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SEGA bets big on free to play

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Once upon a time, SEGA was one of the major players in the gaming console hardware market. After the death of their last (and to some, greatest) console, the Dreamcast, SEGA’s been on a slow downward spiral. While they’re still responsible for some killer games thanks to the licences that they have, SEGA’s output has largely gone from bad to worse every year. In this next year? It might be their very worst. According to the financial reports, they have plans to release 47 digital games in the next year. Just one of them isn’t a free-to-play game.

This number excludes whatever physical retail games they may release, but it seems that there won’t be many of those either. SEGA’s outlined what it calls a line-up of weak physical sales of packaged goods over the last year.

Of the games it did sell in stores, these are the ones outlined in the report, with their respective sales.

  • Alien: Isolation – 2,110,000 (US, Europe)
  • Football Manager 2015 – 810,000 (US, Europe)
  • Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric and Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal – 620,000 (US, Europe, Japan)
  • Yakuza 0 – 380,000 (Japan)
  • Persona 4 Arena Ultimax – 280,000 (US, Europe, Japan)

As far as I’m concerned, Alien Isolation did pretty good numbers, with the legacy and stink from Colonial Marines keeping it from getting higher sales. I loved the game – it was a great survival horror with emphasis on both survival and horror. With what SEGA calls “weak” sales though, it means we may never see a sequel to fix the game’s few wrongs.

Instead, it looks like SEGA’s going big on free-to-play, calling its mobile and PC digital business its “center of growth,” saying that it will “promptly shift management resources from fields such as packaged game software and amusement machine” to its digital business.

While it could mean more money for the company in the long run, it very much means the SEGA you love is essentially, no more.

Last Updated: May 12, 2015

36 Comments

  1. Admiral Chief

    May 12, 2015 at 15:35

  2. Admiral Chief

    May 12, 2015 at 15:37

    Oh how the mighty has fallen

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    • ReaperOfSquirrels

      May 12, 2015 at 15:45

      have*

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      • Admiral Chief

        May 12, 2015 at 15:47

        I thought about that, but decided on ‘has’, since referring to a singular entity, SEGA

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        • ReaperOfSquirrels

          May 12, 2015 at 15:50

          Yeah, I had to think about it a bit too… kinda hurt.

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          • Admiral Chief

            May 12, 2015 at 15:52

            It does look incorrect, but I’m standing by it

  3. Pariah

    May 12, 2015 at 15:38

    Sega bye to their credibility.

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  4. ReaperOfSquirrels

    May 12, 2015 at 15:40

    They also had a hand in a few Total War games (Attila, Rome 2, Shogun 2, and the still to be released Warhammer, etc.) which normally do well… but who knows how much they make out of those. Then there was Company of Heroes 2 which was pretty well received too.

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  5. Greylingad[CNFRMD]

    May 12, 2015 at 15:51

    That’s not good…how can 2 million copies of Alien isolation be seen as bad? Did they really budget for more than that? That’s really not good…

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    • Hammersteyn

      May 12, 2015 at 15:53

      It’s bad when that’s the only game of theirs that really sold any copies.

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      • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

        May 12, 2015 at 15:54

        Haha, ok true, I wasn’t thinking in the broader spectrum… but then again, it’s not that single titles’ responsibility to keep a company that beeg, like Fritos, going….

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  6. Hammersteyn

    May 12, 2015 at 15:52

    F2p Golden Axe Rpg please?

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    • ReaperOfSquirrels

      May 12, 2015 at 15:53

      With online co-op and customization?

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      • Hammersteyn

        May 12, 2015 at 15:54

        And more than three classes

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      • Admiral Chief

        May 12, 2015 at 15:54

        ^This

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    • Admiral Chief

      May 12, 2015 at 15:54

      So, what will you pay for then? Levels? Skins? More characters? HATS?

      Reply

      • Hammersteyn

        May 12, 2015 at 15:55

        Axes!

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        • Pariah

          May 12, 2015 at 15:55

          Gimli would be proud, little elf.

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          • Hammersteyn

            May 12, 2015 at 15:56

            Awww you think I’m pretty?

          • Pariah

            May 12, 2015 at 16:00

            Wouldn’t know. Never seen your face, little elf. Mayhaps you should ask JJ, since he’s the real expert in this regard.

          • Hammersteyn

            May 12, 2015 at 16:06

            Well show me one ugly elf in LOTR

          • Admiral Chief

            May 12, 2015 at 16:07

            …all those that became orcses

          • Pariah

            May 12, 2015 at 16:10

            You mean the UrukHAI?!

          • Hammersteyn

            May 12, 2015 at 16:38

            So call me an orc or a troll or a goblin, apparently I spell worse than them too.

      • ReaperOfSquirrels

        May 12, 2015 at 15:59

        Skins for customization that you can unlock by grinding for them?

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        • Pariah

          May 12, 2015 at 16:00

          For 500 hours. Or pay $2.99 and save yourself the grind. But of course, the choice is yours!

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          • ReaperOfSquirrels

            May 12, 2015 at 16:05

            That’s how F2P should work, in my opinion at least.

            Everything that can be purchased (except maybe a few things) should be accessible in game without paying, and it should all be cosmetic. No Pay 2 Win crap.

          • Pariah

            May 12, 2015 at 16:09

            What I’m alluding to is how damn impossible they make the grind to get the item for free. The longer and harder the grind, the more likely a purchase is made instead. And it’s a very common tactic in F2P.

          • ReaperOfSquirrels

            May 12, 2015 at 16:18

            Yeah, that’s true. They get a bit crazy with unlocking the item. I saw it with a few F2P MMO’s I used to play. Also Warframe… some of those parts, etc O.o

        • Skoobaz

          May 12, 2015 at 16:09

          i see what you did there…

          Reply

  7. Ross Woofels Mason

    May 13, 2015 at 07:27

    To be honest the rail runner sonic game on android is probably the best Sonic game they have made since dimps made Sonic Rush for the nintendo DS lol.

    So I am okay with this, sort of =p

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