Sega Europe President: ‘VR has caught the whole company’s attention’

by David Jagneaux • September 15th, 2016

Virtual reality is on the radar of essentially every major tech and gaming company in the world at this point. Most of the major players are actively involved with other companies joining the fray with each passing week. Now that big game publishers like Bethesda, 2K, EA, Ubisoft, and especially Sony, are all working on projects, it was only a matter of time before a company with as long of a history as Sega decided to join in as well.

In a recent interview with MCV, Sega Europe’s President and COO, Jurgen Post, discussed the company’s plans and vision for VR:

“VR has caught the whole company’s attention,” Post explains. “We have a lot of VR kits in the office and people are playing with it. We are exploring ways to release games. We’ve not announced anything, but we are very close to making an announcement. We did Alien: Isolation about three years ago on Oculus Rift, it was a demo that was bloody scary. To bring that back to VR would be a dream and dreams can come true. 

“VR will take time, but we will start releasing some titles just to learn. It is a platform for the future.”

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Image Credit: GameSpot

Most notably he calls out Alien: Isolation specifically, which is a slow-paced, immersive, terrifying horror game in the same universe as the Alien films. A demo was created for the Rift a while ago. The horror genre is perfect for VR, as it complements the isolating nature of the headset with the lonely terror of a scary atmosphere.

Post’s admission that the company is “very close to making an announcement” is all the confirmation we need to get ready for Sega to make their VR debut. I wouldn’t expect to see a Sonic experience just yet, as that might not be the best fit for the medium, but their recent acquisition of top-tier strategy properties such as Total War would be excellent to play in a VR headset. AirMech Command and Tactera prove that top-down strategy games feel right at home inside an HMD.

I also wouldn’t argue with a Nights adaptation for VR. Or maybe some Bass Fishing?

Which properties would you like to see Sega create for VR headsets? Or do you hope they focus on original IP only?

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  • Me

    Sonic Unleashed anyone ?

  • Doctor Bambi

    “very close to making an announcement” OC3 mayhaps? We’ve already seen Sonic show up in the Oculus Arcade. There could have been some chit chat during that process.

    • Aeroflux

      That would be big news indeed. Can’t wait to see what they’ve been up to.

  • Doctor Bambi

    Also: *looks sternly at Nintendo while reading article*

    • Lou Cipher

      could Nintendo’s notion of a ‘shared family experience’ clash any harder against the thought of Alien Isolation in VR?

      • Doctor Bambi

        XD That is an excellent point

      • Conall Ó Gribín

        Shared trauma brings families together!

      • Ryan Stinnett

        One of PSVR’s reason for the breakout box that shows gameplay on the TV so you can play w/ friends.

  • Arv

    PLEASE make it happen Sega. And whatever you do don’t ruin it with a crappy teleport mechanic! Stick locomotion or bust!!!

    • Александр Сергеевич

      Oh, stop whining already, every bloody comment section is filled with it.

      • Andrew McEvoy

        No you stop whining. Im bloody sick of teleportation only games, total cop out. At least make locomotion optional ffs.

        The more we ‘whine’ about it the more likely the message will get through.

  • Ian_c

    There is an arcade racer collection just perfect for VR – let’s have… Virtua Racing, Daytona, Scud Race, Touring Car Championship, Sega Rally….

    • Richard Pimm

      This! 100 times this!!!!!! It was exactly what I was thinking when reading this post.

  • Emanuele Ciriachi

    Give us Alien Isolation for modern VR headsets!!

  • Anthony Canning

    Yeah give us Alien Isolation, guaranteed must buy, for the odd 300k and growing VR base, I have no doubt that at least 80% would buy it.

    • Joe Chase

      God yes. I would spend an untold fortune to have a proper port of this to roomscale VR.

  • Neo Racer

    Just release Alien already geezuz christ

  • Psycold

    I already bought Alien Isolation when it first came out just to use with the DK2, it was so great that I decided to not play it until I could play with an HMD with a higher resolution, I’ve been waiting so long!! Really hope they make this possible with the Vive. I would absolutely buy the game a second time at this point, although maybe I shouldn’t tell them that.

  • Anon Wibble

    Well i put together a computer just to play Alien Isolation. I love the Alien and Aliens films (though not any of the others). I went through the game and got every single achievement there is on the game. Including going into really dangerous areas to collect keycards off dead bodies. I spent soo long playing it, that at work i saw a keycard on someone’s desk at work and instinctively went to pick up a colleagues keycard in real life. Colleague was like “what do you think you’re doing stealing my stuff”, I had to explain to him what i was doing in Alien Isolation. loool. Imagine the realism with VR…

  • otaku_no_bfm

    I don’t know what IPs Sega Europe owns, but Sega Japan already has 2 Hatsune Miku games coming.

  • George Stephenopolous

    I want to see a Total War game with VR integration. Imagine being able to control the battle from a bird’s eye view, then flying into the midst of the action and experiencing all the violence through the eyes of a soldier at full 1:1 scale. It’s just what the series needs to stay fresh.

  • I can’t imagine this is too difficult! They had it working with Oculus Rift, but then took down all the posts that had the 2 minute file edit set up to make it work! NOW, they want to cash in on it? Fix the bugs (edges jaggy and scripting errors) and add TOTAL support for ALL VR and we have a deal.

  • jkflipflop98

    OMG PLEASE MAKE PANZER DRAGOON VR!!!