Yu Suzuki, the creator and lead on many Sega classics, may be busy with his own project at the moment, but that doesn't mean there aren't other options on the table. In a recent interview, Suzuki indicated interest in looking back at some older franchises.
Speaking to Video Games Chronicle, Suzuki says he'd like to return to Virtua Fighter and Out Run, but he can't answer what that means quite yet.
"Yes, there might be something [happening]," Suzuki told VGC. "But since the IP you mentioned are owned by Sega, I would need to work with them. I am a special consultant with Sega, but we will need to talk."
Yu Suzuki is credited for many of Sega's early 3D and polygonal hits, and seeing some of those classics return would be a welcome sight for retro fans. Right now, the best way to play some of thes old Sega games is through, strangely, another video game. The Yakuza series has served as a pseudo-time capsule for arcade classics, a haven for anyone who wants to play Space Harrier, Virtua Fighter 2, or Out Run in the modern day.
Of course, Shenmue has done the same with its arcade classics. Shenmue 3 is due out later this year on November 19, and it also pays homage to an age long gone. While it will only get us some of the way into Ryo's quest, I wouldn't be surprised to see more Sega nostalgia dotting the landscape.
For now, Suzuki's focus seems to be getting the next installment in the Shenmue franchise out the door. Virtua Fighter fans will likely have to wait a little longer.