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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.
|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|
|Japan AM; 1990 - 2000-ish|
|"Arcade" R&D||"Consumer" R&D|
|Sega AM1 | Sega AM2 | Sega AM3 | Sega AM4 | Sega AM5||| Sega AM9 | Sega AM10? | Sega AM11|
|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 | ???
|Three Rings Design | ???|
|The Creative Assembly | Sports Interactive | Hardlight | Relic Entertainment|
|Sega of China|
|Sega Away Team|