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Confirmed: Sega Racing Studio Closes

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As "part of a review of Sega's Western Development Studios", says Sega

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Confirmed: Sega Racing Studio Closes

Postby wudragon » 09 Apr 2008, 08:42

Thats a shame. Sega Rally was superb.
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Postby Doctor_Hades » 09 Apr 2008, 08:47

That's a real shame... I thought SEGA Rally was brilliant, a real classic slice of the past brought up to date with great graphics and addictive gameplay. I was hoping we'd see "reimagined" versions of other classic SEGA racing games too, like OutRun, but that's obviously not going to happen now. :cry:
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Postby mfnick » 09 Apr 2008, 09:00

Damn shame. Really like Sega Rally even if it is incredibly frustrating in one-player
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Postby Mark240473 » 09 Apr 2008, 09:31

Sega rally is a great game, but people just didn't buy it. Shame but I think CM:Dirt probably didn't help.
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Postby Dajmin » 09 Apr 2008, 09:48

I loved the original Sega Rally Championship, but the demo for the last one didn't really draw me in all that much. I found the controls really frustrating.
Maybe it's just that my tastes have changed over the years, but I still enjoy the SRC arcade.

Is Sega going to be the next big company that has to either close it's doors or be absorbed by a bigger studio? They've really lost their way recently, appearing to totally lose track of what made their old games fun.
I hope not, it'd be a massive shame if they folded.
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Postby shellster2 » 09 Apr 2008, 10:12

i would have thought they'd be coining it in with the mario and sonic at the olympics titles. shame they closed the uk studio down though.
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Postby mfnick » 09 Apr 2008, 10:19

Dajmin wrote:
Is Sega going to be the next big company that has to either close it's doors or be absorbed by a bigger studio? They've really lost their way recently, appearing to totally lose track of what made their old games fun.
I hope not, it'd be a massive shame if they folded.

Very much doubt it. Even though their latest games are the worst they've ever produced, their profits are higher than ever as they've been mass market.
Similar to EA. Just churn out any old crap as long as it appeals to the casuals (& kids in Segas case) it'll sell.
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Postby vectra » 09 Apr 2008, 10:21

I bought Sega Rally and enjoyed it. Shame as it was one of their better new releases. Nights was hit and miss for instance.

Sega really are acting strangely these days. It's been going around that the reason HOD was released on the Wii without the first was because "the visuals look too dated now."

In this time where retro gaming has taken off and we're playing old games again I really don't get that statement. :?
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Postby hollywood111 » 09 Apr 2008, 10:33

Sega just cant seem to buy a descent title these days, they just seem stuck in the past & gaming has moved on sooo much since the days of the Arcades. Sega Rally would of been good as a nostalgic XBL Arcade download, but as a stand alone game it was just lame. If they want to be taken seriously again & get back on form they gotta start making some new fresh up to date games, not rehashing old IP's with a lick of paint or deforming mud??... shame really.
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Postby DeejUK » 09 Apr 2008, 11:41

I really enjoyed the new Sega Rally, this is a great shame.

Oh well, looks like we have previous icons turning into f**king wolves to look forward to instead :P

Good one Sega!
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Postby MightyMoose » 09 Apr 2008, 11:58

DeejUK wrote:I really enjoyed the new Sega Rally, this is a great shame.

Oh well, looks like we have previous icons turning into f**king wolves to look forward to instead :P

Good one Sega!


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Postby MrPirtniw » 09 Apr 2008, 12:14

DeejUK wrote:I really enjoyed the new Sega Rally, this is a great shame.

Oh well, looks like we have previous icons turning into f**king wolves to look forward to instead :P

Good one Sega!


Sonic the hedge-wolf? They just can't help themselves can they?

Gutted to hear about the closure of the racing studio though- one of the guys that worked there has helped me get into the games industry. :(
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Postby youngbowy1 » 09 Apr 2008, 13:17

Sega went shite after the dream cast. They just don't seem to have the quality and ideas that they used to.
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Postby LordVonPS3 » 09 Apr 2008, 13:59

Neither Sega Rally 2 nor the most recent Sega Rally game handled as well as the original Sega Rally on Saturn / arcade. They look better but that's about it.

I could rant about Sega, they make me angry. Either they better start doing something worthwhile, or die. Good IP. Wasted opportunities.

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Postby vectra » 09 Apr 2008, 14:38

LordVonPS3 wrote:Neither Sega Rally 2 nor the most recent Sega Rally game handled as well as the original Sega Rally on Saturn / arcade. They look better but that's about it.


I never thought I'd say this but I agree with you. Sega Rally had the best handling of the bunch. Sega Rally 2 just didn't feel quite right to me.

The 3rd feels okay but I stil play the original today which tells you everything really.
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