Sega says multiple remakes, remasters and spin-offs are on the way

Sonic Origins release date

New games are in store, too

Sega is looking to strengthen the branding of its many franchises. For fans of their older games, this might be a good thing, as Sega is saying it plans on making more remakes, remasters, and other related content in the coming fiscal year.

In Sega Sammy’s annual financial report, the company established some of its plans for the future. One of these is prolonging product life cycles, through games Sega defines as a remake, remaster, spin-off, or change of theme. Examples given range from Lost Judgement and Sonic Colors: Ultimate to Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania.

In fiscal year 2022, that category pulled in about 4M unit sales; in the 2023 fiscal year, it plans for about 5M unit sales, and is planning multiple titles to do so. As a reminder: Sega’s fiscal year runs April to March, so this coming fiscal year will be from April 2022 through March 2023.

Sega also outlines its general gaming plans for the coming year, where it estimates to have 13 titles (up from 7 last fiscal year). The publisher only lists games we know about already, like Sonic Frontiers and Soul Hackers 2. Still, an overall increase in game output looks likely from Sega in the coming year.

Gotta remake fast

We can probably take a guess at some of the new games in store. A recent report from Bloomberg indicated Crazy Taxi and Jet Set Radio were on deck for Sega’s “Super Game” initiative, though with some concerning details in the fine print.

As for other projects, well, we can always plumb the depths of Sega’s past. We’ve already seen some movement on franchises like Sonic the Hedgehog with the upcoming Origins collection. Is it too much to hope for Skies of Arcadia? Surely the sky pirate faithful out there would be eager for one.

Eric Van Allen