Sega To Begin Testing House Of The Dead Scarlet Dawn This Friday

arcadehero January 14, 2018 8
Sega To Begin Testing House Of The Dead Scarlet Dawn This Friday

Fans of Sega’s House Of The Dead franchise have long been clamoring for a new entry in the franchise but it has remained mostly dormant since House Of The Dead 4 launched in 2006. There was the Overkill port to consoles in 2009 and the odd House Of The Dead EX arcade release that stuck to Japan; there was also the recent Darts of the Dead game that was available on Sega’s Darts Live boards just for Oct. 2017. I’m guessing the latter really was a hint of things to come.

After a 12 year wait, Sega’s signature zombie franchise is rising from it’s grave with the location test announcement for House Of The Dead Scarlet Dawn. The game begins testing in Akihabara, Japan this Friday, where the test will run through next Sunday. The company has launched a special website to promote the location test, which also includes some screenshots of the game. At the moment, this appears to be a title that is exclusive to arcades.

But that’s not all of course – we’ve got a shot of the game cabinet to analyze. Here you go:

House Of The Dead Scarlet Dawn Arcade Game by SegaWhile the news is all about the game testing in Japan at the moment, I am 100% confident that this is also destined for Western shores. The cabinet uses the familiar ‘theater’ style cabinet that has been all the rage with arcade shooters in recent years, including Sega’s Transformers Human Alliance. It is hard to tell at the moment if the zombie image in the back of the cabinet is a stand-in like is found with The Walking Dead Arcade game or if they are using a pseudo-holographic effect instead. It does use a sensor to know when someone is passing by the cabinet to generate the effect though – changing from white to red and showing the zombie face.Games ‘sensing’ players for such things is a neat idea.

It’s not mentioned how the guns are setup but it is unusual for cabinets of this style to use free guns that are only connected with a cable. Sega’s Operation GHOST Target Bravo does that but it’s the only one to do so. I will assume that this will use mounted guns for now – perhaps they are designed in the vein of the old Line Of Fire guns?

Taking a page from Dark Escape 4D, this cabinet will also provide some special effects for players, designed to heighten their fear. This includes at the moment a vibrating seat and air blasters. Of course these things are always subject to change but Sega does seem to be focused on creating more of a unique arcade experience with this entry than before.

This cabinet is also more ‘visceral’ than competing horror shooters although keep in mind that Sega could change the design for the final release; you also tend to find cabinet differences between Japanese, American and European releases.

We can also analyze the screenshots. This uses Unreal Engine 4 and promises to throw more zombies at players than any other entry in the series has done so far. You can get a sense of that with this scene where the zombies are crawling on top of each other to reach you; it’s also worth noting that this appears to take place in a house/mansion again (which HOTD4 didn’t have unless you want to call a big office building a house 😛 )

House Of The Dead Scarlet Dawn screen

Things also get crowded in close corners. Judging by the bullets, I’m guessing that you will have a machine gun at your disposal again; we also see the return of familiar faces such as the dual axe wielding zombie:

House Of The Dead Scarlet Dawn

You had also better think fast at certain moments:

House Of The Dead Scarlet Dawn

Which may involve rescuing your partner from becoming zombie chow:

House Of The Dead Scarlet Dawn

Some of the new zombies are snazzy dressers! (while there do appear to be various reused models, that is one of those things that could change for the final software)

House Of The Dead Scarlet Dawn

Vehicular action is always a welcome part of the series:

House Of The Dead Scarlet Dawn

Oh joy, the worms with teeth are back

House Of The Dead Scarlet Dawn

Quite the fearsome looking boss. I imagine that you’ll be seeing this one at cosplay conventions in 2019.

House Of The Dead Scarlet Dawn

This will very likely be available at the JAEPO expo next month but no idea when it will be released at this point. Could be ready soon or it could be Sega’s big game that they will have at IAAPA 2018. Based on this info so far, what are your thoughts about Scarlet Dawn?


  1. DoubleDee January 14, 2018 at 11:20 pm - Reply

    Super super hyped for this mate, can’t wait to give it a blast on Friday at Akiba. Much thanks for the heads up on this, I’ve been a huge fan of HotD since ‘95 and a fan of yours since 2015.

    It looks pretty great, I’m not sure about the machine guns, I much prefer six shooters, and I’m hoping they are attached by cables but it’s all good.

    I’ll upload some footage Friday afternoon of our footage so please let me know if there’s anything in particular you want a close up on.

  2. arcades4ever January 15, 2018 at 4:26 am - Reply

    It might be worth mentioning that the house of the dead 2 used an enclosed cabinet with light guns attached inside the theatre cabinet along with jurrasic park, whether the US got these cabinet versions I don’t know. I wonder if this cabinet is a sit down or stand up version since looking at it there’s no bottom towards where the guns are usually mounted or placed.

  3. Alfred January 15, 2018 at 2:13 pm - Reply

    I wonder if the acting will improve, or if it will be just as cheesy as last time.

    The visuals are incredible compared to the previous edition as well.

  4. Hysteria January 15, 2018 at 4:27 pm - Reply

    Please for the love of God do not have fixed guns.

    • Jdevy January 15, 2018 at 7:43 pm - Reply

      I’m guessing, with the ammo being reminiscent of The House of the Dead 4, the gun doesn’t look fixed. If the images in the post are actual screenshots from the game, that may prove my evidence more. There are no visible cross-hairs. Fixed gun games need cross-hairs, as it’s harder to play without them.

  5. Da Flex January 16, 2018 at 12:00 pm - Reply

    I’m very happy with this new. SEGA is still alive and kicking. Motorcycle mode, graveyard, maggots – it looks really fine.

  6. Ralph January 17, 2018 at 6:25 am - Reply

    If the hose style guns use good hoses and possibly a metal gun, I’m all for it. I’m tired of replacing the s**tty gun hoses and gun shells for Aliens Armageddon and Terminator Salvation. But then again, I’m tired of replacing/repairing the mounted guns in my Let’s Go Jungle and Transformers from people using the guns as props for getting in/out of the game. Haven’t had to touch my Jurassic Park yet.

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