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Sega Reboots Crazy Taxi, Jet Set Radio to Chase Fortnite Riches

  • Big-budget Crazy Taxi would be released in two to three years
  • Sega’s Super Game initiative aims to build new revenue streams
The Sega Dreamcast console.
The Sega Dreamcast console.Photographer: James Sheppard/Future/Getty Images

Sega Sammy Holdings Inc. is developing big-budget reboots of its Dreamcast games Crazy Taxi and Jet Set Radio as it taps its back catalog in search of global hits like Epic Games Inc.’s Fortnite, according to people familiar with its plans.

The two titles would be the first entries in Sega’s Super Game initiative, which the company announced a year ago as an effort to develop recurring revenue sources and build online communities around its software portfolio. Fortnite has become the role model for such games: free to play, it’s available across platforms, hosts large multiplayer contests and includes extras like vehicles, construction and social events on top of the usual combat, spurring player purchases of in-game items.