Today at the 2001 Tokyo Game Show, Microsoft and video game powerhouse Sega announced a long-term, strategic alliance to bring future versions of Sega's games to Microsoft's Xbox video games system.

The companies kicked off their relationship by announcing an 11-title publishing agreement to premiere many of Sega's upcoming games on the Xbox.

The first games will be "Jet Grind Radio Future" (tentative title), "Panzer Dragoon" (latest version), "GUNVALKYRIE", and "Sega GT" (latest version). In addition, Sega plans to utilise the Xbox video game system's broadband online gaming capabilities.

"Having Sega on board with Xbox is a huge win for gamers around the world," said Robbie Bach, chief Xbox officer (CXO) at Microsoft. "The creative artists at Sega not only are going to deliver great Xbox games, they will help us establish the benchmark for great Xbox gaming experiences both on and offline."

The games announced for Xbox today include the following:

• Jet Grind Radio Future (tentative title)
Gamers should get ready to skate, grind and trick to a new beat. "Jet Grind Radio Future" is a next-generation street action game for Xbox that delivers fast-paced action, new awesome tunes and an artistic look that's truly groundbreaking.

• Sega GT (latest version)
The most recent version of "Sega GT" delivers adrenaline-filled, full-contact auto racing that allows gamers to design, build and customize the world's hottest cars and capture all the heated thrills found in high-performance driving.

"GUNVALKYRIE," the next-generation shooter for Xbox, takes players to war to ignite the battlefields by joining an elite force of mercenaries to battle it out for control of the universe.

• Panzer Dragoon (latest version)
Xbox owners will be the first to return to the stunning world of Panzer Dragoon. They can take flight once again to explore the lush beauty, fierce technology and mysterious dragon-breeding culture of one of Sega's most sought-after franchises.

We will bring you further details of this Sega and Microsoft alliance later today when further details are available.

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