We've all heard that conversation at some point, a friend or someone online going "I'd love to see that particular game remade". Nostalgia is a powerful driving force when it comes to gaming - just look at Super Mario 3D All-Stars' 9 million sold copies - and if anyone knows it, that's Sega.
As part of Sega's recent financial reports, they talked about "Utilization of IP Assets". Acknowledging they hold a large number of "globally recognized IP", Sega also talk about using these IP "after careful examination", listing their definitions of remasters, remakes and reboots.
Sega Confirms They're Exploring Options To Revive Old Franchises
Detailing examples of active IP like Sonic the Hedgehog, Total War and Persona, they also name a significant number of past IP, such as Crazy Taxi, Jet Set Radio, Space Channel 5, Rez, NiGHTS, Shinobi, and more. While this doesn't guarantee a revival is coming, it's comforting to know these classic games haven't been forgotten.
In recent years, they've often outsourced these to other studios, using Forever Entertainment for House of the Dead and Panzer Dragoon, while Dotemu brought us last year's excellent Streets of Rage 4. That's not forgetting Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD and the leaked Virtua Fighter eSports, either. With that in mind, it seems we've already witnessed the start of this retro revival.