Sonic the Hedgehog joined local Sega of America employees on Dec. 7 as they settled into their new digs at Innovation Office Park in Irvine.

“We are here to commemorate the ongoing achievements of our amazing employees, and we look forward to entering a new phase of our business as we continue to evolve our company environment and culture,” said Shuji Utsumi, co-chief operating officer of Sega Corp. and chief executive officer of Sega of America, in an address to the team at an opening ceremony on site.

The new 31,700-square-foot office for the company’s North American headquarters is home to 235 employees in Sega’s publishing departments and also the Atlus Games subsidiary.

Sega of America, Inc. is the American arm of Tokyo, Japan-based Sega Corp., which creates interactive entertainment experiences for console, PC, mobile and emerging platforms. Besides Sonic, the franchise includes Yakuza, Virtual Fighter, Super Monkey Ball and Phantasy Star Online, along with Atlus’ Persona and Shin Megami Tensei series.

Innovation Office Park is a new Irvine Co. office property meant to foster creativity and collaboration through its open-air office village design. It is located along the Irvine business corridor dubbed “Gamer’s Gateway.”