Last week's teaser is now this week's confirmation. Sega will be releasing a revamped HD version of Dreamcast favourite Jet Set Radio for digital download on an as-yet-unspecified date this (northern) summer, on XBox Live, PlayStation Network and PC.
Jet Set Radio drew attention at its original release in 2000 for its then-innovative use of cel-shaded graphics, its graffiti-inspired style, and its soundtrack. The Dreamcast favourite is now well over a decade old, but fans remain excited for a chance to revisit the rebellious urban world. For players who missed the Dreamcast era, the Sega blog outlines the game:
If you're unfamiliar with the story, Jet Set Radio lets players 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, players 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 colourful 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.
Sega is also running a contest for players to have their graffiti art featured in the game, with submissions due by March 20.
Jet Set Radio is Back on the Airwaves [SEGA Blog]
Jet Set Radio Graffiti Contest [SEGA website]