Sega is working on an as-yet-untitled Super Game. Their presentation for their strategy for the next five years alluded to the brand-new IP that they expect to become a global brand and household name. The Super Game is currently top secret, but it is good enough to have Sega confidently project gradual growth for the title. But Sega’s plan is also to develop existing assets to reassert itself as a gaming powerhouse. But how important are both brand new games and resurrecting older ones?
The Benefits of Brand-New Games
One of the main benefits of developing new games is that they are fresh and say something new. Fortnite’s launch in 2017 as an early access game represented something fresh, new, and exciting. It combined elements from previous titles but allowed players to all start from the same position. Similarly, Among Us gave a completely new style of gameplay that borrowed from the progress made so far from the multiplayer gaming industry.
These new games – as is expected from Sega’s Super Game – can carve out their own niche in the saturated gaming market. There is no gatekeeping and no barriers for new players who are vastly behind (as sometimes occurs in established games that require players to build up their skills). Sega is relying on this burst of excitement for something new and novel when it launches the Super Game at some point in the future.
The Energy of Existing Games
But they are not just relying on the new attraction that the Super Game represents. They also plan to lean into their existing IP to boost players around the world for many titles. These include Sonic the Hedgehog, which has been the most lucrative IP the company have, as well as Phantasy Star Online 2, Total War, Yakuza, and Persona 5. Relying on existing IP that the company feels has done well means that they have a roadmap of where to dip into when creating new instalments in these series.
Using existing games as a springboard for new players isn’t a new idea, but it works effectively. For instance, the original Crash Bandicoot trilogy was released between 1996-1998. The remaster of the games came out in 2017. These 20 years mean that original fans of the games will most likely have not played them in decades and may want to refresh themselves. It also means that new players can engage with the originals while also benefitting from new graphics and updated gameplay. The original fans could be counted on to purchase the games as well as the new players who were new to the franchise.
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Sega’s future is seemingly bright. With the launch of the Super Game and the commitment to creating new editions of existing IP, fans of the console could expect good things. The company may have been on shaky ground but it seems as though they have found a renewed sense of purpose going forwards.