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Purportedly Leaked Doc Reveals Sony, Sega Strategy

Purportedly Leaked Doc Reveals Sony, Sega Strategy

September 22, 2009 | By Kris Graft

September 22, 2009 | By Kris Graft
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A leaked word processor document apparently derived from Sega of America's press website, reposted on a French gaming website and NeoGaf gaming forums, outlines a number of strategic points between Sega and Sony Computer Entertainment America.

The document, apparently removed from Sega's website, appears to detail an early August meeting with Robert Dyer, SVP of publisher relations with SCEA. The supposedly internal file, which mostly details possible strategies rather than solid confirmations of products and services, states, "Dyer agreed to regular quarterly meetings with SOA."

One item in the 725-word document includes mention of Sony's currently "confidential" intention "to sell all PS2 titles on [PlayStation Network] (GTA Vice City/Sonic/etc.)". The two companies purportedly even discussed bringing titles for Sega's defunct yet beloved Dreamcast console to PSN.

Under the subject "DC Digital Titles," the document read, " If we provide a list of DC titles, SCEA will let us know which ones they’re interested in having exclusively... If we give them a long period of exclusivity they’ll give us more marketing support."

Going further with digital download possibilities, under the subject Yakuza, the name of Sega's Japanese mafia franchise, the document read, "[Sony] could put Japanese games directly on PSN for download in a special Japanese Import section (pricing $9.99 to $39.99 for full game)." The document again said SCEA would be interested in helping to market the feature "if [Sony] can have period of exclusivity."

Also on the PSN front, the document mentioned some possible opportunities for specialized PlayStation Home spaces, including Phantasy Star Universe 2, Iron Man 2, and Alien Vs. Predator. As Sega holds the license to make games based on the Olympics, the document also said Vancouver 2010 could offer the opportunity to make an Olympics Home space.

The document also mentioned Sony's upcoming motion controller, which debuted at E3 in July this year. The company is purportedly aiming for a Spring 2010 launch, "March in Japan," and plans on selling 4-5 million units worldwide. "SCEA agreed to provide a list of Sega IP that would work well with the motion controller, Virtua Tennis was an example," the document said, adding that the 2012 London Olympics would be a " Perfect opportunity for Motion Controller integration."

The document noted several upcoming Sega-published games such as Obsidian's action RPG Alpha Protocol. The document also mentioned "opportunity for PS3/PSP interoperability (see Eidos Batman, Army of Two, Assassin’s Creed for good examples)" for the Sega games Aliens: Colonial Marines and an unknown title called Vanquish.

Sega's iconic mascot Sonic the Hedgehog was also noted. Under the heading "Sonic Anniversary," the document mentioned the possibility of a collectors edition with " all old sonic games on one [Blu-ray] disc." The note also said simply, "'Best of Sonic' for around $99."

Gamasutra has contacted both Sony and SCEA for comment on the document.


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