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Sega Production and Engineering Department

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Fast facts on Sega Production and Engineering Department
Founded: 1951
Headquarters: Japan
Sega Mechatronics logo in 1999

The Production and Engineering Department is the oldest division within Sega that started when the company itself was founded and stationed in Japan. It went under several names, first being R&D2 through 1984 to 1990, AM4 and AM5 during the nineties, Mechatronics during 1999 to 2005, AM Product from 2005 to 2010, and is currently known as R&D4. With a few exceptions, the department goes uncredited.

As the website opened in 1999 declares, the history of the division is the history of Sega itself. The department is responsible for everything related to manufacturing arcade machines. It is not only the core of the video game studios that produce arcade video games, but also produces arcade attractions that are not related to video games. This includes the UFO Catcher, Medal games, Joypolis medium scale attractions and Print Club. It also manufactured jukeboxes, slot machines and electro-mechanical games before arcade machines itself.

Home console engineers such as Hideki Sato and Masami Ishikawa spun off from this division to establish dedicated consumer hardware divisions. After Sega retired home hardware, many of consumer hardware enginners returned however to arcade engineering.

External Links

Official Website

Sega Development Studios
Japan Production and Engineering Department 1965-1984
Japan R&D; 1984-1990
Team Shinobi, Sega AM2
Japan, 1990 - 1999
Amusement Machine R&D Consumer R&D
Sega AM1 | Sega AM2 | Sega AM3 | Sega AM4 | Sega AM5 | Sega AM6 | Sega AM11 formed in 1995 | AM Annex/AM12 formed in 1998 Sega CS1 (Team Andromeda | Team Aquila | Team Ara) | Sega CS2 | Sega CS3 (Sonic Team) | Sega CS4 | PC Software R&D | Digital Media Unit
Japan; 1999-2004
R&D1 (WOW Entertainment/Sega WOW) | R&D2 (Sega AM2) | R&D3 (Hitmaker) | R&D4 (Amusement Vision) | R&D5 (Sega Rosso) | R&D6 (Smilebit) | R&D7 (Overworks) | R&D8 (Sonic Team) | R&D9 (United Game Artists) | Sega Digital Media (Wave Master) | Sega Mechatronics | Sega Mirai R&D | Digital Rex
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 (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

Europe
The Creative Assembly | Sports Interactive | Hardlight | Amplitude Studios

Defunct: No Cliché | Sega Racing Studio

Asia
Sega Studios China formed 2002