Sega has been a massive name in the game industry for years. Even after the company stopped making its own consoles, we’ve continued to see both new IPs and classic franchises make a return. However, some franchises that Sega owns haven’t had a chance in the limelight in quite a few years. But that doesn’t mean they are down the count. It was just last month that we got the big reveal from Sega. If you don’t recall, during The Game Awards for 2023, a trailer dropped from Sega showcasing that several of their classic IPs are getting reimagined and released for modern platforms.
Those games unveiled include Jet Set Radio, Streets of Rage, Golden Axe, Shinobi, and Crazy Taxi. I’m sure most of you had some experiences with these franchises years ago when Sega brought them out. However, we will see them once again and hopefully get a new lease of life with a strong fan base behind them. The trailer during The Game Awards was brief, so we didn’t get much of a look at any of these games besides just a few seconds. We’re also not sure how deep into development these projects are, but they’re not the only franchises we might see brought back.
According to a report from Insider Gaming, their sources confirmed that three other franchises would be brought back into the marketplace. Those three games are Panzer Dragoon, Neon Genesis Evangelion, and Sakura Taisen. Of course, those are just rumored right now, as nothing official from Sega has confirmed that these game IPs are in development or scheduled to see a release sometime in the near future. Meanwhile, it wasn’t long after The Game Awards that another report popped up, stating that Sega filed several trademarks last month.
Outside of the games revealed during the Sega trailer, trademarks were apparently filed for Altered Beast, Eternal Champions, Kid Chameleon, Alex Kidd, After Burner, House of the Dead, Outrun, and Super Monkey Ball. So, it would seem that Sega is ready to open up its catalog and flip back to those early years of game projects. Now, how well these games will do with modern audiences remains to be seen. There is a following for all of these franchises, but Sega will also tap into a marketplace with an audience of players who might never have experienced these games during their heyday.