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Check out SEGA Australia's Impressive Golden Axe Remake

Posted by Martin Watts

Unfortunately, it and the studio got the chop

Wii U owners could have potentially been enjoying a glorious remake of arcade hack 'n' slash classic Golden Axe had SEGA Studios Australia got its own way.

A recently released video shows a pre-alpha prototype of the game, which the studio had been working on at one point. Surprisingly realised for a game at such an early stage in development, SEGA Studios Australia had some very interesting plans in mind for a new series of remakes, all of which would have been marketed under a new label called "SEGA Reborn". Not only would it have meant the return of classic SEGA franchises, but the studio was planning to go one step further by — bizarrely enough — making it so that each of these remakes was set within the same universe. This would have meant that games such as Streets of Rage, Shinobi and even Out Run would have all been linked together in some way.

Unfortunately, SEGA Studios Australia recently suffered as a result of a company restructure ordered by SEGA central command. As a result, the studio is to be closed and it's unlikely that this Golden Axe remake will ever amount to more than just a prototype. The last game to come out of the development studio will be a remake of Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse, which is due to release on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC in September.

To see what might have been, view the pre-alpha footage of the Golden Axe remake below.

[via segabits.com]

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User Comments (33)

Sjoerd

#1

Sjoerd said:

I've never played the original, but it looked quite cool. Too bad all the animations are the same.

SetupDisk

#4

SetupDisk said:

Well that sucks, it doesn't necessarily mean the concept won't come up again though.

ShadJV

#7

ShadJV said:

It probably would've all taken place in the Sonic universe. Just to add more to characters to the Sonic universe.

drumsandperc92

#8

drumsandperc92 said:

looks great but no guarantee it would've been on Wii U seeing as the Castle of Illusion remake is skipping the system...

sleepinglion

#9

sleepinglion said:

Golden Axe is one of my all-time favorite arcade titles. My favorite version is still the PS3 and Wii Virtual Console arcade version. Other than an HD logo I wasn't blown away by the demo. It looks kind of cookie cutter... like what the Sega Ages version did by making things look TOO real. I love the sprites and animation of the original version (and the music). A nice effort, though, and Golden Axe made a nice appearance in Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed.

HunteROB

#10

HunteROB said:

Altered Beast and Golden Axe make sense to be part of the same universe, because of cockatrices and such. That's about it.

Einherjar

#12

Einherjar said:

Considering the recent Ubisoft interview about Rayman Legends, making anything but gritty, realistic shooters and / or franchises that prooved to be a "seller" is a huge risk nowadays. So expecting anything that doesnt sell a bajillion copys by default may lead to disappointment.

ultrakatie64

#15

ultrakatie64 said:

Nice to see that publishing Aliens: Colonial Marines took priority over getting this funded. Yeah, a Sega Universe with Golden Axe, Streets Of Rage, Shinobi, Altered Beast, and Outrun wouldn't have made a terrible amount of sense. It would've been awesome though. Far more awesome than most of the garbage Sega puts out these days.

Emblem

#17

Emblem said:

I think your forgetting the last Golden Axe reboot on PS3, It sold well but enough less then expected so the sequel was canned. Imo it was a good game but people complained it wasnt retro enough.

JimLad

#21

JimLad said:

Seriously? This is could have been the best idea Sega had in the last 10 years! These games would have made a killing in downloadable sales.
Sega is pretty much just a husk of what it used to be at this point.

DESS-M-8

#23

DESS-M-8 said:

THIS needs making. Come on Sega!!! The company with the most unused IP's in history. If one studio can sit and churn out reduxed classics to this standard at alpha stage then get them cracking. Golden Axe, Streets of Rage, Shinobi, Outrun, Space Harrier, Ristar, Alex Kidd, Wonderboy, Shining Force, get them out in this format, just HD 3D modelled make overs and they will sell, I would buy all of the. At £9.99 each easily

Ricube

#25

Ricube said:

This really reminds me of the days when a went to a friend's home ho had a PC (386) and this game... a 2 players game. We always failed at the 6th level or so... Believe me that in my memories it had much better graphics than this one. Anyway this would be very cool and I would absolutely love to buy a remake of a classic beat 'em up (I feel kind of old writing posts like this...)

bezerker99

#27

bezerker99 said:

Not sure what to think about this. Remakes are either hit or miss with me. Excuse me while I go hug my Arcade version of this game.

TheAdrock

#29

TheAdrock said:

I effing loved that game. BAAAD move Sega Central. This remake would have been legit!

WhiteTrashGuy

#30

WhiteTrashGuy said:

SEGA is notorious for bad business decisions. They used to take a lot of risks, just look at some of the innovative software on SATURN and Dreamcast. Instead of PANZER DRAGOON for Wii we got so/so NIGHTS. We got SONIC COLOURS, but the Wii would have been perfect for a new GOLDEN AXE or SPACE HARRIER. Or JET SET RADIO. AND WHERE IS SEAMAN.....

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