The release dates for Crazy Taxi remake, reboot may be far off

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Recent reports suggest Crazy Taxi’s release date is a lot farther in the future than people think.

Sega made its plans to revive multiple classic franchises in The Game Awards 2023 abundantly clear. With a list of classics like Jet Set Radio, Golden Axe, Streets of Rage, and Shinobi on the slate, fans eagerly await seeing these classics reimagined on modern hardware. Among the most anticipated is the Crazy Taxi remake.

As the third best-selling game on the Dreamcast, one of the few to break the one million mark, the franchise boasts legitimate nostalgic power. However, recent reports suggest development will take quite a while for the wacky racing title.

When is the release date of the Crazy Taxi remake?

Reports claim Crazy Taxi Sega has slated the Crazy Taxi remake for a 2027 release.

Midori, a leaker who became notable for reveals on Sega and its subsidiaries, reports that Sega has pushed multiple titles past 2025. The Crazy Taxi remake is tentatively set for a 2027 release date, a year after the planned 2026 Jet Set Radio remake release.

It’s important to note that the Crazy Taxi remake and reboot are separate games. The 2027 release will be the remake, with the reboot planned for a 2028 release. Other delayed games include Jet Set Radio and Golden Axe, which was supposed to see a 2023 release until plans changed. Interestingly, the reboots Sega has planned will implement live-service features.

Crazy Taxi and Jet Set Radio reboots will be “Games as a Service” titles

Reports claim the Crazy Taxi and Jet Set Radio reboots will be live service titles.

These reports, if accurate, imply Sega will lean into the live service space through its classic titles. Given the nature of most GaaS games, these reboots will likely feature multiplayer, battle passes, and microtransactions though how extensive remains unknown. The remakes were already reported to have social elements, so these may transfer over to the reboots.

Some fans reacted negatively to the news of live-service features, saying they waited 20 years for an inauthentic reboot. Other fans noted the remakes will not be live-service, so purists can still have the experience they want. Either way, fans will wait a while before playing these Sega remakes. 

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