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Archive for January, 2014


   
 

Behind the Scenes of Game Development – Meet a SEGA Team!

Game development can be a nebulous endeavor, and it’s not often you get a comprehensive look at what’s going on behind the scenes. As part of an interview series, we had the pleasure of talking to many members of the Kingdom Conquest II Team, both at SEGA’s development studio in Japan, and here at our offices in San Francisco.

There’s a lot of interesting stuff in these conversations, from inspirational stories to amusing anecdotes, and we thought it would be convenient to collect all the interviews in one place, so that you can easily read the thoughts of those behind a modern SEGA game. While this by no means represents everyone who worked on Kingdom Conquest II here at SEGA, it’s a large part of the team that devotes most of their time to this title.

Kingdom Conquest II Interview Archive


We hope you enjoy these articles, which covers all the different disciplines involved in developing and publishing a global game. While they tend to be more specific to Kingdom Conquest II, we are confident you’ll find them interesting regardless of whether you’ve played or not!

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Kingdom Conquest II is Available for:
iOS on AppStore
Android on Google Play
Android on Amazon

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SEGA Announces 2014 Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown SEGA Cup 2014

Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown SEGA Cup 2014

The Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown SEGA Cup is back for 2014! Continuing its partnership with Alex Valle and Level|Up, the 2014 “SEGA CUP” tournament will take place in Los Angeles at the Super Arcade on April 26, 2014. For those looking to attend, you’d best brush up on your skills using the PlayStation 3 version in advance of the competition!

Details about how to participate in the SEGA CUP will be announced at a later date. For more information on the SEGA Cup please visit http://sega.com/segacup.

 
   
   
 

Come Play Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F at AOD this Weekend in San Francisco!

AOD Event

The following message is brought to you by Aaron Webber, who you can meet this weekend in San Francisco to pick up some fun SEGA gear and play Hatsune Miku, take it away Aaron!
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Hey everyone – Aaron Webber (Rubyeclipse) here, with some exciting news for those of you who will be in the San Francisco area this weekend!

We’ll be bringing Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F for the Playstation 3 to AOD, and while we’re at it, we have some exciting news for all you PlayStation VITA owners: we’re happy to announce that the fully localized version of Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA f will release on PSN this March!

Also in attendance will be our Producer for the game, Sam Mullen, who will be arriving Saturday afternoon. Sam is the person who devotes his time to localizing games like Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F, and he’s working right now on bringing the VITA version over to western shores.

AOD is a yearly convention in San Francisco celebrating anime, games, cartoons, and more, and it’s happening this weekend (January 25th and 26th) at the Hyatt Regency Hotel near the San Francisco Airport (map). For more details, you can find their registration page here. If this is the first you’ve heard of AOD, don’t worry – you can still get a ticket at the door!

AOD Event

AOD Event
AOD Event

Additionally, SEGA is donating a number of rare items to the AOD Charity Auction, including a mint condition Sonic 10th Anniversary Collector’s Statue, and a mint condition Sonic 10th Anniversary Silver Ring (Size M), among other items! If you’re a Sonic or SEGA collector, you’ll have the opportunity to bid on this rare merchandise kept safe within the SEGA vaults for over a decade – and it’s all for a good cause.

If you’re a Sonic the Hedgehog fan, come by on Sunday at 3PM to join in our “History of Sonic” panel, an interactive panel celebrating the rise of the world’s most famous blue hedgehog – we’ll also be giving out free Sonic merchandise just for attending and taking part.

So, if you’re in or around San Francisco this weekend, be sure to come by and say hello – we hope to see you there!

 
   
   
 

Kingdom Conquest II – Interview with “Tetsuo” Hisaka

In gaming companies, people tend to take on a lot of different roles. “Tetsuo” Hisaka, who works over at the SEGA of Japan offices, is one of those people. He wears many hats, from translator, to Customer Support Director, to go-between for SEGA of America and SEGA of Japan. As such, he’s been exposed to many different parts of SEGA, and has a lot of interesting experience to share. Let’s get started!

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1. How did you come to work in the Video Game industry and for SEGA? Was it always a dream for you, or was it unexpected?
I was initially working as a freelance translator, but SEGA was seeking someone with strong communication skills, and can fluently switch between Japanese and English. The job description also matched what I wanted to do, so I took the plunge into the Video Game industry. Working for a game company is a dream that a lot of kids have when growing up in Japan, and I was that lucky guy who ended up fulfilling it.

6. Do you have any funny stories about your time here at SEGA?

Oh yeah, we’re all hard workers, but we love to goof around on occasion to let off some steam.

Just last week…

Read Tetsuo’s response in the full interview at the Kingdom Conquest forums!


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Kingdom Conquest II is Available for:
iOS on AppStore
Android on Google Play
Android on Amazon

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Groove to New Songs in Go Dance from Lady Gaga, Owl City & Pitbull

Get to groovin’ with new songs available in Go Dance including:

  • “The Edge Of Glory” by Lady Gaga
  • “Good Time” by Owl City & Carly Rae Jepsen
  • “Don’t Stop The Party” by Pitbull ft. TJR

With more hit songs on the way!
*These additional songs are in-app purchase items.

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Follow GO DANCE for game updates, new song releases, and more!

Download GO DANCE for iOS from the AppStore today!


Credits

“The Edge of Glory” by Lady Gaga
Written by Paul Blair, Fernando Garibay, Stefani J. Germanotta
Published by Universal Music Corp. (ASCAP)
Published by Sony/ATV Songs LLC, House Of Gaga Publishing Inc,
© WARNER-TAMERLANE PUBLISHING CORP. , GARIBAY MUSIC PUBLISHING (BMI)
ALL RIGHTS ON BEHALF OF ITSELF AND GARIBAY MUSIC PUBLISHING ADMINISTERED BY WARNER-TAMERLANE PUBLISHING CORP.

“Good Time” Performed by Owl City and Carly Rae Jepsen
Written by Adam Young, Brian Lee, Matthew Thiessen
Published by Universal Music Corp. on behalf of itself and Ocean City Park (ASCAP) and Songs Music Publishing LLC, Briyunlee Songs, Stylishly Flyfishing Publishing (BMI)

“Don’t Stop The Party” Performed by Pitbull featuring TJR
Pitbull appears courtesy of Mr. 305/Polo Grounds Music/RCA Records
TJR appears courtesy of Rising Music through Three Six Zero Group Ltd.
Written by Written by Armando Perez, Jorge Martinez Gomez, Jose Garcia, Thomas J. Rozdilsky, and Frederick Hibbert
Pub: Blue Mountain Music Ltd/Catherine’s Peak Music, Sony/ATV Songs LLC (BMI) © THREE SIX ZERO GRP LIMITED ASCAP PUB DESIGNEE (ASCAP) ALL RIGHTS ON BEHALF OF THREE SIX ZERO GRP LIMITED ASCAP PUB DESIGNEE ADMINISTERED BY WB MUSIC CORP.
By arrangement with Sony Music Entertainment

 
   
   
 

Rhythm Thief & the Paris Caper Releases on iOS!

Tap to the beat through the City of Lights in the rhythmic adventure series debut on iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch!

Download Rhythm Thief & the Paris Caper for iOS from the App Store

Join Raphael and his faithful canine companion Fondue as they investigate the mystery of his father’s strange disappearance. Tap to the beat through the streets of the City of Lights, gather clues and thwart enemies in this toe-tapping rhythmic adventure.

Featuring the addictive timing-focused gameplay from the 3DS release of Rhythm Thief & The Emperor’s Treasure, Rhythm Thief & the Paris Caper is a brand-new adventure that has been optimized for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch with over 20 original songs, 50 new missions and new mini-games that will test players’ wits and timing.

Completing the final caper is just the beginning with a treasure trove of side-stories, limited-time special missions, daily challenges and over 100 accomplices to collect in pursuit of the perfect dancing troupe.

On sale today for $9.99 on the App Store, Rhythm Thief & the Paris Caper promises good times for all with intuitive touch controls and progressively challenging missions in a world where music, mystery and style meet.

Rhythm Thief & the Paris Caper Screenshots



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Interview with Kingdom Conquest II’s Yoshiharu “Mr. KC” Kayanuma

This interview is a fun one! We have the pleasure of asking Kingdom Conquest II’s Yoshiharu “Mr. KC” Kayanuma some questions. If you’re not familiar with him, Mr. KC is our resident Kingdom Conquest II Arena expert, and he writes analyses in the Arena reports that follow each Arena Event (such as the latest MWC 2013 Preliminary Tournament Arena Report). He knows all about the stats in Arenas, is very knowledgeable about the game, and has agreed to give us some insight into his knowledge well!

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1. Let’s start with the basics… How did you get involved in the video game industry and working at SEGA?
I was originally a director for a different game company. After I gained some experience, I joined SEGA as a Project Manager.

2. Did your unique Kingdom Conquest persona (Mr. KC) exist prior to 2011? We assume you came into existence when the original Kingdom Conquest was launched.
I gave myself this name when the Arena feature was introduced for Kingdom Conquest II, and wanted to give players more ways to enjoy the game.

3. How did you come to be so knowledgeable about Kingdom Conquest, and particularly PvP in Arena?
The development team has a “Unit Simulator” on hand. The team uses this tool to simulate ideal unit compositions, or recreate units that are being used in top tier Arena battles. Whenever a new monster or commander is released, I always go directly to the Unit Simulator to do some research.

4. What has your experience in writing for the Arena Reports been like? Have you learned anything interesting?

Head to the Kingdom Conquest 2 forums to read his answer and the full interview!


Official Links

Kingdom Conquest II is Available for:
iOS on AppStore
Android on Google Play
Android on Amazon

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Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed Releases for Mobile!

Transform mobile racing this New Year with Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed!

Out now on iOS, and very soon for Android!

Play a variety of different game modes with more than 75 events, all optimized for touch controls and iOS 7 & Android Controllers!

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We are excited to announce the release of Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed now available on iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and very soon for Android. Following on from 12 million mobile downloads of the original Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing, this sequel includes all of the exciting, transforming vehicle gameplay and multiplayer battles found in the previously released console version. With a multitude of game modes, over 75 events and a brand new World Tour, Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed has been specifically optimized for mobile and on-the-go gaming.

Sonic and his All-Star friends are breaking free from the traditional rules of the road with vehicles that transform mid-race and give you three unique ways to play. It’s a race to the finish line as you drive powerful cars, pilot agile planes and glide across raging rapids in high-speed aquatic vehicles. Choose from more than ten legendary racers such as Sonic The Hedgehog, Tails, AiAi, and for the first time in Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, Shenmue’s Ryo Hazuki and his incredible transforming arcade cabinet. You will need to master each character’s unique vehicles and game changing all-star moves to come out on top in 13 dynamically changing courses. Discover alternate routes and collect new power ups in a racing game experience that never feels the same twice.

When you feel that you’ve got what it takes, challenge your friends and race in four player local matches or in synchronous and asynchronous online multiplayer races. You’ll never need to feel like you’re racing alone with integrated Facebook and Game Center functionality that lets you see your friends’ profile pictures zoom past you on the track. Last but not least, if you want a new reason to play, iOS 7 & Android controller support transforms your racing experience into something different for mobile gaming.

Download Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed now for iOS, and very soon for Android!


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