Jet Set Radio and Crazy Taxi set for "big-budget reboots" — report

By Kes Eylers-Stephenson,
Sega has many lost franchises under its belt, but it seems a few of the most treasured ones are set to see the light of day with big-budget reboots. Crazy Taxi and Jet Set Radio have, allegedly, been pinpointed for a revival.

Crazy Taxi ~ HeroArt

Bloomberg reports that classic Sega IPs like Crazy Taxi and Jet Set Radio are ready to be brought back under the Japanese studios' 'Super Game' initiative. The established brands from back in the day will play a big role by providing a foundation for a series of new triple-A titles — ones that will utilise the live-service tenants of long-term player engagement and multiple revenue streams. Apparently, like every other studio on the planet, Sega has used Epic's ever-popular Fortnite as an example of the path that it is wanting to follow.

Bloomberg suggests that Crazy Taxi is in early development, so we won't be seeing that yellow automobile for a few years, whereas Jet Set Radio is a little further around the bend. Unnamed sources have said that the games are currently "in the early stages of creation and could still be cancelled." So, if feedback and development are negative or a struggle then we may never get a confirmation that they ever existed.

Jet Set Radio ~ HeroArt

Placing these games into live service probably won't go down that well amongst most gaming circles given the number of popular gaming IPs that have tried with mixed success. Jet Set Radio does have that bright art style that one imagines would make it a cosmetic haven for a developer looking to monetise. Crazy Taxi might have a tougher time finding a way to long-term success, but who knows — Rocket League with passengers or a battle-royale, maybe?

With companies trying their hardest to convince the world that blockchain, NFT, and/or play-to-earn mechanics would put the players in power in games (ha!), Sega would just be the latest in a long line of ambitious companies like Ubisoft, Square Enix, and others. That being said, there has been no official confirmation yet.

Would you want these games back in the new world of live-service games? Or would they be better left in the back of the cab? Let us know in the comments!
Kes Eylers-Stephenson
Written by Kes Eylers-Stephenson
Editor Kes is our resident expert in PlayStation and Sony news. He writes about PS5 games like LEGO Horizon Adventures, Assassin’s Creed Shadows, Kingdom Come Deliverance II, Concord, and Death Stranding 2 using experience from years of PlayStation gaming. He also covers PS Plus news, as well as his favorite games — The Witcher 3, God of War, and The Last of Us — before an evening swim.
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