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Sega Unveils Ambitious Plans for Crazy Taxi Reboot

Sega has announced grand ambitions for its Crazy Taxi reboot, describing it as an open-world, massively multiplayer AAA game. Originally debuting in arcades in 1999, Crazy Taxi became a fan favourite, especially after its successful port to the Dreamcast. Players take on the role of a taxi driver racing through the city, performing stunts to deliver passengers to their destinations and earn points.

During The Game Awards 2023, Sega thrilled fans by unveiling new instalments in the Jet Set Radio, Shinobi, Golden Axe, Streets of Rage, and Crazy Taxi franchises. A teaser trailer showcased brief gameplay clips from each of these upcoming titles.

In February, Takaya Segawa, head of Sega’s support studio in Sapporo, hinted at the Crazy Taxi reboot being a AAA title. Now, more details have emerged through a developer-focused video interview reported and translated by Automaton. Sega confirmed that Crazy Taxi will be a “large-scale, open-world, massively multiplayer driving game” built with Unreal Engine.

Producer Kenji Kanno emphasized that the new Crazy Taxi will support many players simultaneously while retaining the classic gameplay style that fans love. The game will feature a theme park-like map with motifs inspired by the U.S. West Coast. Notably, an image revealed a player driving a police car, hinting at new gameplay modes.

While there is no release date yet for the Crazy Taxi reboot or the other newly announced games, anticipation is high following Sega’s exciting announcements at The Game Awards. Stay tuned for more updates on these highly anticipated titles.