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Archive for February, 2014


   
 

Rome: Total War – Alexander, Out Now for Mac!

Rome: Total War Alexander for Mac

Rome: Total War – Alexander is available on Mac now in North America for US $6.99, £4.99 (inc. VAT) in the UK and €5.99 (inc.VAT) throughout Europe. Rome: Total War – Alexander is also available online for direct download from a variety of digital partner sites worldwide including the Feral Interactive Store and the Mac App Store.

Developed by Creative Assembly and published by SEGA for Windows PC and now adapted for Mac by Feral Interactive, this grand expansion pack for Rome: Total War – Gold Edition (required for play) challenges you to recreate the extraordinary military conquests of Alexander the Great himself.

In a fast-paced single-player campaign of 100 turns, players are challenged to match Alexander’s ferocious speed of thought and action. Just as he conquered the known world in 13 short years, players must rapidly capture a multitude of territories from Europe to India while regularly outnumbered by hostile armies.

More info available here!

 
   
   
 

Go Behind the Scenes with Sonic Boom

Get a look behind the scenes of the Sonic Boom game and TV show!

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We are also pleased to confirm the English language voice talent and voice director for the Sonic Boom videogame and TV series:

•         Sonic                     Roger Craig Smith

•         Dr Eggman          Mike Pollock

•         Tails                       Colleen Villard

•         Knuckles              Travis Willingham

•         Amy                       Cindy Robinson

•         Orbot                    Kirk Thornton

•         Cubot                    Wally Wingert

•         Voice Director    Jack Fletcher

 

The full list of cast names will be available at a later date.


 

 
   
   
 

Company of Heroes Wins FREE DLC in Make War Not Love Event!

In a bitterly fought contest between two giants of the strategy game genre only one community would emerge victorious. The Total War community fought valiantly but ultimately swords and trebuchets proved no match for tanks and automatic weapons as Company of Heroes 2 emerged victorious in this unique Steam event.

Make War Not Love - COH2 Wins!

To the victor goes the spoils and the valiant efforts of the Company of Heroes 2 community have earned all Company of Heroes 2 owners the opportunity to download two brand new commander packs on Steam, for free, until February 22, 2014, 10:00 AM PST.

Company of Heroes 2 Free DLC

Soviet Commander: Advanced Warfare Tactics. He will help you gain vital intelligence and exploit enemy movements with PPSH equipped conscripts and the most powerful incarnation of the vaunted T-34 tank armed with a hard hitting 85mm cannon.

German Commander: Close Air Support Doctrine will help you gain tactical air supremacy over your foes by providing close Air Support and cover for frontline engagements by utilizing the powerful weapons of the versatile JU-87 and its destructive power.

A full list of abilities for both commanders can be found on the Steam product page here: http://store.steampowered.com/sub/38625

Giving players another reason to celebrate today, Relic also released a brand new update for Company of Heroes 2, introducing several new features. The ‘Aftermath’ adds Battle Servers to the game, improving the multiplayer quality for matches involving slower internet connections. The update also streamlines the surrender process, adds a new map list and will see the first community created map get integrated into the game.

Bragging

“Tally ho losers. We kicked your butts!” said Jeffery Simpson, Community Manager for Company of Heroes 2. “Massive congratulations to the awesome Company of Heroes 2 community. Go and download your reward now, you’ve earned it!”

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Congratulate Company of Heroes on Twitter!

 
   
   
 

Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA f Pricing Info & Release Date!

Another Hatsune Miku update lovingly penned for you by our own Aaron Webber. Read on for news concerning the upcoming PS VITA release, DLC news, and even a live appearance of Aaron and Sam in Alabama!

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Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA f
Happy Valentine’s Day, Hatsune Miku and SEGA fans alike! Whether you’re snuggling up with your significant other or whether you’re forever alone (don’t worry, you’re in good company), today we’re happy to finally announce the specific launch date for Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA f on the PS VITA!

On March 4th, just under a month away, you’ll be able to download the game in full via PSN in North America! All you European readers can also look forward to the game releasing in your territory on March 12th.

We’re also happy to announce the price of the game: $29.99!

New DLC Cross-Buy Promotion

Hatsune Miku Project DIVA f

Next, we’re also excited to announce a new DLC Cross-Buy promotion for both the Snow Miku 2013 and the Extra Character Modules DLC! If you already own this DLC on the PS3, you’ll unlock it for free automatically when you purchase the PS VITA version of the game!

Likewise, if you pick up the PS VITA version first and purchase this content, you’ll also instantly unlock it on the PS3 version if you pick that one up later. We hope you all enjoy this little extra touch!

The Show Must Go On!

Hatsune Miku Project DIVA f is at Kami-con!
And with that, we’re off to showcase the game this weekend here at Kami-con in Alabama! Let us know what you think of the news in the comments

 
   
   
 

50% Off Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse

Starting today and through the Valentine’s Day weekend, download Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse for only $4.99 USD on iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch! Get into the spirit of love and help Mickey rescue Minnie from the evil witch Mizrabel.

Download Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse from the App Store

 
   
   
 

Dr. Eggman Invades Sonic Dash in All-New Boss Battle

Sonic Dash is under attack from an old enemy! The latest Boss Battle update challenges you to score big by seeing how far you can run as Sonic the Hedgehog, and now you can also battle the ultimate boss… Dr. Eggman.

Starting today, you can take part in the ongoing struggle between Sonic and his arch-rival Dr. Eggman. This devious boss battle will test your reflexes as you dodge, dive and dash past an onslaught of explosives and deadly traps. If you beat the boss you’ll earn a massive score bonus to help get a step ahead of your own personal nemesis: your friends’ leaderboard positions.

Also, mark your calendars! The next Sonic Dash global challenge begins on February 21st and players will once again have to work together to unlock a brand new playable character who is sure to steal some hearts.

Sonic Dash is available for FREE and the Dr. Eggman Invasion begins today on iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Google Play.


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Make War Not Love This Weekend with Rome 2 and Company of Heroes 2

MAKE WAR NOT LOVE

SEGA presents the heavyweight bout they said could never happen, as two giants of the strategy game genre throw it down for a dirty Valentine’s weekend battle exclusively on Steam! Relic’s Company of Heroes 2 and Creative Assembly’s Total War: Rome II players will face off in the Make War Not Love promotion, with the winning community earning their chosen game some brand-new free DLC for five days.

From 10:00AM PST today battle will commence with each in-game victory earning points that will count towards a total tally. Players of both sides can keep track of who’s coming out on top at www.makewarnotlove.com up until the contest reaches its climax on Monday February 17, 2014 at 10AM PST. Be sure to follow both sides on Twitter to get involved in all the pre-match trash talk, it’s gonna get messy. @companyheroes and @totalwar.

For added pleasure, each game will be on sale via Steam at 50% off for the duration of the promotion. So slip into something comfortable, flex those fingers and get down to business. Every player’s contribution counts.

If the glory of Total War: Rome II prevails, the latest DLC unit pack, Beasts of War, will be made available for fans to pick for free via Steam for five days.
If Company of Heroes 2 lands the knockout blow, two new multiplayer Commanders will be free to download via Steam for five days.

“Company of Heroes? More like Company of ZEROES, am I right?” said Craig Laycock, Community Manager for Total War at a recent weigh-in. “Their dreams will fall apart like a poorly-maintained M4 Sherman, rusting at the seams, and it’ll be Total War players that confine them to the scrap heap.”

COH2 Community Manager, Jeffery Simpson responded in bullish fashion saying, “The only people dreaming here are the Total Bore team. Even a poorly maintained M4 Sherman would bust through the flimsy armor of a bunch of prissy Roman Legions. Doesn’t matter how many swords you bring to this gunfight, you’re going down.”

Have a favorite? Want to participate? Post cheers or jeers in the comments and let us know!

 
   
   
 

Vote for SEGA in the 2014 Pocket Gamer Awards!

We are honored to have several nominations in multiple categories in the 2014 Pocket Gamer Awards! Help us out by voting on your favorite SEGA mobile games.

SEGA is nominated for the following awards:


Best Strategy/Simulation Game
Football Manager Handheld 2014


Best Sports/Driving Game
Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed


Best Publisher
SEGA


Vote Now in the 2014 Pocket Gamer Awards!



 
   
   
 

SEGA Launches New Franchise Strategy for Sonic the Hedgehog with Sonic Boom

Sonic Boom Game Announcement Screens

For more than two decades, Sonic the Hedgehog has been one of the world’s biggest gaming icons, with over 70 video game titles, four animated series, and an extensive global merchandising line to his name.  This year, SEGA is excited to introduce a new branch of the Sonic universe, entitled Sonic Boom, that will debut a new look for Sonic and friends and launch their first-ever CG animated television series, new video games for Wii U  and Nintendo 3DS, and a new toy line.  The creative driving forces behind these projects are working together with SEGA to kick-start a global campaign for Sonic Boom that will excite and engage new and existing fans across a variety of platforms.

Sonic Boom Game Concept Art

Sonic Boom’s visual identity includes character designs inspired by the abilities and unique personalities of each of the characters, while still maintaining the core identity and values of the Sonic brand.  The rich worlds of the TV series and videogame will share a common narrative and a number of location and stylistic similarities reflecting full collaboration between videogame, TV series partners and SEGA from the outset.

Sonic Boom TV

The Sonic Boom television series, co-produced by SEGA of America Inc. and OuiDO! Productions, will debut on Cartoon Network in the U.S. and on CANAL J and GULLI in France during the 2014/2015 season.  The series is an ensemble comedy consisting of 52 x 11-minute standalone episodes packed full of high-adrenaline action.  Every episode starts from a small character-driven story and explodes into an epic tale of saving the world, robot battles and more.

Sonic Boom Game Announcement Screens

Serving as a prequel to the stories revealed in the TV series, the Sonic Boom video game will deliver a totally different experience to previous Sonic games with collaborative gameplay at its core.  Developed in the U.S by California-based Big Red Button Entertainment (Wii U) and Sanzaru Games (Nintendo 3DS) in collaboration with Sonic Team, this is the third title to be released as part of an exclusive deal with Nintendo.  Sonic Boom will take advantage of the innovative hardware of both the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS, with traditional elements of Sonic games, such as speed, also featured.  The videogame will also introduce exploration, combat and a new Enerbeam tether mechanic that will allow the Sonic Boom world to be discovered in totally unique ways.

Sonic Boom Game Announcement Screens

Sonic Boom will be supported by a robust global licensing and merchandising program, anchored by new master toy partner TOMY. TOMY’s line will showcase the new character looks, stressing interaction between core characters, and will feature new play patterns based on both the new game and TV series.  TOMY will develop a comprehensive toy range across a broad number of categories including plush, action figures, RC, role play, vehicles and novelty. Sonic fans can expect a high-quality, collectible toy line fueled by TOMY innovation and energized with speed, lights, sounds, motion-activation and action-performance.  SEGA will launch a broad licensing program across multiple categories including toys, apparel, publishing, accessories, food and beverage, health and more – making this one of the biggest license initiatives SEGA has undertaken in recent years.  The company will enlist many of its current partners who have had tremendous success with Sonic over the past years while seeking new licensees to join this exciting new Sonic licensing program.

Sonic Boom TV

“We want to ensure that the Sonic brand continues to evolve and appeal to new generations of Sonic fans and this different look introduces a fresh approach that will be at once both familiar and new to consumers,” said John Cheng, President & COO, SEGA of America. “We are committed to supporting this initiative to provide great entertainment to fans for all aspects of their lives.”

Sonic Boom Game Announcement Screens

Sonic the Hedgehog first appeared as a videogame character in June 1991 and instantly became an icon for a generation of gamers. Defined by his super-fast speed and cool attitude, in the years since he first raced on to videogame consoles Sonic has become a true global phenomenon with over 140 million videogames sold or downloaded worldwide across consoles, PC’s, mobile phones and tablets. SEGA’s iconic blue blur has also gone on to enjoy incredible success in many licensed areas, such as toys, apparel, comics and animation.

Sonic Boom TV

The Sonic Boom TV series is a co-production between SEGA of America, Inc. and OuiDO! Productions.  Executive producers on the show are Evan Baily, Donna Friedman Meir and Jane McGregor on behalf of SEGA, and Sandrine Nguyen and Boris Hertzog from OuiDO!.  Other partners involved in the TV series include Lagardère Entertainment Rights for distribution and Lagardère Active TV Licensing & New Business for licensing and merchandise in France.

Trailers

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If you are in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, or Latin America, watch a sneak peek of the Sonic Boom television animated series below.

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If you are in the United States, Canada, Asia, or if the above video isn’t available where you are, watch the same sneak peek below.

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Game Concept Art

Sonic Boom Game Concept Art

Sonic Boom Game Concept Art

Sonic Boom Game Concept Art

Sonic Boom Game Concept Art

TV Concept Art

Sonic Boom TV Concept Art

Sonic Boom TV Concept Art

Sonic Boom TV Concept Art

Sonic Boom TV Concept Art

To see more exclusive artwork, see the Sonic Boom story from the Associated Press.

 
   
   
 

Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA f is coming to PS VITA this March!

The following is brought to you by renowned Miku Cosplayer and world class Miku Lip Sync’er – of course it’s our own Aaron Webber …

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Hello again, Playstation aficionados, Miku fans, and gentlemen and ladies with fine taste in music games. Aaron from SEGA here, and we’re excited to confirm with you all that Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA f will be releasing for your PS VITA this March!

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The game will be available on PSN, and will also feature a completely separate set of trophies from the Playstation 3 version (go for that double platinum)! We’re also happy to confirm today that we will be bringing over the DLC that many have asked us about: the Snow Miku 2013 DLC, the Extra Character Modules Pack, and the Extra Songs pack will all be available at launch in March. We’ll be announcing details on pricing for these, as well as the full game, here on the SEGA Blogs soon.

It’s rather amazing to look back see how far we’ve come over the last year, and for that, we have nothing but thanks for each and every one of you who picked up the game (or plans to) and is part of that story. From a Facebook post asking for your likes and shares, to a PS3 version announcement and successful launch, and now, for all the PS VITA owners, a portable version of Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA f in just a month. A lot can happen in a year!

Questions? Comments? As always, we’ll be out and about responding to your notes below. Drop a line and let us know what you think!

 
   
   
 


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