Posts tagged London 2012
There’s a job opening at Sega Studios Australia and they want a Senior Designer with “extensive combat design” experience and ”an excellent understanding of combat game mechanics and dynamics, and how to create game experiences to the requirements of Brand and New I.P.’s.”
Sounds like Sega’s Australian studio may be leaving their Olympic roots and moving into some new action-y territory. If the quality of their London 2012 game is any proof, I have a feeling this game may be something worth watching out for. I’d expect it to be a digital release as previous announcements have stated that Sega Studios Australia is focusing on “developing licensed & original IP for PSN, XBLA, Wii-U, Vita, 3DS, PC, iOS & Android.”
I’ve got to say, it felt pretty damn good to relay some positive financial news for Sega the other day. Lucky for me, that happy train is still truckin’, as London 2012: The Official Videogame of the Olympic Games, the latest endeavor proving Sega’s odd affinity for overly long titles, has been at #1 on the UK sales charts for the past couple of weeks. The nationalist hype for the IRL Olympics was bound to kick this game into the upper ranks, so I feel rather silly for being genuinely surprised that it’s been taking home the proverbial gold medal in terms of sales. It’s fortunate, then, that this officially licensed title has been received fairly well, with our own Brett Hatfield giving it a much higher score than most previous Olympic videogame efforts have managed to garner.
Even more interesting is that Sega’s other mouthful-of-a-title Olympic game, Mario and Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games, has also been riding the patriotic wave, as it has proudly remained perched at the Bronze metal #3 spot on the UK charts for the past few weeks as well. I had no idea people would be so eager to reenact the big events at home. Hopefully, Olympic fans realizes that an overweight plumber and an anthropomorphized hedgehog will never hit the track in any real-life events.
[Source: Games Asylum]
It’s always been kinda weird to me how the Olympics are the most prestigious sporting event in the world, yet when it comes to video game adaptations of the games, things aren’t exactly as well spoken of. You’d think such a thing would be an easy fit for the virtual world. While there’s been occasional gems, most Olympic outings have been, putting it bluntly, utter crap. Sega’s take on the 2010 winter games, aside from a couple events, was pretty much a bland, overly difficult waste of space that did the company no favors in keeping its grasp on the license.
And that brings us to London 2012. While you can imagine why most of us didn’t really want to take the review, this year’s version has shown a bit of promise and improvement over the Winter outing, and being Sega’s first completely developed in-house stab at the Olympics, with Sega Studios Australia at the helm, it could very well be the turning point in this license’s video game legacy. Will it pull a Michael Phelps and shock the world? Or will it follow the footsteps of its predecessors and drown instantly? Hit the jump to find out. More >
OK hands up. Who forgot this game existed?
Well to be fair on you, Sega’s more interesting Olympic title was already released a while back, so it’s pretty hard to get excited over a ‘normal’ videogame adaptation of these events. Either way a launch trailer was released to commemorate the official Olympic videogame release. You can watch the trailer above in all it’s patriotic glory.
[Source: Sega Shiro]
According to Jeuxvideo.com,Sega just announced the official game to the Olympic Games that take place in London next year. The title is developed by Sega Studio Australia and is heading to PS3, Xbox 360 and PC. According to gamefront.de there are 30 disciplines which make use of the most modern motion-capture technology. No other details are available at the moment, but it’s safe to assume that it will be released in 2012.
Seems that after all these Mario and Sonic games for the Olympic games, Sega wants to do a ‘serious’ one for the ‘big’ consoles…