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SEGA and Nintendo enter an exclusive partnership for Sonic franchise

18 May

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The war is officially over! Well, it’s been over for years actually, but it’s a today’s news that SEGA and Nintendo entered an exclusive partnership for the Sonic The Hedgehog franchise. This new agreement will make Nintendo consoles the number one destination for Sonic gaming over the next three titles. But here’s the official press release by SEGA:

SEGA® of America Inc. and SEGA® Europe Ltd. today announced details of an exclusive partnership with Nintendo of America Inc. and Nintendo of Europe GmbH for the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise. The new agreement will make Nintendo consoles the number one destination for Sonic gaming over the next three titles. The first two titles of the deal were announced today via Nintendo Direct, and details of the third Sonic title will be revealed at a later date.

“Sonic the Hedgehog has performed incredibly well on Nintendo platforms and this exclusive partnership is a natural fit for the next evolution of Sonic games” commented Jurgen Post COO SEGA Europe Ltd.  “The Wii U and Nintendo 3DS are ideal platforms to showcase Sonic and we are looking forward to working with Nintendo on these three exciting adventures.”

Sonic the Hedgehog first appeared as a videogame character in June 1991 and instantly became an icon for a generation of gamers.  Defined by his super-fast speed and cool attitude, in the years since he first raced on to videogame consoles Sonic has become a true global phenomenon with over 75 million videogames and smartphone apps sold worldwide. SEGA’s iconic blue blur has also gone on to enjoy incredible success in many licensed areas, such as toys, apparel, comics and animation.

Wondering what are the first two Sonic titles exclusive for Nintendo consoles? Here we go! Actually is just one title, it’s called Sonic Lost World, and will be released on both Wii U and 3DS on a tba date.

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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.