It’s a sad day when one of the former big shots in the gaming industry is having tough times. I remember the days of epic battles of SEGA and Nintendo and never in my life would I have thought that a SEGA game would ever be on a Nintendo console. But those times have changed since SEGA has gotten out of the hardware market and they are still having some issues.
According to sources, SEGA will be closing their QA department in North America and moving QA testing of their games to their Europe branch. They will also be laying off people in development, social, marketing, and design departments. This all came out after SEGA announced they were restructuring their business model and only focusing on core franchises. The current franchises that are safe from cancellation are Sonic the Hedgehog, Football Manager, Total War and Aliens . No word yet on other games such as Rhythm Thief & the Emperor’s Treasure but I assume it is still coming out.
Let’s hope this doesn’t mean we can’t see games like Streets of Rage, Golden Axe, or Comix Zone make a return. I know some people have been waiting for Shenmue forever and they may just have to wait a bit more now. For my sake, I hope SEGA still releases more Game Gear games on the 3DS… and of course one in particular would be nice :)