Sega of America “Re-Imagining a beloved IP” According to a Job Ad


According to an ad for a new executive producer, it looks like one of Sega’s IP’s will be getting a reboot. With Iizuka’s confusing talks about “a new standard for Modern Sonic”, I worry that it may be our favorite blue Hedgehog again. Just when he’s making good ground and Modern Sonic’s finally finding his feet. We’ll probably know more in 2012 I’m sure. Until then, start biting those fingernails.


[Source: Gamerzines]


25 responses to “Sega of America “Re-Imagining a beloved IP” According to a Job Ad

  1. ihsanamin says:

    Sonic is due for a reboot, but only if they’re pushing closer to his roots and unifying all the existing canon in a creative manner.

  2. ShadiNeko says:

    Do not worry. Iizuka-san knows best. Well, that is IF this is Sonic related.

  3. Pao says:

    I think the problem is that it says “SEGA of America”.
    What good studio in SoA worthy of re-imagining a beloved SEGA IP?

    And does a beloved SEGA IP needs re-imagining? I hate Re-imaginings.

  4. ShadiNeko says:

    I don’t see how SEGA America could do it.. maybe they just mean help out with management.. unless it’s going to be developed by Three Rings

    I really do get the feeling it’s Sonic related, though. Iizuka-san always loves to surprise us with his wonderful innovations.

  5. teirusu says:

    lol human sonic?

  6. Adam Duffield says:

    I dont think they mean Sonic, by new “standard” he was talking about standard of quality in the games.
    I REALLY hope its a new Jet Set Radio, but who knows

  7. Breaker22 says:

    How about a new Shinobi game for consoles?

  8. Neo Metal Silver says:


  9. Revillution says:

    God i hope it’s Streets of Rage. That’s an IP that’s way overdue for a sequel….highly doubt it’d be Shenmue since Shenmue is a ‘trilogy’ that was never finished and doesn’t need ‘re-imaging’ I can see them making a modern-day SOR game though, perhaps there’s hope for SoR4 for current/next-gen consoles? 🙂

  10. SEGA_Portuguese says:

    a lot of people are asking for Streets of Rage on the internet. To me, Yakuza is the Streets of Rage of the present.
    well, i want a lot of games, but all the games i want are games that i can not see selling well. So, i just hope they choose something that can sell well.

  11. matty says:

    The new and improved Billy Hatcher is going to put SEGA back on track.

  12. Richard says:

    5 names come to mind
    PHANTASY STAR (us/europe release )

  13. Sharky says:

    I’m sorry but with Sega of Americas absolutely horrible track record for rebooting classics I’m not at all excited by this news.

    Sega of America seems to think that it is a good idea to pluck largely unknown and unproven developers from the ether which have previously only made cheap license games and then hand over their some of Sega’s most beloved classics.

    If they can get their act togeather- higher a great developer that will do a classic Sega game the justice it deserves then fantastic! But somehow I don’t see that happening.

  14. Laelaps says:

    SKies of Arcadia? Billy Hatcher? NiGHTS? Please just let it be something we haven’t seen in a while!

  15. Aki-at says:

    “Sega of America seems to think that it is a good idea to pluck largely unknown and unproven developers from the ether which have previously only made cheap license games and then hand over their some of Sega’s most beloved classics”

    See I do not think this is the case anymore, SEGA America has pretty much become SEGA’s digital content and PC only developer at the moment, something they’ve been doing very well under the leadership of Satomi (Track record speaks for itself, Spiral Knights, Guardian Heroes, Daytona, Sonic CD etc) and the only reason they let Shinobi be developed by a low profile developer was because that dev wanted to make a new Shinobi game.

    Outside of that, there is not much else to indicate if this new SEGA of America will do things much better than the one under Jeffrey, however I am much more hopeful of the current SoA.

  16. Barry the Nomad says:

    My guess is a PSN/XBLA release of a rebooted SEGA franchise. Probably one from the Genesis/Master System era.

    I remember that Streets of Rage fan game was stopped rather quickly by SEGA. Perhaps SEGA has a Streets of Rage download title in the works?

    Or perhaps a new Alex Kidd, which would be pretty cool.

  17. Sharky says:

    @Aki, We’ll have to see but I wont be holding my breath. As for Shinobi I don’t know if that game turned out well or not but if a company like griptonite (pretty unknown license game developer) can request to work on a Shinobi game and SoA willingly give it to them that’s pretty telling of how they treat the classics.

    It’s worrying.

    Anyway if I knew the game would turn out well, given that it’s by SoA I would like it to be something like Comix Zone.

  18. crackdude says:


    it’s one of these for sure.

    or of course: BILLY THE HATCHER

  19. teirusu says:

    hey Richard gunstar heroes its from treasure

  20. Richard says:

    Teirusu i thought sega owned the rights to it , my bad

  21. Sharky says:

    Sega does own the rights to GunStar Heroes and pretty much every other Treasure game originally on a Sega console.

  22. teirusu says:

    no because its was not made by sega for example radiant silvergun was an sega saturn exclusive but that doesnt mean that sega got his rights because its from trasure and a xbox 360 exclusive and the deal was made betwen microsoft and treasure so if sega got the rights on radiant silvergun the deal will be have maid betwen microsoft and sega but no thats not the deal

  23. Alimn says:

    NEW Sonic may becomes Ryo Hazuki The Hedgehog, 😉

  24. SkyBlue says:

    Beloved IP? I think it’ll be more remembered by Americans rather then the Europeans/UK.

    I was hoping it maybe Fantasy Zone or Alex Kidd but it maybe something like Kid Kameleon or Comix Zone.

    I am betting that it’s Ecco, as apparently it was the only franchise to sell as much as Sonic back in the day.

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