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Personal View: SEGA’s March 2012 layoffs – A nail in the coffin or the makings of a bright future?

April 7, 2012

Last week, news from SEGA of America broke that saw numerous members of staff fired, games canceled and a general downsizing of the entire branch of SEGA of America. Initially, rumors ran rampant and confused a large amount of fans across the globe, the worst of which was that the entire United States branch of SEGA had completely shut down, which of course is not the case.

Immediate reconstruction has taken place going into their new fiscal year. They expect a net loss of ¥7.1 billion ($86.4 million) as part of the reform and news of this dropped their entire company’s stock 4%. However, the day after their stock rose 5% and is showing signs of continual growth.

After the break I discuss the potential cancellations, their effects, observe the negatives and positives of the change and attempt to discover if SEGA truly is in trouble or if the downsizing is the start of a brilliant strategy. The rest of the post should be taken as speculation from a dedicated fan of the company and game industry as a whole and not as a financial advisor.

Out of respect of those whom lost their jobs, any subjects around them will not be mentioned at all.


Virtua Tennis Challenge released for Sony Xperia Devices

March 20, 2012

SEGA and Sony Mobile have jointly announced the release of the Virtua Tennis Challenge, a mobile version of SEGA’s popular Virtua Tennis 4 that was released early last year for home game consoles.

Available now for 5 USD on the Google Play platform, Virtua Tennis Challenge makes full use of capacitive touch screen controls and has a wealth of content comparable to the home console versions, including the heavily praised World Tour mode and multiplayer functions.

Included after the break is the launch trailer for the game.


Virtua Tennis Challenge announced for mobile platforms

January 11, 2012

A mobile phone version of what appears to be a significantly altered Virtua Tennis 4 has been revealed. Designed to take advantage of the high quality of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processor for the Sony Xperia Play, it is set to have 25 customizable real-world professional tennis players and the renowned World Tour mode from previous titles. Touch screen as well as digital button controls will be available and the game is expected to have numerous multiplayer modes, some of which are playable on one shared mobile device instead of requiring other players to have the same platform.

Outside of the Xperia Play phone, no other platforms have been announced, although iOS and Android versions are expected. Although described as the first Virtua Tennis release on mobile platforms, it is actually the third.

[Source: SEGA Blog]

SEGA Tokyo Game Show 2011 Roundup

September 23, 2011

SEGA had the largest lineup or show floor of any publisher at Tokyo Game Show 2011. As such, they have received the most amount of people view their titles and had the longest press and fan events. They also had an extensive library of games by Electronic Arts that they demonstrated as they will be distributing a large amount of their games in Japan in the upcoming years.

We have collected info from hundreds of previews, interviews and presentations then summed it all up in a simple read after the break.


SEGA GamesCom 2011 Roundup

August 21, 2011

Although SEGA was notably absent from GamesCom 2010 (with the exception of Virtua Tennis 4), their showing at the German event this year was very strong. Mostly focusing on home console releases, not much new info was revealed overall, but each product featured was a better representation of how the finished game will turn out. As such, each title represented had a more positive reception overall when compared to E3 2011.

We have collected info from hundreds of previews, interviews and presentations then summed it all up in a simple read after the break.


Virtua Tennis 4 ‘Move’ Demo Available Now on PlayStation Network

June 22, 2011

The Virtua Tennis 4 Playstation Move demo is now available on PSN Store, which features exclusive motion control-based gameplay. Previously a World Tour demo has been available, pre PSN outage, which features normal controller support.

Additionally, our full review of Virtua Tennis 4 will be available at the end of this week.

SEGA E3 2011 Roundup

June 13, 2011

SEGA had a fairly sizable showing at the 2011 Electronic Entertainment Expo (shortened to ‘E3’) this year and had something available on each platform, including the two platforms that were formally announced during the event, Wii U and the PlayStation Vita handheld. These are successors to Nintendo’s Wii console and Sony’s PlayStation Portable handheld, respectfully. SEGA even had a special party for Sonic fans in particular.

We have read through hundreds of impressions, interviews and gameplay demonstrations and summed it all up into a basic read. Hit the jump for the full list of details and trailers.


Virtua Tennis 4 Out Now

May 10, 2011

Virtua Tennis 4, the latest release in SEGA’s very popular sports franchise is out now in North America on Wii, PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 and will be released within the rest of the world later this week, and as Power Smash 4 in Japan.

All versions have console-specific features. The Wii release has an option to use the MotionPlus adapter, while the Xbox 360 will support Kinect, and the PlayStation 3 release will offer PlayStation Move and 3DTV support.

SEGA Tribute – Don’t Stop Me Now

March 5, 2011


I made this video back in 2007 or so, when I was first learning how to use video editing tools, and that is a little more than obvious. However, I feel my passion for the company and their games is very apparent and overrides most major complaints I have with it. I put a lot of love into this for no real reason other than a thank you to the thousands – Perhaps millions of great games SEGA has made that so much of us all over the world have loved through the years.

The song is “Don’t Stop Me Now” by the band Queen. After the jump is the list of games included in the video, along with the format they were recorded on in their correct order.


Virtua Tennis 4 not a PS3 exclusive

January 20, 2011

SEGA Europe unveiled a new Virtua Tennis 4 video, showcasing some of the players that will be part of the game’s line up. Female players featured are Venus Williams, Caroline Wozniacki, Ana Ivanović and Maria Sharapova. As for males, they are Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, Juan Martín Del Potro, Gaël Monfils, Fernando González, Andy Roddick and Novak Djokovic. While some of the players have been featured in previous iterations of the series, others are new additions, like Del Potro or Wozniacki.

The trailer also reveals the game will be released on Xbox 360 with Kinect support, Wii (with expected MotionPlus support) and, as previously announced, the PlayStation 3. The game is set for release this Spring.