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Golden Axe, Altered Beast and more part of Sega Reborn pitch – rumour

Thursday, 29th August 2013 03:21 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Sega Studios Australia reportedly made a spirited bid to develop a series called Sega Reborn, uniting several classic games into one overarching universe.

Although it doesn’t provide sources, Kotaku reports the Australian development team pitches the series to Sega a few years ago.

The publisher did not greenlight the series, which would have remade classic games with new content and various changes, but strung them together with one storyline. Golden Axe, Altered beats, Streets of Rage and Shinobi. Below you can see a rough pitch made in Unity for the Golden Axe remake.

Sega Studios Australia, the Brisbane studio behind the upcoming Castle of Illusion as well as London 2012: The Official Video Game of the Olympic Game and Stormrise, is closing.

Thanks, AllGamesBeta.

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  1. pcbros

    This could be epic…

    #1 11 months ago
  2. MCTJim

    ahhhh memories :D

    #2 11 months ago
  3. salarta

    This was an excellent idea. This idea alone would have done a great deal of good for improving Sega’s image and consequently its sales, as it’s a reminder of how important they are to the industry and a great nostalgia trip for franchises people love but haven’t seen in a long time.

    Which is why it didn’t get greenlit.

    Because Sega is stupid as hell and has no idea of how to do anything except suck, as demonstrated when they decided to kill the positive direction that brought Valkyria Chronicles, Bayonetta, Vanquish and Hyperdimension Neptunia.

    The fascinating thing is that when I saw the title of this article, I assumed it was for a pending pitch and IMMEDIATELY thought “Sega will never greenlight it because it’s too awesome of an idea and Sega prefers to suck these days.” Then I read the article and saw Sega already did exactly as I expected.

    #3 11 months ago
  4. The_Red

    That’s a great idea and as #3 / salarta said, it’s probably why Sega didn’t go forward with it. No, they’d rather help their existing games tank in terms of sales (Bayonetta, Vanquish), whore Sonic out into crappy Olympics games and simply relying solely on Yakuza and handheld titles.

    #4 11 months ago
  5. Clupula

    @4 – They’re only relying on Yakuza in Japan. They still haven’t announced a Yakuza 5 and a Yakuza 1/2 HD for PS3 localization for the West!

    But yeah, Sega make some of the best games out of any third party there is, but they seem to have mentally ill people with head injuries in charge of their business decisions, from the 32X on.

    #5 11 months ago
  6. dizzygear

    @3 “and a great nostalgia trip for franchises people love but haven’t seen in a long time.”

    Golden Axe, Altered Beast and Shinobi all had a PS2 game. The first 2 were terrible (and thats putting it gentle). The Shinobi and Nightshade games were OK’ish at best.

    I dont trust them with old franchises anymore. As much as i’d love to see an new Panzer Dragoon, Burning Rangers, Dragon Force, a proper Phantasy Star sequel, etc. i’m afraid they will just fuck it up and tarnish the franchise.

    I’d rather wish they’d spend recourses on bringing PSO2, Valkyria Chronicles 3 and Yakuza 5 to the west.

    #6 11 months ago
  7. The_Red

    @5
    True
    Right now, they mostly have Japan and nowhere else. Binary Domain could have been their western breakout hit (Military shooter, fun combat, leveling up AND a decent story all from Yakuza guys). What did Sega do? Market it less than even Vanquish.

    You absolutely hit the nail with mentally ill people comment.

    @6
    Sorry but PS2 Shinobi was excellent. It had some of the best 3D platforming gameplay I’ve ever seen in any video game. It was tight, challenging and arcade-ish rather than modern “cinematic” platforming that new titles force upon gamers.

    #7 11 months ago
  8. Mus42

    If that was on Steam, Live or PSN, for a decent price I’d buy that in a heart beat – I still love to play Golden Axe on the Megadrive – so an updated remake would be fantastic.

    #8 11 months ago
  9. sh4dow

    That pitch video looks damn awesome for what it is. Makes me wonder whether it is common to put THIS much work just into a pitch.

    But… as basically everybody else here has said… Sega simply is worthless these days. I was [b]stunned[/b] by Sonic Generations. But other than that…

    #9 11 months ago
  10. MAGIK88

    Cool.. Hopefully a reboot streets of rage can be next..

    #10 11 months ago
  11. salarta

    @6: I don’t remember the Altered Beast game, but I do remember the other two. The Golden Axe one doesn’t even count as Golden Axe, because it was purely the company taking an old IP and forcing an idea for a new IP onto it. I don’t think I’ll ever forget the line “I ride them” used as some big statement in one of the Beast Rider trailers. Shinobi was good.

    Things are much different when the people working on a game using an IP actually like and respect that IP as more than a name to slap on their idea or a way to force their fanfiction into becoming canon. Based on the video, it looked like this team actually knew what they were doing, at least as far as the video alone is concerned.

    But I do agree with you on Valkyria Chronicles 3. Sega gave next to no real support for Valkyria Chronicles on PS3 in the United States, they forced it over to PSP which had less gamer interest on top of moving into extremely generic and boring anime cliche territory, then they tried to essentially blackmail Valkyria Chronicles fans by saying any chance of getting future VC games outside Japan was dependent on VC2 sales.

    They were essentially saying “Don’t like all the things we took away from the series in a greed-motivated effort to boost sales? Too bad, buy it or else.” Problem was, if VC2 WAS successful, Sega would’ve taken it as a sign that THAT was how the series should be treated, and all future games would have been made to the same mold. Fans of Valkyria Chronicles were damned if they bought it and damned if they didn’t.

    #11 11 months ago