Thursday, May 13, 2021

Sega Considering Reboots for Crazy Taxi, Jet Set Radio, and More

A financial results presentation has revealed that Sega is considering reboots of Crazy Taxi, Jet Set Radio and other dormant IP, while it begins work on a 'super game'. A results presentation to mark the end of the fiscal year was published to the SegaSammy investor relations website today. The slideshow includes a number of interesting details about the company's future plans. One slide concerns the "utilization of IP [intellectual property] assets," noting which IPs are active and dormant, and how Sega plans to remaster, remake or reboot its older series to capitalize on the "globally recognized" IPs it has in its vault. A number of old, fan favourite franchises are mentioned in the past IP groups section, including Crazy Taxi, Jet Set Radio, NiGHTS, Space Channel 5, Panzer Dragoon and Rez. At the very least, this suggests that the company is interested in bringing some of these games back to market while strengthening its active IPs such as Yakuza, Persona and Sonic. [caption id="attachment_2513120" align="alignnone" width="1266"]Sega's slide on its remasters, remakes, and reboots. (Source: SegaSammy) Sega's slide on its remasters, remakes, and reboots. (Source: SegaSammy)[/caption] The presentation also mentions Sega's five-year plan to release what it calls a "Super Game". While unclear exactly what that term implies, Sega says it's making "focused investment" in the project, and aims to have it released by its 2026 financial year. As well as turning its existing, active IPs into global brands, the company wants to create new IP "which can be expanded globally" – but which it doesn't expect to be immediately highly profitable. No details were given on which of Sega's studios would make the game, nor what kind of a game it would be. [caption id="attachment_2513122" align="alignnone" width="1266"]Sega's slide on creating a 'Super Game'. (Source: SegaSammy) Sega's slide on creating a 'Super Game'. (Source: SegaSammy)[/caption] As Sega works towards its Super Game, it also mentions the development of a "new FPS title at European studio," which could well be the "ambitious multiplayer" sci-fi shooter Creative Assembly is working on. Sega expanded Creative Assembly back in 2017, acquiring Crytek Black Sea and adding it to its ranks as Creative Assembly Sofia. [poilib element="accentDivider"] Jordan Oloman is a freelance writer for IGN. Follow him on Twitter.


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