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E3 2013: Sega's lineup

by: Sean Colleli -
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Sega has been refocusing on their most profitable core properties over the last year and we're going to see that culminate at E3 this week. Their main lineup is as follows: Sonic Lost World, Castle of Illusion, Company of Heroes 2, Total War: ROME II,and The Cave.

Hopefully the new Sonic really shines as I've been waiting for Nintendo and Sega to do a big exclusive partnership like this for a while. I'd prefer that Mario and Sonic ditch the Olympic Games pretext and just star in a huge action platformer crossover, but I suppose that's the old 16-bit fanboy in me talking. Total War is a no brainer, nor is the Genesis Mickey Mouse classic reimagined with Castle of Illusion. It's cool to see Double Fine get some love with The Cave, even though the game has been out for a few months.

I'm not surprised that there's absolutely nothing from Gearbox this year, as there's been some pretty bad blood recently with the Aliens Colonial Marines debacle. Still, I was hoping they'd announce something. Maybe Sega and Randy Pitchford patched things up and have a surprise in store for us. I guess we'll see.

SAN FRANCISCO (June 7, 2013) – SEGA® of America, Inc. today announced a line-up of five eagerly awaited titles for this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles. The show will see a world premiere of one of SEGA’s most iconic franchises, the HD remake of a gaming classic as well as the finest in PC strategy gaming. SEGA’s full line-up includes:

  *   Sonic Lost World™
  *   Castle of Illusion™
  *   Company of Heroes 2™
  *   Total War™: ROME II
  *   The Cave™

Making its hands-on debut at E3, Sonic Lost World puts Sonic up to the challenge as he faces his most powerful enemy to date – The Deadly Six!  Using his dynamic new parkour moves and Color Powers, Sonic must speed across a variety of unique terrains – racing inside, outside and upside down in every level. The game will launch exclusively on the Wii U™ and Nintendo 3DS™ this Holiday as part of the recently announced partnership that makes Nintendo consoles the number one destination for Sonic gaming for the next three Sonic titles. The game marks an evolution of the Sonic series and SEGA is excited to showcase the title at E3.

Mickey Mouse returns to star in Castle of Illusion, a fantastical reimagining of the Sega Genesis classic. With all-new HD graphics and gameplay, Castle of Illusion brings Mickey and his magical world to life. When the evil witch Mizrabel kidnaps Minnie, it’s up to Mickey to brave the dangers of the Castle of Illusions to rescue Minnie. Gather your courage and take on hordes on rebellious toys, traverse enchanted forest and navigate mazes of living books. Play as Mickey and save Minnie from Mirabel’s evil clutches! E3 will be the first hands-on opportunity for Castle of Illusion. The game will be available this summer for Xbox LIVE® Arcade for Xbox 360®, PlayStation®Network and Windows PC.

Dominating the PC strategy genre at the show, SEGA will present both the soon-to-be-released Company of Heroes 2 by recently acquired Relic Entertainment as well as the upcoming Total War: ROME II™ from award-winning developer Creative Assembly.

As the eagerly anticipated follow-up to one of the best loved strategy games of all time, Company of Heroes 2 looks to make a big splash at the show with its stunning depiction of the Eastern Front. Visitors to E3 will get to exclusively go hands-on with the action packed ‘Land Bridge to Leningrad’ mission from the game’s campaign. Featuring innovative True Sight, Cold Tech and Seasonal Warfare functionality brought to life by the cutting-edge Essence Engine, Company of Heroes 2 will once again push the boundaries of strategy gaming.

Destined to be the biggest game in the entire series so far, Total War: ROME II will be playable for the very first time at the show with a thrilling battle between Egypt and Rome on the banks of the River Nile. Developers Creative Assembly will also unveil the Total War: ROME II campaign map, showcasing the most ambitious campaign mode in any Total War game yet – packed with innovative new features, detail, and breathtaking in its scope.

Named GameInformer’s Best Adventure Game of E3 2012, The Cave is an adventure game from Monkey Island and Maniac Mansion creator Ron Gilbert, and Double Fine Productions, the award-winning studio behind Psychonauts and Brütal Legend. The mobile version of The Cave will be shown for the first time at the Online and Mobile Game Pavilion located in the Concourse Foyer.

SEGA’s booth at E3 2013 is located in the South Hall, Booth 1047 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.  For media appointments, please contact media@sega.com<mailto:media@sega.com>.

For more information, please visit www.sega.com<http://www.sega.com>