Although Sega has dismantled its in-house console empire after the release of the Sega Dreamcast more than 25 years ago now, the Japanese publisher is facing a new renaissance as a multiplatform publisher in recent years. Already, the firm is contending this with remakes for its most popular titles such as the upcoming Persona 3 Reload and even expressed more is on the way in the near future as well.
Even more, the firm has pressed it is also on the fence considering a $70 price tag for its titles alike what much of the industry has embraced for over the past few years already. One element many are interested to see Sega explore more is more transmedia. With Sonic the Hedgehog 3 still on the way for a December 2024 release, fans are hoping other films are on the way.
When speaking to CNBC recently, Sega chief operating officer Shuji Utsumi elaborated more IPs are being considered for film adaptations – specifically Persona & Like a Dragon, IGN transcribed. “We just revived Sonic in a big way, not only through games but also movies and TV shows, and actually Sonic is in Roblox too. And we’re working closely now with Lego. So now Sonic is reviving.
“We have other major IPs and, I cannot say too much about it but we are thinking of reviving other classical Sega IPs too. Right now there are two big IPs other than Sonic. One is Persona. And also our Yakuza titles. Yakuza is really unique. But that big one is also coming next year too. But also, as I say, we are trying to be in a lot of different kinds of business areas, like Roblox, movies. All these IPs can be somewhere else other than games soon.”
In terms of undergoing plans with Sega on exploring more productions for its IPs, formerly Yakuza has already been greenlit for a film since 2020. It was reported by Variety that in collaboration with 1212 & Wild Sheep a new live-action adaptation is in the works over in Hollywood. Howbeit, there has been little clarity in casting or a expectancy for the release.
Furthermore, Sega has addressed that Persona is also being considered for television alongside film too. Sega lead producer on Sonic the Hedgehog Toru Nakahara shared that Persona or even the greater Atlus portfolio is already being eyed for transmedia as well. You can read the full report by heading here.
What do you hope to see be made into a movie by Sega next?