Panzer Dragoon Voyage Record is an announced, but unconfirmed VR omnibus of Panzer Dragoon content from Wildman, Inc. The game was unveiled on March 10, 2020, the 25th anniversary of Panzer Dragoon, as a dramatic shooter intended to allow players to relive “various episodes” of the three Saturn games in VR. Haruto Watanabe, the creator of Panzer Dragoon Voyage Record, is a fan of the original series and has stated that he hopes to make a safe game that values the original. The developers of Panzer Dragoon Voyage Record have no plans to develop a non-VR version of the game.
Panzer Dragoon Voyage Record was originally scheduled to be released in the 2020 Japanese Fiscal Year (which goes until March 2021). However, at the end of 2020, Wildman Inc announced that crowdfunding for the game was delayed until 2021, so the current release window remains unknown.
On October 4, 2021, the Panzer Dragoon Voyage Record Twitter account announced that the game was cancelled because Watanabe passed away and Sega cancelled the contract. However, the English and Japanese versions of the tweet were deleted, and Watanabe's friends confirmed that he is still alive. This has left the future of the game uncertain.
Haruto Watanabe began developing a Panzer Dragoon-like virtual reality game titled The Gunner of Dragoon in 2014. Displayed at the Bitsummit independent game expo in Japan that year, the game utilized the Panasonic Joba exercise device to simulate riding on the back of a dragon. Reportedly, The Gunner of Dragoon was never monetized or released.
Watanabe founded his own game company, Wildman Inc., in July 2018. Naoki Horii, a representative director of Japanese game developer M2, was impressed by The Gunner of Dragoon and introduced Watanabe to Sega. Watanabe did not originally plan to develop a Panzer Dragoon game; instead, he asked Sega for permission to use the Blue Dragon in The Gunner of Dragoon. However, Sega encouraged him to pursue obtaining the Panzer Dragoon license, and he ultimately pitched the idea of a Panzer Dragoon VR game. A Panzer Dragoon project was also considered for the Nintendo 3DS, but the idea was scrapped in favor of the VR title.
The game will be published by Wildman Inc., with Sega having no investments in the project; Watanabe has accepted the risks, arguing that if Sega was financially involved and the game failed, it would damage the Panzer Dragoon franchise, which he wants to avoid.
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|Original series||Panzer Dragoon (PC conversion • Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol. 27) • II Zwei • Saga • Orta|
|Remakes||Panzer Dragoon: Remake • II Zwei: Remake • Voyage Record|
|Handheld games||Mini • Tiger Electronics|
|Non-Panzer Dragoon games||Crimson Dragon • Crimson Dragon: Side Story|
|Developers||Team Andromeda • Smilebit • Land Ho • MegaPixel Studio • Wildman, Inc|
|Publishers||Sega • Forever Entertainment • TA Publishing • Wildman, Inc|
|Staff||Yukio Futatsugi • Tomohiro Kondo • Akihiko Mukaiyama • Haruto Watanabe|