Tuesday, April 19, 2022
SEGA is in the process of developing reboots for its Jet Set Radio and Crazy Taxi franchises, according to a report from Bloomberg.
The Japanese publisher is planning to create new high-budget titles in both of these franchises as part of its previously-announced Super Game initiative. This initiative is planned to “build online communities” around its software, and Bloomberg cites Fortnite as a “role model” for these kinds of games. That means we should probably expect both the Crazi Taxi and Jet Set Radio reboots to be free-to-play, with a large multiplayer focus, and in-game purchases.
According to Bloomberg, the Crazi Taxi reboot has been in development for over a year, and is planned to be released within the next two-to-three years, although both Crazi Taxi and Jet Set Radio are “in the early stages of creation and could still be cancelled”, Bloomberg's sources say.
Jet Set Radio and Crazi Taxi are perhaps slightly strange choices when chasing the success of a game like Fortnite. Both titles launched on the Dreamcast in 2000, and while they are looked back on fondly, both franchises remain fairly niche to this day. Fans of these games are also unlikely to be happy to hear that their reboots are likely to be free-to-play titles with a focus on online multiplayer. Luckily, indie developers have been picking up the slack, with games like Bomb Rush Cyberfunk and Taxi Chaos serving as spiritual successors to Jet Set Radio and Crazy Taxi, respectively.
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