Sega supports the development of some of the most popular game franchises – Sonic the Hedgehog, Yakuza, Streets of Rage and Bayonetta, to name a few. A “tactical alliance” with Microsoft seems to be brewing to create next-generation experiences using the Azure cloud platform. The partnership has not yet been consolidated, but the joint efforts of Sega and Microsoft may lead to the creation of “large global games.”
one article On Sega’s official website, more background information is provided for the entertainment company’s Microsoft support program. Sega’s main goal is to develop “super games”, with special attention to keywords such as “global”, “online”, “community” and “IP utilization”. We may enter a new era of multiplayer games released/developed by Sega based on recurring themes. Maybe, even MMO. But this is all speculation.
Yukio Sugino, President and Chief Operating Officer of Sega Corporation, expressed his overall excitement about the partnership and the recent announcement:
“We are pleased to announce today that we are considering forming a strategic alliance with Microsoft to help develop Sega’s new “Super Game” program and build a next-generation game development environment. By considering a strategic partnership with Microsoft, we seek further Promote our game development so that fans all over the world can enjoy our games; in this regard, our goal is to build an alliance that utilizes Sega’s powerful game development capabilities and Microsoft’s cutting-edge technology and development environment.”
Similarly, Microsoft’s CVP Sarah Bond expressed the group’s respect for Sega’s historical pedigree and emphasized the use of cloud-based capabilities:
“Sega has played such an iconic role in the gaming industry and has been a great partner for many years. We look forward to working with them to explore new ways to use Microsoft cloud technology to create unique gaming experiences in the future. Together, we will reimagine the game. The goal is to add more value to players and SEGA etc. in the way of building, hosting and operating.”
The specific details about these two companies remain to be seen.
In other Sega news, the last chapter of the Bayonetta series has been revealed, and it looks bigger and better than ever, with fierce monster battles. Bayonetta 3 will be launched on Nintendo Switch sometime in 2022.
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