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 Production and Engineering Department 1965-1984
Japan R&D; 1984-1990
Team Shinobi, Sega AM2
Japan, 1990 - 1998
Amusement Machine R&D Consumer R&D
Sega AM1 | Sega AM2 | Sega AM3 | Sega AM4 | Sega AM5 (Emotion Engine R&D) | AM Annex formed in 1996 Sega CS1 (Team Andromeda | Team Aquila | Team Ara) | Sega CS2 | Sega CS3 (Sonic Team) | Mega CD Software R&D formed 1991 | RPG Project Office formed 1993 | 32X Software R&D formed in 1994 | PC Software R&D formed in 1995
Japan; 1998-2004
R&D1 (WOW Entertainment) | R&D2 (Sega AM2) | R&D3 (Hitmaker) | R&D4 (Sega Mechatronics) | R&D5 (Mushiking Team) formed 2001 | R&D6 (Smilebit) | R&D7 (Overworks) | R&D8 (Sonic Team) | R&D9 (United Game Artists) | R&D10 (Wave Master) | R&D11 (Amusement Vision) | R&D12 (Sega Rosso)
Japan, 2004 - 2008
Amusement Machine R&D Consumer R&D
Sega AM1 | Sega AM2 | Sega AM3 | Sega AM Product | Sega AM Plus | Family Entertainment R&D Sega GE1 (Sonic Team) | Sega GE2 | Sega GE3 | Sega NE | Sports Design R&D | Mobile R&D
Japan, 2008 - current
Amusement Machine R&D Consumer R&D
Sega AM1 | Sega AM2 | Sega AM Product | Mobile R&D formed 2010 (Sega Networks) | N. Pro. R&D formed 2013 Sega CS1 (Ryu ga Gotoku Studio | Sega CS2 (Sonic Team) | Sega CS3 (Online R&D formed 2010) | Mobile R&D formed 2010 (Sega Networks)
North America
Three Rings Design | Relic Entertainment | Demiurge Studios

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

Defunct: No Cliché | Sega Racing Studio

Sega Studios China formed 2002