SEGA Announces New Crazy Taxi, Golden Axe, Jet Set Radio, Shinobi, and Streets of Rage Titles
SEGA has announced a new IP initiative that will revive and bring new installments of Crazy Taxi, Golden Axe, Jet Set Radio, Shinobi, and Streets of Rage.
A teaser trailer was released during The Game Awards 2023, offering a glimpse into several future titles currently in development.
SEGA seeks to expand on its current intellectual properties and venture into other forms of media beyond gaming, with the aim of providing fresh and exciting new content to fans across the globe. More details about these titles, such as official names, release dates, and more will be revealed in the future.
“In recent years, Sonic the Hedgehog has forged new paths for SEGA, bringing the franchise to life and reaching new audiences in ways we had only dreamed of in the past. Building off that success, we are digging into our legacy and reimagining several franchises to bring these games to more audiences around the globe,” says Co-COO of SEGA Corporation, Shuji Utsumi. “Today’s announcement is just the start of our initiative. First and foremost, our ambition will be to create great games with memorable characters and worlds. We hope fans of all ages will look towards our future with anticipation as we release these projects in the coming years.”
Here’s an overview of what titles to expect:
- Crazy Taxi
This driving game series first appeared in arcades in 1999. It has since spawned numerous titles
and been ported to the Dreamcast and a variety of other consoles. Players would assume the role
of a taxi driver and have to race through the city to deliver passengers to their destinations, all while
performing crazy stunts to earn more points. The series offered players an exhilarating and dynamic
driving experience that was distinct from traditional racing games at the time.
- Golden Axe
A fantasy action game set in a medieval realm, where the protagonists embark on a quest to avenge
their loved ones and slay a malevolent entity wielding the Golden Axe. Originally released as an
arcade title in 1989, the series has spawned eight installments to date. Golden Axe was critically
acclaimed for its immersive depiction of a fantasy world, featuring visually stunning spell animations
that filled the screen and the ability to mount dragons and other fearsome beasts.
- Jet Set Radio
A street action game released for the Dreamcast in 2000. Players glide through a fictional rendition
of Tokyo on inline skates, spraying graffiti across the city. The game’s unique visuals and innovative
gameplay have made a lasting impact, generating excitement that endures to this day.
Since its arcade debut in 1987, this action game series has enjoyed immense popularity with over
10 installments released to date. Featuring a diverse array of adversaries from robots and mutants
to colossal monsters, players would take on the role of a present-day ninja in his battle against the
crime syndicates and ninja clans who held sway over the criminal underworld.
- Streets of Rage
A side-scrolling beat ’em up game series that made its debut on the SEGA Genesis in 1991. Former
police officers Axel and Blaze, along with other characters, battle a crime syndicate to restore peace
to the city. The game’s multifaceted combat system, combined with its catchy soundtrack, garnered
widespread acclaim. The fourth installment in the series, released in 2020 after a 26-year hiatus,
became a significant success with sales exceeding 1.5 million units worldwide
What titles from SEGA are you looking forward to?