Published on June 21st, 2007 | by Deejay Knight, Editor/Founder
Sega and BioWare announce Sonic RPG for DS
Imagine my surprise when I heard that BioWare is teaming up with Sega to make a role-playing game…
Knowing BioWare’s penchant for making fantastic RPGs, this could very well mean that we’ll see a good Sonic role-playing experience.
Personally, I can’t wait after having played Neverwinter Nights, Baldur’s Gate, Knights of the Old Repulic, and soon Mass Effect – I do believe that Sega made a good choice on what company to make it!
Press Release follows:
SEGA And BioWare Collaborate On New Sonic Role Playing Game For The Nintendo DSLONDON & SAN FRANCISCO (Thurs 21st June 2007) – SEGAÂ® Europe, Ltd., SEGAÂ® of America, Inc. and Canada-based developer studio BioWareÂ® Corp. today announced a partnership to create a new video game based on the classic SEGA flagship icon, Sonic The Hedgehog. The exact name of the game is undetermined, but this new title developed exclusively for the Nintendo DS will ship in 2008.
“BioWare is one of the hottest names in RPG development in the world,” said Simon Jeffery, President and COO, SEGA of America, Inc. “Everyone at SEGA has huge confidence that Sonic is in the safest of hands, and that BioWare can create the ultimate handheld RPG experience for gamers of all ages.”
BioWare is the award-winning independent developer that has created some of the world’s best-selling titles including the Baldur’s Gateâ„¢ and Neverwinter Nightsâ„¢ series, the 2003 Game of the Year, Star WarsÂ®: Knights of the Old Republicâ„¢ and the 2005 RPG of the Year, Jade Empire.â„¢ BioWare is currently developing one of the most anticipated next-generation titles of 2007, Mass Effect.â„¢
“We’re thrilled to be working with SEGA on Sonic, one of the industry’s most enduring and compelling icons,” said Greg Zeschuk, president of BioWare. “As huge fans of Sonic ourselves, we’re committed to delivering a truly amazing story-driven experience within the Sonic universe, focusing on capturing the character’s broad appeal and placing him in a completely original adventure,” added Ray Muzyka, chief executive officer of BioWare.
The relationship with BioWare reinforces SEGA’s increased emphasis on Western content development for Western audiences. In the past few years SEGA has announced partnerships with developers Bizarre Creations, Gas Powered Games, Monolith Productions, Obsidian Entertainment, Planet Moon Studios, Pseudo Interactive and Silicon Knights. SEGA has also acquired development studios The Creative Assembly, Secret Level and Sports Interactive.