One of the bigger news stories of the year has been the return of House of the Dead to arcades, and last week we had news that the game is officially shipping in Japan. Today, fans of the series out in the west (North America & Europe) have reason to rejoice, as Sega Amusements International sent out a press release confirming that the game will be “launching” at the IAAPA 2018 trade show. IAAPA 2018 takes place the week of November 11th in Orlando, FL, and serves as the equivalent of the E3 trade show for the amusement business. This marks the first official confirmation of any game that will be at the event; keep in mind however, if you are a location operator, you can already order the game now. Just don’t expect it to likely ship until November/December, as early orders for the game have already been filled. The game is expected to be have a limited release for Western markets any time now, with some locations like Dave & Busters having jumped on orders very early to have the game before Halloween. Thanks to this press release, we also have more media and details about the game to chew over. Most info we’ve got about it up until now have talked about the Japanese version, which has some minor differences thanks to their online Aime system. We’ve known since January that it would use Unreal Engine 4, operate on a 55″ screen that offers 1080p@60FPS gameplay. The press release gets into the 5.1ch sound system, the air blast feedback and the new gun recoil system that sounds different from previous Sega gun game iterations.
The game-changing controller is lightweight and uses unique vibration technology to produce a realistic recoil feeling. By controlling the frequency to the vibration unit, the controller generates just the right type of recoil that feels natural for the kind of weapon used in the game. This is indeed a game-changing controller technology that delivers an exciting player experience.
Most arcade games use a solenoid to create feedback, so I would be interested to see if this uses something closer to what is found inside of home console controllers (a moving, off-balance weight) or something else. Surprisingly, I’m not seeing the buzzwords of a “4D (or 5D) experience” being used here. Probably better that way as it doesn’t really need that sort of marketing to stand out. Here’s a new image of the cabinet setup with the “immersive features,” showing speaker placement and the air blasters: There are five total levels to play through, along with a Normal and Master Mode to pick from.
Here’s the full press release:
Sega Amusements International Ltd 42 Barwell Business Park Leatherhead Road Chessington Surrey KT9 2NY United Kingdom Tel: +44 (0) 208 391 8090 Tel: +1 847-364-9787 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.segaarcade.com 14th September 2018 HOUSE OF THE DEAD SCARLET DAWN Sega Amusements International announces launch of House of the Dead Scarlet Dawn at IAAPA 2018. Returning after twelve years this special edition game is the most eagerly anticipated sequel in arcade game history. Considered by many as the brand that defined and popularised the horror game genre, House of The Dead has pushed the limits with every release. An impressive back catalogue of 4 blockbuster amusement games, movies and console games, it has a vast global following of core and casual players. Staying true to its reputation House of the Dead Scarlet Dawn delivers an unparalleled horror action experience that has never looked or felt this real. “We are thrilled to be part of this historic release. House of the Dead is the crown jewel in the Sega’s licence portfolio, with such a great heritage and loyal following. We pulled out all the stops to deliver the best experience. Developed by the dedicated R&D team in Japan, this game gets a truly special edition treatment in every way possible.” Commented Paul Williams, CEO at Sega. House of the Dead Scarlet Dawn is a quintessential zombie horror game, and with this genre in resurgence on tv, films, mobile and console games, Sega’s new game is in line with the current trend. The zombie Horror-themed cabinet is unique with 3D molding gives a sense of zombies trying to escape the cabinet. Bright colour changing lights accentuate the zombie shadows resulting in a chilling look that is impressive and attracts visitors in any location. Passers-by are drawn to press the red zombie eye on the front of the cabinet. Little do they know about the terrifying 3D moulded zombie that appears with flashing lights and a terrifying loud scream – a feature that will make anyone jump out of their skin. “We are using cutting-edge ‘Unreal Engine 4’ game graphics technology that brings all the zombies, characters and environment to life in incredible detail and quality. This powerful game engine allowed our developers at Sega in Japan to increase the zombie count significantly, so players have a lot more zombie blasting fun. Dedicated hardware and the huge 55” 1080p Full HD screen at 60 frames per second, produces a vivid and immersive visual experience” explained Paul. The House of the Dead Scarlet Dawn super deluxe cabinet delivers a five-dimensional full body experience. Players will hear bullets flying and terrifying zombies from every angle with the 5.1 channel surround sound and sub-woofer system. High spec bass shaker produces 50 Watts of vibrations getting players on the edge of their seats when escaping zombies on a quad-bike or in a helicopter. Perfectly timed air canon blast makes players feel explosions and wind. Dedicated spot LED lights accentuate the thrilling mood of the game. All these features work together to produce a captivating, tense horror feeling that thrills players. The game-changing controller is lightweight and uses unique vibration technology to produce a realistic recoil feeling. By controlling the frequency to the vibration unit, the controller generates just the right type of recoil that feels natural for the kind of weapon used in the game. This is indeed a game-changing controller technology that delivers an exciting player experience. Five epic game missions, lots of secret items to collect and various special weapons encourage players to keep coming back to play for more. Designed to be fun for all, players can choose between Normal or Master based on their skill level. Williams concluded “with so many features packed in this game along with the news of phenomenal test income that has spread, we are seeing a huge surge in pre-orders. This is a must-see game at the upcoming IAAPA show where it will be launched officially to the Western world.” When assembled the super deluxe cabin measures 215cm (84in) Deep, 145cm (57in) Wide, 231cm (90in) high, and weighs 500kg (1,103lbs). Experience the thrilling horror of House of the Dead Scarlet Dawn on Sega’s booths 1506 and 1606 at IAAPA from 13th – 16th November at the Orange County Convention Centre. To order contact Sega on +1 847-364-9787; email@example.com, or contact your Local Authorized Sega Distributor. ***END***