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Atlus now belongs to SEGA

18 Sep

sega atlusYou surely heard about the bankrupt of Index Corporation, owner of well know game developer Atlus, from last June. Till now the future of Persona developer has been uncertain, and players from all around the world worried about its acclaimed IPs.

Till now, because today SEGA-SAMMY Holding Inc. has concluded a business transfer agreement with Index Corporation for the purpose of revitalization of the business. Basically, SEGA just bought Atlus and all its IPs.

These are the reasons for SEGA to put its hands on the Japanese developer: to gain access to prominent IPs in the home video game software, through which the Company can expect to achieve steady flows of revenue; to help revenue growth for the PC Online Game Business and Content Business for Smart Devices operated by SEGA and SEGA Networks Co., Ltd. by exploiting acquired prominent IPs and to maximize the value of acquired IPs by effectively deploying them in the Pachislot and Pachinko Machines segment, Amusement Machine Sales and Amusement Center Operations segments.

Let’s just hope to still get all the finest Atlus’ games localised, and not just splashed inside boring pachinko slots.

The tentative due date of the acquisition is currently set for November 1, 2013. Bloomberg reported that the acquisition may be valued at about 14 billion yen ($141 million).

Here’s the full press release.

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New Alien game from SEGA: try harder!

10 Sep

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We know most of you reading this title will think “oh come on… again??”, but hey, yes! According to some picture posted on twitter, Creative Assembly is (or was, we don’t know) hiring for their new title based on the Alien franchise.

Looks like, despite the flop of Aliens: Colonial Marines, SEGA is not giving up with the IP. We just hope this time the choice to give it to the developer behind the Total War franchise will be a good one. Gearbox was clearly too busy with Borderlands 2 to concentrate on Aliens, but Rome 2 is (kinda) done and already released, giving CA all the time to develop a good game.

You can make it… right?

First concept arts from the upcoming Grasshopper Manufacture’s game

28 Mar

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Nop, now we’re not talking about Killer is Dead anymore. This is beyond that!

Do you remember the news about Grasshopper Manufacture being acquired by GungHo Online Entertainment? Good, this will their first project together!

Goichi Suda spoke to Weekly Famitsu about it, and here we go!

“The game will obviously have Grasshopper Manufacture’s signature forte of hack and slash action at its base, but we hope to incorporate GungHo’s power and know-how in areas we don’t have.”

パンピーが見てんじゃねぇよ (What are you looking at, 'normal person?)

パンピーが見てんじゃねぇよ (What are you looking at, normal person?)

We don’t really know much about the game, but both Suda51 and Kazuki Morishita (GungHo bossman) confirmed that the protagonist will be a female (thankfully they don’t give a fuck about publishers), that the game won’t be on smarthphones and/or tablets (thanks x2) and that the plot will be set in some asian environment. While the title, the release timing and the platforms remain unknown. Stay tuned!

grasshopper manifacture, gungho online, suda51 goichi suda

 

Sony UK teases something about a new Ovosonico IP (?)

21 Mar

ovosonico sony uk teaser egg

Just few days ago we told you about Ovosonico signing with Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios Europe, to work together on a new intellectual property.

Today we report a strange thing teased by Sony UK on their Facebook page. Indeed they posted a weird red mechanical egg (picture above) just saying “It’s coming…”.

It could be everything, even a new Iron Man game as far as we know…but why we suppose it is something related to Ovosonico? Simply because Massimo Guarini (founder of Ovosonico) shared the news about the egg on his Facebook profile and on Ovosonico’s official page.

ovosonico egg massimo guarini sony uk

ovosonico massimo guarini sony uk egg

Obviously this is just a rumor, but it could say that the announcement of the new IP from the Italian indie studio is coming soon. Stay tuned.

 

Ovosonico signs with Sony

19 Mar

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Today Ovosonico, an italian independent game studio founded last year by Massimo Guarini, specialized in IP Creation by designing and developing original, unconventional and artistically crafted video games characterized by a strong sense of authorship, signed a partnership with Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios Europe. SCE WWSE will be working together with Ovosonico on a new (not-yet-revealed) intellectual property.

These are words from Massimo Guarini, founder and CEO at Ovosonico, known to be a former Suda51’s Grasshopper Manifacture director:

“There has never been a better time to contribute to the growth of the video games industry. Ovosonico aims to challenge convention, to push the boundaries further and expand our medium by delivering innovative, emotionally engaging games that deeply resonate with people.
SCE Worldwide Studios Europe understands our vision and we are thrilled to partner with them. We strongly feel that they are the perfect partner for us.”

On the counterpart, Michael Denny, Senior Vice President at Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios Europe, said:

“We’re incredibly excited to be working with such an innovative new studio as Ovosonico. It is through working with creative minds such as Massimo Guarini that ensures that the best exclusive games are only available on PlayStation and we firmly believe that this relationship will result in something special. This is the first studio we have worked with in Italy and due to the growing talent in this country; we believe the first of many.”

We are really excited about this announcement, because Guarini worked on Grasshopper Manifacture’s Shadows of the Damned as director, and we know that Suda always chooses the people to work with very wisely. By the way, we’re not very surprised about this partnership…because we had some sort of feeling when last February we saw this tweet:

So, can we expect a new IP on the upcoming PlayStation 4? We’ll see, stay tuned.

***UPDATE March 21 2013***

Sony UK teased a strange mechanic egg that seems to be the CG version of Ovosonico logo.

Teaser sites everywhere!

8 Feb

We all know the video games industry feeds on hype. And beside all the regular hype-increaser stuff, like trailers or other advertisements (like this one), sometimes video games companies opt for some sort of mysterious teaser sites, that make gamers and press yell “what the fuck is this?”.

We got a couple examples online right now.

The first one is from SEGA and it features three different artworks (one of them below) and teases a February 12 reveal. You can check out the site here.

sega teaser site 12 feb 2013

Someone said that seems to be for a Japanese version of Korean online game Chaos Online, because, as you can check by yourself here, the game’s official Korean site features banners with the same artworks.

The second one is from Square Enix. The site (here we go) is called murdered.com and it features just a random symbol painted on a rainy road. The header also says: What is the hardest case to solve?

murdered square enix teaser site

Square Enix is less cryptic than SEGA; indeed, beside the header and the platforms logos, it is also teasing some hints via its social network channels (like this brand new Twitter account), posting some absolutely meaningless images like this one below.

murdered square enix teaser site

Any clue about this? Someone on the net found this harvester.netops.eidosinteractive.com/harv.js?’+Math.random(); string in the HTML source of the site, so probably it’s some new IP called Harvester, but more likely it’s just another spin off game from the 13 series that no one wants [Cit.].

**UPDATE (9 Feb 2013)**

Apparently Square Enix replied to Kotaku asking for more details. Here it is:

Murdered: Soul Suspect is an exciting new game from Square Enix which challenges players to solve possibly the hardest case of all.”