The gaming giant SEGA are taking huge steps to bring them back in to the fold. The publisher has been struggling as of late to make a dent with its games but now they seem to have a plan in mind. During a business presentation for the end of the fiscal year (ending 31st March 2017) the company has detailed its plans to revive many old and legendary IP’s players have been crying out for years.
This comes as welcome news to many fans of SEGA’s games over the years. I myself would love to get my hands on Panzer Dragoon again or maybe even Jet Set Radio. A complete reboot of Sonic would also be a welcome addition.
A document has been released detailing the rest of the companies plans but under the section “Business Strategies” we can see that they mean business to become a contender again.
Packaged Games Field (example titles: Total War: Warhammer, Yakuza 6: The Song of Life, Football Manager 2017, and Persona 5)
- Expand existing IPs and obtain new IPs for North American and European PC games
- Build revenue base by being entrusted with outsourced development
- Challenge for new IPs
- Revival of major IPs
- Effective utilization of development engines
Digital Games Field (example titles: Puyo Puyo!! Quest, Hortensia Saga, Chain Chronicle 3, and Phantasy Star Online 2)
- Create titles that will become global hits
- Establish digital marketing business
- Expand overseas publishing business
- Maintain profits through long-term operation of existing titles
- Develop next-generation titles
A few things here pop out for me. Particularly of their plans to challenge for new IP’s and develop titles that will become global hits. Its a big sign for me that they plan on creating good quality products rather than an over abundance of mediocre ones. The plan to use old titles to maintain their profits is also a great decision as they have almost 40 years of experience to draw from.
Early signs of this spawned when SEGA had released a PC port for Bayonetta and then announced a Vanquish PC Port. But who knew that it was going to be this big?
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