Sega's ongoing push to maximise its massive catalogue of strong intellectual properties continues apace, with the news that offerings will be upped and third-parties will be kicked to the curb.
The Japanese Sega Ages franchise has been condensed from stand-alone offerings into a multipack that now includes a massive 11 titles:
At present the pack is PlayStation 2 exclusive, though SPOnG is aware that Sega has been in discussions with Microsoft for some time about the possibility of utilising back catalogue tites as part of an on-demand service via Xbox Live, expected to be fully explained at E3.
In other news, former Sega Ages US publishing partner Conspiracy Entertainment has been given the boot from the project, though no reason for this decision has been offered. Sega will now publish the revamped pack itself, carrying the new title of Sega Classics Collection.
However, perhaps the most interesting point to be raised from this news concerns Sony Computer Entertainment America's increasingly tight guidelines regarding rehashed product. SPOnG revealed some time ago that Conspiracy (on behalf of Sega), SNK and others had seen titles rejected by SCEA on the grounds that not enough enough value was being offered to the consumer per release. Sony argued that offering a massive range of cut-price reworked games would impact on full price sales and that comparisons with Japanese successes with such products were not valid, given the massive difference in buying habits in the two countries.