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News Wrapup: 15/5/17

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 announced and Sega's plans to revive old franchises.

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 announced.

A short teaser trailer announcing LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 was posted on the game’s official Youtube and Facebook pages. The trailer features a LEGO version of Guardian of the Galaxy 2’s most adorable hero, Baby Groot, and Doctor Strange. The end of the trailer reveals that the full trailer will be available on May 23rd. The description of the video also details some of the characters and story we’ll be seeing in the game:

“Go head-to-head with the time-traveling Kang the Conqueror in an epic battle across Chronopolis, from Ancient Egypt and The Old West to Sakaar and New York City in 2099. Along the way, gamers will be able to take control of a host of iconic characters, from Cowboy Captain America from the past to Spider-Man 2099 from the future along with Thor, Hulk, the Guardians of the Galaxy, Black Panther, Captain Marvel, Doctor Strange, Green Goblin, and dozens of other Marvel Super Heroes and Super Villains.”

Opinion: The LEGO games are always a lot of fun and, from what I’ve heard, the first Marvel Super Heroes game was no different. I really like that it sounds like it has an original story, rather than being based on the MCU, which should give it more creative freedom than in other LEGO series like Star Wars. Hopefully it will include X-Men and Fantastic Four characters as well as the plethora of MCU characters that are guaranteed to be there.

Sega looking to revive past major IPs.

In a recent presentation, Sega has spoken about their game development plans leading up to the year 2020. They split their plans between digital games (including Puyopuyo Quest!!, Hortensia Saga, Chain Chronicle 3 and Phantasy Star Online 2) and packaged games (including Total War, Yakuza, Football Manager and Persona).

sega road to 2020

Revival of major IPs (one of the points above) is something Sega has been working on already in early 2017 with the Steam releases of Bayonetta and Vanquish years after their original releases. While these aren’t major titles, the success of Bayonetta’s PC version could easily prompt the publisher to support the platform more in the future with new games and/or ports of some of their classics. Old IPs we haven’t seen for a while could include the Virtua Fighter and Virtua Tennis series, which haven’t seen a new entry since 2012.

Sega also mentioned that they want to “create titles that will become global hits” and listed this as a major issue. In the past it seems that they have been reluctant to release certain games outside of Japan, such as Yakuza games which take years to release in the west and Phantasy Star Online 2 which has been out in Japan only since 2014. Perhaps Sega wishes to market these games towards western audiences more, especially with the success of recent Japanese games including Yakuza 0.

Opinion: I’m expecting to see remasters of old Sega games after reading this. With all the unhappy Sonic fans I could definitely see them giving the classic platformers a shiny new coat to appease the old fans while also releasing 3D games for the new fans. Hopefully we’ll see a new Virtua Tennis game as tennis games have been lacking in recent years and, with the resurgence of fighting games, I could definitely see a new Virtua Fighter being announced. As for the global hits, I’m not sure exactly how they’ll go about this but I hope it means we stop getting their games so much later than Japan.


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