Any fans of Jet Set Radio out there? This would either make your heart burning in excitement, or ache in disappointment. Austin, Texas-based developers Dinosaur Games once pitched a new game for the series to Sega, which ultimately got turned down. Enter Jet Set Radio Evolution.
“We made this visual proof of concept after Sony expressed interest in seeing the characters in motion at GDC 2017,”read the statement of Dinosaur Games over at ArtStation. “We spent a week animating and building the city for this presentation which was ultimately turned down by Sega.”
There was no gameplay demo yet, as Sega turned down the pitch early on. But all the 3D assets seen in the visual proof of concept are entirely new, not to mention faithful to the Jet Set Radio aesthetic. It features a new design to characters Beat and Gum.
However, there were no indication given on why the project was turned down. As Dinosaur Games made this video public, an outpour of fan support has been received, including composer of the Jet Set Radio soundtrack Hideki Naganuma who helped spread the word out to Japanese fans of this failed attempt to see a new Jet Set Radio. Hopefully Sega will understand, understand, the concept of love the fans have for the series.
Jet Set Radio was first for the Dreamcast in 2000, with its sequel, Jet Set Radio Future, was released two years later for the original Xbox.
Dinosaur Games are working on Mech Knight Chronicles, a 4-player side-scroller brawler and recently released Desert Bus VR.