When you think about it, 2017 has been quite the year for retro revivals. We’ve seen Crash, Mega Man and Sonic come back from years of poor games and neglect. We’ve seen attempts to carry on older gameplay styles in general, like A Hat in Time and the 3D platformer or Cuphead and the Contra type run and gun platformer.
And well, with even the likes of Nintendo attempting to capture the olden days with Breath of the Wild and Mario Odyssey, it’s clear everyone wants to bring back their childhood favourites from the 80s and 90s. Heck, even Bubsy made a return this time around!
Unfortunately, not every beloved franchise has been so lucky, with one classic series chance at a comeback being recently shot down in flames. That franchise?
Jet Set Radio.
Yep, the classic Sega franchise actually had a development pitch put forward for a revival this year, with Dino Game Dev being in the driving seat. What’s more, it’s not just any old pitch either. It’s one that looks utterly fantastic and captures the feel of the original games perfectly. Here it is if you haven’t seen it already:
As you can tell, it looks pretty damn good all round. Indeed, if this had been officially taken on and actually announced by Sega, I’m sure millions of people online would have been hyped as hell for the whole deal. Like say, good old Daniel Ibbertson of Slopes Game Room. Or those other folks in the Sega retro gaming scene.
But alas, it wasn’t to be. Sega turned it down, and now the pitch is just that; a look at what could have been in some other alternate universe. It’s a shame, but it’s expected none the less. Every company gets hundreds of pitches for interesting new games and products that never get made. It’s just a sad truth about the world as a whole.
So, what do you think about it? Are you disappointed we never got a Jet Set Radio revival in this style? Do you secretly hope Sega changes their mind about the whole affair?
Or do you feel another company could have done better with the series?
Post your feelings on this (and more) in the comments below today!