In a recent interview uploaded on SEGA Interactive’s official website, the company interviewed The House of the Dead series director, Takashi Oda, on his life history as a junior high school student before having a career at SEGA in Japan.
The interview goes further in depth on his time developing The House of the Dead series with he and his team at AM1 were task to create a gun shooting game with horror taste after the success of Virtua Cop, his reaction to the location test version with the rejected blow back gun system, and the proposal on making The House of the Dead 5 back in 2012 before House of the Dead Scarlet Dawn was in development.
The few interesting tidbits within the interview is that Oda-san would love to continue making at least 3 more House of the Dead titles in the future, including a House of the Dead FPS to give players enough freedom to walk around stages if there was enough demand. You can read the full interview with Google Translate. What are your initial thoughts on the interview and the future of the House of the Dead series? I think HOTD FPS would be a good concept if it focuses on the aspects of virtual reality.
Forever Entertainment, the Polish publisher that has collaborated with SEGA with rebooting other classic titles such as Panzar Dragoon, will be remaking The House of the Dead 1 & 2 with MegaPixel Studio as the developer for the games and will be true to the original games’ storyline with some graphical differences and tweaked game play to bring them to modern day gaming.
The House of the Dead 1 & 2 Remake is targeting a release window of 2020 with no console announcement just yet. Since the House of the Dead games are rail shooters, where players are AMS agents destroying abominable creatures in their path, it may have a release on the Nintendo Switch.
What are your initial thoughts on The House of the Dead 1 & 2 being remade from the ground up? Would you have also like to see the games ported to modern consoles in it’s original format by SEGA & M2? Feel free to leave a comment below!
Wave Master, known for developing soundtracks for numerous SEGA games, recently made an announcement on Twitter that the sound development team will be releasing House of the Dead Scarlet Dawn Original Sound Tracks sometime next month with more official information to be announced later.
We’ll keep you updated on this article once the official release date is announced.
SEGA Sammy had recently revealed two SEGA IPs at Global Gaming Expo Asia 2019 to be used as casino equipment under the Battle Genesis name which was trademarked last year by the company. The two SEGA IPs to be used under the Battle Genesis are “Virtua Fighter” and “House of the Dead Scarlet Dawn” and will be released in Asia this summer. Besides the announcement, there are currently no news on how the casino games operates.
Celebrating Valentine’s Day, the SEGA Heroes social media team has announced that the mad scientist behind the research of life and death from The House of the Dead, Dr. Curien, is now available to play as in the SEGA Heroes mobile game. Currently, Dr. Curien can be unlocked through the “Vroom Vroom! Event by earning trophies to increase your overall rank between 1-200 players.
SEGA Heroes is available now on iOS and Android devices for free!
We’ll update with more info later on with game play footage. For now here are some in-game screenshots featuring Dr. Curien. Continue reading →
SEGA’s upcoming Yakuza series spinoff game, JUDGE EYES aka Project Judge in the west, developed by Ryu Ga Gotoku Studios is set to have a mini-game that may have been inspired by The House of the Dead and Yakuza: Dead Souls. By taking a look at a brief glimpse from the extended gameplay trailer on the 5:28 mark, you can see the mini-game in action with a similar HUD to The House of the Dead 4 and Overkill. JUDGE EYES wasn’t the only Yakuza spinoff to feature a mini-game based on The House of the Dead. Kurohyō 2: Ryū ga Gotoku Ashura hen (Black Panther: Like a Dragon Ashura Chapter) featured a mini-game called Castle of the Dead, which you can view the gameplay footage on YouTube. JUDGE EYES also includes a playable version AM1’s arcade action racing game, Motor Raid, which was made by the same developers behind The House of the Dead.
JUDGE EYES will be released on December 13, 2018 in Japan and is expected to release in 2019 in Europe and North America.
The official SEGA Shop site, where you can buy SEGA merchandise online to ship to your door, now has added The House of the Dead to their merchandise line up available for purchase. The collection features T-shirts, hoodies, phone cases, notebooks and many more. If your a HotD Collector, this website is the right place for you.
However, these items ship only to the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Argentina, Belize, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru. No word on other territories such as the United Kingdom or Japan.
The wait is finally here! House of the Dead Scarlet Dawn is now available to play at Japanese arcade centers and soon to Dave and Busters here in the states. SEGA has updated their official House of the Dead website as well with tons of details on the latest release in the series on story, system mechanics, character bios, creatures and more. The website also has a point and click minigame where the player can earn highscores by shooting creatures across the hall. By completing the minigame, you can tweet your score on Twitter and be eligible to win a poster (Only ships in Japan).
For the rest of the week, The Website of the Dead will continue updating with more details on Scarlet Dawn including character artwork in the character gallery section and trivia. Here’s a offscreen full playthrough by player SpeedBeatz.
AndyGeezerServices had released pictures and footage of the prototype version of The House of the Dead on the internet after 21 years. This prototype features two playable levels and tons of unused content such as a different introduction, dialogue, animation, and sound effects (which one of them happens to be the “Reload!” sound from the Virtua Cop series). AndyGeezerServices submitted the prototype to MAME and we hope it’ll be open to the public for newer discoveries to come. UPDATE: Hit the jump for a boss fight demonstration from KawaiiYinYangContinue reading →
The excitement of the latest installment of SEGA’s best selling arcade shooter cannot be contained as House of the Dead Scarlet Dawn is set to be released in all Dave & Busters locations sometime this October just in time for Halloween according to Dave & Buster’s Senior VP, Kevin Bachus on Reddit. He also states that it is the best by far in the franchise. Meanwhile over in Japan, SEGA has released another location test version House of the Dead Scarlet Dawn at the High-Tech Land SEGA Shibuya with more changes made. You can check out location test details over here.
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