Layoffs hit SEGA Studios Australia, studio’s new direction discussed

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Kotaku Australia reports of the downsizing of SEGA Studios Australia. In a move to a more digitally-focused market for mobile and other unspecified platforms 37 workers have been made redundant moving forward. Perhaps the final retail release from the Brisbane-located studio will be the upcoming London 2012 Olympic Games for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC, a realistic Olympics release when compared to the recent Wii and Nintendo 3DS Mario & Sonic titles.

Originally known as the Australian branch of The Creative Assembly that developed the successful Medieval II: Total War in 2002 and the 2009 critical and financial disappointment StormRise; In recent years they have been known for porting Sonic Classic Collection for Nintendo DS as well as the PlayStation 3 versions of Viking: Battle for Asgard and Bayonetta.

Although it is worthwhile noting that this is the only major downsizing SEGA as a whole has had since early 2010, something like this is never good news. We wish the best for all of those who lost their jobs in this brutal economy.

[Source: Kotaku Australia]

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2 Responses to “Layoffs hit SEGA Studios Australia, studio’s new direction discussed”

  1. Pao Says:

    Wasn’t Bayonetta PS3 developed by NEX entertainment?

    Anyhow, I thought this studio made generally bad to decent games, Medieval 2 was easily the worst TW game I played. and the rest of their work is poor from what I played.

    Sad to see people lose their jobs though.

    • Sega Uranus Says:

      It is my understanding that NEX worked on the controls and menu ascetics while SSA redesigned the core game to run on the PlayStation 3 console (in an impressive amount of time I think), but if I am wrong I will change it.

      I feel the studio was ill-prepared for designing large games like they originally were, so I think the new focus on smaller games is better for them.

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