Thursday, December 8

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Legendary Sega Developer Reiko Kodama Has Died At The Age Of 59

Screenshot: SegaReiko Kodama, one of the most important developers in the history of both Sega and the wider role-playing genre, has died at the age of 59.As IGN report, she actually passed away back in May, but her death was not announced publicly by the company at the time. Fans recently discovered a tribute to Kodama in the credits section of the Mega Drive Mini 2, however, prompting Sega producer Yosuke Oskunari to confirm the sad news.Her contributions to Sega’s catalogue of classic titles and series was immense. Beginning with the company in 1984, she would work on everything from design to pixel art, and spent the her early career on series like Alex Kidd and Fantasy Zone.She was then the principal artist on the original Phantasy Star, and would keep working on the series through it...
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Sega Please Release The Yakuza Kenzan Spin-Offs In English

Screenshot: SegaIn 2022 Yakuza is a pretty big series in the West, as we saw yesterday when eight games made it to PlayStation Plus. But it wasn’t always this way! Between the release of Yakuza 2 and 3 things were looking incredibly dicey for English-speakers, and there were real fears that if Yakuza 3 didn’t sell well, it would be the last game in the franchise we’d ever get to see here.I know this sounds absurd given the number and prominence of Yakuza games around these days, but it’s true! Folks were so anxious about it, in fact, that every tiny little change that Sega made to Yakuza 3's English release was scrutinised to hell and back, with fans terrified that any little thing that could potentially hurt sales would mean the end of the series in the West.All that fear counted for noth...
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Persona Movie Or TV Series Could Be On The Way From Sega

Image: Atlus / SegaVideo game publisher Sega, fresh off the success of its live-action Sonic films, is looking to adapt more games into films or TV shows. Specifically, Sega says it’s in the early stages to produce live-action adaptations of Atlus games, like Persona and Shin Megami Tensei. Sega revealed this bit of news to IGN, telling the outlet that it wants to expand how it tells stories, and its plans to make this a big part of its business strategy. Or to put it another way, some recent live-action game adaptations have raked in a ton of money at the box office, including its own Sonic films, and it wants to keep that money train rolling.JRPG franchise Persona sounds like it might be the first game to get the live-action treatment as part of Sega’s new adaptation-focused initiative.“...
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Yakuza Fan Is Fixing The PS2 Original’s Localization Mistakes

It’s easy to forget in 2022, now that it feels like we get a new or remastered Yakuza game every six months, that for a very long time the series was MIA from Western shores, in large part down to the disastrous decisions made by Sega for the original game’s release back in 2006.The whole point of the Yakuza series is that it’s Japanese as hell, from the convenience stores to the overwrought voice-acting, but for the series’ debut in North America and Europe Sega made the bizarre decision to essentially tilt the entire experience on its axis via its localisation.Voice actors like Michael Madsen, Mark Hamill and Eliza Dushku were brought in (at the expense of the Japanse audio track, which was cut entirely), the script’s tone was altered to be a bit more street and the whole vibe of the gam...