Sega Developing for Sony! Good or Bad?
Yesterday was a great day for me, as I was talking to Mr. Keers via ICQ, he alerted me of something sad happening to Sega, only seconds later would I find a press release issued by Sega of Japan, commenting on the fact that they were in talks with Sony and Nintendo, in regards to develop games for the Sony Playstation 2 and the Nintendo GameBoy Advance. Both of these units in their category will be the year's hottest ticket, the PS2 of course having Final Fantasy X, Gran Turismo 3, Metal Gear Solid 2, Dark Cloud, Zone of the Enders (ZOE), The Bouncer and literally dozens of other incredible titles being released for the console this year, Sega choosing Sony for negotiating first with was an obvious choice. Keep in mind though that Sega and Microsoft have a bond together, so I wouldn't be surprised if Sega sits down to talk with Microsoft as well. The GameBoy Advance handheld unit will surely sell almost as much as the original GameBoy (Pocket and Color included), with titles like Mario Kart Advance, Yoshi's Adventure, F-Zero, Mario Adventure (tentative title), Zelda Advance (tentative) and tons more, it is no wonder Sega chose GBA to develop for in the handheld area. Now what do I think of all this?
Surely I am excited to see what kind of software Sega will be able to bring us, but all of this are negotiations, so nothing has been said and done yet, let's just suppose it has. If Sega actually develops for the PS2, then imagine the kind of products you PS2 owners will be enjoying. While I have my doubts of their sport titles coming out on the PS2 as well as Sonic, I strongly feel Crazy Taxi will appear on the PS2, possibly a Virtua Fighter game, Daytona USA, Streets of Rage, Shenmue and if the videogaming god permits it, Phantasy Star. If these franchises and maybe even Sonic all make way to the PS2, then be prepared to go on the videogaming journey of your life! If Sega does indeed develop PS2 games, then the profits would pour like rain, by the end of the year Sony expects roughly 20 million PS2s sold worldwide, and you can bet your bottom dollar that people will give their souls away just to get a feel of playing a Sega game on a Sony Playstation 2 system, I know I will. I have a hunch that if all goes well in terms of profits and why not, Sony may gain even more popularity, stealing away Nintendo fans, Microsoft fans, thus keeping Sega and Sony at close ties all the time, a lot like SquareSoft did with the PSOne. I think Sega did a great thing here, not only do they have a chance to cash in big-time with Sony gamers, but they have even said that they will still produce the Sega Dreamcast, and are planning on having over 100 games released in 2001. I can't wait to play some Daytona USA, or Crazy Taxi on my PS2, I know the experience will be a thrill.
As for the GameBoy Advance I can't think of the software that can be planned for it. The first two things that pop into my head is a possible Sonic side-scroller in the form of a Genesis game, and a Streets of Rage beat 'em up, once again reflecting the Sega Genesis titles. I'm anxious to see what kind of software Sega may be able to whip up for GBA, but that is if everything goes to plan and plays out right. If these so called negotiations work out, then you should be prepared for a gaming revolution, this my friends may be gaming history in the making.