Friday, May 13, 2022
SEGA has declared that it's planning on releasing a “significant” number of titles over the course of the ensuing year, with a range of remakes and remasters of classic games apparently in the pipeline, for release before the end of March 2023.
During a financial presentation detailing its results for the fiscal year ending March 2022, SEGA parent company SEGA Sammy reported robust sales of its console and PC titles, with increased profits compared to the previous year, and an even stronger forecast predicted for financial year 2023 (via VGC).
A “significant increase in titles” for the current financial year, including “remake / remaster, spin-off [or] change of theme," are among SEGA's plans, building upon the success of games that fall into that category, like Sonic Colours Ultimate and Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania.
Alongside Yakuza spin-off, Lost Judgment, SEGA apparently sold around 4 million copies of games considered remake/remaster, spin-off, or “change of theme”, and the company is forecasting sales of approximately 5 million units for games within this category during FY2023, including Sonic Origins, which is set for release on 23rd June.
With reboots of Crazy Taxi and Jet Set Radio reportedly in the works, it seems that SEGA is doubling down on classic IP, although neither of those two titles will be launching in 2022/23. They will, however, form part of SEGA's ‘Super Game’ strategy, which encompasses "the development of AAA titles that cross over SEGA's comprehensive range of technologies," according to SEGA EVP Shuji Utsumi.
Which classic SEGA titles would you like to see making a comeback? New Billy Hatcher, anyone? Shinobi? Kid Chameleon?
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