I have the utmost respect for each of these developers. I must say I think they’re mostly incorrect in their assessments of why the Dreamcast failed. The Dreamcast’s ultimate failure had so little to do with the way Sega handled the Dreamcast. Sega and their third party affiliates such as Namco and Capcom put out so many games of such stellar quality, that the Dreamcast won over a generation of gamers who had previously been diehard Nintendo or Sony fans. They even won me over, who had been a diehard Sega fan since the SMS days, but was so disillusioned by the Saturn’s handling that I had initially decided to sit the Dreamcast out. At that time, the Dreamcast launch was widely considered to be the strongest console launch in US history. In my opinion, the three issues leading to the fall of the Dreamcast were (in inverse order):1)piracy, 2)Sega’s great deficit of finances and cachet following the Saturn debacle, and 3)Sony’s masterful marketing of the PlayStation 2. Piracy’s effect on Dreamcast sales is a hotly debated topic, but I’ll say that the turn of the millennium, most college and post-college guys I knew pirated every bit of music or software they could. Regarding the Saturn debacle, the infighting between SOA and SOJ is well known, as are the number of hubristic decisions Mr. Nakayama made which left Sega in huge financial deficit. They were also directly responsible for erasing a lot of the respect and good will Sega had chiseled out worldwide during the Mega Drive/Genesis era. With the Dreamcast, Sega was digging itself out of a hole. They had seemingly done it as well, and would have surely continued along that path, had it not been for the PS2. There is no doubt in my mind that the overwhelming reason the Dreamcast failed was because of the PS2.
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“The founding principle of Wargaming Nexus is innovativeness—in team building, work practices, the tech used, and the products delivered,” says Mike Belton. “We are putting together a strong collective of highly skilled professionals from all over the globe. Our current crew is made up of tried and tested Wargaming fighters possessing a broad range of expertise and a deep understanding of gamers’ tastes and desires. Combining all these factors shall contribute to our success.”
The idea behind Wargaming Nexus was conceived in 2018 with the start of a partnership between Wargaming and Epic Games that was announced at WG Fest in Moscow and included a set of initiatives aimed at taking the Eastern European mobile games market to the next level. Since then, Epic’s Unreal Engine 4 has become a staple tech for Wargaming when prototyping and developing new gaming projects. This prompted the decision to set up a new business division within the company to fully capitalize on the capabilities of UE4 and other advanced solutions when delivering breakthrough mobile titles with great cross-platform prospects.
Over the last 6 months, Wargaming Nexus has engaged into dozens of partnerships with Eastern and Central European studios using UE4, and six projects with innovative gaming mechanics have already reached the prototype stage.
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