Among the upcoming products that Sega has coming to arcades, we’ve covered two recently that have gained some attention – Transformers: Human Alliance and Plants Vs. Zombies The Last Stand. We’ve seen a little about Transformers already but Plants Vs. Zombies only had a teaser flyer to unveil that it was coming.
Well if you subscribe to the industry trade publication Replay Magazine then the October issue has more info on these and a few other games that Sega is bringing to the IAAPA 2013 tradeshow in Orlando, FL this November. Of course if you get the magazine, then this post is not news for you but for those who did not get their hands on it.
From the get-go the magazine has some Sega love going on – the cover is all about Transformers and the back cover is that Plants Vs. Zombies flyer we saw the other day. The cover story starts on page 63 and while I don’t want to stomp on their scoop, some of the new details we get:
-Sega is going to have a substantial booth setup at IAAPA 2013. There will be 28 games represented by at least 50 cabinets (accounting for linked games or multiples). It also will include a “17-foot tall Optimus Prime” statue to tower over the booth. That sure beats those giant balloons with the brand name logo on it that companies normally go with.
-In Transformers you “partner” with either Optimus Prime, BumbleBee or Side Swipe to once again stop the Decepticons from obtaining the All Spark. I assume this means that the player does the shooting while the Autobot automatically does the melee bashing.
–Plants Vs. Zombies The Last Stand is inspired by (but NOT a direct port of) Plants Vs. Zombies 2. It has a mounted pea shooter (presumably a light-gun) that the player uses to aim and fire peas at oncoming zombies. It is a videmption game, paying out tickets as zombies are eliminated. There are 10 waves with a final jackpot wave. No indication if it will be just ticket payout or if they will have a video-only or the increasingly popular gift card options.
-PvZ also marks a return by Sega to using QR codes again so users can post their high scores. This was used in some of their arcade games years ago but on a limited basis.
Interestingly enough, there are no photos of their cabinet to be found in the spread but there are pictures of all the other products that will be at IAAPA, including a “sequel” of sorts to the very popular KeyMaster game Sega has, called Prize Locker. For more details on that you’ll have to grab the October 2013 Replay Magazine.
Outside of the Replay info, I have found out that the director of various Sega games including Gunblade, Jurassic Park: Lost World and Let’s Go Jungle/Island is also the director of Transformers (Mr. Oga-shi). He will be at IAAPA and I hope to do an interview with him at that time so that is something else you can look forward to from our IAAPA coverage next month, which will take place from the 20th-22nd.