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Heart Beat Circuit, Featuring Music By Saori Kobayashi

Published by Solo Wing .

A new album has been released by BraveWave. Titled Heart Beat Circuit, the album was primarily produced by George “Smoke Thief” Baker, however the eighth track “Nights II” features additional writing and production by Saori Kobayashi. If you enjoyed the music in the Panzer Dragoon games, be sure to check out this latest work by Saori Kobayashi.

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Xbox One May One Day Play Panzer Dragoon Orta

Published by Solo Wing .

Phil Spencer, the current head of Microsoft’s Xbox division, was asked on Twitter how much work would be required to run original Xbox games on the Xbox One. Phil’s response is certainly hopeful for players wishing to play Panzer Dragoon Orta on the Xbox One:

@HadleeSimons I don’t think it’s silly. I ask the BC team this question a lot. Need to finish 360 BC for now.

This is far from a confirmation, but it leaves open the possibility that we will one day be able to play original Xbox games such as Panzer Dragoon Orta on the Xbox One. Microsoft may decide not to devote the resources into making this happen of course, but at least it hasn’t been ruled out.

Given the emulation issues with running Panzer Dragoon Orta on the Xbox 360, I for one would like to see a better attempt at bringing the game to a modern system.

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Custom Sega Saturn With Panzer Dragoon Saga Theme

Published by Solo Wing .

Carl Tough James has contributed photos and a video of his themed Sega Saturn. The console has been customised using art from Panzer Dragoon Saga to produce this glorious finish:

Panzer Dragoon Saga M.A.L. Custom Sega Saturn (1 of 8)Panzer Dragoon Saga M.A.L. Custom Sega Saturn (2 of 8)Panzer Dragoon Saga M.A.L. Custom Sega Saturn (3 of 8)Panzer Dragoon Saga M.A.L. Custom Sega Saturn (4 of 8)Panzer Dragoon Saga M.A.L. Custom Sega Saturn (5 of 8)Panzer Dragoon Saga M.A.L. Custom Sega Saturn (6 of 8)Panzer Dragoon Saga M.A.L. Custom Sega Saturn (7 of 8)Panzer Dragoon Saga M.A.L. Custom Sega Saturn (8 of 8)

The custom console was created by Mark Liptak of M.A.L. Custom Consoles.

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Single Physical Dragon Theory Remastered Edition

Published by Solo Wing .

Back in 2012, we reviewed all of the articles on The Will of the Ancients as part of the effort to bring the site up to a higher standard of quality. During this clean up process we edited or rewrote most of the existing articles, but a particular article got put to one side: a theory arguing that the dragon was the same physical dragon in all four Panzer Dragoon games.

The revised version, now called the Single Physical Dragon Theory, is finally complete. If you open the page, you’ll see why we delayed editing the article for so long. At almost 10,000 words, the article discusses a wide range of interconnecting topics in great detail. Whenever we attempted to argue for a particular angle, two more holes would appear elsewhere in the theory. The theory is now about as a good it will ever be. So here it is, our behemoth for all the world to see.

The new table of contents feature at the start of the theory has also been applied to other articles on the site. Wherever an article has headings, it now has a generated table of contents. I hope this new feature will make The Will of the Ancients more accessible, especially for long articles such as this one.

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New Search Feature Powered by DuckDuckGo

Published by Solo Wing .

I’ve added a search box to the left of the site’s horizontal navigation. You can use this to search for any content on The Will of the Ancients. Searches are powered by the excellent DuckDuckGo search engine, a top quality alternative to Google with a focus on user privacy. With this new search feature you’ll be able to find Panzer Dragoon content faster than you can say “Swift Gigra”.

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Meeting Saori Kobayashi at Japan Expo 2015

Published by Matt .

After completing a remix for Brave Wave’s remix competition, I got talking with some of the associated people through social media, including Kobayashi-san. As Japan Expo 2015 approached, Kobayashi-san got in contact with me over Facebook asking if I’d be there and I couldn’t turn down the offer to meet my musical hero.

I had not made plans to go, but now I was going!

Saori Kobayashi and Matt Slade at Japan Expo 2015 (1 of 2)Saori Kobayashi and Matt Slade at Japan Expo 2015 (2 of 2)Albums Signed by Saori Kobayashi at Japan Expo 2015

As I approached the booth. Saori noticed me and jumped out of her seat to greet me. She gave me a big hug. She could not have been more warm and friendly. It’s said that meeting your heroes can be a risk as they may not be the person you expected but Kobayashi-san exceeded my expectations. We took pictures together. She signed my Azel: Panzer Dragoon RPG Memorial Album. I bought the first AKANE album ‘こちゃへ’ and she signed that too. It was such a rewarding experience as a fan and as an artist. One of the best trips of my life.

More photos of Saori Kobayashi at Japan Expo are available on AKANE’s blog.

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More Official Artwork From Panzer Dragoon Saga

Published by Solo Wing .

This afternoon I uploaded another batch of official art based on the characters, creatures, locations, and vehicles featured in Panzer Dragoon Saga. Some of this art is new to The Will of the Ancients, while some replaces older images with higher resolution versions (and without watermarks). For your convenience I’ve linked to each image below:

Arwen 01Arwen 02Arwen 03Azel 03Azel 04Azel 05Azel 06Azel 07Azel 08Azel 09Azel Riding CooliaBasic WingCraymen 02Craymen, Zastava, and Arwen 02Edge 02Edge 03Excavation Site #74 01Floater 02Gash 02Gash 03Gash Riding CooliaGrig Orig 04Paet 02Paet 03Panzer Dragoon Saga CharactersPanzer Dragoon Saga Poster 03Panzer WingRhua 02SeekersThe Tower of Uru 03Zastava 01Zastava 02Zastava 03

JacKc has once again proven to be very helpful by providing all of these images.

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Video of Unreleased White Desert Crimson Dragon Level

Published by Solo Wing .

Back in 2012, a video playthrough was posted on Japanese website NicoGame of the White Desert level from the unreleased Xbox 360 version of Crimson Dragon. The level was featured in trailers but never made it into the final Xbox One release. The video features a girl playing the Xbox 360 version with the Kinect while Yukio Futatsugi provides a commentary.

For archival purposes I’ve made a copy of the video here on The Will of the Ancients:

A special thanks to forum member radiax for linking me to the video.

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Saori Kobayashi Will Be Attending Japan Expo in July

Published by Solo Wing .

Saori Kobayashi, the composer of multiple games in the Panzer Dragoon (and Crimson Dragon) series will be attending Japan Expo in July. Brave Wave tweeted the following:

If you’re Panzer Dragoon fan in Europe, drop by our booth at @japanexpo 7/2-7/5 in Paris because composer Saori Kobayashi will be there!

Japan Expo is being held in Paris from July the 2nd until the 5th.

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Farewell to the Panzer Dragoon Subsites

Published by Solo Wing .

Over the last few months we’ve been working to consolidate the subsites hosted here on The Will of the Ancients into a single website. Today that process is complete. All of the content that we’ve deemed worth keeping from Lagi: The Art of Panzer Dragoon, The Panzer Place, and Sky Rider: The Imperial Archives can now be found on The Will of the Ancients itself.

It’s now time to say farewell to these websites as they’re taken offline. Online since the Geocites days, all three have been of great service to the Panzer Dragoon community.

I’ve captured screenshots of each site along with the “Panzer Dragoon Academy Awards” website from back in 2004. Each screenshot page also contains a link to an archive of the site on the Internet Archive.

Lagi: The Art of Panzer DragoonThe Panzer PlaceSky Rider: The Imperial ArchivesThe Panzer Dragoon Academy Awards

While in the process of capturing these screenshots, I’ve also added some screenshots of the old forums (replaced last year):

The Will of the Ancients Forums Version 1 (Forum Index)The Will of the Ancients Forums Version 1 (Topic Index)The Will of the Ancients Forums Version 1 (Topic)

The Will of the Ancients also used to host a subsite called The Panzer Dragoon Saga Oasis; this site has not been taken offline and was previously moved to GitHub Pages.

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Site Map and Category Groups

Published by Solo Wing .

The content on this site has grown like an infestation of monsters, one which must be constantly kept in balance to prevent chaos from overwhelming the humans who visit here.

One issue that stood out was the long lists of categories that were placed in no meaningful order. For example, screenshot and fan art and photo categories were all lumped together under “Pictures”. To resolve this, the categories section has been replaced by a new Site Map which is accessible from the horizontal navigation bar at the top of this site. The Site Map now places encyclopaedia entries, music tracks, pictures, resources and videos into what (I hope) are meaningful category groups. For example, all of the screenshot categories are now grouped under a “Screenshots” category group, all of the Panzer Dragoon Orta Encyclopedia categories are now grouped together, and so on.

Furthermore, each of the encyclopaedia, music, pictures, resources and videos index pages now list the categories in these groups. Going forward it will be easy for us to add more categories and groups in order to make The Will of the Ancients more enjoyable to navigate.

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Panzer Dragoon Orta Pre-Release Screenshots

Published by Draikin .

As we’re closing down Lagi’s The Art of Panzer Dragoon subsite, we’ve moved the pre-release screenshots for Panzer Dragoon Orta to the main website. You can find them by following this link (screenshots 68-129 were moved):

Worth noting is that a lot of these screenshots are actually in a much higher resolution (1080p) than the actual resolution the game ran at on the original Xbox. Because of this, they actually give us a good view of how a potential Panzer Dragoon Orta HD would look on current-gen systems.

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More Fan Art of the Blue Dragon

Published by Solo Wing .

I’ve added a fan sketch of the blue dragon about to fire homing lasers, to our archive:

Blue Dragon About to Fire Homing Lasers

My thanks go to Josh Murray for this contribution.

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A Complete Set of Data on Defeated Enemies Screenshots

Published by Solo Wing .

JacKc has captured screenshots of every enemy (and dragon type) from Panzer Dragoon Saga. I’ve added these screenshots in five new categories:

All screenshots were captured with SSF 0.12 Beta R3.

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GameFan's Preview of Panzer Dragoon Saga

Published by Solo Wing .

Jeremy Prusak has submitted a scan of GameFan’s two page preview of Panzer Dragoon Saga, from Volume 5, Issue 12:

GameFan Volume 5 Issue 12 Pages 128-129

Despite being an interesting look back at Panzer Dragoon Saga before it was released, this preview isn’t entirely accurate. 100 hours of gameplay? I don’t think so!

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Panzer Dragoon Saga Vehicle Screenshots

Published by Solo Wing .

I’ve uploaded some screenshots of Imperial and Black Fleet ships from Panzer Dragoon Saga to a new category. Check them out.

These screenshots were moved from Sky Rider: The Imperial Archives, an abandoned site that focused solely on The Empire.

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New Solo Album From Saori Kobayashi in the Works

Published by Solo Wing .

Mohammed Taher of Brave Wave Productions has confirmed that Saori Kobayashi is working on a new solo album. Earlier he tweeted the following:

Had a pleasant lunch with Saori Kobayashi (Panzer Dragoon) & listened to three songs from her upcoming solo album. ✨

Last year Brave Wave published Saori Kobayashi’s most recent album, Journey, which definitely had a Panzer Dragoon feel. I greatly look forward to her next album.

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Reviews and Guides From The Panzer Place

Published by Geoffrey Duke .

The Panzer Place is a website created by Stephan Dolby which contains a lot of great content that’s worth keeping. We’ve added more content from The Panzer Place, including:

Stephan Dolby’s tactics guide is great if you want to learn how to earn Excellent ratings in each battle in Panzer Dragoon Saga. The complete guide for Panzer Dragoon Saga will require you to have Microsoft Word installed on your computer to read. I recommend reading these reviews if you actually enjoy reading because they were written with passion. Reading hasn’t become a thing of the past yet I hope.

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The Art of Panzer Dragoon Orta

Published by Solo Wing .

All of the Panzer Dragoon Orta art has now been copied from The Art of Panzer Dragoon to The Will of the Ancients. As with the Panzer Dragoon Saga art, we’ve retained the same category structure:

The concludes the process of moving all of the art from The Art of Panzer Dragoon to The Will of the Ancients’ archive. There still remains the screenshots to sort, which we are doing together with the other subsites (The Panzer Place and Sky Rider: The Imperial Archives) to ensure that there are no duplicates.

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More Panzer Dragoon Saga Extra Tracks

Published by Solo Wing .

A number of tracks not found on the Azel: Panzer Dragoon Saga Complete Album have been uploaded to the site. Besides the three tracks added in a previous update, there are now a total of eight extra tracks, ripped directly from the game. Lossless FLAC versions of all eight tracks are also available to download.

Panzer Dragoon Saga Extra Tracks

We’ve also updated some of the tracklists in the soundtracks section of the encyclopaedia with improved translations.

My thanks go to JacKc for these contributions.

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New Panzer Dragoon Articles on SEGAbits

Published by Solo Wing .

There’s been a couple of new articles as part of SEGAbits’ Team Andromeda month. Gunstar discusses the often forgotten Panzer Dragoon spin-offs, and why they are forgotten, while just today Nuckles87 has posted an article about the future of Panzer Dragoon.

Check out these short articles if you’re interested.

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The Art of Panzer Dragoon Saga

Published by Solo Wing .

Panzer Dragoon Saga’s art from Lagi’s website has now been moved to this site. On The Art of Panzer Dragoon, the images were divided into five categories and I’ve retained this organisational structure:

Many of the images previously had generic filenames such as “townie1”. To the best I’ve my ability (and memory), I’ve renamed all of the images to the names of characters, creatures, locations, and vehicles found in Panzer Dragoon Saga as well as linking the images to entries in the encyclopaedia.

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Music From The Panzer Place

Published by Solo Wing .

In addition to moving The Art of Panzer Dragoon’s content to The Will of the Ancients, we also plan to move any worthwhile content from The Panzer Place as well. To start with, I’ve copied three music tracks that are missing from Panzer Dragoon Saga’s soundtrack. The first two are from Rhoda’s music box:

The third track is a version of The Seekers’ Stronghold which differs from the version found on the soundtrack. From memory, this version is the version that plays in the actual game:

Except more content from The Panzer Place in the future.

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More Content From The Art of Panzer Dragoon

Published by Solo Wing .

Another update to inform you that I’ve copied six images of Panzer Dragoon (Tiger Electronics) from The Art of Panzer Dragoon to The Will of the Ancients. For this update I’ve also copied across the concept art for the Panzer Dragoon Original Video Animation. All art and screenshots have been linked to the appropriate encyclopaedia entries.

Geoffrey Duke has also brought across Lagi’s art references article, making some minor changes to the text.

This just leaves the Panzer Dragoon Saga and Panzer Dragoon Orta art to be brought across.

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Panzer Dragoon Mini Screenshots

Published by Solo Wing .

I’ve copied across the small number of Panzer Dragoon Mini screenshots from The Art of Panzer Dragoon as part of our ongoing effort to move that image gallery to The Will of the Ancients. You can find the images in the new Panzer Dragoon Mini Screenshots category.

For more information about Panzer Dragoon Mini, refer to the encyclopaedia.