Panzer Dragoon

Forever Entertainment has announced that it is remaking the first two entries in Sega's Panzer Dragoon series.

The Polish company is working with Sega to remaster Panzer Dragoon and Panzer Dragoon Zwei, both of which originally appeared on the Sega Saturn in the '90s.

Here's the official word:

Forever Entertainment together with SEGA Holding Co., Ltd. from Japan will co-create and publish Panzer Dragoon: Remake and Panzer Dragoon II Zwei: Remake. The premiere of the first part is planned before the end of 2019!

Panzer Dragoon: Remake is a refreshed version of Panzer Dragoon. The original version of the game had its premiere on the Sega Saturn console in 1995 and was well received by both players and critics. The entire Panzer Dragoon series has been repeatedly remade and released on many platforms. The last re-launch took place in April 2018 on Xbox One, where players can play Panzer Dragoon Orta with a backward compatibility.

The new version of the game will be characterized by completely new graphics compatible with today’s standards and several modifications of the game, making it more attractive to modern players, while remaining faithful to the original in terms of story. The first materials from the game will be presented in the upcoming months!

No platforms have been confirmed at the time of writing, and many fans will be pondering if there are plans to remake the third game, the epic RPG Panzer Dragoon Saga – something that may be impossible without reverse-engineering the code.

Series creator Yukio Futatsugi has stated that the source code has long since been lost, and that while it wouldn't be impossible, it's unlikely that anyone would be able to remake the game without it:

If [they were] able to reverse-engineer [Atlus side-scrolling Saturn RPG] Princess Crown [for PSP], perhaps we might be able to reverse-engineer Panzer Dragoon Saga. Princess Crown is a pretty complex game, as well. But unless someone somewhere adds pressure to remake it, we probably won’t remake the game. I don’t think Sega will ever make it happen.

Still, getting the first two games is something to be happy about. Let's hope they come to Switch.

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