Following the news of layoffs and the refocusing of a game at THQ, Sega announced on Friday that it is shedding job as well as stopping production on unannounced games in a move to “create a smaller company positioned for sustained profitability.”
In a statement to investors, Sega says that it is streamlining its operations in North America and Europe and will focus on “strong” franchises such as Sonic the Hedgehog, Total War, Aliens and Football Manager which have been strong performers for the company. Some unannounced software projects have been cancelled as a result.
While Sega didn’t reveal which games have been cancelled, it was rumored that a follow-up to Bayonetta was in production. It’s also curious that neither the Yakuza or Virtua Fighter franchises were mentioned though the latter is more popular in Japan than in the United States or Europe.
A HD remake of Shenmue has also been said to be in the works with the possibility of a Shenmue 3 depending on how well re-release sells on Xbox LIVE and PSN. The news today possibly puts both back on the shelf.
The number of Sega employees affected by this round of cuts was not revealed.
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