If this new tease is to be believed, it looks like next week is set to bring with it a pretty significant announcement for the world of gaming.
Japanese technology journalist Zenji Nishikawa has hinted at a "huge scoop" during a live stream on YouTube. The news is set to be published in the 4th June issue of Weekly Famitsu, where Nishikawa has a regular column which focuses on digital tech.
He describes the news as "a world premiere article", one that will rival Wired's exclusive scoop on the PlayStation 5. His comments start at 2:07:41 in his live stream (with thanks to Gematsu for the translation):
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.
He stopped short of confirming who or what the scoop might be about, but some viewers noticed that Sega seemed to be accidentally name-dropped. After realising this, Nishikawa reportedly said, “Did I say Sega? Then it’s Sega," also going on to say that the announcement is not a Dreamcast 2.
Naturally, then, we'll have to wait until next week to see what all the fuss is about. 3rd June does happen to be Sega's 60th anniversary - something the company has been celebrating all year - so it's possible that any large announcements could be scheduled for that time.
What do you think it could be? Let us know in the comments below.
[source gamestalk.net, via gematsu.com]
I'm ready for disappointment. If I hype this up too much, then I will be expecting Skies of Arcadia 2, Sonic Adventure 3 & Dreamcast titles to make a Virtual Console type appearance on Switch.... screw it, all aboard the crazy hype taxi!
If it's true, it could be a sort of streaming/cloud gaming service. Not sure if that's viable, but it's what springs to mind.
Dreamcast 2, developed in partnership with Nintendo
Maybe Sega got purchased by another gaming company?
That would be big and, if that's the case, then I hope it's Nintendo.
Their games would match nicely.
Is it the fact that Shin Megami Tensei V has been proven to be better than Persona 5 and that Sega will now demand Atlus focus on the parent franchise instead of the more popular spin-off?
Well I'll definitely be keeping an eye on what's happening next week, SEGA have been a huge part of the reason I enjoy gaming so much and they still are. So much so I've been playing more on my Dreamcast than anything else during lockdown
What was the PS5 scoop exactly?
That it was going to happen?
On the matter at hand, a partnership between Sega and Microsoft.
I still feel this may have something to do with Microsoft and Sega...
Did they find the source code for Panzer Dragoon Saga?
I‘d be very careful with hyping things up that much in beforehand. It‘s ultimately going to lead to disappointment. And the PS5 sure is/was big news but then again it was something that was inevitably going to happen and I wouldn‘t really call it revolutionary.
Announcing an announcement? I don't get it.
Also, I couldn't help but hear Trump's voice as I was reading that to myself; "I have an announcement, it really is the greatest announcement. The best announcement you'll ever hear...".
@tourjeff My guess: Microsoft, Google, Amazon, or Apple will buy Sega. With Microsoft and Google most likely
Sega TV... 2: Still without Sonic 3
Definitely not Nintendo related.
@FourBs I've seen this a few times but SEGA's revenue is about a third of Xbox's overall, that would be a huge investment to make
Even if it isn’t a Dreamcast 2 it could still be a new dedicated Sega console. That would shake up the industry with 4 big competitors in the console market. Preferably without partnering with Microsoft or another rival company. If Sega is to come back into the hardware arena, then it should be alone, as they were before. The exception being partnerships for certain parts of the console, like Nintendo and NVidia for the graphics chip. I look forward to hearing the news.
That’ll be ps5
Best of Dreamcast would be soooo awesome but not revolutionary so not sure if that’s it. Maybe some classic home arcade releases?
Sega going Google Stadia exclusive. LOL
SEGA Dreamcast 2 .... fingers crossed people actually buy it this time 🤞🏻
Ryan has a knack for posting non-Nintendo news.
I’d prefer a Saturn mini to a Dreamcast mini.
I mean, even if it IS a new console (the odds whereof are pretty much nonexistent), how many people seriously think it would be officially called "Dreamcast 2"?😅
I've learned from bitter experience to always tamp down my excitement when a big announcement from Sega is teased. And at least we've already been told it's not Dreamcast 2.
I'm going to just assume this will be yet another re-release of a bunch of Megadrive ROMs as that's what usually happens when Sega tease an "exciting" announcement... 😕
Remember how Mario and Sonic at the olympics is now just Sonic at the olympics? Seemed weird at first but now it makes sense. Sega and Nintendo will once again be in direct competition.
NIGHTS hd on Switch
Blast processing is back!
@Hagemaru space in the market for a proper handheld now that Switch tries to straddle both. It could either be a proper premium handheld with nice screen and grunt, or a dirt cheap one for the younger market. Either way it'd have an audience.
A Saturn or a Dreamcast mini would be cool but it would be hard to keep an emulating machine this powerful + 2 controllers in the $100 price range.
Sega isn’t rising from its grave with a new console. They basically can only leverage their past hardware if anything. Retro remakes and such
Game Gear Pro... Powerful enough to emulate all dreamcast and Saturn games
@Carck I honestly would like to live in that reality, not impossible either
Anything SEGA related is interesting to me. A new console would be awesome but who would buy it?
SEGA released Saturn but gamers wanted playstation.
SEGA releaseg Dreamcast but gamers wanted playstation 2.
I have no doubt that no matter how good a new SEGA console might be, gamers will want playstation 5.
It's a damn tradgedy how they got edged out of the console market by the almighty grand high sony bloody playstation, a console thats 1st party IPs paled in comparison to SEGAs (go figure).
Dear sony fans, I am acutely aware of the SEGA/sony history. You don't need to tell me what happened, I've heard it all before.
Sega bringing out a brand NEW console, the Mega Switch box station.
It will only play Mark III games
Microsoft buying exclusivity to Sega games.
I'm thinking (hoping, really) it's new hardware, based on their current ad campaign. As much as they've put into resurrecting the idea of a representative character, "creating" a new one in the form of his son, and how the commercials focus specifically on SEGA hardware, it'd be the most logical conclusion. Maybe something that can play the old games, like a mini, with the "revolution" being that it can somehow play new games through a download service? Well, that idea isn't new because people have been speculating that since the NES Classic but no one has actually done that yet...well, successfully that is. I dunno, we'll see what happens. They need to have a conclusion to the Segashiro commercials, after all.
Google Stadia 2
If it’s new hardware, I’ll eat my shoe. That would likely be a horrible move from SEGA.
@tourjeff 2 previous competitors combined = total annihilation 😂
As long as he's not talking about (yet another) Sonic game. Then he'll just be remembered as a paid shill.
Wait, there's going to be a PS5? When did that happen? I must have missed it while Sony was missing from the face of the Earth, completely. Never guessed....
A "revolutionary" thing from Sega that will "shake up the industry." And it's not a Dreamcast 2. It could be a new console but that makes no sense. A new game doesn't require this much hype ("Nishikawa" might become a meme if it's just that.) A streaming platform would not be revolutionary. Something radical with pricing models maybe. Mergers and buyouts would matter....though Sammy would have to be involved too unless the want to spin off Sega. I could see an Apple/Amazon merger or buyout happening at which point we quit gaming and become film enthusiasts. That would warrant Nikkei references. But not "PS5" sized stories....a merger on that scale would be way, way, bigger, and, frankly, Famitsu would not be breaking that news.
Sounds like crazy hype that will backfire, but it feels so 80's....I can enjoy it.
Phantasy Star 5, developed by Atlus with UnrealEngine5 and announced at SEGA's 60th anniversary?
Why yes please, tyvm
@JRJalapeno you know how many batteries that would take?!?
@Gryzor ...Y'know, that might work. It's a beloved series being revived by the best JRPG team in the world... Make it next-gen exclusive and it fits perfectly.
@Itsacardgame 🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂. A ***** load 💩
@Shworange Except mobile versions of the game without the Mario elements happened before: The first two games have mobile versions released, with the first being in Java, while the other one was released for iOS before being discontinued. Here's some gameplay clips I found:
Also, I'm don't think releasing a new console, let alone completing against Nintendo, would be a good idea nor would it provide a decent payoff. Plus, going by the idea of competing again, what kind of logic would there be to pull out all of their games that have been released and cancel plans for future games and ports on all other consoles just to put it exclusively on theirs? Wouldn't that just cause some backlash? Is Sega even in a position where going back to console development is a good idea?
Probably one of their bigger upcoming projects. If it ain't that... um... Microsoft finally sealed the deal, I guess? They're the only tech mega-corp that knows what to do in gaming - and, crucially, the only one who knows how strong proper revivals can be for their brand.
If the latter's true, I hope they keep Sega multi-platform like they did with Minecraft - but I don't think they will because, well, they have a box to sell. Still, a Sonic developed with MS money sounds tempting - and, if they make it good, then the Blue Blur might finally be saved.
Sega-related news that would rival one of the "Big 3's" console reveals should refer only to something of equal scale, something hardware-based. As others have already stated above, something along the lines of a new Sega console. Anything less and Nishikawa's statement (let alone claim of something "revolutionary") would be grossly overblown hyperbole.
Here is one tantalizing possibility (which I predicted could happen years ago with very similar words about how it could permanently alter the balance of the entire industry): Sega announces a full partnership with Nintendo in hardware development and/or first-party games support. While still highly unlikely, here are some reasons it could indeed happen:
1) They're both Japanese game companies whose onetime rivalry has morphed into a much more amiable history of collaborations. That is no small deal for the Japanese side of the industry, especially at a time when it is perceived by many that they have fallen behind Western publishers in various aspects of game design and development. These folks take pride in their roles as creators and innovators, and such an alliance is exponentially more likely between two Japanese developers than between a Japanese and Western publisher.
2) The timing is right...especially for Nintendo, who needs something big to steal some of Sony and Microsoft's thunder as they both release new consoles this year. The Switch isn't hurting by any means, but its major first party releases (as in system-movers) have noticeably begun to slow and grow farther apart over the past year-plus. Keep in mind we had to wait several extra months for ACNH as well. As COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc on development schedules across the industry, an alliance to pool resources with an equally large publisher with an outstanding library of their own to draw from would absolutely keep Nintendo competitive well beyond just the Switch.
3) Just imagine the addition of Sega's entire catalog of console, handheld, and arcade IPs to Nintendo's first party lineup. Make no mistake, Sonic or no, Sega had the first party IPs to support new consoles all these years (and likely would have if their higher-ups hadn't bungled everything from marketing to relations with internal development teams and third parties to copy protection between the Sega 32X and Dreamcast). In fact, the sheer number and variety of Sega franchises worth revisiting arguably exceeds Nintendo's.
With an alliance armed with that much AAA first party games support (many of which haven't seen the light of day in years or decades), Nintendo and Sega really could "rile up the gaming industry". And it could very well also rope in support from other major Japanese publishers such as Bandai-Namco, Square-Enix, Konami, Tecmo, etc. (because remember, Japan is their home market and again, these companies share a pride in their culture and design philosophy). Even as Sony and Microsoft release far more powerful hardware, at the end of the day it's all about the GAMES.
This alliance, whether it happens or not, makes perfect sense on so many levels. Guess we'll find out one way or the other soon enough.
Could be a new console but not developed by Sega per say, however Sega might have decided to go into partnership with another company to bring their back catalogue to it and future new releases?
Metroid Prime Trilogy I bet. 🙂
@Alpha-2002 I really doubt if MS were acquiring Sega Sammy, Famitsu, instead of a business publication would be covering it. A contract or partnership maybe, but not an acquisition.
But even if they acquired them I'm not sure it would mean console exclusivity. XB and Windows is a given, of course, but they've been pretty open to Nintendo partnerships. So far they haven't done much with PS though....so there's that. MS has been pretty vocal, at times to criticism, that they're not overly interested in the whole exclusives game outside their main franchises.
@Max_the_German Sega exclusively on Stadia? That would be huge, but that would also be silly.
But a second party relationship with Nintendo would make a lot more sense.
I feel like Microsoft is probably the one with the most drive, history and resources to pull off an acquisition though. Let’s not forget how cozy the two companies were shortly after the Dreamcast’s public demise.
@ReikoMortis No, because we’re obviously on the darkest timeline.
@Morph Back catalog, hmm? That would seem to fit right in with Microsoft’s backwards compatibility initiative...
My guess is a new 3D Sonic for PS5, Xbox and PC along with an exclusive Sonic game for Switch.
@NEStalgia Just makes the most sense to me. Yakuza 7 coming day to Series X, PSO 2 being Xbox exclusive in the west, both of them having an on-again-off-again relationship with Nintendo, Microsoft's dedication to the PC... it just makes WAY too much sense for me.
Then again, I do have an Xbox, soo... confirmation bias?
It’s gonna be their Yakuza ties. The article will be revolutionary, not the content itself.
@Max_the_German If Sega really are being bought by Microsoft and the next xbox console launches with the Sega branding, can you imagine how much it would invigorate the xbox brand, it may even lead to sales in Japan for a change.
Getting back to reality though, I doubt it will be this news probably just an exclusivity deal with Sony or Nintendo or maybe Shenmue 4 back under the sega banner, who knows though.
Since we're just tossing out wild speculations, here's what I would love to see. A huge industry-changing merger... Nintendo, Microsoft, SEGA. Series X runs all Nintendo games for the performance jocks, Nintendo focuses on their hybrids and dope IP's for the rest of us, SEGA brings along their slate of dope IP's. Sony collapses as a company due to sheer alpha business moves. Everyone wins. Daydreaming is fun as hell though, right?
@Alpha-2002 Haha, XBox fan here, as well, but I still don't think of it as a total acquisition. Not in a gaming mag to reveal the news with inside support. Let alone a Japanese mag for what is ultimately MS news. That would be press conference stuff, business news stuff....that would be stuff valued in the billions which is well above Famitsu-level. Still wouldn't rule out some kind of partnership deal though. Or exclusivity deals. That part makes more sense than this type of reveal for a huge financial and market transaction. Especially since they've been partnered before - MS handled Dreamcast's OS, and Sega helped with original X-BOX design.
It's not Dreamcast 2, ok Dreamcast 3 then?
Probably Xbox related as SEGA has been doing more Xbox stuff recently compared to other platforms. PSO2 at E3 2019, the Yakuza announcements at X019 and the Series X showcase in May, etc.
Also there's heavy rumours of the PS5 reveal happening on June 3rd so Xbox 20/20 June event is likely on June 2nd given Microsoft always likes to go first.
All Megadrive and Saturn games available on Switch Online
For me it would be revolutionary if say Microsoft or Sony announced they'd purchased Sega as a first party developers. I don't think Nintendo would have the smarts to even seriously consider such an obviously genius move to purchase Sega and its utterly amazing back catalog of sooo many absolute classics.
Sega VR headset?
I almost feel like it's a new console with all the Sega Shiro marketing going on. If it is I need them to strap it to the kid's back and make him punch the controller...for dear old dad and all that .
(I'm hoping it's a Saturn or Dreamcast mini though)
Hmmm... I find it hard to believe that, if Sega is planning to announce a new console, this is the first we're hearing about it. Seems like there would be leaks or news about an uptick in manufacturing or the parts supply chain. That said, if Sega announces a new console, I'd be onboard out of the gate. And really there isn't much less than a new console that I feel would be as revolutionary as that announcement is making it out to be. Looking forward to the follow-up on this one.
@Nathan IMA say that too. We've all seen that futuristic Sega contact lens photo before. IMA guess a Sega VR unit/hardware collab, given PlayStation hasn't said anything about psvr 2 details yet and Microsoft has yet to come up with a consumer affordable vr headset for Xbox. Very out there, but if it were in contact lens form, that would definitely shake up the games industry no question and would be totally revolutionary.
Alright guys, here's the scoop!
@Travisemo007 ha haaaaaaaaaaaa a contact lense form V.R, it's not 3084 yet
@YANDMAN Sega is what dreams are made of ma boyy!!...lol
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