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SEGA reportedly developing new Jet Set Radio & Crazy Taxi as part of 'Super Game'

It seems that SEGA is digging into its rich collection of games as part of its Super Game initiative.

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Fans of the Crazy Taxi and Jet Set Radio series might want to get their celebration hats ready. It would appear that SEGA is currently working on a new entry in the Crazy Taxi and Jet Set Radio franchises as part of its Super Game initiative that it announced last year as part of an alliance with Microsoft.

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A new entry in the Jet Set Radio franchise looks to be in development at SEGA.

According to a report by Takashi Mochizuki of Bloomberg on April 19, 2022, SEGA is currently developing “big budget reboots of its Dreamcast games Crazy Taxi and Jet Set Radio”. The report cites people familiar with SEGA’s plans.

The report goes on to state that the Crazy Taxi game has been in development for more than a year, with plans to release it in a few years. Unfortunately, the people close to the matter also noted that both Crazy Taxi and Jet Set Radio are still in early development and are liable to be cancelled.

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Crazy Taxi and Jet Set Radio are reportedly part of SEGA's Super Game.

These aren’t just new entries in the games’ series either; these are purportedly part of SEGA’s Super Game. Revealed in October 2021, Microsoft and SEGA formed a strategic alliance that would leverage Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform to allow SEGA to move forward with its Super Game. The branding of this focused on such keywords like Global, Online, Community, and IP utilization.

The Bloomberg report notes that the drive behind this Super Game branding is to create a phenomenon like Epic Games’ Fortnite, citing it as inspiration. The goal is, allegedly, to create an experience that can generate “recurring revenue”, according to Mochizuki.

It is certainly plausible that a new Jet Set Radio game is currently in development. It was only in May 2021 that Jet Set Radio artist Ryuta Euda returned to SEGA after working at Yahoo Japan. Furthermore, SEGA Sammy’s recent 2020/2021 fiscal year report revealed the company would look at its collection of dormant IPs and determine whether reboots, remasters or remakes are possible.

As an avid Jet Set Radio fan myself (which should be obvious judging by my own Shack Chat entries), it’s certainly a bit exciting to hear SEGA could be looking to revisit the worlds of Jet Set Radio and Crazy Taxi once again. Though nothing official has been announced just yet, there are still plenty of opportunities this year for SEGA to come out and make a lot of dreams come true. If all else fails, there’s still Bomb Rush Cyberfunk.

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From The Chatty
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      April 19, 2022 1:11 AM

      I never could get into JSR. For me, it was 100% style and 0% substance. The perfect game to watch other people suffer through.

      Really curious how they'd do a modern Crazy Taxi. The originals were pretty tightly designed maps but I think they're way to thin on content for a modern release (and the performance on Crazy Taxi 3 always kinda sucked). Getting a few new maps along with the previous ones would be really cool, especially if they nail the layout. Still bummed they haven't ported over any of the new Virtua Racing courses to the rerelease... Would love to see the 32X/Saturn/PS2 courses rebuilt for that version :(

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        April 19, 2022 1:13 AM

        I love JSR, though style is certainly a big part of it. The movement was great fun to nail for me though the lack of camera control on Dreamcast could make that frustrating.

        I don't like the sound of this "super game" like it'll be some theme park F2P Sega Festival where all the sub-games aren't as good as the originals.

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          April 19, 2022 1:15 AM

          You know, if that means we're getting Sega Superstars VR, then I'd be kind of ok with it

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        April 19, 2022 6:14 AM

        Yeah I felt the same way about Sunset Overdrive. I love the crazy colorful over the top world they created, the gameplay I couldn’t get into.

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          April 19, 2022 12:21 PM

          The gameplay takes way too long to warm up in that, super shallow power curve for too long. It's great fun once you get more abilities.

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      April 19, 2022 2:43 AM

      But please please please release Jet Set Radio Future on modern platforms first.

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        April 19, 2022 2:54 AM

        That was the first game someone completed on cxbx! The graphics were ugly partially emulated, it ran like crap, and I don't remember if it had sound, but holy crap... They did it. Very cool news when it happened

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        April 19, 2022 10:50 AM

        This is what I want as well and was thinking, sure I love Crazy Taxi but I 1000x like the Jet Set Radio IP better and it could be insane on modern hardware and game engines!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        It looks like both games are coming out so if we have to wait a bit I am cool with that, but yeah I agree.

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        April 19, 2022 3:24 PM

        It runs really well in both CXBX and Xemu on PC.

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      April 19, 2022 4:18 AM

      Someone should make a modern Quarantine game instead of crazy taxi. Pick up people and blast the enemy.

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      April 19, 2022 5:05 AM

      "It's time for some Craaaaaaaazy Uber!"

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      April 19, 2022 5:20 AM

      Nostalgia as a service

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      April 19, 2022 5:47 AM

      I can totally see a JSR battle royal that is vaguely splatoon-esque being really unique/fun

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      April 19, 2022 10:44 AM

      OMG + https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-BkrwO_Dck & YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! \m/ :) \m/ .

      Man if SEGA really brings back all those IP and goes super nova with them I am going to die a happy person + feels good Man!!!!

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      April 19, 2022 6:55 PM

      We're going back to putting "Super" in front of everything.

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