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Anarchy Reigns delayed into 2013 as Platinum and Sega’s relationship grows tense

It’s hard to tell what’s happening at Sega right now. On the one hand, the company had a strong showing at E3 2012, with titles like Aliens: Colonial Marines and The Cave garnering more than a little praise from attendees. On the other hand, Sega seems like a deeply troubled company in the wake of its reportedly catastrophic earnings in the past fiscal year. In fact, many games in development or even finished at Sega weren’t at E3. Chief among them was multiplayer brawler Anarchy Reigns by Platinum Studios.

Anarchy Reigns was supposed to release during the first week of July but Sega announced this week that it would instead be pushed back into the first quarter of 2013 in the US and Europe. The publisher said on Monday via Twitter that it had “re-evaluated” the game’s western release

This move is especially baffling since the game is already localized for all territories and Sega’s big first-quarter game next year is Aliens, which will be out in February. The delay is far more concerning however in light of the fact that Platinum Games was never informed at all of Sega’s plans.

Atsushi Inaba, executive director of Platinum, responded to Sega via Twitter, “First of all, we are done with all international versions of Anarchy Reigns. The delay is not due to further development of the game. Even though the release dates will be different, the content of both the Japanese and western versions will be 100 percent the same.”

“Today’s Q1 2013 release was the first we’d heard of it,” the exasperated Inaba said, “Even if we wanted to, we can’t comment as we’re still in the dark officially.”

“Finally, I want to sincerely apologize to all of the fans worldwide for all the confusion this situation has caused. Even though we are the game’s developers, we can only do so much about this.”

Digital Trends reached out to Inaba and Platinum Games on Tuesday morning to discuss the situation and the future of the studio’s relationship with Sega. To date, Sega has been the sole publisher of Platinum’s titles, releasing Bayonetta, Vanquish, Mad World, and Infinite Space since the studio was founded in 2008. That relationship has become tumultuous in 2012 though. In addition to the delay of Anarchy Reigns, Sega reportedly cancelled development of Bayonetta 2. Unfortunately for Platinum, it can’t bring Bayonetta or any other sequels to its existing titles to other publishers since under its agreement Sega owns all Platinum-created IP.

Platinum is working with Nintendo on Wii U game Project P-100 and Konami on Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance.

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