Sega to close Australian development studio

It must be That Time of Year again, with another game development studio announcing its imminent closure. Sega has confirmed that once Sega Studios Australia finishes its current project, the developer formerly known as Creative Assembly Australia will be closing its doors.

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The Brisbane-based studio, responsible for Medieval II: Total War, Stormrise and the game adaptation of the 2012 Olympics, has reportedly been operating on a game-by-game basis for years. While no set closure date has been announced as yet, this latest project is due for completion in early August, and will be the studio’s last.

In February 2012, Sega Studios Australia suffered job cuts of nearly 50%, as part of a downsizing move from the publisher, which realigned itself to focus on digital gaming. It seems that while this was enough to ensure the release of London 2012 and the development of this new, unannounced project, time has run out for Sega Studios Australia. The developer will close “later this year”.

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