Long-time game publisher Sega and Bay Area-headquartered game developer Secret Level have announced that the two companies will work together to revive an old Sega franchise for next-generation consoles. Precisely which franchise is due for resurrection is currently unannounced, but the game is planned for release on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.
Secret Level's past work has included developing a version of the Unreal Engine for PlayStation 2 and Xbox, as well as the console version of America's Army
, the Xbox port of Karaoke Revolution
, and Magic: The Gathering: Battlegrounds
. The developer is currently developing the Xbox SKU of an update of the Final Fight
franchise, Final Fight: Streetwise
, in conjunction with Capcom.
"The talented design team at Secret Level has demonstrated innovation in game development and has a history of technical achievements that will help Sega reinvigorate a vintage and highly commercial franchise," said Simon Jeffery, Sega of America's President and COO.
The agreement continues a resurgent Sega's attempts to reconnect with a Western market by both developer acquisition (in Europe) and development deals (in North America), with recent results including partnerships with developer Silicon Knights (on an un-named next-generation project using Unreal Engine); Monolith Productions (survival FPS Condemned: Criminal Origins
); Sports Interactive (working with the former Championship Manager
team on Football Manager 2006
); Outrun 2
Xbox porter Sumo Digital (the PSP conversion Virtua Tennis: World Tour
); Pseudo Interactive (Xbox 360 vehicle action game Full Auto)
; and the acquisition of the UK developer The Creative Assembly (Dynasty Warriors
-style console title Spartan: Total Warrior