Sections

Sega Europe hands Sonic publishing duties to Nintendo

New partnership for three exclusive titles as publisher continues transition to PC market

Sega Europe has handed the publishing and distribution rights to the next three Sonic the Hedgehog titles exclusively to Nintendo.

The move follows Sega's continued focus on the PC market with hits like Football Manager, Total War and Company of Heroes - and compliments Nintendo's portfolio of family-friendly titles. The deal includes Sonic Lost World, Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games and one other game to be revealed at a later date.

"Sega have chosen to exclusively partner with Nintendo to distribute or publish the next three Sonic the Hedgehog titles throughout Europe and Australia," Jurgen Post, COO of Sega Europe, confirmed to GamesIndustry International.

The deal is an extension of the publishing duties Nintendo has taken on for previous Olympic Games titles. Sega US will still publish Lost World in the region.

"This is a strategic partnership that does not affect our existing distribution network across these territories and with whom we are looking forward to working with on the upcoming releases of Total War: Rome II and Company of Heroes 2," he added.

Sega now has three main pillars of business after a restructuring process that took place last year. As well as the PC business, the company is also building its mobile and digital efforts, sidelining the more traditional boxed console market.

Related stories

Nintendo Switch to sell 40m units by 2020 - DFC

Research firm sees hybrid as "compelling" hardware that could reach a larger addressable market

By James Brightman

Switch's challenge is unique software, not PS4 competition

Asking why people would buy a Switch over a PS4 is the wrong question; we should ask why PS4 owners would also want to own a Switch

By Rob Fahey

Latest comments (2)

Gareth Jones Senior UI Engineer, Massive Interactive3 years ago
"We finally realised we haven't made a good Sonic game since Sonic 3 on the Mega Drive, so we're giving it to someone who knows how to make good games."
0Sign inorRegisterto rate and reply
Private Industry 3 years ago
You didnt play Sonic Generations or Sonic All Star Racing or several other Sonic ges since the DC did you? :)

Plus it's publishing not development they handed to Nintendo.

Edited 2 times. Last edit by Private on 20th May 2013 9:09pm

0Sign inorRegisterto rate and reply

Sign in to contribute

Need an account? Register now.