sonic to make sure we're lockstep. We're trying to make something that's for today that fans of different versions will love as well.''

- portion of this new story will not take place on Earth

- Moritz concludes: ''I think the audience can expect to find some Easter eggs. We don't want to reveal any of that stuff, but I think there will be some very exciting things that fans of Sonic will get to see in this movie.''

Dragalia Lost - content update for December 10, 2018

- chapter 41 of the official Dragalia Lost 4-koma manga, Dragalia Life, is now available: Verica the Prophet
- to celebrate the game being selected in the “Most Exciting Games of 2018” category of the Google Play Awards in Japan, all players who started the game before December 10 can get the following as special Log-in Bonus: wyrmote x500 (available until December 17)

Kairosoft's Venture Towns coming to Nintendo Switch on December 20

Assume the reins of a mega-conglomerate to build your very own metropolitan utopia!

Stores, houses, mansions–towers! The sky’s the limit as you fashion your humble burg into the world’s most powerful fiscal force! Place compatible structures near each other to craft specialty districts or “combos,” adding flavor to your town while reaping big bonuses and boosting Land Price!

Your beloved residents will live their lives on the map of your choice, working to earn their daily dough to buy cars, houses, and even pets! Some might even hit the lottery jackpot…

Spearhead the most daring economic venture to date! Craft the urban dreamland of your fantasies!

Gunman Clive HD Collection coming soon to Nintendo Switch, sent to lotcheck

Lazy Galaxy: Rebel Story releasing on Nintendo Switch December 14

An old robot named H-34-RT wakes up in a derelict space station orbiting his home planet. His civilization was destroyed long ago by evil O’Xelg, but he has yet to figure that out. After an initial shock, he decides to follow his old defense routines: that means fighting the invaders, even if he is alone now.

Lazy Galaxy: Rebel Story is a challenging, squad-based shoot-em-up/bullet hell roguelite.

- Fly through tons of bullets, defeat various enemies and engage challenging bosses, all this to help a lonely robot complete his mission.

- Start out alone, but rescue allies as you progress

- Your allies do not level up by killing enemies. Rather they get stronger once they get to know you and each other better

- Control three ships rather than one! Change you fleet formation to avoid bullets and focus fire

- 2 Player Local Co-Op Support

- Use your ally special abilities to boost your firepower or heal yourself

- Fly through eight different levels, encountering various enemies and fighting your way to the O’Xelg communication base


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