Golden Axe
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Update (Thu 12th Jan, 2023 14:30 GMT): Zvitor announced on Twitter yesterday that his promising fan game Golden Axe Returns will be released on PC on the 17th of January. So, there's not long now to wait!

The game is being made using OpenBOR, the open-source 2D-sidescrolling engine, and will see the return of familiar characters from across the series like Sara Burn, Tyris Flare, Ax Battler, and Kain Blade. You can watch some recent footage of the game in action below. The following two videos demonstrate the game's co-op mode:

Original article (Thu 29th Sep, 2022 13:00 GMT): Golden Axe is one of Sega's most popular arcade series, so it's a bit of a shame that we haven't seen an entirely new game in the series since 2008's much-maligned Golden Axe: Beast Rider. Nevertheless, for fans chomping at the bit for new experiences, it seems like there are a ton of great fangames to dip into, which brings us to the topic of today's article.

Recently, on YouTube, the developer ZVitor showed off an impressive demonstration of a new fangame he's been working on, Golden Axe Returns. The game shows the fan-favorite Amazonian warrior Tyris Flare as she battles through wave after wave of Longmoan soldiers with the use of her fists, swords, and fire attacks. A second video posted the day after, meanwhile, gave us a better look at the rideable Chicken Leg, a creature that originally debuted as an enemy in another Sega game Altered Beast before turning up in Golden Axe and Golden Axe 2.

Over on his Twitter, ZVitor has also been sharing development images. These include a closer look at the sprite for Ax Battler and images of the various mounts we'll see in the game.

So far everything is looking promising, which shouldn't really be a surprise given ZVitor's other fangames. In 2021, he released an impressive game based on the Dungeons and Dragons Animated Series, and he's also created numerous comic book tie-ins for stuff like Marvel Infinity War and Justice League Legacy. We can't wait to see what he'll be able to accomplish with this new Golden Axe fangame.

Given ZVitor's track record, we expect this to launch on PC when it's complete. You can keep up to date with the development - which again, is still early days - on ZVitor's Twitter or on their YouTube.

What do you think of the footage? Is this one you'll be keeping an eye on? Let us know in the comments!