Condemned 2, Gas Powered RPG, Wii Ghost Squad top Sega slate

Japanese publisher unveils quintet of new titles, including 360 Universe at War and XBLA Happy Tree Friends.

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Traditionally, the second week in May is when the Electronic Entertainment Expo is held. However, following the event's drastic revamp and move to July, the time slot has been pounced upon by several publishers, including Electronic Arts, to use the period to hold near-simultaneous gamers' day events.

Among the publishers showing their wares to a thinly stretched press corps is Sega. The company announced a quintet of new titles this morning, including a sequel to its popular survival horror title, Condemned. Though no mention was made of a PC version, Sega did confirm Condemned 2: Bloodshot will ship in early 2008 for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in North America and Europe.

No rating or pricing for Condemned 2 was announced, although an M for Mature sticker is almost assured. That's because like it predecessor, Condemned will have players "engage in visceral combat using a variety of firearms and blunt instruments," according to Sega. However, the game will sport an all-new combat system with a reworked fighting mechanic and will introduce several online multiplayer modes including (what else?) deathmatch.

Sega also announced another deal with a Western game developer, continuing a recent trend for the Japanese publisher. In 2005, the Japanese publisher bought British-based studio The Creative Assembly, developer of the highly praised Total War series. In March 2006, it struck a deal to develop a role-playing game with Obsidian Entertainment, maker of Neverwinter Nights 2. Nine months later, the game was revealed as a sci-fi RPG based on the Alien film series.

Now, the publisher is prepping an all-new, as-yet-unnamed PC RPG with Redmond, Washington-based Gas Powered Games, developer of the critically acclaimed Supreme Commander. However, the companies had nothing to reveal other than the title's existence and their enthusiasm for working with each other.

"Sega is continuing its march forward in building a strong western developed portfolio of games," said Sega of America and COO Simon Jeffery. "Partnering with well-established and visionary game creators such as [Gas Powered founder] Chris Taylor and his talented group at Gas Powered Games aligns perfectly with our strategy."

Also announced today was an Xbox 360 port of a previously announced PC game, Universe at War: Earth Assault. Set for a late 2007 release on the PC, the far-future real-time strategy game will arrive on Microsoft's console in the first quarter of 2008. Like EA's just-released 360 version of Command & Conquer 3, the game will sport a control schemed designed "from the ground up" for console controller play.

Speaking of dual PC and Xbox 360 games, Sega is also prepping a new game for both platforms based on the popular cartoon and Web short series Happy Tree Friends. The game will be released via Xbox Live Arcade and digital download and is being developed by Stainless Games (Crystal Quest).

Finally, Sega is also prepping Ghost Squad, the 2004 Sega-AM2 shooter, for release on Nintendo's new console. The game will let players use the Wii Remote as they did the game's light gun in arcades, and it will also add new, Wii-specific features like four-player multiplayer. It will arrive in stores this coming holiday season.

Check back later today for a spate of previews from Sega's 2007 Gamers' Day.

Discussion

152 comments
supardood
supardood

Happy Tree Friends.... VIDEO GAME?! Jesus.

rikhan_z
rikhan_z

Ghost Squad... for the Wii,.. good use for the control, I wouldn't have thought about it.

DoctorFu
DoctorFu

Will Happy Tree Friends attract psychos like Jack whatshisname and will it even pass an ESRB rating board?? LOL, I would think not.

Ravi_1900
Ravi_1900

Condemned was one really good title and it miss audience attention, I personally feel with the new mechanics and online mode and if the story line gets to 12-15 hours range this will be one hit title.

KingKoop
KingKoop

Cool Condemned 2 looks good.

theKSMM
theKSMM

I really hope Condemned makes it to the PC again. Seems like it shouldn't require tremendous effort to make it happen.

SilentHillX
SilentHillX

Finally!!! The sequel to the reason I bought A 360. F**K Yeah!!! Im so excited, I think I'll buy 2 copies when it comes out, for no apperent reason!

Da1ShrpSh0trGrl
Da1ShrpSh0trGrl

Hopefully Condemned 2 will explain a few loopholes from the first one. I think it was a great game though, hopefully they won't ruin it.

Mikeh_515
Mikeh_515

Condemed 2, I never wouda thought a number 2 would be made I wassen't a big fan of it really But I guess loads of people were, the story wassen't really all that great thought the last bit was good with the big boss and the choices you can make.

Jayzee994
Jayzee994

Yeah Ghost Squad! Well to be honest I've never played it but my friends have and I've seen people play it and it looks cool. Perfect for my Wii.

Boy_Man07
Boy_Man07

since i don't have a Xbox 360, i just played once(friend's house) the game and it is awesome! i'll buy Condemned 2 for PS3! it will rock!

Retro_Man
Retro_Man

I'd really like it where you get full control of the forensic tools. You decide how you want to approach the evidence area, with maybe hidden achievements for doing certain things, such as maybe fingerprinting the hobos, or stuff like that. Just finishing the game again, to get all the achievement points, and it's still enjoyable to play. The combat needs a little work, (I never seem to be able to block, now i just zap with the super taser and kick them on the floor), but it really is a fun game, especially how guns end up playing so little part.

lithus
lithus

I hoped they atleast fix the lame weapon system. Only able to carry ONE weapon at a time and not being able to combine ammo from another gun...WTF was that about?! And if it's the same repetitive "Enter dark area, get attacked by nut jobs while trying to gather evidence" I'm not interested.

blue-fish
blue-fish

And yet another port to Wii... COME ON PEOPLE, bad games are selling badly on Wii BECAUSE they are bad games! Jesus!

Jonny_Animal
Jonny_Animal

Can't wait for Condemned 2. First one was awesome.

DJDarkViper
DJDarkViper

the only thing that could ruin SEGA this lineup around is 2 things, either or or a combination of both: 1. They get pressed for time and rush, like the last lineup (Sonic 360 anyone?) 2. Nintendo and SEGA actually merge. Its a little more real than a rumor now, as nintendo is seriously willing to.

gagan21
gagan21

oh wow :), condenmed 2 , looking forward to it :wink:

Nin10doFan44
Nin10doFan44

Cool SEGA is really kicking it up this year!

sancezz
sancezz

:O:O. CONDEMNED 2! OMG, Condemned is my favourite game on the 360, I prefer it even to Gears of War! it's an amazing game. This is so exciting for me :O. *sad case* hehe.

ftjx
ftjx

looking forward to Condemed 2......

zsc4
zsc4

Interesting, I'll put this on my list.

AceCometh
AceCometh

Hopefully all the games will have some game character saying "SEGA!"

Makhdoom82
Makhdoom82

Did not even complete condemned original .... !!! :D

jakeboudville
jakeboudville

Happy Tree Friends Games? I wonder what it can do>_>

drangel_jam
drangel_jam

Nothing but good stuff! WHERE IS SHENMUE? PLEASE! SHENMUE 3: THE TRILOGY, a remake of the old games plus the conclusion.

Dr_Corndog
Dr_Corndog

Oh my goodness. I hate and detest Happy Tree Friends. What would be really cool would be a Homestar Runner XBLA game. Or Tiny Plaid Ninjas.

jakob_187
jakob_187

Wii rehash #27 coming through....

butsomuch
butsomuch

"In March 2006, it struck a deal to develop a role-playing game with Obsidian Entertainment, maker of Neverwinter Nights 2. Nine months later, the game was revealed as a sci-fi RPG based on the Alien film series. " wrong. http://www.obsidianent.com/info.html "What game projects are you working on? Obsidian is currently developing a game based on the Aliens film franchise for next-generation systems and the PC, as well as an unannounced RPG; both with SEGA®. "

malmeid2
malmeid2

ghost squad? Where's Time Crisis, Area 51?

PseudoFinrod
PseudoFinrod

Happy Tree Friends...oh my goodness. Wait 'till Jack Thompson sees that game...

Gigatron
Gigatron

Ghost Squad is an amazing arcade shooter! 4-player for wii= more amazing.

Taegre
Taegre

Holy crap! That's a lot of really promising titles! Add that to the Marvel comics games, and Sega not only has more titles lined up now than it has since it was a console manufacturer, but most of them are sure to be enjoyable at least. I guess I can wait a bit longer for Shenmue III... Just a bit.

smitacular
smitacular

I think they should incoporate Happy Tree Friends into the Condemned sequel. That would be pretty cool.

unholygemini
unholygemini

Wow. Has anyone actually played "Ghost Squad" in the arcade? It's really damn fun! However, what made it fun was the fact that you used a big, life-sized G36C lightgun to play, so it might not be as fun on the Wii.

blackace
blackace

Hehehe!! Happy Tree Friends. Funniest cartoons I've seen in awhile. Who thinks up this stuff anyways. They usually show these at the annual adult anime film festival. I'd like to see a game based on Happy Tree Friends on the Wii. Parents would flip out. Condemned 2 is a must. This game was a given anyway since the first once sold very well. One of the best new IP along with Kameo.

Redsyrup
Redsyrup

Sega's FireFighters arcade would also make an awesome addtion to Wii

GizmoVirus
GizmoVirus

With everyone saying Condemned was so great, I think I will need to go back and play it again

made_by_semen
made_by_semen

Sounds like a pretty smart move for Sega. Why wouldn't you work with western game deveolpers to get more games out that appeal to all us Yankees. P.S. - I had to save my money for long to buy my Genesis that I wil never part with it!!! I still plug in the original Sonic once in a while, when I'm feeling nostalgic.

nemesis9632
nemesis9632

I can't wait to pre-order Condemned 2, the first one was GREAT and the second should be better................Hopefully

msudude211
msudude211

Happy tree friends? Oh jeez... :|

Dreski83
Dreski83

Condemned and online deathmatch...? is there a nice way to say LAME?!