SEGA keen on AVP, Bayonetta sequels

Hints at Total War MMO, too.

SEGA's keen to turn Aliens vs. Predator, Alpha Protocol and Bayonetta into franchises, as well as take Total War in "another direction".

"People often ask if we'd take Total War in that [MMO] direction and we're constantly looking at it, but MMO is a very competitive market," SEGA West boss Mike Hayes told CVG. "It goes back to the start of the interview - we want to get the core games right before anything else.

"We've got our shooter with AVP and our RPG with Alpha Protocol - we really want to make that into a franchise. That's the area where we need some success, to sequel-ise that. If you think about it, we can sequel-ise Bayonetta, AVP, Alpha Protocol - if we can make a hit of something like Vanquish - then you add that to Football Manager and Virtua Tennis - we actually have a broad portfolio."

When pushed on the idea of Total War as an MMO, Hayes said although there is "a lot more" left to be done in a "pure historic field", the publisher can also "branch into different areas" with Total War. To that end, developer Creative Assembly will expand. The Total War series has only recently added support for campaign co-op, which Napoleon: Total War features out of the box. Head over to our Napoleon: Total War review to find out more.

As for the other games: Aliens vs. Predator was released in February and, despite a luke-warm critical reception, has sold well in the shops. Bayonetta had an opposite problem and stunned critics but stumbled a bit at retail.

Alpha Protocol, the spy RPG by Obsidian, will be released in May. SEGA's obviously confident.

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