Dreamcast classic Jet Set Radio and its Xbox sequel Jet Set Radio Future are beloved for their style and unique gameplay, but to this day there’s never been a third game in the series. The original game (initially called Jet Grind Radio in the US) released 20 years ago, and in a retrospective published by USGamer, the team behind the game has reflected on its legacy–and why there hasn’t been a follow-up.
Lead designer Kazuki Hosokawa, who still works at Sega, reflects on how the original Jet Set Radio was created by a young team, recalling how “non-photorealistic expressions began to garner more attention” at the time, which his team was able to leverage.
With this in mind, Hosokawa says that a new Jet Set Radio would need to come from a young, new team as well. He says that “more than 10 years ago,” the game’s producer told the team that they were “too old and experienced” to make a new game in the series, and he agrees. “I’ve gained enough experience that I can identify what works and how to present things… I can see the path to the end goal, whether I like it or not,” he says.
“If I put it negatively, because of my experience, I can only create games in ‘the smart way,'” Hosokawa continues. “This means that I wouldn’t be able to convey that passion in this title that could have only been born through all the struggles I faced. That’s why I’m looking forward to a new generation of creators.”
Hosokawa still clearly has a lot of love for the game, and believes that the team tapped into something unique: “the imbalance between the pop taste and fun vibe you get, but yet you can kind of sense a darkness in the world,” he says.
Jet Set Radio received a HD release for Xbox 360 and PS3 in 2012, but the series has not seen any new releases since then.
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