Minus a number of exceptions, Sega has by no means been particularly recognized for its on-line video games. The corporate’s heaviest hitter, Sonic the Hedgehog, has at all times been primarily an offline sport, though the current Staff Sonic Racing does assist on-line mulitplayer. Nonetheless, the vast majority of Sega’s most well-known video games are ones which might be concentrate on offline-play. The corporate goals to vary this nonetheless, as evidenced by a current Q&A for Sega’s traders. It confirmed that it desires to make extra on-line video games, notably for the West.
Apparently, Sega has elevated analysis and improvement prices, that are being poured into on-line video games within the West. The corporate is even contemplating engaged on a brand new MMORPG mission for Japan. This appears to be an costly endeavor, as “one thing within the 10 billion yen class” might been invested into it. Sega additionally talked about that one in all its core groups, The Artistic Meeting has grown tremendously since its acquisition in March 2005, partly resulting from its concentrate on on-line multiplayer video games. These embody titles like Rome: Whole Battle, Halo Wars 2, and Whole Battle: Warhammer. The success of those video games is likely to be why Sega desires to speculate into extra online-focused titles. If nothing else, it could widen the corporate’s breadth of video games.
One Sega on-line franchise that has a stable fan-base is Phantasy Star On-line, with its most up-to-date entry, Phantasy Star On-line 2 turning seven years previous in 2019. Maybe the corporate is seeking to develop one other sport on this franchise? Maybe it might be for the subsequent era of consoles, that are reported to launch subsequent yr? Or perhaps it will likely be a brand new IP altogether.
At this level, it’s unclear, however the prospect of Sega increasing the varieties of video games it makes is thrilling. What sort of on-line Sega video games would you wish to see? Tell us!