Recently, Sega has continued to push new releases for its prominent IPs like Sonic the Hedgehog alongside Like a Dragon. But, the firm is also reflecting on its repertoire of properties in the vault from decades back. In one report, it was revealed that both Crazy Taxi & Jet Set Radio were planned for remakes to revitalize both series.
Then earlier this year, a leak went live sharing brief footage for the aforementioned Jet Set Radio and an unannounced reworking for Persona 3. The Atlus title went on to be revealed this June officially titled ‘Persona 3 Reload’. Of course, Sega is not foreign to the idea of remakes or reboots as titles such as Like a Dragon: Ishin shipped this past winter.
In a new interview with Famitsu, Sega president & chief operations officer Yukio Sugino elaborated on its focus for its properties and where doing a remake would be suitable, Dualshockers translated. “We will develop while selecting which is appropriate at this timing for each IP, such as ‘This is the best way to do this IP’. Sonic is also SEGA’s signature IP, and in parallel with the new game, we are considering reboots and remakes.”
Sugino did continue to elaborate on the success of the most recent Sonic Frontiers and its unprecedented response from the western audience. “That in itself makes me happy, and I was also happy to receive a lot of messages, mainly from users in North America, such as ‘I’m very happy that Sonic is heading in the right direction.” Even more, he presses on Sonic Superstars which is a response for more 2D-centric releases for the series.
He explains that the game is “”a return to 2D action, and although it is a new game, I would like to implement reboot-like measures as well. […] “When the people involved see this, they always say, ‘Oh!’ The gameplay also incorporates quite new elements, and you can enjoy it, including multiplayer, so stay tuned.”
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