Jet Set Radio and Crazy Taxi Reboots are Reportedly in the Works at SEGA

Jet Set Radio and Crazy Taxi Reboots are Reportedly in the Works at SEGA

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Matt Lorrigan

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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  • Disappointed that they’re introducing live service aspects to the classic games. I’ll stick to the originals. Thankfully they’re on PC and a multitude of consoles, new and old.
  • We need Skies of Arcadia
  • These games were succesful in the past for a reason, online wasn't that reason.
  • F2P online focused? I was so pumped when I saw the headline but now.... ugh.

    Please just port JSR and JSRF to modern consoles :(
  • In all honesty Crazy Taxi might work for F2P since it was originally designed as an arcade game that lasted a few minutes and then you had to put more quarters in. But I'm not a fan of this decision.
  • The model might work with Jet Set Radio with all the cosmetics that could give a player character a unique flair. However, I think a single player core game with an online mode would be the bestvof both worlds.
  • Was excited reading about a crazy taxi reboot until I read they want to follow the Fortnite model. Never in my life
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