SEGA Has BIG News Coming Up, Here’s What We Know… and Don’t.

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.

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.

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!

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26 Comments

  1. I want all the Yakuza games to have the Kiwami treatment for the PS5. And have Yakuza Online put onto smartphones and tablets worldwide. I’ve played every Yakuza game except Dead Souls.

  2. This all quite interesting, cause the way the guy is hyping it sounds like their making a console, but we all know Sega wouldn’t do that nowadays.

    I am keen to find out what it is.

  3. I’m calling VR. The VR industry needs that Sega magic, and with their supposed work in eye-tracking it would make sense.

  4. I hope there will a Chao app where it’s the Chao garden on the go. Imagine having a Chao race online with other players worldwide!

  5. Say?.? 🤓 Sega! Let’s see another SHINOBI II & III redux / remake, etc.. The ARCADE GAME – SHADOW DANCER . . (Also) I’m not too impressed with your game selection, line-up 😎

  6. I was at the latest Kenashi meeting, & the feel is that this will be either a portable Dreamcast filled with remastered Dreamcast titles, or hardware for TV filled with remastered Dreamcast titles. Such as PS1 dongle released prior.

  7. Holographic VR Headset with heart rate monitor, eye tracking and neural interface that connects to SEGA servers where the game is processed and piped back.

  8. A deal with Microsoft to put their back catalogue exclusively on Game Pass and become a second party dev to give the series X a push in Japan.
    It can’t be a coincidence that whatever it is is being revealed in Famitsu which is THE Japanese gaming mag. Its definitely an announcement firstly for Japan then everywhere else as an afterthought.

  9. Think Stadia like device/service with New and old Sega games.
    Kind of like the Sega Channel.

    Now you have your news.

    You are welcome.

    Primeguey

    YouTube.com/primeguey

  10. No matter how fast or slow the development of the future Sonic game is, I want the Sonic games to stay alive, and both I and Darryl Heine hope a Sega Sonic game featuring characters from the Sat AM (Sally Acorn’s Freedom Fighters) from this year next and/or next year onwards.

  11. It’s “fog gaming” for arcades. Certainly interesting, but not really ll that exciting fron a Sonic fanbase perspective.

  12. lol, so its just cloud gaming of some kind. Good thing I was expecting the opposite of this “revolutionary” scoop.

    1. Argeed, but to be fair, Sega never said themselves that they had a big announcement coming up, that was all from this one journalist who got way too excited, as this is appearently a big deal for Japanese arcades, and made the scoop and ‘PS5 reveal and whatnot’ comparisions.

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