Let’s face it: After Jet Set Radio Future, there was nowhere to go but down. The Yakuza series aside, SEGA’s output has been almost nothing but shovelware for over 10 years. That’s a really long time to coast on brand awareness and nostalgia, and it seems even SEGA is figuring that out.
Haruki Satomi, CEO of SEGA Games, said the following:
I’ve been talking to employees about how [Sega] should start putting serious consideration into quality from this point on. Particularly in North America and Europe, where it’s always been more of a focus on schedules.
I believe that if we can’t maintain quality, it would be better to not release anything at all. We did our best to build a relationship of mutual trust with older fans of Sega but, looking back, there have been some titles that have partially betrayed that [trust] in the past 10 years.
Of course, nobody knows if they’ll actually stick to this sudden change of heart, and stop making garbage games. Given that Sonic Boom was both absolute trash AND the worst-selling Sonic game of all goddamn time, maybe that was the kick in the asshole they needed. Or maybe the games will continue to suck. Maybe. Probably.