Former Tecmo Koei and Zynga Japan CEO leaves publisher after six years
He failed to bring us Virtua Fighter 6 and Phantasy Star V. Goodbye get out
More like it took him so long to bring PSO2 West its now PSO3 - PSO2 has literally been around SOOOOOOO long, I mean it was on the Dreamcast FFS - they're afraid to change the name of its sequel! Have to give it a subtext subtitle!
Good plan.. This guy is a loser
No Virtua Fighter 6, no Jet Grind Radio sequel, didn’t help publish or fund Shenmue3, no new Sonic Adventure, crazy taxi, Shinobi, altered-beast, or golden axe reboots. No House of the Dead, Eternal Champions, fighting vipers. Sitting on so many viable IPs but western audiences have not been on Sega’s mind in a good while. I’d love to see a return to their former diverse line-up. Hope the leadership changes brings new & fresh ideas other than more Yakuza and Phantasy Star IMO.
So your notion of fresh ideas, is making sequels to 10 decade old franchises?
They’re called mascots. Many companies have staple character and IP. When they’re cool IPs in need of revitalizing after a long hiatus, skies are the limit on bringing new ideas to the table. Yes, I think plenty of freshness can come to old franchises. Lord, we’ve only beat Batman to death for 50+ years.
None of those franchises sell anymore. They've been left on the shelf so long that they're no longer part of the gaming lexicon to anyone under 25 (if not 30). VF5 didn't exactly sell gangbusters, Shenmue 3 is a frigging disaster (they were right to avoid it), Sonic Adventure is so jank it would be an anachronism in this day and age and the rest are basically arcade games, which would need significant retooling to be captivating to a home console audience these days. Might as well use a new brand for recognition, rather than pulling out an old IP with an iffy quality record in those cases. I mean, I loved the Dreamcast too, but it's been a hot minute, the world has turned.
You nailed it. The gaming landscape has changed so much since 1999 (when the Dreamcast launched). The DNA of most Sega games was fast-paced/fast-twitch arcade games, get in get out. Which was perfect for arcades but for today's home console market, that stuff just wouldn't sell but to a very small group of gamers looking for a nostalgia trip.
I read that as masturbates, im so sorry :(
Well he'll have plenty of time for that now
That's one hell of a way to resign. XD
Boy', what a "jerk" for retiring! Can't believe he "pulled" the trigger and left. Not surprised. Sega never really "spanked" the competition. I'll bet Sega never saw that "coming." Sega will have to "beat off" the candidates wanting to replace him!
Not surprised. Sega has so much potential! Yet, little is done. They've had some success with games like Yakuza or Persona (published by Atlus). Sonic deserves better, Virtua Fighter deserves better, Ghost of Tsushima is the Shinobi we deserve, House of the Death VR? A sequel to Rez Infinite? At least Nintendo rescued Bayonetta.
I see this as good news. Hopefully new leadership will shake Sega up a little.
Remember the super duper hype few months ago that ended up being tiny unplayable Gamegear? 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂
The hype was actually about 'fog arcade machines', not the micro Game Gear: https://www.nintendolife.co...
This man deserves to get beat up by Sarah Byrant
We’ll never know the ins and outs of what goes on at the top, but SEGA is almost a shadow in gaming. Still, way too long waiting for Shenmue 3, but couldn’t understand how many Yakuza games on PS console, which was a Shenmue clone. Shenmue 1 and 2 should’ve been given in new start on PS2 to progress the series. No Virtua Fighter 6, even sequels to Eternal Champions, Fighters Megamix, Fighting Vipers etc. Crazy Taxi 2 and 3 couldn’t match the first game. Plenty of typical SEGA arcade games to be had. More and more House of the Dead, sequel to Confidential Mission. Always wanted to see a remaster of F355 with more track. Too many games to list. Top 3 for me would be F355 Challenge 2, Eswat 2 (as a 2D game) and Virtua Fighter 6. Or just do a new Fighters Megamix and throw all of SEGA’s fighters in it. Easier said than done l know. Outrun 3?.....
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