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Sega wants to bring back dormant IP – mentions Shinobi, Altered Beast, and more

A first person shooter by Creative Assembly and a big budget ‘super game’ are amongst Sega’s secret new plans for the next five years.

It was the end of the financial year for many video games (and other) companies recently and so there’s been the usual trickle of new information, as publishers try to convince their investors that they’re on the right track.

That’s included Microsoft and Sony showing off their next gen sales and EA and Ubisoft talking about how microtransactions make more money than actual video games.

One of the most intriguing pitches so far though has been from Sega, who has gone into a surprising amount of detail about its future plans, including possible new remasters, remakes, and reboots of older franchises.

Sega has often been criticised for not properly leveraging its older Japanese-made games but the new investor presentation lists a number of older and ‘dormant’ franchises that may be ripe for a comeback.

The games mentioned include Crazy Taxi, Jet Set Radio, Space Channel 5, Rez, Panzer Dragoon, NiGHTS, Shinobi, Virtua Fighter, Altered Beast, The House Of The Dead, Streets Of Rage, and Atlus’ MegaTen spin-off Soul Hackers.

Some of these have received new entries or remakes recently, while others haven’t been heard from in years, but there’s no suggestion that the list is anything other than random examples of the sort of games Sega could bring back if it wanted to.

There’s also no certainty that Sega would do any of this in-house, as the remakes of Panzer Dragoon and The House Of The Dead were both handled by Polish developer MegaPixel Studio, while French studio DotEmu made Streets Of Rage 4.

A new Virtua Fighter game aimed at esports is in development on Japan though, so Sega are likely to pick and choose developers as appropriate.

The presentation also mentions Creative Assembly’s secret new multiplayer first person shooter, although gives no further clue as to what it is.

Creative Assembly are best known for Total War but also made Alien Isolation in 2014, although there’s no suggestion the new game has anything to do with that.

The final curiosity is Sega’s assertion that they want to make a ‘super game’ as part of a new five-year strategy, although it’s not clear whether this is a specific project that’s already underway or just a general desire to make a new big budget title.

There’s also no indication of whether this would be a Japanese developed game or a Western one (it could even be the same thing as the Creative Assembly shooter), but apparently it’s a new IP – so not just a new Sonic The Hedgehog game.

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