Sega is planning to release what it’s calling a “super game” within the next five years, according to a recent presentation.
A results presentation for the fiscal year ending March 2021 broke down the company’s recent financial results in detail, but also give an indication of Sega’s plans for the near and long-term future.
This includes a five-year strategy called “creation of Super Game”, which Sega suggests will start off with low profitability because it’s a new IP, but has high growth potential because it will be sold globally (as opposed to its domestic mobile and amusement machines).
The presentation suggests that while Sega prepares this ‘Super Game’, it will also release a number of new projects over the course of the next five years, including a new FPS title at a European studio and the ‘utilisation of IP assets’ in remakes, reboots and remasters.
According to the presentation, the old IP being considered for remasters, remakes and reboots includes the likes of Crazy Taxi, Jet Set Radio, Space Channel 5, Rez, Virtua Fighter, Altered Beast and Streets of Rage, as well as other “dormant IPs”.
Elsewhere in the presentation, Sega declared its plans to “strengthen existing IPs to build a solid structure in three years”, citing Sonic, Phantasy Star Online 2, Persona 5, Yakuza and Total War as its main brands.
Sega also revealed that it had sold around 4.4 million Sonic games in the past year, despite there being no Sonic games released in the past 12 months. It also sold around 4 million Total War games, 3.8 million Football Manager titles and 3 million Persona games.
Its pachinko machines, however, made an operating loss of 10.6 billion yen ($96.7 million), mainly due to lockdowns caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.