The dreamcast cult classic Rollerblading Graffiti ’em up Jet Set Radio is known for its iconic, unconventional cel-shading aesthetics, the lovingly rendered representation of an exaggerated futuristic environment in Tokyo and the throbbing soundtrack full of street anthems and electronic earwigs. There was a sequel to the original Xbox not long after, and then we got an HD remaster of the original game in 2012, but we had no look at a new entry in the series or any kind of sequel.
Perhaps it will be fitting that after announcing a remake of the classic Tony Hawks games and a new entry in EA’s skate series, we are now seeing her fashionable cousin return in some form as the Dutch studio team Reptile entered into a partnership is with the composer of Jet Set Radio, Hideki Naganuma, for this new game that is clearly directly inspired by Sega’s original game.
Here is the description of the game on the Steam Store page:
“Team Reptile brings you Bomb Rush Cyberfunk, 1 second per second of highly developed radio style. In a world from the perspective of Dion Koster, in which self-appointed crews are equipped with personal boost packs, new heights of graffiti are reached. Start your own cipher and dance, paint, trick, face the cops and claim the extrusions and voids of a sprawling metropolis in an alternative future tuned to the musical brainwaves of Hideki Naganuma. “
They say you will be able to play as a variety of different characters and freely explore in-game locations where each level shows part of the city at a specific time of day.
Most of the movements present in JSR are repeated here with jumping, grinding, tricks and an air blast. Similar to JSR, you will skate as well as graffiti, with hidden places where you can place your day in any level.
It will primarily be a single player game for which no multiplayer plans have been announced.
The game is still far away, it won’t be released this year, but the exact release date has not yet been determined.
There have been rumors that Sega has been considering a new version of Jet Set Radio over the years, allegedly putting some internal pitches together but not going into production. Perhaps Hideki Naganuma has lost patience waiting for a new jet set radio and has therefore teamed up with a new team to return to this design philosophy and aesthetic.
We love the look of this trailer and can’t wait to find out more. What do you think of this revelation? Were you a fan of the original Jet Set radio? Do you understand, understand, understand, understand, understand, do you understand the concept, the concept of love? Let us know in the comments.