SEGA promotes James Schall to VP of digital business

JamesSchallVPDigitalBusinessSEGA Europe has announced that they have promoted James Schall to vice president of its digital business from previously being director of digital distribution where he increased SEGA’s digital business success across consoles and PCs. As VP of digital business, James Schall will work with a growing number of third party studios to launch SEGA’s upcoming catalog of digital titles.

“James has made a huge contribution to Sega’s growth over recent years and I’m delighted by his promotion. With this appointment we are well positioned to continue our initiatives and further strengthen the fantastic partner and studio relationships we have.” – John Clark Senior VP of Commercial Publishing at SEGA

SEGA’s recent digital game successes include the release of Bayonetta, launching Warhammer: Dawn of War III and Total War: Warhammer 2.  SEGA also recently announced that they will be reviving their older IPs on their ‘road to 2020’, but those are set to be packaged games, while I wouldn’t be shocked if some of those are digital.

“I’m excited by the new role as it will enable me to work more closely with our development studios, continuing to focus on delivering our amazing content to our passionate fans and communities.” – James Schall, VP of Digital Games SEGA Europe

I think SEGA Europe’s digital branch has been kicking ass on their releases, my only complaint is that they don’t come fast enough. Though we are getting Vanquish PC port a month after Bayonetta, that’s an improvement. I hope James Schall really does look into what ‘passionate fans and communities‘ want. Maybe look at some sort of list conducted by votes from SEGA fans… Like some sort of Top 100 SEGA games list

[Source: MCVUK]

Endless Space 2 releases today for Windows and Mac

The Amplitude Studios developed Endless Space 2 sees its full release today on Windows and Mac. The turn-based strategy sci-fi game is a sequel to 2012’s two-time Unity-award winning Endless Space. As of July 2016, Amplitude Studios is a fully owned subsidiary of SEGA, meaning Endless Space 2 is a franchise fully owned by SEGA!

While the game has been available via early access since October 2016, today marks the full official release. The game is available on Steam and Amazon, and is available in two digital editions: the standard edition of Endless Space 2 for $39.99 and the Deluxe Edition of Endless Space 2 for $49.99 which includes a digital soundtrack, the “PATHFINDER” hero ship skin and “PATHFINDER” academy heroes Brunem Berto-Lancellum and Kinete Muldaur.

SEGA News Bits: Sonic Forces Custom Character Reaction

Sonic Forces custom character creator was revealed this morning, making this the 3rd game play style in the game. If you guys didn’t know, we discussed a Sonic Forces custom character (mostly as a rumor) in a couple of our past videos and now it seems that its actually true.  On this SEGA News Bits we discuss our thoughts on the Sonic Forces custom character game play, talk about the Sonic fan creation community, check out some hidden Easter eggs found in the trailer, and much more. So tune in to our special SEGA News Bits talking about Sonic Forces custom character reveal. What are your thoughts on Sonic Forces‘ using a custom character as its third gameplay? Let us know in the comments below.

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SEGA News Bits: Bayonetta PC Sales Discussion

Bayonetta released in early April to PC, and on this SEGA News Bits George and Barry take a look at the sales figures. Are Bayonetta‘s numbers Heaven or Hell for SEGA? What games could we see released next? Find out on this witchy News Bits! Want to win a copy of Bayonetta for PC? Enter our contest which runs through May 11th!

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SEGA News Bits: Sonic Forces Classic Gameplay in Green Hill Zone Impressions

Hold the presses, Sonic Forces has just showed off extended classic gameplay of Green Hill Zone! Join George and Barry as we discuss what we think of Sonic Force‘s graphical engine, our thoughts on Green Hill Zone returning (once again), the new Sonic Forces‘ music, and game game featuring Sonic Mania‘s drop dash? Like always let us know what your thoughts on Sonic Forces re-using Green Hill Zone, any theories you might have about the game and your overall thoughts on the new Sonic Forces music track being used for Green Hill Zone.

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Rumor: Vanquish PC port hinted in latest Bayonetta PC update

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The PC port of Bayonetta has been released recently and quickly sold over 100k in it’s first week. Naturally with the success of the Bayonetta PC port, a question that comes up is what will the future hold for potential SEGA and PlatinumGames PC ports. Well we may or may not have an answer, and surprisingly it’s from a strange update.

Bayonetta on PC has been recently updated, with a mysteriously small update at only 22KB. Out of curiosity, some people have dug into the EXTRAS folder and found a new image. A lone picture of the character Sam Gideon from Vanquish, a third person shooter by Platinum Games and SEGA originally released in 2010 on the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3. Why the image was quietly put into the Bayonetta folders is unknown, but it is possible that Vanquish will receive a port on PC in the future, with the image being a small teaser/easter egg. However it may also simply be a homage to another Platinum Games title published by SEGA.

Either way, the update does raise questions of a potential PC port of Vanquish, or at least something related to Vanquish. Stay tune for possible news of a PC port in the future until then.

[Source: NeoGAF]

Bayonetta on Steam has sold over 100k copies on its first week

26317ana110812_017According to Steam Spy, the PC version of Bayonetta has moved 114,007 units (as of writing this post) on its first week on sale. Bayonetta debuted on PC last week for the asking price of $19.99, which is quite the bargain. You also have to note, that Steam Spy gets its sell figures by counting owners of the game on public profiles and only on the Steam platform. If the game sold anywhere not using Steam or users have their profiles set to private, they won’t get counted. I would say this is a conservative estimate. The game is also been trending on Steam at #3, even a week after its release. Not bad for an eight year old port of a game. For example Yooka-Laylee, a game created as a Banjo-Kazooie spiritual successor has 63,870 units sold on its first week and Gearbox’s re-release of Bulletstorm Full Clip Edition has only moved 11,335 units.

I’m pretty sure the success of Bayonetta on Steam will lead to many more SEGA PC ports and we might finally see a glorious PC port of Vanquish. You know, its long over due, right SEGA?

What SEGA PC port do you want to see hit Steam? Let us know in the comments below.

Rumor: Sonic Mania to feature animated cut scenes

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The more we know about Sonic Mania, the more hyped we get for the upcoming title. From its in-game animation, its retro graphics, physics, controls, music, and now animated cut scenes? The above gif was spotted by a SSMB forum member on the tumblr of Max Collins. The animated gif was quickly deleted by Max Collins, which lead people to believe that the animation is something he is working on for Sonic Mania. If you never heard of Max Collins his resume includes work for Studio Yotta and Cartoon Network.

First of all, the animation is fantastic, so if he is working on this type of quality animation we are in for a big treat when Sonic Mania finally releases. The other reason that users believe its actually from Sonic Mania is that the enemy actually looks in line with the new bosses being called ‘Hard Boiled Heavy’. While we haven’t seen all the bosses yet, we have seen silhouettes which you can view below. People think its the one on the top right hand, since it seems it has lines indicating there is flying and there is a cape drifting to the left. Not to mention, Sonic CD had similar style cutscenes and we know that the developers are huge fans of Sonic CD.

What are your thoughts on this leaked animated gif by Max Collins? Would animated cut scenes in Sonic Mania get you more hyped? Sound off in the comments.

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[Source: Sonic Stadium]

SEGA News Bits: Bayonetta PC Port Released Reaction

SEGA and Platinum Games have teamed up to reveal that their countdown site was in fact a announcement of their Bayonetta PC port. The Bayonetta PC port is now available to download on Steam and other PC game stores. SEGA is calling the Bayonetta PC port the ‘definitive’ way to play the award winning title. On this episode we break down what the Bayonetta PC Port offers, chances of Bayonetta 2 making it to other non-Nintendo platforms and speculate what the future of the Bayonetta franchise holds. Tune into SEGA News bits and remember, being bad never felt so good.

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Bayonetta available now for PC with new features and bonuses

Fans can rejoice as the sexy gaming icon, Bayonetta, is now available on PC with newly added features such as 4K support and advanced graphical options.

Did we mention there’s no wait? Purchase the game today on Steam! Users who purchase the game before April 25 will get the Digital Deluxe Edition, priced at $19.99, which includes a five-song soundtrack, digital art book, and exclusive wallpapers and avatars at no additional cost. Learn more about the release at the official Bayonetta website, and check out the digital manual for the game.

Are you excited to replay Bayonetta on your PC? What other titles would you like SEGA to rerelease on PC? Feel free to tell us your thoughts by leaving a comment below.

Superdimension Neptune VS Sega Hard Girls hitting PC this summer

ogpFans of Idea Factory International’s Superdimension Neptune VS Sega Hard Girls are in luck, the company announced that the title will be hitting PC this Summer. For those that didn’t know, Superdimension Neptune VS Sega Hard Girls was originally only released on the PlayStation Vita and will now support 1080p graphics on PC. The game features all the gals from SEGA’s animated Sega Hard Girls TV show, hence the name Superdimension Neptune VS Sega Hard Girls. 

Check out a overview of the game after the jump. Who here is interested in Superdimension Neptune VS Sega Hard Girls due to the SEGA TV show crossover?

[Via: Gematsu]

SEGA would ‘love to do’ physical Sonic Mania release

SonicMania05_1469195449Sonic Mania is shaping up to be one of SEGA’s most prolific Sonic the Hedgehog titles and it all has to do with going back to basics. Sonic Mania has garnered excitement from retro gamers to new gamers alike and most of them want to see a physical release. Fear not, SEGA’s Product Manager Jim Dyer has been listening. He had this to say via a interview with Twinfinite:

“We would love to do one. We want the community to know that we are listening, and at SXSW they suggested a lot of interest in us following through with a physical release. But we’re also aware that audience approves of anything Sonic related, so while we are listening and it is something we’d like to do, at this stage we are going to see how it goes.”

Jim Dyer even talks about how one of their biggest niches is their community and they are listening to them. Are you interested in a physical version of Sonic Mania? Do you feel that SEGA listens to their community? Let us know in the comments below.

[Via: Go Nintendo]

SEGA releases 8-Bit Bayonetta on Steam

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SEGA hears that you want Bayonetta on PC, so instead of putting in the work for a full PC port, why not release 8-Bit Bayonetta on Steam? Of course its not the title we all wanted, its at least free with no ads, so its a nice little surprise from SEGA coming up on April 1st. Platinum Games released the 8-Bit Bayonetta ‘flash game’ last year for fans to play and was originally posted online for Platinum Games to advertise that they were hiring new staff.

Now SEGA has published 8-Bit Bayonetta on Steam with the following features:

  • Jumping!
  • Double jumping!
  • Shooting!
  • Scoring!
  • Achievements!
  • Wicked chip-tune Bayonetta theme song!

Download the game here, via Steam! 

8-Bit Bayonetta weighs in at 60mb, which means its a tiny game. This is the first time SEGA has actually published a Bayonetta game since the first title back in 2009. If you play the game, 8-Bit Bayonetta teases a countdown page with a promotional image from Bayonetta 1. Maybe SEGA wants to revive the franchise? What is your thoughts on 8-Bit Bayonetta and what do you think it means for the future of the franchise? Sound off in the comments below.

If you play the game, you are lead to a countdown page here. The countdown ends on April 11th and has a promotional photo of Bayonetta‘s foot used for the first game. Putting my detective skills to work, I will safely assume that SEGA has a Bayonetta PC port to announce.

SEGA announces Total War: Warhammer II

If you didn’t know, when SEGA first announce the Total War: Warhammer project a few years back they said that the game was going to be so large, that it would take three parts to experience the whole thing. Not surprisingly, SEGA announced Total War: Warhammer II earlier today.

Total War: Warhammer II will introduce the following new races to the game:

  • High Elves
  • Dark Elves
  • Lizardmen
  • Secret fourth unannounced race

Total War: Warhammer II will continue expanding its Total War type gameplay, but Creative Assembly have promised that the game will have a “new style of narrative campaign”.  This new campaign promises to offer hundreds of hours of gameplay. The Creative Assembly promises old Total War: Warhammer owners an update that will combine thecampaign maps that will consist of both games. This means you can play any race you own (consider each game has its  own races) via the campaign. This new update is expected to hit the first game after Total War: Warhammer II launches.

SEGA has not given a specific release date for Total War: Warhammer II, but it promised to release it before the end of the year. The last game, Total War: Warhammer III should release sometime in the future. Considering that the first game has over 1.4 million steam owners, I’d say this is a highly anticipated title.

SEGA News Bits: Sonic Forces Fan Theories Discussion

Welcome to another episode of the SEGA News Bits, this week George and Barry discuss Sonic Forces fan theories that have been circulating around the internet. Strap in, because we are in for a weird ride. On this episode we give you our take on some of the more popular Sonic Forces fan theories such as the third gameplay being a customizable character named Buddy, Tails giving up hope, Sonic Adventure style gameplay, and many more. This is more of a discussion episode and not really a news segment, for those of you who watch the show strictly for news. Let us know what your Sonic Forces fan theories are in the comments below. Like always, thanks for watching.

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