Sega opens new UK studio, first project for PS Vita
Sega UK is now hiring for a new studio that will be “set up to focus its production resources exclusively for next generation platforms.” The studio’s location is Solihull in the West Midlands of England, which is also the home base for the Sega Technology Group. The STG, a special technology testing group, has spent around 18 months experimenting with prototypes for the 3DS, Move, Kinect, Vita and Wii U.
“We wanted them to generate innovative prototypes that really used the hardware’s feature-set to its max. To cut a long story short, we were pretty blown away with one of the prototypes,” said VP of Product Development for Sega West Gary Dunn. That impression of the prototype caused Sega to green-light the project and co-locate their new studio with that of the STG so that development could go smoothly.
The game is said to be a “unique action adventure experience” for the PS Vita and will release in late 2012. Depending on how smooth pre-production goes, the game may be announced as early as this Winter.
Pre-production will begin with “six or seven” people from the STG group, with another 15 coming from recruitment. The new studio will be led by 16-year design and production veteran Chris Southall. Dunn believes that the UK game development industry is one of the strongest in the world.
“We’re really pleased with game development in the UK. It’s our primary hub of games development in Sega West, I think it’s fair to say, in terms of our two key studios in Creative Assembly and Sports Interactive,” said Dunn.
“If there’s any great talent looking for work out there, we’re more than interested to hear from them in becoming part of the Sega story,” he said.
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