Sega To Employ UK Workforce, Opens New Development Centre In West Midlands

With an eye on focusing on next generation titles, gaming major Sega is all set to open a new video game development studio in Britain.

The new studio would be located in West Midlands and it would be headed by Sega’s technical director Chris Southall. Currently the studio has a PSVista project under works which is expected to be released by 2012.

The origins of the new studio can be traced back to the old Sega Racing studio and the company retained the best of that team that created the stellar Sega Rally reboot. The new studio will also be developing titles for handhelds and other new platforms and Sega is confident of innovative prototypes coming out of its pipeline.

A number of gaming studios in UK shut shop after 2008 owing to financial issues and this decision by Sega is likely to come across as good omen for the industry at large.

In an interview to Develop, Sega West’s chief exec Gary Dunn gave an indication about future of the studio and mentioned “We’re looking to be an agile, modern studio focusing on new platforms. Our new studio could very much end up working on mobile and tablet devices. Our plan is to be innovative as well as agile”.