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Sega Studios Australia shutting this year

Sega Studios Australia will be shut "later this year" as part of the Japanese publisher’s ongoing restructuring efforts.

A Sega representative confirmed the news to Kotaku, which reports that the studio was once known as Creative Assembly Australia due to its work on Medieval II: Total War and Medieval II: Total War - Kingdoms. It also made Stormrise and, most recently, London 2012: The official video game of the Olympic Games.

Gamasutra reports that the studio suffered layoffs around a year ago when parent Sega announced plans to restructure in order to “create a smaller company positioned for sustained profitability”. A representative said they couldn’t yet provide specifics on the studio’s closure, such as how many employees will be affected, as the move is still "under consultation”.

While it has shrunk its business over the past year, mainly across its publishing and distribution divisions, Sega recently acquired Company of Heroes developer Relic Entertainment from THQ for $26 million.

4 comments

  • LordZarlon - April 5, 2013 5:03 p.m.

    So much for the Total War Series. Hey developers! STOP SELLING YOURSELVES TO BIG PUBLISHERS! When will you freaking get it! Creative Assembly survived for years without needing big publishers. Guess we'll never see Warhammer: Total War ever.
  • CUFCfan616 - April 5, 2013 7:19 p.m.

    over-reaction much? Medieval 2 was the only Total War game the Australian studio made and since then has made one average RTS and an Olympic games game. If the studio wasn't being very prolific then why not shut it down? If CA didn't have the backing of a big publisher this would've happened even sooner. And anyway, without Sega would the original Rome: Total War have been as much of a success?
  • avantguardian - April 5, 2013 8:32 p.m.

    seriously, it's like people just want an excuse to freak out about stuff. the total war series is one of my favorites ever, so if it were to disappear, i would be heart broken. fortunately, this hasn't happened, nor has it been alluded to. so i'll wait to freak out until said reaction is warranted. if you really want to do your part ensuring warhammer: total war comes to fruition, i suggest buying company of heroes 2:)
  • Frieza - April 5, 2013 10:44 a.m.

    Another one bites the dust.

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