In 2018, Forever Entertainment announced that they were remaking the first two Panzer Dragoon games. Beginning on the SEGA Saturn in 1995, the Panzer Dragoon series had laid dormant for 16 years before Forever Entertainment revealed the remakes of Panzer Dragoon and Panzer Dragoon II Zwei. That second title’s promised to come out this year, and we couldn’t be more excited.
Developed by MegaPixel Studios, Panzer Dragoon Remake launched in 2020 for the Nintendo Switch, Google Stadia, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Amazon Luna, and Windows. It had a rocky start at launch, but continuous updates helped make it a worthy recreation of the classic title.
Now, the Panzer Dragoon II Zwei remake is almost on our doorstep. Learn everything you need to know about the game before it comes out below.
The history of Panzer Dragoon II Zwei
Panzer Dragoon II Zwei originally launched for the SEGA Saturn in 1996. The second game in the Panzer Dragoon series and a prequel to the original, the game is a rail shooter where you fly through the skies on your trusty dragon steed. The story concerns villager Lundi and dragon Lagi chasing the Shelcoof, a warship responsible for destroying Lundi’s hometown. The adventure takes the two across the continent to get revenge on the ship that murdered his friends and family.
The Panzer Dragoon series was initially developed by SEGA’s Team Andromeda, a studio created specifically for Panzer Dragoon‘s development. After the first game launched in 1995, the developers split into two groups who would work on different projects. One team was in charge of an RPG title which would later become Panzer Dragoon Saga; the other began work on Panzer Dragoon II Zwei. Player and critic feedback indicated that the first game was too difficult, and so the studio scaled the challenge back. They also included more narrative elements to expand on the Panzer Dragoon universe, crafting a prequel story that would help connect the original game to Saga.
Releasing in 1996, the game received good reviews and remains a beloved game in the rail shooter genre. However, after the Xbox title Panzer Dragoon Orta (developed by Smilebit, a team partially consisting of former Team Andromeda employees) came out in 2003, the series fell off the radar without a single release. That is, until we learned about the remakes in 2018.
What we know about the Panzer Dragoon II Zwei remake so far
The Panzer Dragoon II Zwei remake was announced in 2018, but since then, details have been fairly scarce. We know Forever Entertainment expects to launch it in 2021, though a specific date is unconfirmed. We expect that the improvements made to the first remake post-launch will be implemented in the second remake at launch.
Regarding the console releases, we know that Forever Entertainment and Microids have reached a distribution agreement for the Panzer Dragoon and House of the Dead franchises. The deal involves both retail versions and collector’s editions for future titles in these series going forward. Whether or not the Panzer Dragoon II Zwei remake is one of them isn’t know yet, however.
Earlier, we also learned that Forever Entertainment is partnering with Square Enix to develop “several remakes.” It’s highly unlikely that they’ll have any involvement with the Panzer Dragoon II Zwei remake, but it indicates a possibility that Forever will transition towards remakes of classic Square Enix properties.
When will it be available and where can I pre-order it?
The Panzer Dragoon II Zwei remake is set to launch in 2021. As of the time of writing, pre-orders haven’t gone live yet. We’re not even sure which consoles the game is launching on right now, though a Nintendo Switch version is basically guaranteed as that’s the system the remake of the first game dropped on first. A release on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are highly likely as well, but we’re not sure if MegaPixel Games is creating different versions for the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S. We can also assume a version for PCs will happen as well.
For now, all we can do is wait for the developers to release more details. In the meantime, you can check out the Panzer Dragoon Remake Twitter here. And be sure to check back here as we update this article with more information!