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« on: October 15, 2011, 09:21:00 AM »




In the previous version of my website, I had a dedicated page to Starblade (still available but ugly  oppps right here) were I mentioned Star Blade: Operation Blue Planet prototype game. I didn't rebuilt that page when I moved the website into this last DLF/ALS revision in 2007  oppps ...and there's no more STARBLADE : Operation Blue Planet mention here?! Let's fix that  Wink. In short  arrow

A NEW STARBLADE GAME TO COME ?

AM Show 2001: Star Blade: Operation Blue Planet

Namco unveils an impressive new 3D polygonal shooter with an unorthadox cabinet.

TOKYO - Perhaps one of the surprises during the 39th Amusement Machine Show today was the demonstration of Star Blade: Operation Blue Planet. Namco released a 3D shooting game named Star Blade for the arcades back in 1991, and it was later ported onto the 3DO and PlayStation. The sequel couldn't have returned at a better time, as the current technology available for graphics and sound have allowed the developers to bring the experience closer to reality. The game is contained in an arcade machine in the shape of a spherical pod. At the rear of the machine is a slot where the seat slides in and out of the pod. The interior contains the control panel and a half-sphere monitor, complete with a 5.1 channel Dolby Digital audio system. Since the monitor wraps around, players will see the game as if they are looking through a fish-eye lens.

Namco provided further information during a conversation with GameSpot. "Though both machine and game were displayed at the show for demonstration purposes, we will make announcements regarding the release of the game in the future," the company representative said. "The machine will not be limited to this game, but can even be used possibly in a driving game."

The Star Blade: operation blue planet demo was certainly one of the most popular games at the show, and there was a 70-minute wait to play the game.
The game uses Namco System 246 hardware. That game is only a prototype and it's still not released yet ( shame on Namco ! )

At the time I published on youtube a video footage of that game during the AM Show 2001. Until today, it was the only video footage available...but not anymore :Namco has created a UGSF website dedicated to Namco’s space games, and they just released from their archive the complete (and only) level available from the game Kiss arrow



More pictures of the cockpit that should be used for that game  Shocked  arrow







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As you can see, the game was not completed by Namco .. what a shame because it looks 'almost' finished!
Maybe the creation of the UGSF site and the release of new information indicates that Namco is working on something new about the Starblade franchise or other of their 'shooters' game?
Let's dream about a release of that 'Blue Planet' on modern consoles  Roll Eyes Tongue

Link : UGSF homepage (Japanese)
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« Reply #1 on: October 15, 2011, 07:05:28 PM »

I've seen many videos about that game !
And on every video it's working !
I hoped that this one will come up, but it won't !
I'm so sad about !
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« Reply #2 on: October 15, 2011, 07:57:32 PM »

I've seen many videos about that game !

Can you point them please?  I'm curious to see them all too...  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #3 on: October 18, 2011, 11:47:41 AM »

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Found nothing ...
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« Reply #4 on: October 18, 2011, 01:33:19 PM »

One is here :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=leT3saYfZr4&feature=player_embedded

Watch in fullscreen and turn up the volume .

That's the video I'm talking about in the new   Roll Eyes Grin

Anyway! Chance that game hits the arcade are almost null  Undecided But let's hope a console release at least!  Tongue
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« Reply #5 on: October 30, 2011, 07:07:04 PM »

Even kotaku knows about this game  http://kotaku.com/5849339/the-greatest-arcade-cabinet-that-never-was
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« Reply #6 on: April 14, 2012, 02:34:12 PM »

The cockpits used for these 'mech battle' games in Japan are very similar to the ORBS one.  arrow


[click on picture for the video]

I've never heard about such cockpits in Europe? I'm curious to try that... it looks so immersive!
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« Reply #7 on: April 15, 2012, 05:37:16 PM »

The cockpits used for these 'mech battle' games in Japan are very similar to the ORBS one.  arrow

I've never heard about such cockpits in Europe? I'm curious to try that... it looks so immersive!

This cockpit is "P.O.D.(panoramic optical display)".
P.O.D. is made based on the ORBS.

>I've never heard about such cockpits in Europe?
In overseas, we can see them at six places.
4 in Hong Kong, 2 in Taiwan.
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« Reply #8 on: December 15, 2013, 05:55:28 AM »

the sequel to starblade. The graphics looked beautiful and the sounds were awesome. I believe the main anthologist in the arcade could be that red ship and that enemy flagship commander from the previous game could have been resurrected or it could be a different one. Too bad it was canceled because it didn't make It past field testing. Actually idk if namco is going to revive the project from cancellation.
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« Reply #9 on: December 06, 2014, 04:20:52 AM »

Sorry for bumping this but... http://d.hatena.ne.jp/szk-trance/20130506
This picture was taken back in 2013. Apparently, besides the Galaxian3 Arcade Theater, there seems to have been a spotting of Starblade Operation Blue Planet Arcade Machine shock (there's only a picture of the outside though)


Not sure if it's the prototype though...
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« Reply #10 on: December 06, 2014, 06:55:22 PM »

Wow, this picture is very interesting!  Shocked
This is not the ORBS prototype who has been initially showed to demonstrate the StarBlade Operation Blue Planet 'game in progress' during the arcade shows!
No, this is the actual pod used for playing Gundam  arrow



In fact, I would say the original/prototype ORBS became this Gundam pod!

Now the question is : does the owner of this pod has simply customized it 'a la StarBlade Operation Blue Planet', but there is no Starblade game inside...or he can play StarBlade Operation Blue Planet inside of it, meaning the code of the game (prototype) is somehow available!?
Or finally this version of the pod has been also used at a later stage by Namco to demonstrate the game? So THAT one would be also a 'prototype'?
Very interesting!
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« Reply #11 on: December 07, 2014, 03:45:28 AM »

Yea. I don't recall seeing this one though. http://blog.goo.ne.jp/funnyplace/e/65b9b38d2bb8cc83bff3e13ed42e95e0

Seems as if somebody did a fan port of Starblade to the X68000 (Just like the officially ported Galaga 88). There was a video in 2009, but someone who uploaded it was terminated.


Also http://vatpatimon.sakura.ne.jp/2008/04/28
This picture seems odd. Yet to put a starblade logo on top of the Idol Master arcade seems to be quite deceiving. (btw, the place where the galaxian theater is at is apparently the same place where the galaxian3 360 laserdisc video file was or still is)

and then there's the Geosword figure on the right of this scan:
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