If you caught SEGA’s teaser video, then you saw stunning footage of Jet Set Radio, Shinobi, Golden Axe, Streets of Rage, and Crazy Taxi. No weak links in the bunch, with SEGA promising gamers: “NEW ERA NEW ENERGY”.
One particular detail I had brought attention to was the final text in the teaser, which read: “AND MORE”. So what could the ‘more’ actually be?
Well it would seem that independent investigators have already discovered the answer to that question.
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New Era. New Energy.
Four new trademarks have been discovered to be filed by SEGA on December 6th that give clear indication of possible upcoming series reboots.
Those four titles were Altered Beast, Eternal Champions, Kid Chameleon and Jet Set Radio.
We’ve already seen Jet Set Radio, so let’s take a look at the other games and see what we could expect.
Eternal Champions was a 2d fighting game for the Sega Genesis that released in 1993.
It had very similar energy to games like Street Fighter II and Marvel VS Capcom, some of the absolute best fighting games.
Eternal Champions was a bit of a sleeper, so you may have never heard of the game series or the characters. But it certainly had a lot to offer, especially in the visual style.
It was a stunning game on the Sega Genesis and still looks very good after 30 years.
A contemporary 2d fighting game in the Eternal Champions franchise would be an awesome addition to the fighting genre, and we’d love to see what SEGA might do with it.
It could even create a new format for SEGA to bring in familiar characters from their other games how other popular fighting games like Super Smash Bros. or Mortal Kombat does.
Kid Chameleon is a 2d platformer that released in 1992 on the Sega Genesis, and is probably more familiar to retro fans.
It was quite singular, and there has never been a followup in the franchise. So we are surprised to see that name appear after 30 years.
After seeing what Sega did with Golden Axe and Streets of Rage, we are anticipating them taking Kid Chameleon in an entirely new direction.
If Sega is rebooting Kid Chameleon, we see it going 3d in the style of Death’s Door, The Wild at Heart, or A Short Hike. At least, that would be our wish.
Perhaps the most exciting trademark we noticed was for Altered Beast, the classic 3d platformer that debuted for arcade in 1988.
This fan-favorite saw a surplus of ports to home consoles, such as the Sega Genesis, PC Engine, Famicom, Commodore 64, and more.
The 2002 Game Boy Advance sequel carried the same spirit forward while 2005’s PS2 entry Jūōki: Project Altered Beast took things in a very different direction.
Because the series has seen entries in both 2d and 3d, it would be tough to know where SEGA could take it next. 4D maybe?!
But seriously, after seeing how successful the transition to 3d was for the Golden Axe reboot, we’d love to see Altered Beast get a proper 3d entry.
If they could take it in a more serious direction à la Bloodborne, SEGA would absolutely blow our minds.
It’s anyone’s guess at this point, but a man can dream can’t he?
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Anthony has been a video game lover ever since he can remember. He became a fulltime nomad in 2018, living throughout most of Asia. He focused his passion in retro gaming and began creating a game for the Game Boy Color while living in Nara, Japan during the 2020 pandemic. He is now in Chiang Mai, Thailand, where he spends most of his time gaming, going on long walks and meeting as many stray dogs as possible.