With a remake of the first game for Switch and PC as well as a VR game on the way, Panzer Dragoon fans are in for a modern renaissance. Only the series creator won’t be involved with either game.
Yesterday, we found out that Panzer Dragoon is coming back. Not just in the Panzer Dragoon: Remake for the Nintendo Switch, Steam, and Google Stadia, but also for VR hardware.
The game is called Panzer Dragoon Voyage Record from Wildman Inc. It’ll feature stages from three past Panzer Dragoon games, including the original title released for the Sega Saturn back in 1995, Panzer Dragoon Zwei, and Panzer Dragoon Saga. Controls are optimized for VR with the VR handset designed to mimic the dragon rider’s handgun, and the game plays out as a first-person rail shooter instead of a third-person one.
We still don’t know when the game will come out and haven’t even been given so much as a vague release window. But we do know one thing: series creator Yukio Futatsugi doesn’t have a hand in Panzer Dragoon Voyage Record‘s development at all.
“The VR version was announced on the 25th anniversary of the release of Panzer Dragoon, wrote Futatsugi in response to Wildman’s announcement. “I’m not involved in this title or the Switch version, but I hope both titles succeed!”
That other title Fatutsugi is referring to is Panzer Dragoon: Remake, the remade title set to release on Switch, PC via Steam, and Google Stadia in “winter 2020,” although we’re running out of winter to release in so we fully expect a delay to be announced shortly.
The game is a complete remake of the very first Panzer Dragoon with modern graphics, sound, and gameplay. Well, as much as a rail shooter can be modernized, anyway. The game was announced at E3 2019, and since then we’ve been patiently waiting for an update on the game’s release. No word yet, but the Steam page at least reveals that there will be enhanced target lock-on and improved 360-degree controls.
Stay tuned for further updates as we receive them.
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