During the latest Sega-nama livestream (akin to Sega’s version of a Nintendo Direct), Chief Creative Officer Toshihiro Nagoshi made the announcement that the company has been working on something new, and to expect a further announcement sometime in September.
Although few details were mentioned, Siliconera highlighted a few key details: Nagoshi indicated that the announcement would take place somewhere around Tokyo Game Show, which takes place September 19-23. Whether this would be part of a conference or whether Sega is planning a separate event isn’t something he’d be drawn on, saying only that the announcement will take place “before the next Sega-nama”, which is at the end of September.
Whatever the new title may be, it’s been in development for some time, with Nagoshi revealing that a team has been working on it in one form or another for the past three years. It’s not clear whether Nagoshi was referring to a new project from the Yakuza team, or a wider Sega project. The only hints that he would give were that the title would be “completely different”, and that the announcement would “make people flip”.
If it was from the Yakuza team, this new game would be its first non-Yakuza title since 2012’s Binary Domain, which didn’t perform well in the North American market, no matter how much we we liked it.
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