Monday, May 23rd, 2022

Sega plans multiple remakes and spin-offs of past games for this year’s release

Not a few years have passed for Sega as COVID-19 was forced to close its already declining arcade business. Since last year, the company has been working on strategic changes to help its business become more sustainable and long-term. The good news for this for fans of classic Sega games is that this means more remakes and remasters of the old Sega IP.

among them Annual earnings presentation for investors, Sega outlined some of its plans for the current term from April 2022 to March 2023. One of them includes “multiple titles” that Sega considers to be “remakes / remasters, spin-offs / theme changes”.

The wording is very clunky, but Sega gives some useful examples from last year. Think more about games like Sonic Colors: Ultimate, Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania, Lost Judgment and more. Publishers want to sell a total of 5 million units from this category, up from 4 million units last year.

Sega is aiming to release 13 games from 7 games last year at the same time, including new games. You already know about Sonic Frontiers, Sonic Origins, Soul Hackers 2, Endless Dungeon, and Two Point Campus. Last month’s 13 Sentinel: Aegis Slim switch release may also be included in the total. It leaves 7 games we don’t know yet, and probably multiple remakes and remasters.

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So what will be remade? It’s hard to say, but there are some clues to Sega’s presentation a year ago. With the announcement of the new strategy, Sega has listed the number of past IPs (including those that have already seen remasters or remakes) as examples that might consider remastering, remaking, or restarting. .. they are:

  • Crazy taxi
  • Jet set radio
  • Space channel 5
  • Lesbian
  • Panzer Dragoon
  • NiGHTS
  • Shinobi
  • Virtua Fighter
  • Altered Beast
  • House of the dead
  • City of anger
  • Soul hacker

There is no guarantee that a particular game on that list will be reviewed. This is just a collection of ideas that Sega was considering last year. But nonetheless, the good news is that Sega is willing to mine the classic library as part of its plans to grow over the next few years. Your fingers crossed for more Space Channel 5, right?

Rebekah Valentine is a news reporter for IGN.She can be found on twitter @duckvalentine..