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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 – 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:
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Android on Amazon

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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!


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

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Interview with Kingdom Conquest II’s Server Programmer

Most of the time we hear about designers, artists, and writers of games as they are the ones who dream up the worlds that we spend a lot of our time in. However, it’s always important to remember that all these dreams would never become reality without the dedicated efforts of the engineers behind the scenes. So, in the hopes of helping you all understand what kind of challenge this is, we sat down with Takuya Yamazaki, the Server Programmer on Kingdom Conquest II, to hear what he has to say about his profession! Cool Fact: He is also the creator of Super Monkey Ball’s AiAi!

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1. Thanks for joining us! Before we dive in to what you do for SEGA, can you introduce yourself and tell us a little bit about what you do on Kingdom Conquest II?
I am in charge of creating the game logic and designing the server infrastructure for KCII. I’ve always wanted to work in the game industry, so my dreams really did come true.

2. Engineers are always in high demand at tech-based companies, and gaming companies are no exception. Did you always want to work in games?
Yep, sure. I always wanted to be a game programmer since I was in elementary school. At the time, I made a game using the Z-80 Assembler language on an 8-bit PC, and submitted it to a magazine. You could say that I’ve been a programmer for over 30 years!

3. What kind of games have you worked on in the past? How did you come to work on Kingdom Conquest II?

Read Yamazaki-san’s response in the full interview on the Kingdom Conquest II forums!


Official Links

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

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Interview with KCII Live Ops Director

We’ve done a number of interviews with members of the Kingdom Conquest II team, in all different branches and fields of game operations, from development to support. Therefore, it stands to reason that there is someone overseeing all of the mobile title operations here at SEGA. That person is Ethan Einhorn. He’s responsible for Kingdom Conquest II and all of the other mobile games we’ve grown to love, and we managed to sit down with him for a few minutes to learn about what he does.

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1. What do you do here at SEGA? What do your responsibilities include?
I manage the Live Operations team in the US, which is responsible for coming up with cool in-game events, and making sure players know what’s happening in Kingdom Conquest II’s world of Magna!

2. You’ve been working at SEGA for quite some time. Can you give us an idea of what your journey has looked like up to this point?
I’ve been at SEGA for ten years. The company has allowed me to work in many different roles, including public relations, production, creative direction, business development, and now, live ops. I’m a life-long SEGA fanboy – I vividly remember the Christmas in 1987 when I unwrapped a SEGA Master System. At the time, it was the only system where you could play Double Dragon in co-op, so I was stoked! My first job was working at a Dairy Queen (I was fifteen), and my first three paychecks went to buying a SEGA Genesis – Altered Beast was the pack-in game, but I also bought Batman and Strider. Later on, I saved up $400 to buy a launch-window Saturn (Panzer Dragoon made the system a must-own for me). By 1999, I was such a core fan that I couldn’t wait for the 9/9/1999 launch of the Dreamcast – I bought an import Japanese version about four months prior to the US launch, just so I could play Sonic Adventure and Soul Calibur without delay!

3. What kind of path/career advice would you give to someone looking to work in games?

Read Ethan’s response in the full interview on the Kingdom Conquest II Forums!


Official Links

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

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Interview with Nobby Matsuo, Kingdom Conquest II Live Producer

There are many jobs in game companies that gamers rarely hear about, or maybe aren’t even aware exist. That doesn’t mean they’re not important or non-vital to a game’s success. One of these roles is the Live Producer. Live Producers focus on the vision and life of an online game, guiding it along its path to success, and ensuring that the various teams stay on-track through its life cycle. For Kingdom Conquest II, this person is Nobby Matsuo, and he’s agreed to sit down with us and talk about his profession.

Interview with Nobby Matsuo, Kingdom Conquest II Live Producer

1. Can you give us a brief idea of what your job is here at SEGA?

I’m the Kingdom Conquest II Live Producer for the Western territories. I work as one of the conduits between the Western operations team and the dev/operations team in Japan. More specifically in regards to questions, issues, suggestions, requests, information sharing, and… sometime rants, from both sides, to make sure the game is operating the best it can in our territories. Being a Producer, its my job to facilitate processes and direct communication between the real talent (community management, game master, executives, PR, brand management, QA, localization, and the ops/dev team in Japan) to help them make the game really shine. I’m usually in the background and don’t pop in unless an issue arises or needs to be averted; I troubleshoot until the problem is taken care of, then get out of the way to let the talent do what they do best.

2. How did you come to work at SEGA? Did you always want to work on games?

I’ve always had a passion for games, but I didn’t always want to work on them. In college I majored in biology, got my degree, then ended up producing games. It was purely by chance I arrived in the game industry. A summer job in my 3rd year in college testing Final Fantasy VII for the PlayStation 1 changed my career plans.

Since that summer job, I had a fantastic experience being part of the team that brought additional Squaresoft titles like Final Fantasy Tactics, Saga Frontier 1 & 2, Xenogears, Front Mission 3, etc. to the U.S. audience.

Skipping ahead by a decade or so after working on several dozen games across a couple of game companies, I jumped at the chance to work at SEGA.

3. From your perspective, what does the typical life-cycle of an online game look like?

Read Nobby’s answer and more questions in the full interview on the KCII 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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Prepare for Kingdom Conquest II’s Magna World Championship 2013

Acecook presents
The Kingdom Conquest II Magna World Championship 2013 Challenge!

Do you have what it takes to be the best?

The Magna World Championship 2013 is the first ever offline Kingdom Conquest II tournament to decide who is the mightiest Kingdom Conquest II player. Players will individually compete in the Preliminaries, and the Finals will be held in teams consisting of 3 members. The Grand Champion will receive a one year supply of Super Cup noodles from the tournament sponsor Acecook Co., Ltd., a uniquely designed Original Commander exclusively for this tournament, and other amazing prizes.

Be sure to check out the official Magna World Championship 2013 website for additional details.

Magna World Championship 2013 Details



MWC 2013 Preliminaries

Dates: 10/31/2013 – 11/7/2013 JST
How to Join: Participate in the Kingdom Conquest II Arena Event
Entrants Allowed: Only 1 Character (Across all Worlds)


MWC 2013 Final Championship

Date: 12/7/2013 1:00pm – 5:00pm JST
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Prizes:

  • 1 Year Supply of Acecook Super Cup Noodles
  • Original Commander
  • Other Amazing Prizes


Additional Details


  • More MWC 2013 Details can be found here.
  • Finalists will be directly contacted with location details for the Final Championship round.
  • Dates may be subject to change and will be announced on the official MWC 2013 site.


About “Kingdom Conquest II”

It is a time of war and chaos. Begin with nothing and end with a kingdom. SEGA’s Kingdom Conquest II is the epic free-to-play strategy game for conquerors. Dominate real players online. Unite the strong and crush the weak until final victory is declared. You decide who joins your cause or submits to your will. Kingdom Conquest II blends the best elements of card battling, real time strategy, MMORPGs, and 3D dungeon battles to deliver a massive and addictive fantasy war game like no other.

Official Links

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

Official Website
Facebook
Twitter
Google+
YouTube

 
   
   
 

Kingdom Conquest II “Global War” World Pre-Registration Opens

Get ready for Season 3 of “Kingdom Conquest II”. Pre-register and train in the “Global War” World!

Global War Pre-Registration Details

Click here to Pre-Register for the upcoming “Global War” World

Pre-Registration Reward: SR War Elephant Monster Card

The mighty War Elephant possesses the “Trample” skill that can damages enemies in a wide radius. This creature is easy to use, and is versatile for both PvE and PvP. Find out more information about this creature and others at the Kingdom Conquest II Magnapedia.

What’s New in Season 3?

Kingdom Conquest II is proud to announce the upcoming November launch of “Season 3″.

The following features and much more to come will be introduced in Season 3 of “Kingdom Conquest II”.

  • PvE Arena System
  • Raid Battles & Rewards
  • New Debris Monsters
  • New Monsters & Commanders
  • Global War Function

The PvE Arena allows players to fight against NPC opponents in the Arena. This will give players the opportunity to freely experiment with new Unit compositions and discover new ways to enjoy the game. Players can also test out battles before sending out their Units to attack as well.

Raid Battles will test the coordinating abilities of fellow alliance members. A powerful enemy unit will appear for a limited period of time, and players are required to send their best units to subdue this foe. Players will then be scored on their performance, and rewards will be given out based on this.

Finally, New Debris Monsters will join the battlefield, as well as New Monsters with unique skills, and New Commanders with new abilities that will bring more strategic elements. This and lots more will be introduced in Season 3, giving players even more freedom and choice to conquer Magna in their own ways.

Represent in the “Global War”

Before the start of Season 3, players can experience first-hand the brand new “Global War” mechanism starting on Oct. 31st.

Banners representing the Alliances

Global War will introduce the concept of Affiliations. Players can choose from up to 40 Banners to represent their Affiliation, and will be used to represent the overall influence of alliances. Players who are united under one Affiliation will be ranked on a daily basis, and can be seen on an over-arching world map. Find out more details by visiting the “Official Global War” website.

Affiliation influence represented by Color

Players can try out this new feature by going to the “Kingdom Conquest 2 Official Website” and pre-register to take part in the “Global War” World and start with an SR War Elephant to start your conquest right!

About “Kingdom Conquest II”

It is a time of war and chaos. Begin with nothing and end with a kingdom. SEGA’s Kingdom Conquest II is the epic free-to-play strategy game for conquerors. Dominate real players online. Unite the strong and crush the weak until final victory is declared. You decide who joins your cause or submits to your will. Kingdom Conquest II blends the best elements of card battling, real time strategy, MMORPGs, and 3D dungeon battles to deliver a massive and addictive fantasy war game like no other.

Official Links

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

Official Website
Facebook
Twitter
Google+
YouTube

 
   
   
 

Kingdom Conquest II Mega Drive 25th Anniv. Card Giveaway

Monsters from classic SEGA Mega Drive games make their way into Kingdom Conquest II’s world of Magna as Altered Beast’s Werewolf and Golden Axe’s Gilius Thunderhead join the battlefield!

Giveaway Details

Enter for your chance to win One of 600 Mega Drive 25th Anniversary Cards:

Altered Beast Werewolf R Monster
(300 Codes)

and
Golden Axe Gilius Thunderhead SR Commander
(300 Codes)

on Kingdom Conquest II’s Facebook and Twitter!


How to Enter

Two Ways to Enter, Two Chances to Win

Facebook – Enter to Win One of 600 Mega Drive 25th Anniversary Card Codes!
1. Go to the Kingdom Conquest II Facebook page and ‘Like’ us.
2. Once you have ‘Liked’ the page, access the ‘Mega Drive 25th Annivesary Card Giveaway’ entry form here.
3. Fill out the form and submit your entry.

Twitter – Tweet Using #KC2MD for Another Chance to Win!
1. Follow @KingdomConqGame on Twitter.
2. Post a Tweet using #KC2MD to enter.

Additional Information

Giveaway Winner Code Distribution Dates: 2013/11/1 ~ 11/13 (PST)

  • Winners on Facebook will be contacted via the email address they provided during sign up.
  • Winners on Twitter will be contacted via Direct Message.
  • To ensure code distribution, please respond accordingly to the message you receive if you are chosen as a winner.

IMPORTANT

  • The Altered Beast Werewolf Monster Card will be sent to the Present Box when redeemed, and can only be collected once in the World where you are logged into.
  • Only 1 Golden Axe Gilius Thunderhead Commander can be hired in a given World. If you try to redeem two codes in the same World, only one Gilius can be used, and the other will be lost forever. (Same goes for the campaign reward.)

NOTE

  • Facebook and Twitter registration (Free) is required participate in the giveaway.
  • Please be sure to double check the proper usage of #KC2MD when Tweeting.
  • If you ‘unlike’/‘unfollow’ during winner selection at the end of the giveaway, you will not be eligible to receive a prize code.
  • Only users who Tweet the specified hashtag will be eligible for this giveaway on Twitter. Please be aware that “Private Tweets” will not be eligible.
  • Once the giveaway winners are selected, winners will be contacted via email (Facebook) and Direct Message (Twitter). If the giveaway winner cannot be contacted, the winner will not be eligible for the reward. We will not be able to answer any personal inquiries regarding these instances or the outcome of the giveaway itself.
  • You may enter on both Facebook and Twitter to double your chances of winning.
  • If selected as a winner, you can only win once.
  • Please do not disclose any personal information that may identify yourself or other players within the game.
  • All entries will be properly accounted for before rewards are fulfilled.
  • Announcements will be made if any changes are made to the giveaway details.
  • Redemption period expires on November 14th, 2013.
  • Campaign details may change without prior notice.

 
   
   
 


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