SEGA Creates New Studio Called Hardlight

SEGA has a new studio that’s going to work on an action-adventure title for the PS Vita, and it’s called Hardlight. Here’s a description of the new studio per a job listing:

SEGA is pleased to announce the creation of a new boutique game development studio, Hardlight, located in the West Midlands area of the UK.

Hardlight is SEGA’s third UK-based studio and is focused exclusively on creating high quality, innovative game experiences for both current and future platforms. Their first project, due for late 2012, will be a unique action adventure developed exclusively for the brand new Sony PSVita platform.

The team was founded with the ethos of staying compact, agile and focused – combining talent from a variety of game genres and backgrounds and working closely with SEGA R&D Studio to stay at the cutting edge of developments in technology, middleware and game experiences.

What is a “boutique” game studio? Somebody please explain that terminology to me, because that seems like it makes the studio sound like it’s based at a table in the middle of a market. It’s probably not that, though. Probably. It’d be funny if it was, though. I wish it was, now that I’ve planted that idea in my mind.

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1 Comment on SEGA Creates New Studio Called Hardlight


On January 24, 2012 at 8:41 am

Its not the first time game studios addressed themselves as boutique studios.

With “Boutique” most likely they mean its a small sized development team with local talent and as little corporate red tape as possible.
Similar to what a indie studio would be, do more with less kinda of mentality.