Found an old Gamefan magazine interview. t’s an interview from Gamefan Magazine May 1995, with Tomohiro Kondo of Team Andromeda, concerning the development of the first Panzer Dragoon game. The exact interview date was 03/01/1995. Some interesting facts are discussed like: How much power the Saturn used for the game, if the Dragon is a robot or living organism and most interesting of all, where the Panzer Dragoon world takes place!
Here are some highlights:
GF: How about the story background?
TK: The story takes place on an ancient planet somewhere in the universe. It’s been 2 or 3,000 years since civilization was at it’s peak. Since the weapon is similar to a bowgun, it’s not really an advanced civilization.
GF: Do you think you used the full potential of the hardware?
TK: This is one of the games that was supposed to be released with the launch of the Saturn, but it took a little more time than we thought. Durning the process of development, we discovered much more about the possibilities of the hardware. The Saturn has 2 CPU’s, and we didn’t use the full capacity of either of them, so I’d say we used about 70% of the hardware’s potential. Since we now know more about the Saturn than we did a year ago, our next game will show 100% of the system’s power and we’ll be able to have more polygons and more frames.
GF: Is the Dragon supposed to be a robot?
TK: No, it’s a living thing with ceramic-type armor. We set it up as a living weapon.
GF: The movement of the wings is so realistic…did you watch videos of an actual bird?
TK: Yes, the designers studied a lot. There’s no actual dragon, though (Laughs).