Wildman has communicated cancellation of development Panzer Dragoon: Voyage Record, the next installment in the series initially planned for consoles, PC and platforms standalone virtual reality, as a consequence of death of the CEO of the company and producer of the work, Haruto Wastanabe.
A message posted on Panzer Dragon’s official Twitter account, deleted hours after both Japanese and English accounts (via Gematsu) confirms this sad news, which entails the termination of the contract with SEGA, holder of the intellectual property rights, to carry out the development. Wildman’s role in Panzer Dragoon: Voyage Record was in the capacity of developer, but SEGA has discontinued the release of the IP.
The reasons for Haruto Watanabe’s death have not been disclosed.
“Panzer Dragoon: Voyage Record has been canceled due to the cancellation of the contract by SEGA and the death of the producer, Haruto Watanabe, CEO of Wildman Inc. Thank you for your support”, could be read in the already deleted message.
Panzer Dragoon: Voyage Record was scheduled for 2021
Panzer Dragoon: Voyage Record, originally announced at the UploadVR conference in June 2020, was conceived as a new installment of the series in the form of a compilation with remastered episodes of the three original titles of SEGA Saturn.
Developed with Unreal Engine 4, the game was going to rebuild its graphics to improve its technical section and allow viewing in three hundred and sixty free, thus facilitating the feeling of immersion with virtual reality devices. In addition, a Kickstarter campaign was confirmed so that Wildman could make the addition of additional episodes possible. Since his announcement we have not heard from him again; now we know its cancellation. We do not know the current status of the progress of the title before these events.
As for Panzer Dragoon II: Zwei Remake, originally announced in December 2018, it is still in development planned for 2021, but with no specific release date.
Source | Gematsu