Jet Set Radio Designer Explains Why A Sequel Hasn't Happened Yet, And Who Could Make One
20 years after the original Jet Set Radio, the game's lead designer has spoken on the possibility of Jet Set Radio 3.
Dreamcast classic Jet Set Radio and its Xbox sequel Jet Set Radio Future are beloved for their style and unique gameplay, but to this day there's never been a third game in the series. The original game (initially called Jet Grind Radio in the US) released 20 years ago, and in a retrospective published by USGamer, the team behind the game has reflected on its legacy--and why there hasn't been a follow-up.
Lead designer Kazuki Hosokawa, who still works at Sega, reflects on how the original Jet Set Radio was created by a young team, recalling how "non-photorealistic expressions began to garner more attention" at the time, which his team was able to leverage.
With this in mind, Hosokawa says that a new Jet Set Radio would need to come from a young, new team as well. He says that "more than 10 years ago," the game's producer told the team that they were "too old and experienced" to make a new game in the series, and he agrees. "I've gained enough experience that I can identify what works and how to present things... I can see the path to the end goal, whether I like it or not," he says.
"If I put it negatively, because of my experience, I can only create games in 'the smart way,'" Hosokawa continues. "This means that I wouldn't be able to convey that passion in this title that could have only been born through all the struggles I faced. That's why I'm looking forward to a new generation of creators."
Hosokawa still clearly has a lot of love for the game, and believes that the team tapped into something unique: "the imbalance between the pop taste and fun vibe you get, but yet you can kind of sense a darkness in the world," he says.
Jet Set Radio received a HD release for Xbox 360 and PS3 in 2012, but the series has not seen any new releases since then.
GameSpot's Play For All--a celebration of all things gaming--is ongoing. Join us as we bring you the summer's hottest news, previews, interviews, features, and videos, as well as raise money for COVID-19 relief efforts and Black Lives Matter with the help of our friends from around the gaming world. Check out the Play For All schedule for more.
Play For All
- Lost Judgment’s Opening Cinematic Is Full Of Drama, Brooding, And Rain
- WoW's Biggest Streamer Will Be Playing Final Fantasy XIV For The First Time This Weekend
- Pokemon Go's Fifth Anniversary Celebration Is Live
- How To Watch EA Play's FPS-Focused Deep Dive On Battlefield 2042 And Apex Legends
- Assassin's Creed Valhalla's Latest Hotfix Patches Up Issues From Its Last Title Update
- Streets of Rage 4's Mr. X Nightmare DLC Gets July 15 Release Date, Survival Mode
- Trials of Osiris Rewards This Week In Destiny 2 (July 2-6)
- Where Is Xur Today? (July 2-6) - Destiny 2 Xur Location And Exotics Guide
- Doom Eternal's Invasion Mode Has Been Canceled, Will Be Replaced With Horde Mode
- Funcom Acquires The Outsiders
GameSpot may get a commission from retail offers.