Sega Corporation is known as the home of Sonic the Hedgehog, Virtua Fighter, House of the Dead, and many more. Sega is also one of the greatest console manufacturers of the past, including creations like the Sega Genesis, Game Gear, Saturn and more.
After making the Dreamcast, Sega gracefully bowed out of the console contest, and began making games for former competitor’s consoles. Although there have been a few good games since then, lately reviews and support have plummeted. Currently Sega is holding on to fans with long running franchises and characters with games such as Sonic, Phantasy Star Online, and Super Monkey Ball all having new additions in development right now.
Even though they still have a fairly fan base, Sega seems to believe that completely new ideas aren’t necessary anymore, and that remaking the same game over and over is good enough. Many companies who like Sega who used to be industry leaders often do the same thing by simply holding on to old franchises and fading away due to money issues, but Sega doesn’t exactly have many.
In 2009 Sega reported having 2,600 employees, and in 2011 had a revenue of $4.9 billion. Personally, I don’t see why such a well to do corporation could possibly decide to stop manufacturing new franchises, characters, and creativity altogether.
Sega, it is time to adapt to the modern video game market. You no longer have any AAA franchises to compete with, and it’s time to start over. You certainly have the money to start a new franchise, or perhaps even buy a promising young studio to help bring fresh new ideas into development.
While it may sound like I don’t approve of Sega keeping older franchises, to be honest, I love many of them. I still own and occasionally play Sonic the Hedgehog 1, 2, and 3 on the Sega Genesis. My problem is how the games are being treated now, because they are not made at near the same level that they once were.
Sega brought us some of the greatest games of the past, but it seems they’ve called it quits. I wish Sega would try to once again reinvent the current game market, but for some reason they do not deem it fit to try, and that is why they will be forgotten.