Sega will reveal a secret “new project” next week

Sega has a “new project” to announce next week.

While the multinational’s English-language social media channels have yet to say anything, Sega’s Japanese-language Twitter account recently posted an “urgent notice” that announced that we would have a big announcement on June 3.

“Urgent notice! The live stream to announce Sega’s new project will be broadcast starting at 8:00 p.m. on June 3 (Fri),” the tweet read, according to Google Translate (thank you, VGC (opens in a new tab)).

“Appearance is [Hiroyuki Miyazaki] [Yosuke Okunari] …… Does that mean?”

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The tweet is then linked to Sega’s YouTube site (opens in a new tab), and adds a single image: a, uh, “A for Effort!” try a Sega Genesis controller cake (or Mega Drive for those outside the US).

Of particular interest here are the high-profile appearances of Hiroyuki Miyazaki and Yosuke Okunari, and perhaps a signal that the news will be retro. Okunari has long been associated with classic re-releases and has been involved in bringing fan-favorite franchises onto new hardware, such as the Sega Ages Collection, which recently arrived on Switch.

Luckily, we don’t have to speculate for long: expect more information when the “new project” is finally revealed on June 3.

Sega plans to release more remakes, remasters and spinoffs (opens in a new tab) in the fiscal year ending March 2023. Confirmation came during the company’s recent financial presentation in which it forecast increased sales in part due to a “significant increase in new title lines.”

Later in the presentation, he revealed that an important part of his strategy for new releases is to extend the life of existing intellectual property with remakes, remasters and spin-offs. He was specifically referring to games like Sonic Colors: Ultimate, Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania, and Yakuza spin-off and Judgment sequel Lost Judgment.

In January, it seemed that Sega reconsidered plans to jump on the NFT bandwagon (opens in a new tab) until it is more certain “what will and what will not be accepted by users”.

In an interview, Sega CEO Haruki Satomi said the publisher should “carefully assess” the future of NFTs in its products following “negative feedback” from gamers, but said “if it is perceived as a simple gain of money, I would like to make the decision not to continue”.

For more old-school goodness, hit the best retro consoles (opens in a new tab) available today.

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