Sega Promises More Legacy Property Revivals; Original Jet Set Radio Creators Involved

Sega Promises More Legacy Property Revivals; Original Jet Set Radio Creators Involved

Following The Game Awards 2023, where Sega announced multiple new games in development, the Washington Post interviewed Sega co-chief operating officer and Sega of America CEO Shuji Utsumi.

Utsumi has several interesting comments here, such as wanting Sega to “show edginess and a rebellious mind-set” reminiscent of their time back during the Dreamcast era.

Additionally, when Utsumi returned to Sega roughly four years ago, he found worthwhile IPs to revisit that he considers a “treasure trove.” He said the following regarding these IP revivals, such as Jet Set Radio:

“Utsumi said these legacy series can find second life now that the games industry has a captive global market large enough to sustain Sega’s weirder concepts. Utsumi has firsthand knowledge of testing strange concepts as co-founder of Q Entertainment, a studio behind games that played with the concept of synesthesia and dance music.”

The original creators of Jet Set Radio are confirmed to be involved with this revival, too. Plus, more legacy property revivals have been promised, with Virtua Fighter potentially being in the works, with Utsumi stating that they’re thinking about how to make it more dramatic given its realism.

Moving on, Utsumi credits Sonic the Hedgehog, Like a Dragon, and Persona for holding up the company in recent years.

You can view the Washington Post’s full article for additional details.

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