In some big news over the weekend, SEGA and Microsoft announced they would be partnering up to form a "strategic alliance that explores ways for SEGA to produce large-scale, global games in a next-generation development environment built on Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform." The alliance is said to be part of a "mid to long-term strategy".
In a press release, it was said the companies will explore this prospect for "new strategic titles" that will "establish a next-generation development environment". It was also added that "by shifting to a next-generation development platform, SEGA can effectively adapt to diversifying work styles and potential infrastructural changes".
Microsoft's corporate vice president Sarah Bond said that the companies "will reimagine how games get built, hosted, and operated", bringing more to players and SEGA.
"SEGA has played such an iconic role in the gaming industry and has been a tremendous partner over the years. We look forward to working together as they explore new ways to create unique gaming experiences for the future using Microsoft cloud technologies. Together we will reimagine how games get built, hosted, and operated, with a goal of adding more value to players and SEGA alike."
Yukio Sugino, the president of the SEGA Corporation, added that the strategic alliance will "help develop SEGA's new 'Super Game' initiative", along with assisting next-gen development. The ultimate aim is to bring SEGA's game development and Microsoft's cloud technologies together to create new experiences for players.
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