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Propeller Arena: Aviation Battle Championship

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Propeller Arena: Aviation Battle Championship
Publisher: Sega
Developer: Sega AM2
Planned release date: 2001-08[1]
System(s): Sega Dreamcast
Genre: Action
Number of players: 1-4
Status of prototype(s): Dumped and released

Propeller Arena: Aviation Battle Championship was an infamous unreleased Sega Dreamcast game developed by Sega AM2. The game has since been leaked onto the internet.

In the game, the player flies various planes across arenas and engages in dogfights, making it a spiritual sequel to Wing War. Propeller Arena was also designed with online multiplayer in mind, and had the servers been activated, would have supported the Dreamcast Microphone.

Propeller Arena was reportedly finished and ready to be released in late 2001, but was cancelled at the last minute in response to the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States of America. It is assumed that the "Tower City" stage was the main reason for this decision, as it is possible to fly around and crash planes in a city based on New York, and, according to Sega of America, allows "a determined individual to deliberately play the game in a manner that generates images similar to those we have seen on the news"[2].

Propeller Arena was not the only video game to be affected by the news, but is one of the few to be cancelled entirely because of it (another was a planned re-release of Crime Patrol).

Production credits

BGM "SOJ Selections" Staff:
  • Musicans: Martin Hirsch (Vocals), John Underdown (Vocals), Yu Watanabe (Guitar), Daisuke Nihei (Bass), Yuuki Maeda (Drums)
  • Engineers: Hiroyuki Hamano (Main Engineer), Tomoyuki Niitsu (Assistant Engineer - IRc2 st), Chitumi Karasawa (Assistant Engineer - MIT st)
  • Producers: Makoto Suzuki (COMPOZILLA), Takeshi Uehara (MIT GATHERING), Kaori Takai (COMPOZILLA), Tatsutoshi Narita
  • Composers: Sachio Ogawa, Tomoya Koga
BGM "SOAD Selections" Staff:
  • Contract: Rob Alvarez (SOAD), Cord Smith (SOAD)
  • Musicians: Fat Wreck Chords Label
  • Consumed
  • Mad Caddies
  • No Use for a Name
  • Rise Against
  • Zero Down
Victory Label
  • Old School 101


Magazine articles

Main article: Propeller Arena: Aviation Battle Championship/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

References

  1. File:NextGeneration US 78.pdf, page 74
  2. File:GamePro US 159.pdf, page 36