Studio 128

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Studio 128
Division of Sega of Japan
Founded: 1984(?)

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Studio 128 (スタジオ128) was a Sega of Japan video game development group. Led by Hisashi Suzuki, the small studio was where programmer Yu Suzuki created arcade classics such as Space Harrier, Out Run, and After Burner.

Only two games are known to reference the group's existence - in the introductions of After Burner and After Burner II, players take off from an aircraft carrier labeled 128.


Located about a five minute walk from Sega of Japan’s main offices, Studio 128 was manned by five to ten employees which worked on Sega's cutting-edge Taikan games. Much of its work was kept a secret from the rest of the company. Reportedly, even president Hayao Nakayama was once blocked from entering on one occasion (much to his dissatisfaction).

Studio 128 was not directly credited in any of their games, making it difficult to discern its history. It is known however to have become Sega R&D 8 prior to the release of GP Rider in 1990; Sega R&D 8 would eventually become the more publically-known Sega AM2 in the early 1990s.


Staff members


Timeline of Sega of Japan research and development divisions