SEGA are set to release an aborted Golden Axe remake as part of their 60th birthday celebrations
Golden Axe was first released into arcades in 1989. A side scrolling slash ’em up where you could pick one of three characters. You could be the dwarf Gilius Thunderhead, a male barbarian called Ax Battler or a longsword wielding amazon, Tyris Flare. All three of these characters had an axe to grind (sorry) with the game’s villain, a vile dictator known as Death Adder.
The game was also famously ported to the Sega Mega Drive / Genesis as well as other systems. Several sequels and spin off games followed over the years appearing on both home consoles and the arcades.
Next week Sega is releasing, for one day only via Steam, a working prototype of a version of Golden Axe that was being developed several years ago. As they say via the Steam page,
“At the beginning of this decade, SEGA Studios Australia was working on a series of reboots of classic SEGA IP, known collectively as the SEGA Reborn series. These included 2.5D reboots of Golden Axe, Altered Beast, and Streets of Rage, as well as an endless runner version of Shinobi, all encompassed in a universal hub world.
Sadly SEGA Studios Australia’s doors were shuttered in 2013, and with it the SEGA Reborn project was lost to the annals of video game history.
On the occasion of SEGA’s 60th Anniversary, as a special treat to say “Thank You!” to our fans, SEGA is releasing a working prototype of Golden Axe Reborn, a single level created as proof-of-concept, or what’s known in the industry as a “vertical slice.” We’ve dubbed it, tongue in cheek, as “Golden Axed.”
Golden Axed may be janky, may be buggy, may be an artifact of its time, but it offers a unique glimpse into the prospect of a project that could have been, and a rare peek behind the curtain at the sometimes tumultuous world of video game development.
We reached out to some of the original development team to bring this dusty gem to light, and they are proud that this project could be revived in some form to be shared with you, the fans.”
So there you go, a reboot of the Golden Axe franchise that unfortunately never came to be. This playable proof of concept will be available to grab via Steam on October the 18th ONLY!