What We Already Knew and a Little Bit More

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Sega of Japan has released some information on features that will be available in Panzer Dragoon Orta. Most of this we already know, such as the original Panzer Dragoon being included in the package, but there is also some new information. The game will feature a films section where players can view some of the full motion videos (hopefully uncompressed this time!) from the Saturn titles. There will be an option to play through some of the game levels as different characters too.

Source: GameSpot

Panzer Dragoon Zwei on PC

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Sega and Kansai Multimedia plan to give users of the Broadband Club and CyberDisc service access to download emulated versions of the Saturn games Golden Axe: The Duel and Panzer Dragoon Zwei! Sega hasn’t commented on pricing or whether the games will be available through some other method, but they are expected to downloadable later this month in Japan. To run the emulated Panzer Dragoon Zwei on your computer you’ll need a Windows compatible PC with a 2GHZ Pentium 4 processor and 64MB VRAM. In other words anything less than a beast won’t be able to handle it.

Source: XenGamers

A Triple Update for The Will of the Ancients

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You may have noticed a lack of updates recently and that is because I have been busy with several things that are surprisingly not related to Panzer Dragoon! Over the last month I’ve been sent several new additions to the site, which I have just added as one big update.

The first is a completely rewritten Sky Rider Theory where Geoffrey has compiled all of his ideas about how Lundi could have been the same person from the discussions on The Excavation Camp forum.

Next is the first review of the Panzer Dragoon OVA. I have yet to watch this so it was a great help that Neil could write one for this website.

Lastly I’ve added the 12th and 13th chapters of Arc’engal’s Scourage of the Terrablossom, which has been accessible to members of the The Excavation Camp] for some time now (surely that’s a good enough reason to join?). This is not quite the final part, and I’m still not sure if even the next part will be the last, however I’ll try and keep you updated on what’s going on in the Scourage fan fiction universe as soon as I hear more.

New Appendix Mode in Panzer Dragoon Orta

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Like the title says, a new option has been revealed for Panzer Dragoon Orta as part of Pandra’s Box. The Appendix option will have all sorts of images and information on the Saturn Panzer Dragoons, so those who enjoyed the past games have something to look forward to (this sounds great!). Below are some of the things that will be included in the Appendix mode:

  • FILMS
  • ILLUSTRATION
  • EVENTS
  • PANZER DRAGOON (I presume this is the complete version of the original game)

Source: Sega Japan

Orta Flavoured Xbox... But There's Only 999 of Them!

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For nine hundred and ninety nine Japanese residents, a limited edition Panzer Dragoon Orta Xbox package will be a reality. The package includes a white Xbox console, seen in this picture (thanks Game Watch for the jpeg), a copy of Panzer Dragoon Orta, and a limited edition necklace. The bundle will be available through Sega’s online store for 35,800 yen. If you’re thinking of going for it, don’t wait too long as there’s only 999 of them. Sega will start taking reservations on November the 1st.

New Archives Section Added

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A small update to say I’ve changed how the news on this site will work slightly. Basically when the main page gets more than ten news stories on it I will put them onto another page that can be viewed by clicking on a link at the bottom the screen. This should make viewing the front page a slightly quicker process. Each news story will also now have a number (this one, for example, is 26) so they’ll be easier to find. It’s all about keeping this place tidy as well as ease of use.

A Mention in the Official Xbox Magazine!

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Although I’ve never intended this site to be more than a hobby and personal tribute to the Panzer Dragoon series, it’s great news that I’ve just been given a bit of extra coverage. The Will of the Ancients was mentioned in the November issue of the Official US Xbox Magazine under the old URL of http://www.azelonline.cjb.net (which still works thankfully!). I didn’t know anything about it until a Panzer fan known as Chuck emailed me about it. Since we usually get the UK gaming magazines here in New Zealand I wasn’t able to pick up a copy but Lagi kindly scanned the page so I could see it for myself. You can view the page by clicking here.

A Limited Edition of Orta Will Be Released in Japan

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Those Japanese seem to get everything don’t they? Not only do they get the game first but also a limited edition featuring an extra audio CD of atmospheric Panzer Dragoon music. The CD will feature the music from the trailers of Panzer Dragoon, Panzer Dragoon II Zwei, Panzer Dragoon Saga, and Panzer Dragoon Orta. I’m hoping this will be brought to NTSC-U and PAL Xboxes too, although it seems unlikely. If you can understand Japanese and are prepared to pay a bit more for the game then consider yourself lucky.

Source: Planet Xbox

The Panzer Lagoon launches... and So Does Xbox

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Another new Panzer Dragoon site… fantastic! The latest tribute to the series, amusingly titled The Panzer Lagoon has been set up by James “Popcorn” Duffy and contains information on all the titles in the series. It’s nice to see so many new Panzer sites popping up all over the place in the last few weeks. :)

I’ve added a new tip to the Panzer Dragoon Zwei Secrets page - a different sort of way to defeat the Episode 3 boss (which is, by far, the coolest boss in the game in my opinion). Thanks to harrisandyk@aol.com for pointing this out.

Lastly, and also off topic, today the Xbox finally launched in New Zealand! Yep, after almost a year since the Xbox was launched in the States, the rather large black box was made available in various stores around the country. I haven’t picked one up yet, but it’ll be interesting to see how long it’ll be before Panzer Dragoon Orta makes its way here. Would June 2003 be a realistic guess?

The Reviews Section Expands

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There is now two new reviews in the Reviews section of this site. Actually one of them isn’t new, but a rewrite of Geoffrey’s Panzer Dragoon Saga review. He has also written a review for the second game in the series, Zwei. If you’re thinking of tracking down either of these games they’re worth a read and also if you’re just curious about someone else’s viewpoint of the game.

Also I’ve added the name of the compiler of the Panzer Dragoon Saga FMV Script to the Dialogue section for credit.

The Third Part of Zero. Confused?

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I’ve added the third chapter of the fanfic Panzer Dragoon Zero to the Fan Fiction section of this website. Many thanks to Shadow for writing it and letting me use it on The Will of the Ancients.

Also, since several of you have requested it, I’ve readded the Panzer Dragoon Saga FMV Script which was on my old website Azel Online. Sorry I can’t remember who sent it to me so I can’t provide credit (if it was you say so now!). I hope this will help some of you who only have the Japanese version understand what’s going on a bit better.

The Fifth But Not Final Part of a Fanfic

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The fifth part (chapters 10 and 11) of Arc’engal’s huge piece of fan fiction, Scourage of the Terrablossom has been added to this site. The fanfic will now span six parts rather than the original five it was intended to be. You can view the latest instalment in the Fan Fiction section.

While I’m on the subject of fan fiction I’d also like to point out a new Panzer Dragoon site that has been started up by Shadow, a member of the Panzer Dragoon forum. Panzer Dragoon Zero is a website about the fanfic of the same title (also on The Will of the Ancients) that he is writing. The site is looking good from what’s been put on it so far. You can visit it along with other Panzer Dragoon pages in the Links section.

Get Two Panzer Dragoon Games for the Price of One!

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It had been rumoured, but now it’s been confirmed in the US Official Xbox Magazine. Included in Panzer Dragoon Orta is the original Panzer Dragoon game! It will most likely the Windows version since the Xbox is so similar to a PC internally. Of course it’s unlikely you’ll be able to play the game straight away… you’ll have to earn the game through Pandra’s Box which will give players something to look forward to when trying to get 100% shot down ratio on every stage.

Thanks to Tails of Sega World Weekly for this information.

Those Lucky Japanese Get Panzer Dragoon Orta This Year!

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Sega of Japan has announced that Panzer Dragoon Orta is going to be released on December the 19th 2002 in Japan. The game will sell for 6,800 yen (about $US54) so those of you who can’t possibly wait for the American or European version (I know the feeling!) should be able to preorder the Japanese version from somewhere like Lik-Sang or National Console Support soon.

Source: Planet Xbox

Orta Sings Her Way Onto Xbox

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While it is probably not meant to be Orta singing, it is true that the main theme of Panzer Dragoon Orta has been revealed, and in my opinion it is as beautiful as Sona Mi Areru Ec Sancitu. There is also a new trailer for the game which can be downloaded by following this link. Unfortunately the trailer doesn’t feature the beautiful song, but it can be heard by listening to one of the streaming video links below:

Source: Gamespot

Another Panzer Dragoon Saga?

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This news is going to get any Panzer Dragoon Saga fan excited and once you hear it you’ll understand why! When IGN visited Tokyo Game Show they spoke to the people at Smilebit. After explaining that the reason Panzer Dragoon Orta was a shoot em up was to reintroduce people to the Panzer Dragoon world, Kawagoe added that if there was going to be a continuation of the Panzer Dragoon series that the next game would be an RPG! Apparently there was a smile on his face as he said this… was he hiding something we don’t know about?

Due to copyright issues I can’t publish the whole article on this site but you can read some of it on this thread at the Die Welt von Panzer Dragoon forum.

Source: IGN Xbox (IGN Insider only)

Orta Will Be At Tokyo Game Show

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According to the Panzer Dragoon Official Website, at the upcoming Tokyo Game Show, Panzer Dragoon Orta will be on display at SEGA’s and Microsoft’s booths. There’ll be 6 display units at Microsoft’s and 8 at SEGA’s. Both will have some Panzer Dragoon Orta memorabilia for people who visit the show to take home with them. I received a nice Panzer Dragoon Orta pin from a fan who went to E3 so it’ll be interesting to see what sorts of goodies fans will be able to pick up from Tokyo Game Show in several days.

Sources: Planet Xbox, translated from Panzer Dragoon Official Website.

Part Four of Scourage of the Terrablossom Added

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Chapters 8 and 9 have been added of Arc’engal’s fanfic. The story is beginning to come to it’s conclusion now (it’s planned to be five parts in total) and we finally get to discover the meaning of the title. You can read the latest two chapters (or previous ones if you need to get up to date) in the Fan Fiction section.

If you like Arc’engal’s writing you might like to check out his newly started Panzer Dragoon website called The Temple of Sestren. It contains a very in-depth walkthrough to Panzer Dragoon Saga, covering the first two discs and soon the whole game. You can visit it by clicking here.

Panzer Dragoon Orta is Delayed Until January 2003

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The title says it all really. While some people will be devastated at the news of having to wait an extra two months for the game, I’d like to congratulate SEGA for not following the trend of other publishers and rushing the game in time for Christmas sales. We can now expect the final product to be even more impressive than what would have been released in November. But who knows now how long us PAL Xbox owners will have to wait for Panzer Dragoon Orta… April 2003 maybe?

“SEGA decided to delay the release of ‘Panzer Dragoon ORTA’ in order to continue adding innovative features and content to the game and its stunning back story,” said Mike Fischer, vice president, entertainment marketing, SEGA of America, Inc. “SEGA has a well-earned reputation for developing industry-leading content, and this decision reflects our commitment to quality.”

Source: IGN Xbox

Another Addition to the Fan Art Section

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I really need to get some originality into my titles. But anyway, like the title says I’ve once again added to the Fan Art section. Kheel’s first Panzer Dragoon drawing is more creative than others as he has used his own designs for the dragon rather than choosing a particular model from the games. You can view the picture of the Kheel and the Dragon here:

Kheel and the Dragon

An Addition to the Fan Art Section

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Another short update to say I’ve updated the Fan Art section. The latest picture shows Dsudorion’s interpretation of what the inside of the Azel’s body looks like since she is more like a biomonster internally. You can view the picture here:

The Inside of Azel's Head

Panzer Dragoon Official Website Updated

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I don’t usually post updates on other websites, but this is certainly worth a mention. The Panzer Dragoon Official Website, has been given a new design and some added content. The most interesting addition to the site is the World section which explains the background story. Although the Babelfish translation wasn’t very easy to understand, it seems a drone (possibly the one we saw in the E3 Trailer) is leading a new empire and has created biological weapons in some sort of “life furnace”. I’ll post more info as it becomes clearer. There are also some new wallpapers on the official site which can be downloaded from the links below:

Three New Pieces of Fan Art

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I’ve added three new sketches to the Fan Art section. All three are of Orta from Smilebit’s Panzer Dragoon Orta which is due out in November of this year. Thanks to Psylisia Dragoon for allowing me to put this art on The Will of the Ancients. You can view the pictures by clicking the links below:

Orta and Her Dragon Orta Aiming Up at You Orta Sketch

Panzer Dragoon Orta Will Have Surround Sound

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In a press release, Dolby Laboratories and Sega of America announced that Panzer Dragoon Orta will feature Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound. Judging by the quality of past Panzer Dragoon soundtracks and now the addition of surround sound, Panzer Dragoon Orta may sound even better than previous titles in the series!

“Dolby Digital will give players information that cannot be visually described on-screen,” said Akihiko Mukaiyama, director of Panzer Dragoon ORTA. “With the control system in Panzer Dragoon ORTA, players can look freely to the front, back, left and right while they are flying, allowing them to anticipate key plot points or enemies approaching from different directions, which makes game play experience that much more immersive.”

Source: Planet Xbox

New Fanfic Chapter and Theory

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Shadow has written another chapter of his story, Panzer Dragoon Zero. I’ve also added another interesting theory to the website about how Sky Rider and Lundi could have possibly been the same person. Thanks to Geoffrey for this latest theory which can be read in the Theories section.