During a recent financial call held by Sega, the company revealed some ambitious plans moving forward – but it hasn’t nearly forgotten about the fans that got them where they are now.
Based on the financial report, the company is now looking to do simultaneous releases for games across the globe. This comes on the heels of the success of Yakuza: Like a Dragon, which has become the fastest-selling title in the series to date across multiple platforms. With this success, it expects to “globally expand” all games from their company, as well as Atlus, with a “simultaneous worldwide release on multiple platforms” that will act as a “tailwind for titles.”
The recently announced Lost Judgement will be part of this plan in September, as well as the eventual release of Phantasy Star Online 2. (You can see the Lost Judgment trailer below.)
But here’s where things get interesting. The company wants to convert more of their Ips into a global brand, and that means possibly resurrecting some of their long-lost favorites. After seeing how well Sonic and Phantasy Star games have performed in the past (as well as Streets of Rage 4 through DotEmu), the company is looking at a lot of their older titles to see what might be worth of a reboot. These include games like Crazy Taxi, Jet Set Radio, Space Channel 5, Rez, Panzer Dragoon, NiGHTS, Shinobi, Virtua Fighter, Altered Beast, House of the Dead and Soul Hackers. (Keep in mind that a remake of House of the Dead is already in the works for Nintendo Switch through Forever Entertainment, who also produced a successful remake of Panzer Dragoon.)
It’s hard to say just what they want to work on, but there’s a number of fan favorites that would be huge for re-release. Not to mention we could all use a little more Virtua Tennis in our lives, man.
Finally, the company noted that it has a “super game” strategy in the works, one that can be expanded through both online functionality and other media globally. Though this title hasn’t been revealed just yet, it’s rumored to be a first-person shooter produced by one of Sega’s European studios.
The company has big plans in store, and hopefully we’ll find out a little more about these once E3 2021 rolls around next month. Fingers crossed!
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