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Team Sonic Racing - Another batch of screens and art

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Team Sonic Racing combines the best elements of arcade and fast-paced competitive style racing as you face-off with friends in intense multiplayer racing.

New screens and official gameplay details for SEGA AGES: Virtua Racing released

This classic is getting some fancy new features

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SEGA has updated the webpage for SEGA AGES: Virtual Racing with official details and new screens of the upcoming title. While we've already heard some of this info, there are still some new tidbits included. Check out the full translation of the webpage below.

Sega’s 3D Game Origins Finally Reaches Sega Ages

Control a 3D formula car, choose from one of three course types, and race in four-to-five lap races with the goal of first place. Additionally, you can switch between four different perspectives during gameplay, from the driver’s view to bird’s-eye view.

The First Faithful Reproduction of the Arcade Version

The Sega Ages version of Virtua Racing is the first faithful reproduction of the arcade version. The “Normal Race” and “Grand Prix Race” settings made possible by the arcade circuit board settings can both be configured in the settings. While Normal Race has four-to-five laps, Grand Prix Race is an endurance run of 20 laps. Since your tires wear as you drive, which affects your handling, it is important to determine when to make a pit stop to change your tires in a Grand Prix Race.

Additionally, there are two competitive modes. The first is a two-player online multiplayer race mode. The second is an offline race mode that uses a single Switch unit and supports up to eight players locally. Have everyone bring over their Joy-Cons and resurrect the excitement of being at the arcade.

Additional Sega Ages-Exclusive Features

Replay saving and playback is an additional feature not included in the original arcade version. You can even change the replay camera, including off-course perspectives.

Team Sonic Racing 'Maximum Overdrive' soundtrack seeing release in Japan

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Team Sonic Racing is getting an official soundtrack release in Japan. The 'Maxmium Overdrive' album is set to launch on May 29th, 2019, and is priced at 4,000 Yen.

This soundtrack is a beast, as it includes 130 songs on 3 separate CDs. While I'm sure the physical release is out of the question for NA/EU, hopefully we can enjoy the soundtrack via digital streaming platforms.

SEGA sends out fan survey about legacy franchises (Sonic, Phantasy Star, and more)

More Ristar, PLEASE!

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SEGA wants your input on how they're handling their various legacy franchises. If you want to help shape the future of those brands, this is a good way to steer things! Hit up the link below for the survey.

Welcome to the SEGA® player survey! As someone who has expressed interest in SEGA® games, we’d like your feedback to help us determine the next steps for some of our most popular series, including Sonic The Hedgehog, Yakuza, Valkyria Chronicles, Phantasy Star, and more.

Please take some time to read over the questions in the survey and answer them as accurately as possible. The survey will take about 10-15 minutes to complete. Successful completion of the survey will give eligible respondents the chance to opt in to the SEGA® Player Survey Sweepstakes for the chance to win their choice of a gift card for the SEGA® Online Store, Nintendo eShop, PlayStation™Store, or Xbox/Microsoft Store. Full sweepstakes rules can be found here.

All responses will be recorded anonymously, and no user data will be made available to third parties.

Take the survey here (thanks Andreslop24!)

SEGA Unveils New Team Sonic Racing Content & More At SXSW Panel (Official PR)

Recapping Sonic's SXSW panel

Burbank, California — March 16, 2019 — Today at SXSW, SEGA hosted their annual, “Gotta Go Fast: The Official Sonic the Hedgehog,” panel, where the Sonic team discussed new elements from the forthcoming arcade-style racing experience, Team Sonic Racing, and how they’ve developed an iconic style of music for the Sonic franchise. Panel speakers included Sonic Team head Takashi Iizuka, Sr. Community Manager Aaron Webber, Director of Product Development Austin Keys, Sonic Series Composer Jun Senoue and TV Animation Production Coordinator Jasmin Hernandez.

One of the main highlights of today’s panel was the reveal of the first full episode of Team Sonic Racing Overdrive, a two-part series developed by Tyson Hesse and Neko Productions that takes on a similar animation style as the popular Sonic Mania Adventures web series. The first episode will feature Team Sonic, Team Rose and Team Dark as they face off at Wisp Circuit. Watch as the teams race against the diabolical Dr. Eggman and attempt to outsmart his sneaky tricks and disastrous distractions to make it to the finish line.

The SXSW panel also revealed a sneak peek at the customization elements available in Team Sonic Racing as well as playful music from the game’s Bingo Party racetrack. On top of that, attendees experienced a vibrant remixed song from the critically acclaimed 2018 Animation, “Sonic Mania Adventures”, by Tee Lopes. Additional details and assets are available, below:

Team Sonic Racing Customization: Check out the best ways to customize your ride for the upcoming Team Sonic Racing in this new spotlight episode featuring Sonic Series Producer Takashi Iizuka. Explore the customization menu to get a peek at how to obtain and use mod pods, power ups and other personalization options like paint job alterations, new vehicle skins and custom horns. By earning in-game credits, players can venture to the garage to unlock parts for the front of their car, the rear or the wheels, allowing for alterations to the vehicle’s performance and handling. Take a detour, and check out all the customizable features in Team Sonic Racing, here: https://youtu.be/xyuunXb4gCc

Bingo Party OST: SEGA has released another upbeat anthem for Team Sonic Racing by Sonic Series Composer, Jun Senoue with Japanese electronic music artist, TORIENA. Set to the racer’s “Bingo Party” map, this song is what winning sounds like. Turn up the volume and get ready to party to the new song, here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kt5arDNr9-g

To close the panel, Takashi Iizuka confirmed that Sonic Team had begun production on the next major Sonic the Hedgehog title.

Developed by award-winning studio Sumo Digital, Team Sonic Racing is the ultimate arcade and fast-paced competitive style racing experience, featuring your favorite characters and environments from across the Sonic Universe. Race together and win together in online multiplayer or local co-op mode utilizing the dynamic team mechanics and vehicle customization features to dash across the finish line. Team Sonic Racing is set to release both physically and digitally on May 21, 2019 on Sony PlayStation®4, Microsoft Xbox® One and Nintendo Switch™, with a digital-only release on PC. To pre-order the physical edition of Team Sonic Racing, please visit www.teamsonicracing.com.

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. Also, don’t forget to visit the SEGA e-shop at shop.sega.com for new and exclusive products for the ultimate SEGA fan.

SEGA confirms production of the next major Sonic title

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During SEGA's Sonic panel at SXSW, the Sonic dev team confirmed that they have started production on the next major Sonic title. They didn't share any other details at all, so we have no idea what it's going to be like, or what platforms it will be available on. It'll likely be awhile before we see or hear any other details, so we'll just have to hang tight.

Sonic the Hedgehog's sound director discusses the various Sonic soundtracks he's contributed to

A man of many Sonics

SEGA's Tomoya Ohtani has been the sound director for the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise since the mid-2000s. That means he's worked on quite a few Sonic soundtracks! In an interview with SonicRetro, Mr. Ohtani talks about the various soundtracks he has contributed to over the years. Check out a snippet about his work on Sonic Forces below.

A large part of the reason that the songs feature a lot of synthesizers is from the story where the plot revolves around the power of the Phantom Ruby. Another reason would be the characteristics of the Avatar character. His / Her customizable feature in the game led me to an image of “Composed with various parts = Not sounds performed by instruments, but more dance music like approach” Further, there was the appearance of Classic Sonic in game. As the recent Classic Sonic appearance in Sonic Mania was accompanied by a refined synth sound, I limited the music in Forces to use only FM used in the Genesis (Mega Drive), and teamed up with a composer well versed in this area, Hataya Naofumi, whom knows very well about the past. The (Modern) Sonic stages are recorded with a live band, but partially integrate synth melodies and sequences. I felt this sound fit the story more, with a sense of urgency in the trance type synth sound, rather than with a guitar playing the melody. I composed “Sunset Heights” first as a template of sorts. The main theme “Fist Bump” and Infinite's theme “Infinite” are played by a live band, but have synth sounds integrated as accents. I felt that this would present more of a modern rock sound.

Check out the full interview here

Puyo Puyo eSports getting a free Challenge Mode update

You dare to challenge ME?!

SEGA has announced a free content update for Puyo Puyo eSports, which will be available on March 20th, 2019. The update will add in Challenge Mode, which will be used to qualify for the Puyo Puyo eSports Championship.

Blade Arcus Rebellion from Shining - more gameplay footage

Peace had arrived in the old continent of Alfheim… or rather, peace should have arrived. Yuma, the hero who disappeared. Sightings of the magic knight Zest, who should have been destroyed. And Princess Excela’s activities behind the scenes. Kirika, Sonia, and Rinna, who made the charge to chase after them, encountered a boy and girl in another world. The old continent of Alfheim and the fantasy continent of Endias. When the gate of the sealed god, which once again appeared, connects the two worlds, a new story begins.

Jakks Pacific's official Sonic the Hedgehog movie merch includes a 'Baby Sonic' plush

Oh baby...

Will the Sonic the Hedgehog movie include a baby Sonic? We don't know for sure. What we do know is that Jakks Pacific is going to be releasing a Sonic the Hedgehog: The Movie 'Baby Sonic' plush doll. Why bother make a baby Sonic plush if it's not going to be part of the film?!

Thanks to Andreslop24 for the heads up!