Sports Interactive boss Miles Jacobson has said on Twitter that rumours SEGA Europe is to close are “false.”
“Interweb rumours of Sega Europe closing are false. Rumours of Dirk Kuyt signing for Fenerbache? Much more likely,” tweeted Jacobson.
Original: This would be extremely sad news if true, but it’s being reported that all branches of SEGA Europe are to close, with the remaining studios in other parts of the World turning their focus to digital only titles.
“On the eve of E3 2012, we are able to inform you, according to our credible sources, that SEGA Europe will be finally closed in the coming months as well as all the local branches in Europe like SEGA France,” says a NeoGaf translated post from Gamekyo.
“This is partly a consequence of the ineffectiveness of SEGA’s strategy over the past several years of developing games by western developers,” continues the post, “At the same time, SEGA will also announce, according to these sources, they will no longer develop AAA games on consoles, but will focus on digital games, notably for cell phones and tablets.”
‘AAA’ games currently being worked on by SEGA include Anarchy Reigns (which may or may not be released in the West), along with Creative Assembly’s Aliens: Colonial Marines, which is due for release on PS3, Xbox 360 and PC.
SEGA previously announced that it will not be attending this year’s Gamescom 2012 conference.