SEGA finally confirmed the other day that they will not have an exhibition booth at this year’s E3. Following the news, it came as no surprise that much of the internet have been commenting on news stories being posted by ‘gaming journalism’ websites, spitting false claims that make me wonder if anyone even read the statement SEGA gave Game Informer. So without further ado, we will be looking at the most frequently made statements by internet users and whether these statements are true or false. I hope you guys enjoy.
SEGA will not be at this year’s E3!
False: SEGA has confirmed that it will not have an exhibition booth at the event, but stated it will have a presence at E3 2015 by collaborating with their ‘business partners’, one of those business partners right now just happens to be Sony who are helping SEGA localize Yakuza 5. Not only that, SEGA also has another Sony exclusive game called Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax that is coming over later this fall on both Playstation 3 and Playstation Vita. Sony has a long history of showing new titles for their legacy platforms, so don’t count on a ‘no SEGA presence’ at this year’s E3.
I noticed that most sites have been labeling the move as ‘SEGA not attending E3’ but its more of them not having the staff to get a booth set up and running this year. Like they said in their statement, they are focusing on their move to Southern California.
SEGA is exiting the console market, that is the reason they’re skipping E3
False: I already wrote a lengthy article on this subject here. People commented and pointed out that SEGA have cut back on their console titles, which was something they warned us about all the way back in 2012, but the fact remains that they haven’t stated that they are leaving outright and anyone saying otherwise is just speculating.
SEGA doesn’t have enough games to fill up a booth
False: Now I’m not saying that SEGA has a huge amount of upcoming titles, I’m just stating that they have enough to put a booth up if they wanted to. Sure, the SEGA of today isn’t putting out 20 or so titles a year like pre-2012 SEGA used to do (and most of those titles usually sold badly). But since they only had three titles at last year’s booth, I think its safe to say that SEGA has enough titles this year to fill a booth if they wanted to.
So what titles does SEGA have to show off?
- Total War: Warhammer (PC)
- Yakuza 5 (Playstation 3)
- Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax (Playstation 3 & Vita)
- Tembo the Badass Elephant (Playstation 4, Xbox One, PC)
- 3D Streets of Rage 2 (3DS)
- 3D Gunstar Heroes (3DS)
- 3D Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (3DS)
I think the ‘3D Classics’ that SEGA picked for this batch are really focused on appealing to a Western audience. Streets of Rage 2 and Sonic the Hedgehog 2 where two of the top selling Genesis/Mega Drive games and having the definitive versions on handheld is a big deal to us SEGA fans. They totally deserve some limelight.
Games not mentioned: Later this month Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX hits the Nintendo 3DS, coming out before this year’s E3 convention, so that is why I didn’t put it on the list. We also didn’t post the rumored ‘Sony x SEGA Projects’ that people over at NeoGAF have been talking about or the new ‘blockbuster AAA’ Creative Assembly multiplatform unannounced game that SEGA teased earlier this year. Considering that SEGA only had Alien: Isolation, Sonic Boom and Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F 2nd last year; I’d say SEGA has enough to fill a booth.
SEGA is suffering because they don’t bring back old IPs
False: SEGA not bringing back old games like ‘Ecco the Dolphin‘, ‘Shenmue‘, or whatever other IP you really liked growing up has nothing to do with why SEGA isn’t going to be at E3. Believe it or not, it most likely is about them moving their offices to Southern California. I know, strange right?
Personally I’m a bit dumbfounded that fans really think that games they ‘liked’ will turn a company around, especially when some of those talked about IPs stopped being supported forever ago. Oh, because you liked the franchise? That makes sense. Great business move.
The issue here is that most SEGA fans don’t want to face the truth, even SEGA’s flagship franchise fails to sell as much as Total War and Football Manager games do on a constant basis. I’m all for bringing back old IPs, but let’s not pretend they are going to make astounding amounts of money and don’t pretend that just because SEGA isn’t making sequels to your favorite niche retro title that its the reason they didn’t go to E3 this year.
SEGA doesn’t have a E3 booth due to restructuring and moving to Southern California this June
True: The Facts are that SEGA is missing E3 not because they are ‘lol dead’, but because they just fired a ton of employees, restructured and are moving locations from San Francisco to Southern California. Not to mention a lot of their workers declined to move due to most of them already having established lives in San Francisco, considering a lot of employees have worked there for a decade or more. If SEGA starts skipping Tokyo Game Show later this year, then we might have a problem.
This article isn’t saying that SEGA hasn’t done anything ‘wrong’ as a publisher, they aren’t perfect. Do I want them to bring over more Japanese titles? Of course. Do I want their Japanese studios to have more game output? Of course. Do I want SEGA to have E3 conferences with exciting new big triple A games? Of course. The truth is the way SEGA was operating before 2012, with them releasing over 20 titles and most of them not getting marketed well and then selling under 20k units can’t be healthy for any company. SEGA has to buckle down and get a new game plan because whatever they where doing during the last 2012 restructure is obviously not working for them. Since then they made Alien: Colonial Marines, Sonic Lost World, and Sonic Boom, and even Total War: Rome II launched buggy. If SEGA thinks this latest restructuring will change things around, then let’s sit back and see what they have in store for us. But SEGA has to remember that costumers money goes to what they think the best game available is…
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