While old-school SEGA fans were treated to a pretty exciting announcement during this month’s The Game Awards showcase, with the company announcing not one but five iconic SEGA franchises making a return in the future, the reveal was relatively light on solid information on the titles featured.
Now, thanks to a SEGA Sammy investor presentation that’s surfaced online, we know just a tiny bit more about the impending new takes on Crazy Taxi, Jet Set Radio, Shinobi, Golden Axe and Streets of Rage. A slide at the end of the document, which you can view in full here, offers up some very short and stilted bullet points on each game.
These are mostly inconsequential, but it does appear by the phrasing in the Jet Set Radio panel that the new game will be an “open world” game in some fashion – while the original could maybe be described as “open zone” more than anything, a fully open world Jet Set Radio could definitely work:
Innovative and Fresh Style Driving Action!
Cheerful feeling of freedom x Fusion of nature and city. Peel out the new stage of Crazy City!
Jet Set Radio
Counter Culture. Tokyo Street Open World.
Experience the Rebellion movement that feels free in a suffocating society. Make friends, increase your fans and create a movement!
Run through the world of Shinobi, full of monsters and ninja actions. Grab Oborozuki, the legendary sword and slay evil once more. Your clan and the world are counting on you.
Warriors arise to subdue the demons!
Defeat your enemies with a variety of attacks with swords and magic! The legendary story about the battle axe, Golden Axe is about to begin!
Streets of Rage Revolution
Beloved side-scrolling beat ’em up action series!
Take control of one of the ex-officers and make the city a place where people no longer have to walk the Streets of Rage.
It’ll be interesting to see how these games come together over time, and whether SEGA’s strategy of resurrecting considerably “retro” IP via low-impact new releases can cut through the noise of the bigger-budget launches on the way.
Streets of Rage will be an interesting one, especially, given we had the excellent Streets of Rage 4 from DotEmu and Lizardcube just a few years ago.