GameSpot at Sega--Submit Your Questions!

We're heading to Sega HQ in Japan and want you to help us quiz the talent behind such games as Yakuza 3, Super Monkey Ball Step & Roll, Resonance of Fate, and Valkyria Chronicles 2!

GameSpot has a special treat lined up for this year’s Christmas/New Year’s Eve holiday break. We’re heading to Japan to visit Sega and chat with some of its key developers about their biggest titles for 2010!

Over a few days, beginning December 28, we will be bringing you Sega goodness in the form of special developer interviews, heads-up on the latest Sega games, and an exclusive chat with Naoya Tsurumi, former CEO of Sega America and now head of consumer business for the publisher.

We’ll also be taking lots of pictures at Sega HQ in Tokyo and asking you for your thoughts and input!

Right now, we’d like to invite you to send us your questions and thoughts to put to the developers. Below is a list of the developers and the games we’re going to be asking them about. Remember: We want clear and intuitive questions that will translate well and give other readers an insight into the development process and the games.

Happy thinking!

Game: Yakuza 3
Platform: PlayStation 3
Developer Interview: Toshihiro Nagoshi

Nagoshi is a video game producer and designer for Sega. His previous credits include producer and director on the Super Monkey Ball series, producer on Sonic Unleashed, and most recently, producer on the Yakuza series (including the recently announced-for-the-West Yakuza 3 and the upcoming Yakuza 4).

One of Sega's anticipated games, Yakuza 3 is the fourth installment in the series. Sega decided to bring it back to the modern era where players will once again take the role of the protagonist, former yakuza Kiryu Kazuma. This time, the game takes place in two locations: the subtropical island of Okinawa and the red-light district of Kamurocho.

Yakuza 3 is making its way West.

Game: Super Monkey Ball: Step & Roll
Platform: Wii
Developer Interview: Yasuhito Baba

Super Monkey Ball Step & Roll is the second title in the series for the Wii, adding a dynamic level of interactive gameplay with the use of the Wii Balance Board. Though it's known as Super Monkey Ball Athletic in Japan, there's no real fitness aspect to it, but don't be surprised if you work up a little sweat when controlling Aiai, Meemee, and the rest of the gang with the new control scheme and new cooperative play.

Yasuhito Baba is a producer at Sega.

Those crazy monkeys are at it again; this time with the Wii Balance Board.

Game: Resonance of Fate
Platform: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Developer Interview: Tri-Ace Studios

Tri-Ace, the team behind the Star Ocean series, Valkyrie Profile, and Infinite Undiscovery has forgone its usual publishing partner Square Enix and instead partnered with Sega for Resonance of Fate. The Japanese role-playing game is set in an enthralling city full of vile hoodlums, mysterious heroes, and intricate machines.

The new RPG from Sega features impressive battle mechanics and alluring visuals.

Game: Valkyria Chronicles 2
Platform: PSP
Developer Interview: Sega

The sequel to the tactical role-playing gameValkyria Chronicles on the PlayStation 3, Valkyria Chronicles 2 takes place two years after the conclusion of the original game. The sequel will see an upgrade of the “Blitz” battle system implementing real-time controls, as well as an overhaul of the original CANVAS engine specifically for the PSP.

Sega head of consumer business: Naoya Tsurumi
Background: Former CEO of Sega America, Mr. Tsurumi was appointed head of Sega’s consumer business incorporating Sega Japan, Sega America, and Sega Europe in June 2009. His current position involved overseeing video game development across all territories.

Make sure you check back here the week starting December 21 to see some of your questions answered. Finally, stay tuned for all the Sega coverage, including previews and video interviews launching on GameSpot on December 28!

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191 comments
Jshaw71
Jshaw71

were/is there plans to make a 4th streets of rage game? sense dreamcast version was cancelled? are there plans for golden axe 4? were you basing the sales of beast rider, to gauge interest in the golden axe, games? will we see house of the dead 4 on home systems, and is there any plans for the next house of the dead?

tempo232
tempo232

When those Resonance of Fate release? atleast say its before May...

hasami61
hasami61

@Toshihiro Nagoshi Will you make a Ryuu ga Gotoku game, where you play as a younger Kiryuu, when he was a member of the Yakuza? @Sega Of Japan Will you release "Virtua Fighter 5 R" on PlayStation 3? Will you re-release games like Virtua Fighter, Sega Rally, Daytona USA, Shenmue, Jet Set Radio, & Crazy Taxi on consoles?

newbie4lyfe
newbie4lyfe

any old shinobi games remake on the ds in the near future?

YuseiFudo
YuseiFudo

- I like the werehog idea very much but Will Sonic be the only Sonic available in a sonic game (no swords no werehogs)? I really like the werehog and the swords but i also miss the sonic alone game play with no gimmick? will this happen? - Was the sonic Team the main idea of the werehog or you just Showed them the idea and they liked it and accepted it? - in the new sonic unleashed (if its ever made) , If it used the game cube sonic adventure DX Graphics and Game play mechanics , i think it may please Sonic wii fans and Will increase the marketing? can you perhaps as a producer think about it? Many people liked the Shaders in Sonic adventure DX For the gamecube. - what do you think of the dual layered DVDS? I am wondering why no one uses them for wii to increase the disk capacity this is not directed to the sonic team but I feel that no one wants to mention them when they say they are using the wii's full abbility to make the games. - I am wondering if you are going to produce sonic unleashed 2 , could you come to the Sega forums showing us the progress of the game (PS3 Version at least)? - are you thinking of producing sonic unleashed 2 yet or you won't be at all? - what is the expected date of release sonic unleashed 2? 2011? 2012? or it will take 3 years to develop? - why did you come with the werehog idea knowing that the fans wants Sonic alone or wishing for sonic and knuckles in 3D? - Any chance of sonic and knuckles in 3D?

YuseiFudo
YuseiFudo

-This might be a suggestion,but Wii owners don't really care about the graphics,can you please make sonic unleashed 2 use the same graphics as Sonic adventure DX For game cube? Many people wishes that because the physics are killing the wii processing and can you add 3D Hubs in addition if its ever done can you take that in mind? and can you tell the developers to use dual layered DVDS in addition,We (all sonic fans on wii) will be very happy with that. can you accept the fans's requests? +add 30 more werehog combats to the wii version of sonic unleashed 2 (if its ever made)? and what do you think of the Request? do you think its possible? any chance for the 3D Hubs too?

YuseiFudo
YuseiFudo

To producer of Sonic unleashed: -The wii version of Sonic unleashed was downgraded For Example Their were no 3D Hubs and it Lacked So many werehog combos(Only 6 combos on wii)i expected like 30 Combats and Speed upgrades like they were available in sonic and the secret rings,Will this be fixed in the next sonic unleashed wii? -what do you think of dual layered DVDs on the Wii? why do you think no Wii devs uses them? -Is their any chance the wii version of unleashed could have been the same as ps3 version(Except the addition to graphics and download contents)perhaps by using Dual layered DVD to add 3D Hubs,Longer Stages and without using the hedgehog engine so the wii can handle safely the same speed as the ps3 version? was their any chance they could be the same at every thing Except graphics and download contents but every thing else becomes the same as the ps3 version?

lordallanon
lordallanon

Does Sega think that Yakuza 3 will do well in the west?

lordallanon
lordallanon

Does Sega think that Resonance of fate will give final fantasy a run for it's money?

lordallanon
lordallanon

What are the differences in the battle system in Valkyria Chronicles 2?

raghraghragh
raghraghragh

Are there any plans for a completely 2D new Sonic game with HD graphics, similar to the latest King of Fighters title?

RockZillaX
RockZillaX

Obviously Shenmue 3 is never going to happen.. but It is great Yakuza 3 is being localized for western release but what about Ryu ga Gotoku Kenzan?? I have the Japanese version and struggled through it but would love to play a translated version.. I dont care about English voices just sub's is fine.. Sega please localize Ryu ga Gotoku Kenzan and release Shenmue 1 and 2 on Xbox Live..

cdz
cdz

How many employees have committed Seppuku or had to remove a pinky after releasing one of the newer sonic games ?

mariostar0001
mariostar0001

Will they be supporting the DSi Shop? Maybe with classic titles, from the Genesis or Gamegear, I'd like to see Sonic Triple Trouble there.

Troyb
Troyb

Why doesnt sega release quality games like Yakuza for the xbox? Also we would like to see the Otogi games on xbox360 also.

falconclan
falconclan

Same questions as everyone else: What will become of their old series? Jet Set Radio, Shenmue, Shining Force, Panzer Dragoon? Are they ever going to return to any of those? Also, will HOTD4 or a new HOTD come out on current consoles. I figured it was only a matter of time before House of the Dead 4 had a home transition, but its been quite a long matter of time. I'd really enjoy a collection! (include the first one for gods sake.)

kungfuowl
kungfuowl

So how bad is the next sonic game going to be?

spyder335
spyder335

Will there ever be another jet set radio? Even a HD rehash for xbox live would satisfy my need for yoyo

WTA2k5
WTA2k5

A question I would like to see asked: What was behind the decision to put Valkyria Chronicles 2 on the PSP instead of PS3?

Superman1938
Superman1938

I'm going to have to join everyone else on here and have you ask about Shenmue 3. It's like peter jackson making the first two lord of the ring movies and never making the third.

Dav_id83
Dav_id83

Ask them will they create a sequel to Skies of Arcadia and use maybe the game engine from Valkyria Chronicles because that would be awesome and Vise and Aika are in that game already.

eman123
eman123

Ask them when the buyout is coming.

KenshinXSlayer
KenshinXSlayer

Please just ask them if Shenmue 3 is even being talked about at this point. What pisses me off is that whenever it does get brought up, nobody wants to answer it. Just either tell us its cancelled or its in development. No more of this "Shenmue 3 is not on our list" or something vague like that. Nomore sugar-coating this game. If they release Shenmue I and II on the PSN, I assume alot of people would buy and would warrant a Shenmue III.

kagento
kagento

I would ask: Don't you think you owe gamers Shenmue 3? Now that DC games will make it to PSN it would be good to put online the first 2 for people that don't know this saga to find out and make the 3rd game viable! I mean... that was a movement that sucked. Sega would really regain credibility by doing this. Many gamers still resent this.

lexluis
lexluis

I would ask: How is your relationship been with Platinum games so far?

shii666
shii666

Aww, no Project Needlemouse.

callumchilled
callumchilled

Why has Sega let the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise fall into such disrepute?

callumchilled
callumchilled

What about Ulala? Do you think it might be time for a reinvention of Space Channel 5 for the PlayStation Network? (Up, Down, Up, Down Down... Choo Choo Choo!)

Celtius
Celtius

Sega? Does it still exist? :-P

y2kern
y2kern

i think sega should continue the shenmue series atleast to end it. also another sonic adventure would be great (a good sonic game) not like the crappy ones that came out recently.

aladiesman699
aladiesman699

Ask them if they plan on bringing Dreamcast games to the PS3 through the PSN....and tell them to put Shenmue on top of that list please thanks

Kmilford
Kmilford

Tell them to make a sequel to PowerStone for the 360 AND PS3, fully online multiplayer enabled, to make a non-terrible sequel to NiGHTS for the 360/PS3, and finally to make Valkyria Chronicles 2 a NOT-HANDHELD SEQUEL.

jamil2nice
jamil2nice

Will needlemouse feature the platform oriented gameplay of the Genesis games, or the poorly received speed oriented recent 2d games? Have you guys heard of Sonic Robo 2? It's often considered to be how 3D sonic should have been done

ThePatrick
ThePatrick

Man I'd love to interview Nagoshi. Hey Gamestop dudes! I bet you he'll just talk about how his "workout" is to go to a tanning salon or what cool rock shows are coming up. That seems to be about 90% of his blog! Or maybe he'll just be like "dude, I can't believe my team works so hard...." Truth be told, those guys are maniacs. I guess if I met him I'd just thank him for coming out with his games so quickly! It seems like just when I'm done with one it's time for reports on the sequel. Oh and "suggest" that 2-player darts and such was nice but everyone would love to have 2-player brawling action (maybe in the arena?) in upcoming titles!

Max_Fischer
Max_Fischer

SImply: Shenmue question(s) to Tsurumi-san, please.

kollin_1
kollin_1

Are there any plans for another Jets Set, or Jet Grind Radio game? If yes, will there multi-player be incorporated? If no, why not?

HavQ-san
HavQ-san

My question: Will there be any differences between the two versions of End of Eternity (Resonance of Fate)? Thanks in advance and HUGE thanks to SEGA for bringing Yakuza 3 here.:) Keep up the amazing work!

ebookerd1
ebookerd1

I will take it that Sega doesn't like 360 that much?

Ultimate_Hero
Ultimate_Hero

My question is virtually the same as Romper72. Will they maybe bring classic games in the not to distant future?

Axelander999
Axelander999

Is there going to be an Yakuza game for the PSP?

Arsyad00
Arsyad00

Please guyz dun ask thing from the past to come back. let`s forget the past and move foward :D .

Romper72
Romper72

My Question to all of them: What is their opinion to Australia's current lack of a proper rating system for games. Would they alter their game to suit the country or would they rather not release their game in that Country. I'd be interested to hear their views on the subject, especially considering it effects them just as much, if not more, as it would effect Australians.

hamelkarl
hamelkarl

There's so much games guys that you should bring back. From every consoles I owned in my life, the Dreamcast is the one I miss the most. I could list so many titles that I want to see a sequel that it is quite sad to think about it. Any possibility to make a comeback on console? If it is too much too ask, then I would definitely appreciate you guys bring us old series back on another platform. The day you guys did stepped out of the race, made me quite sad. Here's a list of those I miss a lot's and would like to see coming back to life. Shenmue, Grandia, Sonic, Power Stone,Skies Of Arcadia, Jet Set Radio, Virtua Fighter.

TheFirstNinja
TheFirstNinja

Why isn't Virtua Fighter 5R not on consoles yet? Riddle me that!

yerocsirrah
yerocsirrah

I want Shenmue to come back. Those two games were awesome. I remember them like I played them yesterday. I don't want it to end with Ryu not gettin revenge. Is he going to be in that cave forever?

Gadoury
Gadoury

Would you please bring Shenmue Back on track, so i can finish the best franchise of game ive ever played? Oh and bring jet Grind/Set Radio back too please. Two AWESOME franchises! Any consol, ill buy it if I dont own it already!

TruthOpinionSpk
TruthOpinionSpk

Has Sega ever considered the possibility of a new 2D Sonic game in cartridge format? I only ask because of that RPG which will supposedly be released to the Genesis at some point. Best Sonics in my opinion were 2, 3, Knuckles. Unfortunately, I doubt significant financial gain would result from such a release. Aside from the occasional Sega Genesis lying around someone's house, probably boxed up in the attic/basement, it is guaranteed to end up online and be freely distributed. Still, it would be badass of Sega.

LOLhahaDEAD
LOLhahaDEAD

Has anyone at Sega (at all) even considered the idea of bringing 7th Dragon out of Japan? I doubt that question is even relevant since it should be asked to Sega of America, but I don't care. I want some darn answers.

JohnisGodd
JohnisGodd

Lets face it, the last good game sonic was in was super smash bros brawl. How sad is that?