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The Opinion: SEGA Should Be Like Capcom

In the second of a new series, Gavvie offers a personal opinion on all things SEGA.

If there's anything these past few months have shown me, it's that if fans want something, they [b]want[/b] something. They wanted a game like Mega Man when Capcom had shunned it, they backed Mighty No. 9 on Kickstarter. They wanted a game like Castlevania after Konami decided to turn the franchise into an admittedly half decent Devil May Cry clone, and they backed Bloodstained. Hell, they wanted a Final Fantasy VII remake and, whilst Square Enix took their sweet time, they eventually backed down and gave them that as well.

To put a SEGA slant on it, NiGHTS HD, Sonic CD and the Taxman mobile re-releases, ToeJam & Earl and even Shenmue III, all came about because the fanbase wanted it, and were quite vocal about it.

The point is, fans know what they want, and as long as they don't try to put too much of their own ideas in (which is where I think Sonic 4 failed, but hey - topic for another day), they're generally a success. I've yet to see a Kickstarter launch for a beloved franchise that hasn't been funded, although I've no doubt one exists somewhere.

Outside of Kickstarter though, there's only one company that I can see that are aware of their own rich backlog of games and are doing something with them: Capcom. Yes, I'm aware Rare have their own Xbox One compilation coming out soon, but that's one release. Capcom have, for the past couple of years, been remastering and re-releasing some of their biggest games, and sales of the first few have led them to believe that this is probably the best way forward for them.

Resident Evil Remastered was the fastest selling day one title on PSN when it launched last year. It's also Capcom's fastest selling digital title in North America and Europe. Little wonder they've decided to re-release Resident Evil Zero, huh? They've also got a Mega Man Legacy Collection in the works, featuring the first 7 games and quite a few bonus goodies, and have just re-released Devil May Cry 4, which is the second DMC game ported to current-gen after DmC, which I actually like very much.

Where SEGA comes into all of this is that they could actually do something similar, if they put the time (and, unfortunately, money) into it. Yeah, the PS3/360 era didn't give them a lot to shout about, but there are games around that were exclusive but aren't anymore - Resident Evil being one core example. So, for example, you could argue that Sonic Colours could get remastered. Or, after the release of Jet Set Radio on PS3/360, why not update JSRF? Hell, even if you look at the Dreamcast or some of their arcade releases, there's a few good games there as well that are worth a look - Planet Harriers, anyone?

SEGA are in a current cycle of appeasing some fans whilst alienating others. Hatsune Miku has not been a massive seller in the West, yet they're still happily porting games over, meanwhile Yakuza 5 is coming out at some point, and Phantasy Star Online 2, which was announced for release over here, is still dead in the water. We're not even getting a look in on other titles, such as Yakuza 1&2 HD or Phantasy Star Nova.

What to do, though? A Capcom-like release plan, if only as an experiment, would be a good start. SEGA have got a good 15-20 year history of games that they could either re-release or create a new entry for, so why not? Shenmue III has raised, at time of writing, nearly $3.7m, so why not push out a HD remaster of the first two for the fans who you've ignored for the past 14 years? Resident Evil Remastered is a great example of a Gamecube game getting re-released - why not Skies of Arcadia Legends? A new Streets of Rage? Comix Zone? Eternal Champions? Hell, I'd quite like a second Alien Storm myself...

It's time for SEGA to have a bit of a rebrand. It's fine to still release new titles that you know will shift units, but it's not fine to turn your back on fans who have, some of them, been there since the SG-1000 days. Take a leaf out of Capcom's book: Listen to what they want, and think "Can we do this?" If the answer's yes, then isn't it worth a shot?

25th June, 2015 - 18:40 GMT Gavvie Article viewed 3225 times 3 Comments

Comments:

AIAI1980 23rd April, 2016 - 14:48

Agreed alas sega for some reason want to break away from the past and make new great games. Thats why I am becoming more and more obsesed about sega having a Netflix style gaming libary pay monthly. They could even have it as a goal system the more money they get the more old games get re released. People who join the monthly pay system get to vote on the order of games to come out is.

Dreamer 16th April, 2017 - 19:50

I dont get why in general most companies don't want to delive into their classics, other than the notion that they dont feel they will sell in this market. At the end of the day its always going to be business, and if they arent sure what to do with those ip's now then I can only assume that they simply dont know how to handle those games anymore. I mean I figure alot of the original creators or people who worked on them for the really old stuff arent involved anymore. As far as Capcom though let's be real. The only reason they are doing that is because they have been hurting for money, and remasters cost far less to make. Thats why Street Fighter 5 was a PS4 exclusive as well. Capcom did the same ignoring with megaman etc and now are just looking to put out whatever will get them money fastest and cheapest. Which is fair, butI dont think its a big change of heart in listening to the fans...theyve just gotten more desperate. Anyhow id love to see more classics from Sega. 2d games that arent full remakes have to be put in packages to be sold today, early 3d ones too probably. Gunvalkyrie, Panzer Dragoon Orta, JSRF, Shenmue 1 and 2, Time Stalkers, Grandia 2 (pc version is nice but one on current consoles would be nice), E.G.G maybe even Sword of the Berserk...even if not Sega titles there shouldd be alot more in the way of Dreamcast titles resurfacing. Dreamcast is like the Firefly of consoles, and we want more lol

GreenViper8 10th December, 2017 - 23:54

Ah hindsight, how I love you.


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