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Yu Suzuki Steps Down at Sega

20080610yusuzukiThe legendary game creator has been pretty much out of the limelight for a while but Sega Sammy has announced that Suzuki San will be stepping down from his role as R&D Creative Officer for the company. He will however remain as an R&D Manager for the AM Plus Division.

AM Plus develops arcade games which could be a nice fit for the arcade 80s genius.

In the past Yu Suzuki created such arcade classics as Hang-On, Out Run, Space Harrier and After Burner. Then he went on to create Virtua Fighter and most recently Shenmue.

We are still hoping, fingers crossed for a Shenmue III but it cannot be denied that the day Yu Suzuki leaves the gaming world will be a sad day.

April 6, 2009 Posted by | Industry News, Video Game News | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Blizzard Working on Redneck Rampage??

redneckO.K. I know exactly what you brain is doing right now. Blizzard = Polished, high quality, serious titles. Redneck Rampage = mayhem, complete lunacy.

Blizzard + Redneck Rampage =….. Does Not Compute.

Well my friends, things are not as they seem.
Redneck Rampage was developed in 1998 by Interplay. Later the rights to the franchise were bought, in 2004, by Vivendi Universal. The game ended up landing at Blizzard.

O.K. so that’s a start but the real kicker is this. Several of Blizzard employees actually worked on Redneck Rampage, including the Senior Producer for The Burning Crusade, Wrath of the Lich King and Level Designer for the defunct StarCraft: Ghost.

So is this all completely crazy? maybe but it’ll certainly be fun to watch.

April 6, 2009 Posted by | Video Game News | , , , , , | Leave a comment