Sega on Next-Gen (including PS3)
I know Gary talked about this same article below. I just wanted to give my own take! 🙂 GameDaily has an interview with Sega’s Scott Steinberg, where they talk about Sega’s plans and thoughts regarding the next-gen gaming platforms.
First off, like Gary mentioned, it’s nice to know that they have two launch games: Sonic the Hedgehog and Full Auto 2: Battlelines (what’s with the long name?). Then in March they’ll release Virtua Fighter 5. I’m kinda jealous, though, that Super Monkey Ball Banana Blitz will be a Wii exclusive, because my friends and I enjoy Super Monkey Ball 2 on my friend’s GameCube.
As far as exclusivity goes, if you do a little reading in between the lines, it looks like Sonic and Full Auto 2 will be exclusive for the PS3 for a little while, and then they’ll be available for other platforms. Personally, I don’t call that exclusive. That’s just release a game for one platform before you do so for another.
On an interesting note for all you Nintendo Wii fans out there, Mr. Steinberg noticed that there’s not a lot of third party development going on for the Wii, saying “I recently got back from a little tour around, and I’ve not seen a lot of third parties developing [on Wii], so they’re behind.”
On PS3 pricing, Mr. Steinberg notes that $500 and $600 is “within expectations”. But even though it was within expectations, he still thinks it’s expensive. On the other hand, that hasn’t stopped Sega from being “staunch supporters” of the PS3, and thinking that it’s going to be successfull.
And speaking of Sonic the Hedgehog, here’s a trailer you might not have seen: