NEWS - Friday, October 12, 2001


Killer Sega Titles Coming to Xbox

SEGA’S HIGHLY ACCLAIMED SHENMUE II AND NEW PHANTASY STAR ONLINE TITLE COMING TO XBOX

Agreement with Microsoft Gives Marketing Prominence andExposure to Key Sega Franchises

TOKYO – Tokyo Game Show – (October 12, 2001) – Sega of America today announced that two additional Sega titles from the company’s unparalleled game library will ship for the Xbox™ video game system in the United States. Sega has entered into an agreement with Microsoft®, granting them the rights to sell, market and distribute the only version of "Shenmue II " for the U.S. market. Sequel to the epic masterpiece "Shenmue " for Sega Dreamcast , "Shenmue II" is being developed by AM2, one of Sega’s top development teams, under the direction of Yu Suzuki, creator of the "Virtua Fighter " series. Under this agreement, Sega will work closely with Microsoft on all marketing efforts for the title.

Additionally, Sega will be publishing a new "Phantasy Star Online " title for Xbox. Developed by the celebrated Sonic Team under the direction of Yuji Naka, "Phantasy Star Online (working title)" has amassed more than 300,000 registrants since its launch and has garnered several awards, including the Fifth Annual Japan Game Award. Sega and Microsoft will be working together on the development, sales, marketing and distribution of the game, which will be designed to take advantage of the Xbox online and storage technology.

As Sega continues building toward becoming a platform-agnostic third party publisher, the company is focused on two goals: profitability and making great games. Based on this, Sega is looking to Microsoft to deliver significant marketing prominence and exposure behind these two leading Sega franchises during this transition year, while the company works toward increasing game development and continuing to meet key milestones.

"This agreement with Microsoft will give ‘Shenmue II’ and ‘Phantasy Star Online’ the marketing prominence and increased awareness that the titles deserve, while giving Sega access to significant incremental revenue as we work toward profitability goals for this fiscal year and onward," said Peter Moore, president and COO, Sega of America. "We expect that both titles will be ‘killer apps’ on Xbox and that the technical capabilities of the platform will surely bring both games to new levels in terms of graphics and experience."

"Sega is known for making some of the best games in the business and ‘Shenmue’ and ‘Phantasy Star Online’ are truly some of the best titles the industry has to offer," said Robbie Bach, Chief Xbox Officer (CXO) for Microsoft. "We are fully committed to working with Sega and Yu Suzuki’s team to ensure that ‘Shenmue II’ takes advantage of all that Xbox has to offer, to deliver gamers an even more revolutionary game than the first."

Because of these agreements, Sega has ceased development of "Shenmue II" for Sega Dreamcast™ in the U.S. market. However, Sega Corporation will still publish "Shenmue II" for the Dreamcast platform in Japan and Europe later this year. Sega will continue to support Dreamcast with titles including "Sega Sports NFL 2K2," Sega Sports™ NBA 2K2," "Sega Sports™ Tennis 2K2," "Bomberman Online " and "Sega Sports NHL 2K2."
Source: http://www.sega.com/

Site Statistics

Registered Members: 62,425
Forum Posts: 725,950
Xbox One Titles: 4,438
Xbox 360 Titles: 1,086
Xbox 360 Kinect Titles: 95
Xbox 360 Arcade Titles: 586
Original Xbox Titles: 987
Staff Reviews: 2,323
Member Reviews: 10,339
News Articles: 16,375
Screenshots: 36,619
Xbox 360 Achievements: 45,112
Xbox 360 Faceplates: 2,016
Cheat Codes: 1,706

Latest News





Hokko Life Coming to Consoles September 27th

Hokko Life Coming to Consoles September 27thHokko Life invites players to customise and cultivate their very own cosy community, with mini-games, friendly villagers, and an intricate design tool all coming together to create a charming environment for players to put their own stamp on.




See News Archives

Community Forum Activity

KeyWe Giveaway!
Post by Variation-XBA
0 Replies, 4816 Views

2021: XBA is still here
Post by shrew king
23 Replies, 39682 Views

Watch Dogs: Legion
Post by Nato King
0 Replies, 74639 Views

Xbox Series X or S
Post by Nato King
5 Replies, 87725 Views

Spellbreak Grand Magus Pack (3) and Starter Pack (7) Giveaway!
Post by Variation-XBA
0 Replies, 90647 Views

I pay $ 1000! I search the Element 54 Canadian launch Team signaturen Faceplate
Post by Smill
0 Replies, 100210 Views

Xbox one no signal
Post by debrartin
0 Replies, 97946 Views

do you remember?
Post by SnoochyBoochy
3 Replies, 103152 Views

i haz xbox
Post by SnoochyBoochy
0 Replies, 76452 Views

Claiming the first thread of 2020
Post by Kraft
7 Replies, 139104 Views

Important! I pay $ 1000! I search the Sweden launch and the Element 54 Faceplate
Post by Smill
3 Replies, 99589 Views

Squad Up
Post by samslophead
0 Replies, 180093 Views

TERA Skinned Xbox One X Giveaway!
Post by Variation-XBA
0 Replies, 131645 Views

Starfield Release expectations?
Post by DJ tx
4 Replies, 226007 Views

Issue with Xbox live on Xbox home
Post by rcmpayne
0 Replies, 126946 Views

© 2000-2022 XboxAddict.com - All rights reserved. All trademarks are properties of their respective owners.
Xbox is a registered trademark of Microsoft. XboxAddict.com is not affiliated with Microsoft.

Made in Canada
Site Design by Cameron Graphics