One of the odder and more unfortunate stories of this year was Creative Assembly and Sega suddenly canceling Hyenas, which would have been one of the sole first-person shooters the duo have done. Months later, Sega has revealed why. While Sega Sammy executives claimed it was a good game, the company wasn’t confident that Hyenas would meet the expectations of fans and, even further, didn’t believe they could maintain the game with satisfactory quality over time.
Sega CFO and Senior Executive VP Koichi Fukazawa shared info on the cancellation of Hyenas in Sega Sammy’s Q2 2024 earnings. In the Structural Reform section of the presentation on Page 29 is where Fukuzawa lays out what happened with Hyenas and Creative Assembly:
There’s little arguing that Creative Assembly are well-known masters of single-player strategy, what with the Total War series and partnerships with major IP like Halo (Halo Wars) and Warhammer (Total War: Warhammer) under its belt. It’s still a shame to see that Hyenas didn’t have much of a chance, especially when Creative Assembly has created pretty incredible titles outside the strategy space such as Alien: Isolation.
Nonetheless, it seems Sega wants Creative Assembly to stick to what it does best. We’re likely to see something new out of the studio, but it’s probably going to be more Total War. Stay tuned as we wait to see what comes next out of Sega and Creative Assembly.