Sega Unleashes a Flood of Major Announcements

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Treating today as if it was the kickoff day for the now-dead E3 (which would traditionally be starting around this time), Sega fired off a wave of press releases announcing a bunch of new games.

Further emphasizing the company’s strategy towards increased Western game development, Sega has teamed up with none other than Gas Powered Games and game design genius Chris Taylor to collaborate on the creation of an all-original PC role-playing game. Unfortunately, details regarding the new RPG, including a title or timetable of release, were not disclosed, but you can rest assured we’ll be waiting on pins and needles to find out more about this one.

Every bit as exciting as the new partnership with Gas Powered Games, Sega has unveiled Condemned 2: Bloodshot, a PS3 and Xbox 360 sequel to Condemned: Criminal Origins set to release sometime in early 2008. Returning developer Monolith Productions is doing everything to raise the high bar the original Condemned set for first-person action thrillers. The sequel is said to feature all-new fighting mechanics that will introduce defensive and offensive combo chains, grapples and holds, new forensic tools to help returning star character Ethan Thomas investigate and solve murders in new ways, and a full compliment of online multiplayer modes. The original Condemned is still one of my favorite games on the 360, so I can’t wait to see what Monolith does with the sequel.

Sure to please arcade game fans, Sega has announced the development of Ghost Squad for the Nintendo Wii. Ghost Squad, which was a huge hit in the arcades in 2005, is a light gun game from Sega AM2 that promises to bring the arcade experience right into the home, and with the Wii’s motion-sensing controls it should be a perfect match. As a member of a team of elite soldiers formed to combat terrorism, players will target and fire at enemies with an arsenal of 25 different weapons, defuse bombs and rescue hostages all using the unique mechanics of the Wii Remote. The game will feature an Arcade mode and multiplayer action for up to four players. Ghost Squad will storm retail shelves this holiday season.

For those who enjoy a little cartoony ultra-violence, Sega has signed an agreement with production studio Mondo Media to develop a game based on the popular Happy Tree Friends animated series from G4 TV and MTV. Happy Tree Friends False Alarm is the name of the game and it is in development at Stainless Studios for an Xbox Live Arcade and PC digital download release this fall. It is an action-puzzle game starring three playable characters — Flippy, the emotionally tattered war-torn bear; Lumpy, the dim-witted blue moose; and Handy, an amputee beaver carpenter — through 10 dynamic 3D environments on a mission to save the other Happy Tree Friends from various disasters and brutal deaths (sure to involve severed limbs, gushing blood, eyes popping out and all other forms of mutilation, if it’s anything like the show).

And in the last tidbit of Sega news today, Universe at War: Earth Assault, the upcoming sci-fi RTS game from developer Petroglyph, is now coming to the Xbox 360 in addition to the previously announced PC version, a move I’d image was taken after the recent PC-to-360 success of other recent RTS games like Command & Conquer 3 and Battle for Middle-Earth II. Although the PC version of Universe at War will be available in time for the holidays, it won’t be landing on the 360 until early ’08.

We’ll let you know more as soon as we receive additional details or media for any of the aforementioned titles.

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