Friday May 29, 2015
I’ve been thinking a lot about how I wanted to exit SEGA on my last blog update. This is my second time around at the company, with 11 years under my belt all total. Two SEGA buildings, shipped over sixty titles, and five different job titles. I’ve seen and done a lot. I’ve met some amazing people and forged lifelong friendships. I’ve worked on some outstanding projects, truly some of the best games in the industry. I’ve had a ton of fun.
I figured the best way was to celebrate the fun we had over the years, so I’ve pulled together a few moments that will always make me smile.
Remember that Time We Recreated Green Hill Zone Inside the Office?
We had a rule at SEGA – when you take a vacation for at least two weeks, you are fair game for pranking. We take a lot of pride in making a prank have a lasting impression. With Aaron away on a European vacation, we carved out a little time each day to dress his cubicle up like Green Hill Zone. Because of course we did.
Built with a budget of $100 and a lot of love, the results were fantastic.
Remember That Time We Grew Mustaches for Charity?
I don’t remember exactly how or why we decided to do Movember, but I’m pretty sure one of the reasons was so we could look back on us all having mustaches. We also raised a lot of money for a good cause and had a good time doing it. We even got the internet to vote on my boss’s mustache style, and Avalanche Studios chipped in to support along with us. Oh and Kate was there, hi Kate!
Remember that Hoodie? Or that Poster? Or those Lanyards?
The Community Team has made a lot of cool stuff over the years. For events, or promotions, or just for fun. I’m just as much a fan of SEGA as you are, so getting a chance to make some official merch – totally awesome. If nothing else, I’ll always be warm with one of the various SEGA hoodies!
Remember That Time When I Ended my Ice Skating Career?
Kellie does. She made sure to show everyone in the office. She posted it to our official YouTube account. The video even aired at our holiday company meeting, which was hosted that year in a movie theater. I’ll play myself out…
Remember that time, at that event, where that thing happened?
I love events. I’m a big fan of all things gaming and I nerd out for E3, for PAX, for in-game events, or for local stuff in our office. How can I not though? Working to build these big programs, lots of stuff to reveal, activities planned, merch created, developers on the floor, and a ton of fans to meet. Walking on the floor in your team colors, seeing the unexpected, the travel, the food; it’s like nothing else. Here’s a random selection from some of my favorite moments at SEGA:
Remember That Time, in That Game, what was it called?
I’ve had the good fortune of working on a ton of titles. There’s too many to count and too many to list here. So I’m picking a few titles that may have slipped under your radar over the years. Not really a top 5, just a solid group of awesome SEGA titles that you might have missed out on.
SEGA 3D Classics
Consider that the Alien has been seen in movies, TV, as cartoons, toys, and more. You know what the creature is, you know what it can do, and yet Alien: Isolation will scare you silly. That’s a pretty big feat and an incredible achievement. Play with the lights off, headphones on, hardest difficulty, don’t kill any humans, and don’t die. Not impossible, I did it on my 2nd playthrough and it was insanely challenging and fun!
To the fans of SEGA, on the blog, social media, the forums, at events, on email, anywhere at all – thank you. One of my primary goals has always been to help surface your words, concerns, and excitement into every area of the SEGA company. I’ve met some amazing people, carried out some intense conversations, and built some lifelong friendships. The SEGA community is awesome, I’m sad most of all to not have the opportunity to work within it.
If you had a special memory or fun experience with SEGA social, with me personally, or anything related to SEGA – I’d be honored if you’d share it in the comments. Thank you!
Tuesday May 19, 2015
As part of PlayStation Network’s Extended Play sale, we have two SEGA games discounted for you, with special deals for PlayStation Plus members. Please keep in mind these sales are for the Americas only!
Tuesday May 19, 2015
Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX, the unique 3D rhythm game developed specifically for the Nintendo 3DS, will now launch on Sept. 8, in North America and Sept. 11 in Europe. The game will be available in stores and digitally on the eShop for the originally announced price of $39.99.
In North America, we will offer a special physical Launch Edition at retailers nationwide. This launch edition of Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX will include the game, premium outer box packaging, and a 3-foot wallet chain designed after Hatsune Miku’s iconic belt – a simple and stylish way for fans to represent their love for Miku. All copies of the game will include 19 double-sided augmented reality (AR) cards that show off additional dance moves and costumes.
In collaboration with Good Smile Company, a popular Japanese figure company, Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX features Miku and all of her friends in their Nendoroid figure style. The game features 48 full-length versions of fan-favorite songs players can challenge themselves with by trying to match the rhythm in “Tap Mode” and “Button Mode,” each with multiple difficulty levels, which can be further augmented with challenge and support items.
But the rhythm game is just one facet of Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX – players can also customize a virtual apartment for their favorite Miku character with decorations, seasonal items, and more. The Mirai Theater has replay functions so players can watch their favorite videos and add scrolling commentary. Choreograph entirely new routines by making new moves in the Dance Studio, and compose brand new song phrases in My Tune. This info can all be shared on customizable Profile Cards, which can be shared via StreetPass and kept current via SpotPass.
Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX will launch on Sept. 8 for North America and Sept. 11 in Europe in stores and digitally on the eShop.
Thursday May 14, 2015
We announced today that 3D Thunder Blade, re-mastered exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS, is now available to download in the eShop.
3D Thunder Blade is a recreation of a one-of-a-kind combat helicopter arcade machine originally released in 1987, re-mastered for the Nintendo 3DS hand-held system. In 3D Thunder Blade, players control a helicopter and use guns and missiles to destroy enemy vehicles while flying between buildings, through caves, and into enemy bases. The re-mastered version boasts stereoscopic 3D visuals, support for the Circle Pad Pro or C-Stick, and adds a host of new features including two options for gyroscopic controls, adjustable difficulty settings, and a mode that recreates the look and feel of the original arcade machine with additional sound effects. Replay saving and stage select are also available!
Unlocked by completing the Arcade Mode, a Special Mode allows players to replay the game with upgraded attack powers, increased numbers of enemies with placements in new locations, all-new enemies, and an additional stage that was developed specifically for this re-master. 3D Thunder Blade also introduces brand new remixes of the original in-game music that can be toggled ‘on’ and ‘off’.
3D Thunder Blade is available now for download in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS.
For more information on the creation of the SEGA 3D Classics, head over for an in-depth interview with the M2 Developers.
Friday May 08, 2015
At SEGA we are committed to making fun, high-quality mobile games and it is with our fans’ best playing experience in mind that we announce the removal of a number of games from our back catalogue. It is important for us to ensure that all of our fans, regardless of platform or operating system, have a great playing experience and after evaluating our complete list of titles, we have determined that a number of them no longer meet our standards. As a result, we will be removing these titles from the App Store for Apple devices, the Google Play Store, the Samsung App Store and the Amazon App Store over the next few weeks. While we have nothing to announce at this time, given the right situation, these titles may return in an updated form.
If you have already purchased a game that is being removed from the store you will be able to continue to play it after it’s been taken down. It will remain in your purchased apps where you will be able to download it again if you delete it or acquire a new device until the game becomes incompatible with the latest phone operating systems or hardware.
Thank you to all our customers for sharing what they love about our games and helping us to continue to improve everything we make.
Thursday Apr 16, 2015
3D Fantasy Zone II W, is available today to download in the Nintendo eShop!
3D Fantasy Zone II W is the popular side-scrolling shooter, first released for the SEGA Master System in 1987 as a sequel to 1986’s Fantasy Zone, in which players control a sentient spaceship named Opa-Opa to fight bizarre invader enemies. The re-mastered version upgrades all visuals from 8 bit to 16 bit graphic standards and combines stereoscopic 3D effects with a host of additional features to deliver cutting edge gameplay experience with a classic feel. Additional features include:, the ability to save games for later review, a Stage Select feature that allows players to save and resume progress mid-game, and adjustable difficulty settings. Further, this game allows the player to experience two games in one, the re-mastered master system version of story mode “Tears of Opa Opa” and an all new Endless Game Mode that takes place in the mysterious “Link Loop Land”, which condenses the all of the fun features of the shooter.
3D Fantasy Zone Developer Interviews
Learn more about 3D Fantasy Zone II straight from the developer! Our blog series looks at the history of 3D Fantasy Zone II while looking at the technical challenges for bringing the game to 3D, porting the game to and from the original arcade board, and developing the all new Link Loop Land mode. If you love the game and want to learn a bit more about how it came together, these are for you!
Tuesday Apr 14, 2015
Three more titles are incoming to the second batch of the SEGA 3D Classics exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS. Featuring some of the most iconic games from SEGA’s Genesis console, The SEGA 3D Classics Series will let fans relive SEGA’s legendary console era and take them on a 3D ride through gaming’s golden age with 3D Streets of Rage 2 in July, 3D Gunstar Heroes in August, and 3D Sonic The Hedgehog 2 in September 2015. These games will follow the releases of 3D Fantasy Zone II (April 16, 2015) and 3D Thunder Blade (May 14, 2015).
Just like the previously released arcade classics, each game in the series delivers a full-fledged re-mastered vintage experience, stunning 3D visuals and optimized for the platform. All games in the series will include brand new modes and features, letting you play the game how you remember it but also in an entirely new way.
Thursday Mar 12, 2015
SEGA is headed to this year’s EGX London show from March 12th to March 14th. The show will feature a chance to come out and meet our SEGA teams, play our games, and even walk away with some special giveaways. Read on for all the details…
Creative Assembly is bringing a eight playable PC’s dedicated to Total War: Attila, first consumer hands on with Total War Battles: Kingdom 2, and Total War: Rome 2 – Wrath of Sparta DLC across two PCs on the show floor. Find us on the Ground Level, Room: East Side Mall.
15 Years of Total War – To celebrate 15 years of Total War, previous Legacy titles will be playable across 8 PC’s including Rome, Medieval 2, Shogun and many more including the accompanying DLC. Scratch cards will be handed out to consumers which will contain a code to either a free game, DLC, a one of a kind Viking helmet and up to 3 gaming laptops! (courtesy of MSi)
Developer Sessions – On Friday 13th at 2pm, Creative Assembly discuss how the animation process has evolved Total War games over the last 15 years
Game Jam – Creative Assembly will be supporting this years Game Jam following the success of last years Rezzed and EGX activity. The Prizes and GameJam theme will be announced by Creative Assembly on the opening day of the show.
Tembo The Badass Elephant
We JUST announced Tembo The Badass Elephant and it is playable this weekend at the EGX Rezzed show! Come by and check out the newest partnership between SEGA & Game Freak! Find us on the Ground level, Room: Quayside 1.
Missed our announcement? Check out the trailer for more info:
Once again, SEGA sponsor the hugely popular and successful indie arcade the Leftfield Collection. Over 20 indie games on offer for public feedback, play testing and showcasing. This a ticket selling event which has grown bigger and better year on year.
Drop by and Say Hello!
We look forward to seeing you at the show, come by and meet the SEGA of Europe team!
Thursday Mar 05, 2015
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Friday Feb 20, 2015
SEGA’s Hardlight Studio and Creative Assembly are teaming up with the SpecialEffect UK Charity for the GameBlast15 nationwide gaming marathon!
Today, February 20th from 4pm to midnight GMT (8am – 4pm PST), Hardlight will stream classic Sega console games and mobile games designed by the studio on SEGA’s Twitch Channel.
Tomorrow, Saturday 21st starting at 10am GMT and ending 10am GMT Sunday, Creative Assembly will stream Total War: ATTILA on the Total War Twitch Channel.
Many Hardlight and Creative Assembly employees have personally donated to SpecialEffect in previous years during GameBlast, but this time we wanted to participate by streaming our games to help raise money for this great cause.
The SpecialEffect charity puts fun and inclusion back into the lives of people with physical disabilities by helping them play video games using technology ranging from modified joypads to eye-control, finding a way for people to play to the very best of their abilities. By leveling the playing field, they bring families and friends together and having a profoundly positive impact on therapy, confidence and rehabilitation.
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