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More strategy games are about to go through Sega. Amplitude Studios, you know them from their Endless strategy series, is joining Sega. The developers explained why they opted to join Sega in a blog post.
“What we want to do is to focus on making games; that is why we created Amplitude. But with the pressure on sales and marketing we found that more and more time was dedicated to everything else – everything that we didn’t have the size and scale to deal with. So we decided to look for the best partner we could to protect us from these distractions so that game development did not become a chore, but remained a passion.”
The developer reiterated this point in response to a comment talking about if the move will affect their future games in any way.
“You know to keep raising the quality of our games, we would have had to focus on other things than development, in order to survive. Now we have a big brother to help us take care of that, so we can focus on what we love and are good at.”
Sega is a no-brainer for the studio. They also touch on this in their blog post, but it can be summed up with two other studios. Creative Assembly and Relic. Sega is one of the few publishers out there churning out strategy games on a regular basis.
For Sega, it gives them another solid developer in an underserved niche. It used to be anyways. Sega and other publishers including Paradox Interactive are taking care of that.
Some may argue that three strategy game developers is too many. Nah, there are plenty of ways to shift game releases throughout the calendar year. Plus, strategy games don’t have to be positioned around a holiday release to be successful.
Sonic helped build Sega. But, it’s Total War, Company of Heroes, Dawn of War and now Endless that are keeping the foundation strong.
As for Amplitude Studios? They are still hard at work on Endless Space 2. No word on a specific release date just yet, but we do know it’s coming sometime later this year. Here are a couple of screenshots from the pre-alpha version.