- According to leaks, Sega plans to revive classic IPs Neon Genesis Evangelion, Sakura Wars, and Panzer Dragoon as part of its new initiative to reimagine older properties.
- Several classic games such as Jet Set Radio, Crazy Taxi, and Golden Axe were showcased at The Game Awards 2023.
- Insider Gaming claims that three of the other five games greenlit by Sega between 2020 and 2021 are likely to be Panzer Dragoon, Neon Genesis Evangelion, and Sakura Wars, with the possibility of more games in development based on recent trademark filings.
It’s rumored that Sega has planned three more revivals, specifically for Neon Genesis Evangelion, Sakura Wars, and Panzer Dragoon. At The Game Awards 2023, Sega surprised fans with revivals of several classic IPs. These revivals are part of a new initiative by Sega to re-imagine these older properties and bring them to new audiences.
The games shown at Sega’s TGA showcase were revivals for Jet Set Radio, Crazy Taxi, Shinobi, Golden Axe, and Streets of Rage. Some of these revivals were previously leaked through an alleged internal meeting video that contained the first footage of a new Jet Set Radio game, alongside early footage for games like Sonic Frontiers. There appear to be more games that have been greenlit since the initial TGA announcement.
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Following the reveal of Sega’s new initiative in bringing back older properties, Sega’s co-COO addresses the possibility of a new Virtua Fighter.
According to Insider Gaming, there were 10 Sega games that were greenlit for production between 2020 and 2021, including the five games that had gameplay footage shown at The Game Awards 2023. Insider Gaming confirms that three of the five other Sega games that were put into production during that time, with the site’s sources stating that Panzer Dragoon, Neon Genesis Evangelion, and Sakura Wars would likely be making a comeback.
New Games Rumored or Confirmed to be Greenlit by Sega:
- After Burner
- Alex Kidd
- Altered Beast
- Crazy Taxi
- Golden Axe
- House of the Dead
- Jet Set Radio
- Kid Chameleon
- Neon Genesis Evangelion
- Panzer Dragoon
- Sakura Wars
- Streets of Rage
- Super Monkey Ball
Panzer Dragoon is a cult classic rail shooter series that was first released on the Sega Saturn in 1995. The most recent entry would be the multi-platform Panzer Dragoon remake released in 2020, which received a mixed reaction. Sakura Wars is a tactical role-playing dating sim hybrid game that also debuted on the Sega Saturn. The most recent entry in this series is the 2019 soft reboot simply titled Sakura Wars. The Neon Genesis Evangelion franchise has also spawned a number of tie-in games, with some that were released for the Sega Saturn in the late-1990s.
Insider Gaming wasn’t able to verify the other two out of the five other games that were greenlit. However, Sega trademarked 12 new games in December, which might provide hints about which games are also possibly in development. Some of these newly trademarked franchises include After Burner, Alex Kidd, Altered Beast, House of the Dead, Kid Chameleon, Outrun, and Super Monkey Ball, meaning any of these could be in early development right now as well. However, this information should be taken with a grain of salt for the time being, as these are merely rumors and speculation. Fans should wait until more official information from Sega is provided.
- May 11, 1995
- Sega , MegaPixel Studios
- Sega , Forever Entertainment
Neon Genesis Evangelion
- Release Date
- October 4, 1995
- Sci-Fi , Mecha , Drama
- Gainax, Tatsunoko Production
- Number of Episodes