SEGA teased the full reveal last week, but today the publisher has made it official. Dreamcast classic Jet Set Radio will be skating its way across to Xbox LIVE Arcade, PlayStation Network, and PC (via digital download) this summer.
If you’ve never played or heard of the title (tsk tsk), Jet Set Radio sees you join the GGs, an up-and-coming street gang in the futuristic city of Tokyo-to, fighting for the right to self-expression against an overbearing, corporate-controlled police force. Rolling and leaping through crowded urban environments on magnetically driven inline skates, you take control of gang leader Beat and his growing posse of deviant artists as they steal turf from the local gangs by covering the city with colorful graffiti. 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 of Tokyo-to.
Haruki Satomi, Senior Vice President of Digital Business at SEGA of America stated:
“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.”
SEGA also announced an upcoming contest that will let US and UK Jet Set Radio fans share their own love for (digital) graffiti. You’ll get a shot at designing eighteen brand new pieces of in-game art that will be seen by players the world over. Winners will receive a prize pack that includes a Rukus from Etón Corporation – the world’s first Bluetooth sound system with solar power – and a number of other rewards. Full contest details can be found by clicking here.
We’re huge fans of Jet Set Radio here at NGB, and can’t wait to take to the streets of Tokyo-to once again. Are you looking forward to the re-release of the Dreamcast classic? Let us know via the comments section below.