Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Jet Set Radio Is Returning

Prepare to turn that dial to excited folks as SEGA has announced the return of cult classic Jet Set Radio. The roller-blading, graffiti spraying slice of gaming goodness that made it's original bow on Sega's ill-fated Dreamcast will be grinding on to Xbox LIVE Arcade and Playstation Network this summer.

In this shiny new HD version, DJ Professor, Beat, Gum and the rest of the GG's gang will be taking their skills to the futuristic Tokyo streets as players vie for control of the turf by graffiti tagging walls, billboards and rival gang members.

The original was one of the shining lights of the Dreamcast catalogue while the updated Jet Set Radio Future that made waves on Xbox continued the excellent arcade styling's and slick gameplay.

The plot sees players take on the role of the GG's leader, Beat, and taking arms (or cans of spray paint) against the overbearing, corporate controlled police force. Guided by Professor K, DJ for the hottest pirate broadcast in town – “Jet Set Radio” – the GGs will ultimately uncover the sinister plot hatched by the controlling powers.

Alongside the game announcement, SEGA has also revealed details of an upcoming contest for UK and US fans of the Jet Set Radio series. They will have to put their own artistic skills to the test by designing 18 pieces of in-game art that will eventually be seen by players worldwide. More on the competition after the jump.

Haruki Satomi, Senior Vice President of Digital Business at SEGA of America, said: "Every time we look at our favourite SEGA classics, the fans never fail to ask about Jet Set Radio. The game was unlike anything else when it first came out, and was one of the first games in history to use cel-shading. More importantly, Jet Set Radio is a game that celebrates self-expression, and we’re looking forward to seeing how gamers and artists come together to leave their mark on Tokyo-to.”

If Sega can re-capture the magic of the first Jet Set games then this will be a sure-fire hit and one of the best pieces of arcade-action to yet the arcade. You can quote me on that!