In recent months, we've seen the death of a number of high-profile studios, including Project Gotham creators Bizarre Creations, Homefront developer Kaos Studios and THQ-owned Digital Warrington close, not to mention significant layoffs from many other teams. So it's nice to see some good news for a change: Sega has announced it's opening a new development team, based in the West Midlands area of the UK.

The new studio is focusing exclusively on next generation platforms and is co-located with Sega's Technology Group, meaning it'll have easy access to the cutting edge of what Sega is working on.

VG247 reports that the first game from the new studio will be a PlayStation Vita title. Sega says the new title is a "unique action adventure experience" due for release in late 2012.

"I am genuinely excited about the prospect of opening another studio at Sega, particularly one co-located with our Technology Group," said Gary Dunn, senior vice president of production at Sega. "We have seen some great and truly innovative prototypes coming out of the designers, artists and tech staff that form our Technology Group, and we fully intend to keep innovation at the heart of the new studio by keeping close links with the Technology Group who will ensure that this happens."

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