Sega AM2

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Fast facts on Sega AM2
Founded: 1990-11-01
Defunct: 2004-07
Merged into: Sega
Headquarters: Japan
Sega AM2 logo, sans palm tree.

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Sega Amusement Machine Research and Development Department 2 (popularly known as Sega-AM2 or simply AM2) is a research and development team for the video game company Sega. AM2 was previously headed up by famed designer Yu Suzuki. It is potentially the most known Sega AM team, following Sonic Team. Though still its own entity within Sega, the AM2 name has since fallen out of use.

Sega AM2 are credited for revolutionising gaming in the arcade industry numerous times. Under Yu Suzuki the team have produced the majority of popular and well known Sega franchises. Throughout the 1990s Sega AM2 were at the forefront to the arcade industry, with many of their games being equally successful on Sega's home consoles. AM2 inherited the back-catelogue of Hang-On, Space Harrier, OutRun, After Burner and Super Hang-On, while also making strides with Virtua Racing, Virtua Fighter, Daytona USA, Fighting Vipers and one of the most expensive-to-produce video games of all time, Shenmue, among many others. A number of these have been massive successes for the team, and Sega as a whole.

Sega AM2 was at times called AM2 of CRI during its short 2000-2001 merger with CRI—even concurrently referred to as CRI, although they were technically two different companies.


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Sega Development Studios
Japan R&D; 1982-1983
Sega Research and Development
Japan R&D; 1984-1988
Japan R&D; 1988 - 1990
Sega R&DD1 | Sega R&DD2 | Sega R&DD3 | Sega R&DD4 | Sega R&DD5 | R&DD6 | Sega R&DD7 | Sega R&DD8

Specific teams in the above: Team Shinobi | Debutta Boys? (Galaxy Force II [1])

Japan AM; 1990 - 2000-ish
"Arcade" R&D "Consumer" R&D
Sega AM1 | Sega AM2 | Sega AM3 | Sega AM4 | Sega AM5

AM Annex (1996-1998) | Sega AM8 (1998-2000)
an unknown division referring to themselves as "R&D Staff" developed Twin Squash

| Sega AM9 | Sega AM10? | Sega AM11

Sega AM6 (Team Andromeda | Team Aquila | G9 Team)
CS R&D #2 (1996-1999) | Sega AM7 (1999-2000)
Sonic Team | CS Team

CS Hardware R&D Dept.

Japan AM; 2000-ish - 2004-ish
WOW Entertainment | Sega AM2 | Hitmaker | Amusement Vision | Sega Rosso | Smilebit | Overworks | Sonic Team | United Game Artists | Sega Mechatronics
Japan; 2004 onwards(?)
Sega WOW | Sega AM2 | Sonic Team | Sega Sports Design | Ryu ga Gotoku Studio | AM Ishoku Team

First CS R&D | Second CS R&D | Third CS R&D

Japan non-AM, demerged, and defunct
Puyo Puyo Sega | Sega Networks | ???

Demerged: Sonic! Software Planning | Nextech | SIMS | ???
Defunct: Esco Boueki | Megasoft | ???
Miscellaneous: Sega Toys? considered a separate company from the main Sega | CRI? did they develop anything between them being bought by Sega and being merged into AM2?

North America
Three Rings Design | ???

Defunct: Gremlin Industries/Sega Electronics | Sega Technical Institute | Sega Midwest Studio | Sega Interactive | SegaSoft | Sonic Team USA/Sega Studios USA | ???

The Creative Assembly | Sports Interactive | Hardlight | Relic Entertainment

Defunct: No Cliché | Sega Racing Studio

Sega of China
Unknown Location
Sega Away Team