Sega Plans To Revive Old Franchises
The gaming industry has changed a lot since Sega was a household name, but the company may be tapping into its glory days by bringing back series that earned it acclaim over the years.
On page 22 of Sega's latest business report for the end of the fiscal year, the company references "revival of past IPs" as part of its strategy through the year 2020. This could include any number of franchises from the company's history, including beloved names like Phantasy Star and Shining Force.
Another potential revival is Obsidian's cult hit Alpha Protocol, a modern-day espionage RPG (pictured above). While it is far from confirmed, the developer at least publicly acknowledged the possibility on Twitter:
You don't say.— Obsidian (@Obsidian) May 15, 2017
What if...? https://t.co/29s7TG3Mqr
The effort could also include titles under the Atlus label (a subsidiary of Sega), which might include dormant franchises like Trauma Center or follow-ups to one-off titles like Radiant Historia.
At this point, any possible return for any of these titles is pure speculation. Gamers should wait for official announcements from Sega before getting too excited about any potential revival.
Sega has some great titles in its catalogue, so the number of options is enticing. Personally, my biggest wish from Sega is a console collection of the three Valkyria Chronicles games (including an officially localized version VC 3, which only released in Japan). But I understand that's a longshot, so I'm excited to see what other plans Sega has for this initiative.