Sega fires up PSP After Burner

Planet Moon developing arcade-style flight sim based on Sega's classic franchise; PSP game touches down this spring.

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One of the very first arcade games to deliver a sensation of speed was Sega's After Burner. The air-combat simulation was like OutRun in the skies, using Sega's trademark three-dimensional perspective and adding heat-seeking missiles, jet fighters, and barrel rolls.

Gamers who missed out on the action the first time around (or on the franchise's multiple console ports) will soon be able feel the need for speed anywhere they go, as Sega has announced After Burner: Black Falcon for the PSP. Black Falcon is due out in spring 2007 and is currently in development by Planet Moon Studios, the creators of Armed & Dangerous and Infected.

The game's plot sees a terrorist cell dubbed Black Falcon planejacking 13 fighter jets from the CIA. Players will be tasked with making the skies friendly again by screeching through the skies in an assortment of planes, including F-14D Tomcats, F-22 Raptors, and F15E Strike Eagles. Each plane can be customized with a variety of weapons, which will come in handy when shooting targets in the air and on the ground.

Black Falcon will support "numerous multiplayer challenges" in both eight-player competitive and two-player cooperative modes.

After Burner: Black Falcon has not been rated or priced.

Discussion

53 comments
V-Nine
V-Nine

I'm still majorly peeved that the sega ages remakes of afterburner and the phantasy star series for the PS2 never made it to the US (pics and alil music of Phantasy Star 2 remake for PS2 is on wikipedia.org). As usual the US gets screwed...though not as bad as EU.

_Sam_
_Sam_

well I don't have a psp :(

B-bad
B-bad

wow haven't played an afterburner game in years so I'm interested.

mrzero1982pt2
mrzero1982pt2

im ready. i havent seen an afterburner or played one in years!

Dav_id83
Dav_id83

BRING IT ON retro is getting better and better for the PSP every month with Gouls 'n' Ghosts out last month. I hope they continue to bring back the classics as if they get some more out I'll be getting a PSP at x-mas. Just hoping that so called new version of a PSP wasn't true so I don't end up waisting money.

metdevthegamer
metdevthegamer

SouthAmerica09 said: "1. why do nintendo fanboys come on here, you just proove your losers and have a intrest in psp games[...]" So what does that say of Sony fanboys constantly posting negative comments on DS stories? "ZOMG DS is nuthin but a gimmick!!!1!1!1" I can't tell you how many times I've seen that. By your logic, everyone who bashes the DS just love "gimmicks." I'm sure you love gimmicks. Now After Burner, that's a fun game. My family had an arcade unit. Kind of hard to imagine playing it with a D-Pad. If I had a PSP, I would buy it, but I do not and have no desire to buy one; it's a neat system alright, but it's just not that appealing to me. I actually wish I still had the arcade unit.

NinjaShadows
NinjaShadows

too bad i dont have a psp and will never get one

jonajacket
jonajacket

nintendorocks "Never got to play the After Burner games. Sounds promising. " A real pity, Afterburner was one of my fave arcades, the Megadrive version was great and the Saturn and 32X versions were nigh on perfect. If this game still has the old Afterburner magic with new visuals it'll be perfect portable gaming. Hopefully if this is good we'll see the new Lindberg Afterburner Sega were showing off earlier this year!

John_of_Fire
John_of_Fire

I guessed right, too bad it's on a system I don't have. With Planet Moon Studios this could end up being a good game. Here's hoping.

nintendorocks
nintendorocks

murphy245 lols psp gets a 20 year game as a headline,its a great game dont get me wrong but is a 20 year old sega port realy all the psp has to offer? --------------*--------------*--------------*--------------*--------------*-------------- OMG, the mos STUPID thing i ever read. Period. Who in the hell says PORT game? The world sucks because people like you: Noobs & Fanboys. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- WTF? Port is a game term. I use it all the time. Even though this is not a port. But don't yell at people for saying port. And he was just complaining that the game is old and you say that is the stupidest thing you have ever read? Dude, grow up.

nintendorocks
nintendorocks

Never got to play the After Burner games. Sounds promising.

KeyserSoze10033
KeyserSoze10033

Getting this game for sure. I love all the Nintendo Minions coming here to hate, keep it coming :). In about a month I will be downloading FF: Tactics, Metal gear Solid, FF VII, and Vagrant Story to my PSP :).

SouthAmerica09
SouthAmerica09

1. why do nintendo fanboys come on here, you just proove your losers and have a intrest in psp games. 2. This is a orginal game, "Building After Burner: Black Falcon from the ground-up enables us to craft the game with PSP features in mind with all-new multiplayer modes, customizable jets and over-the-top gameplay" the developer said that to ign. 3. Can't wait for ace combat skies of deception...I like how psp is getting all these jet fighting games all of sudden.

sacatash
sacatash

whoop de doo! after burner for my PSP! I guess this just confirms that my PSP device is officially an expensive dust collector. thank you sony for supporting your device which is more expensive($memory + $game + $console= $$$) than the upcoming Nintendo Wii on its initial launch...I will never make the same mistake again as an early adopter...therefore i will bypass the PS3 till 2007 and Xbox 360(still waiting for MS to improve that horrid noise and built-in winter heater)...

blackthegame
blackthegame

I LOVE CLASIC FIGHTING GAMES, LUCK TO HAVE A PSP!

KickinIt_ftw
KickinIt_ftw

*sings* "hiiiighwaaaaaaaaaaay to the danger zooooooooooooone!" Afterburner was good times way back when. Hope this one is decent, too.

Vulpis
Vulpis

The sad thing is, they'd probably be better off with a good port of the original arcade game (as opposed to the crappy PC port I have a copy of) than what's described in the article. *That* game sounds like nothing more than an Ace Combat clone. Then again, the original arcade game also includes something that Sony refuses to do any more--*Feedback*. The stick-shaking when you're augering in from the arcade game would have worked great with the vibe feature on the DS/DS2 (granted, PSP doesn't have this in the first place, IIRC).

king-akt
king-akt

psp has been getting alot lots stick in the past, but there are so many new and good titles coming out in the next Q4 (2006) and Q1 (2007) is gonna give a huge boost to the psp. and can all the DS fan boys please get of this page as if you where true gamers you would own and appreciate both the DS and PSP as they both have there different styles so games. so come on grow up.

HXCDEW
HXCDEW

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AngelCage
AngelCage

murphy245 lols psp gets a 20 year game as a headline,its a great game dont get me wrong but is a 20 year old sega port realy all the psp has to offer? --------------*--------------*--------------*--------------*--------------*-------------- OMG, the mos STUPID thing i ever read. Period. Who in the hell says PORT game? The world sucks because people like you: Noobs & Fanboys.

TintedChimes
TintedChimes

please make it a good game because my psp is just sitting there rusting.

imbacon
imbacon

I meant to quote him when he was calling DS fans lame. That would have put it in the right context as in, "Someone with a DBZ avatar calling someone else lame?" kinda thing.

supercrap1
supercrap1

Wish it came with a moving chair or something

blackIceJoe
blackIceJoe

This sould be good. But I really do not have high hopes. I hope I will be wrong though.

xaos
xaos

Not a DBZ fan here, but what does his avatar have to do with his point about people with an inexplicable hatred of the PSP trolling here?

imbacon
imbacon

methedemon, Says the guy with a DBZ character for an avatar.

emmamon
emmamon

i woud rather save the money for a ps3

GrimBee
GrimBee

methedemon, i agree. Keep relavant peeps!! geez! Im glad afterburner is coming out on this, its gameplay is perfect for a handheld. Hope the loading times are kept to a bare minimum!

Charlie2688
Charlie2688

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CYbErBoT101
CYbErBoT101

i laugh at ur noobness!!(to amurphy245)...dunt tlk about something unless u really have it or know wat ur tlkin about....can u really say a single console out on the market dusnt have a port or sum remake?!?

methedemon
methedemon

DS fans are so ******* lame. I mean the headlines CLEARLY says PSP if you are a DS owner and don't care about PSP then WHY did you click the link AND post some COMPLETELY stupid thing like "omg sony sux zey gave up on psp omfg" ?

grey_98
grey_98

Sony sucks... they've pretty much given up on the psp

imbacon
imbacon

Wasn't the DS getting made fun of because it was getting rehashed franchises?

Ericvon71
Ericvon71

Cool, this is a really good game.

Bananna2
Bananna2

it not a port you noob (to amurphy245)

budlongmv
budlongmv

What about the Next-Gen Afterburner? I want to hear more about that one!!!

HXCDEW
HXCDEW

amurphy245, it's a friggin remake you ignorant fool. If that's bothering you then I guess you never get a break from all those rehashed Nintendo games! GTFO if you have nothing better to say.

Maquis_UK
Maquis_UK

surprised anyone is announcing psp titles... most devs have jumped ship for DS

edubuccaneer
edubuccaneer moderator

That's great news. Bring back the forgotten classics.

xaos
xaos

"lols psp gets a 20 year game as a headline,its a great game dont get me wrong but is a 20 year old sega port realy all the psp has to offer?" Nope, it's not.

amurphy245
amurphy245

lols psp gets a 20 year game as a headline,its a great game dont get me wrong but is a 20 year old sega port realy all the psp has to offer?

xelloss88
xelloss88

Sounds cool, my psp is lonely.

Prime05
Prime05

NIce! I needed some good news after learning I might not get a PS3.

aashkii
aashkii

Let's hope this new After Burner game won't suffer like almost every other PSP game out there. I'll buy it if it gets great reviews (at least an 8 out of ten.)