I doubt most of us dream of a world where retro arcade classics Crazy Taxi and Jet Set Radio have dethroned the likes of Fortnite,Pokemon, Minecraft and Candy Crush Saga as top continuously revenue-earning game properties.
Per Bloomberg, the owner of Sega’s entertainment holdings is doubling down on its efforts to imbue the former arcade mainstays with all the revenue-building power of Fortnite.
But instead of swinging a pickaxe to collect resources and build up structures, Sega is spending resources… mainly money and time.
Those with knowledge of the inner workings of the Japanese entertainment company have said that the design house has been influenced by Epic Games’ juggernaut battle royale to make the most of the long-dormant IPs as part of the Super Game initiative launched last year.
Super Game imagines a world where some of Sega’s most-loved IPs exist in formats available across gaming platforms and in ways that offer strong online communities in free-to-play configurations that offer some form of recurring revenue model.
It’s something that hasn’t exactly worked wonders for Sega, as exemplified by Phantasy Star Online 2 — one such long-existing Sega property that offered a free-to-play experience just a few weeks short of two years ago. And while it is developing a clean and constantly growing community, it’s not exactly lining Sega’s pockets.
According to those sources mentioned before, the new Crazy Taxi has already spent a year in development. Supposedly, Sega would like to have that as well as a new Jet Set Radio out in the next three to four years.
It shouldn’t really come as a surprise that Sega is looking for new revenue streams as the company has primarily been subsisting on its arcade and pachinko experiences, which have taken steep declines during the COVID-19 pandemic. So much so that Sega has had to close a number of its most iconic arcades over the past couple of years.