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.
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.
Game: Super Monkey Ball: Step & Roll
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.
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.
Game: Valkyria Chronicles 2
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!