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Golden Axed: A Cancelled Prototype

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At the beginning of this decade, SEGA Studios Australia was working on a series of reboots of classic SEGA IP, known collectively as the SEGA Reborn series. These included 2.5D reboots of Golden Axe, Altered Beast, and Streets of Rage, as well as an endless runner version of Shinobi, all encompassed in a universal hub world.

Sadly SEGA Studios Australia’s doors were shuttered in 2013, and with it the SEGA Reborn project was lost to the annals of video game history.

Until now.

On the occasion of SEGA’s 60th Anniversary, as a special treat to say “Thank You!” to our fans, SEGA is releasing a working prototype of Golden Axe Reborn, a single level created as proof-of-concept, or what’s known in the industry as a “vertical slice.” We’ve dubbed it, tongue in cheek, as “Golden Axed.”

Golden Axed offers a unique glimpse into the prospect of a project that could have been, and a rare peek behind the curtain at the sometimes tumultuous world of video game development.

We reached out to some of the original development team to bring this dusty gem to light, and they are proud that this project could be revived in some form to be shared with you, the fans.

*Available until 10am PST / 6PM BST October 19th*

System requirements for PC

  • OS: Windows 10 64bit
  • Processor: Intel i3 @2.0ghz or AMD equivalent
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Nvidia GTX 960 (4GB) / AMD R9 380
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Storage: 500 MB available space
  • OS: Windows 10 64bit
  • Processor: Intel i7 @3.0ghz+ or AMD equivalent
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Nvidia GTX 2060
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Last Modified: Oct 19, 2020

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Golden Axed: A Cancelled Prototype reviews and comments

[Sega 60th Anniversary Binge #5] - Not scoring this one since it's barely a game. It's a cute idea but I don't think the Golden Axe gameplay formula would do well in current times. Altered Beast on the other hand...
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