We currently live in a world where E3 is cancelled. Well, everything is kind of cancelled. But that doesn’t mean the hype train hasn’t left the station! Rumours have been circulating about SEGA’s next project, and according to some reputable sources, it’s going to be a big one.
SEGA is fast approaching their big 60th anniversary, and it seems like they want to celebrate with a big bang. We’ve heard from Gematsu that journalist Zenji Nishikawa has boasted about a “huge scoop” for Famitsu regarding SEGA that would be as big as Sony’s revealing of the PlayStation 5:
My column in next week’s issue of Famitsu is crazy. I got a huge scoop… It’s a world premiere article. And an exclusive. It may not be Nikkei or Weekly Bunshun, but if you want to know if it’s a scoop that big…it totally is! It’s a scoop from a game company that everyone loves. An insane scoop. Last year, Wired got the exclusive story on PlayStation 5, right? Other media didn’t. It’s that level of a scoop. I interviewed a certain company’s executive and technical staff, it’s really revolutionary… really, it’s a revolution.
It’ll be in Famitsu next Thursday. I already sent in my manuscript, so the proofs are being made now. It’s a scoop on a level that when the story comes out, other media will make a fuss to the company like, “Why didn’t you let us cover it?” Maybe people will say, “Who was the first to break that story?,” “It was Zenji Nishikawa, right?” It’s a scoop as major as the PlayStation 5 scoop. I just wanted to say that in advance.
I can’t say [anything more] here, but it’s OK for me to tease it (laughs). I was told that it’s OK to do so at various meetings. It’s being talked about in other places. Just not by the media. It’ll rile up the games industry.
Later on, Nishikawa accidentally spilled the beans that the company was none other than SEGA. Now, all that remains is the speculation on what said reveal could be.
One thing is for sure, it’s not a console, nor is it a collaboration with Microsoft. As cool as a SEGA Xbox may sound, that isn’t in the cards whatsoever.
A key opinion leader in China says they have seen the latest Famitsu issue and that they can confidently say that the news is not what has been rumored. (The rumor being that Microsoft would work with Sega to rebrand and launch Series X in Japan).
— Daniel Ahmad (@ZhugeEX) June 1, 2020
Daniel Ahmad, a gaming industry analyst with Niko Partners, has helped to clarify matters by translating a statement from someone who has read the upcoming Famitsu issue which states the rumors circulating about a SEGA x Microsoft partnership are false.
But we’re also certain that it is still going to be something “big,” as Dr Serkan Toto of Kantan Games has explained that Nishikawa is not one to exaggerate.
It should be noted that the Japanese journalist teasing the scoop last week said it will be on PS5-reveal level is not known to be a clown, troll, or show-off.
I am not his lawyer and not claiming the scoop will really be earth-shattering, but it could be interesting. https://t.co/j1AH32vejj
— Dr. Serkan Toto / Kantan Games Inc. (@serkantoto) June 1, 2020
This of course leaves us with a confirmation of significant news, but a de-confirmation of a new console. Sorry to those hoping for the Dreamcast 2, maybe next time. What we can also say is that it’s not likely to be a major game release, Sonic or otherwise. While Sonic sells fairly well, a new game is nowhere near the level of hype this scoop is getting.
There are many things this could be, such as an acquisition of a well-known third party developer, or a new division within the company. Whatever the case is, be sure to keep your expectations in check. SEGA is not going to be entering the hardware industry the way it did in the 90s.
Once we learn about the big news, we’ll be sure to report on it! Stay tuned to The Sonic Stadium for all things Sonic, and in this case, SEGA!