Is it a developer or a game?
Sega-portal.de has been covering an ongoing story about what happened to the developers behind “SEGA Racing Studio”. SEGA Racing Studio was a collection of European developers who were, as the name implies, going to work exclusively on Sega-branded racing games. Unfortunately, with the way things went, the only game they ended up finishing before closing up shop in 2008 was Sega Rally Revo (recently reborn in the download space as Sega Rally Online Arcade). Though a number of them went off and joined Codemasters to work on their DiRT franchise, six of them stuck around Sega, and in June 2011 started a new UK studio, that, at the time, did not have a name.
According to Sega-portal.de, that studio might have finally found its name: several Sega job listings at Gameindustry.biz have surfaced, hiring for one “Hardlight Studios”. Other reports by Sega-portal.de would suggest that Hardlight Studios’ first project is an action-adventure title for Sony’s Playstation Vita.
The real curveball in all of this is not only is Sega hiring for Hardlight Studios, it would appear that the game they’re working on is working on may also be called “Hardlight“. This, Sega-portal.de deduces, is because Sega has actually trademarked a logo for something called “Hardlight“, and it’s fairly uncommon to trademark a studio’s logo.
So what is “Hardlight”? Right now it’s anyone’s guess, given a game in the “action-adventure” genre doesn’t exactly narrow things down. But there’s a strong chance we’ll find out at E3 this year, so stay tuned.