Jet Set Radio is returning in glorious HD across PlayStation Network and PS Vita as part of Sega‘s Heritage Collection! Originally launched on the SEGA Dreamcast in 2000, Jet Set Radio has always been regarded as a true SEGA classic – offering a genre-bending mix of rollerblading and stylish graffiti, set to a soundtrack that people are still talking about to this day.
Set in Tokyo-to, Jet Set Radio is the name for the pirate radio station which fuels the local street gangs called ‘Rudies’. The game follows a group of Rudies called The GG’s as they challenge the rival gangs for control of Tokyo-to. Powered by magnetically enhanced in-line skates, they grind, jump and tag their way while avoiding the ever present and increasingly ruthless police force.
Our goal with Jet Set Radio has been to deliver the closest experience to the original product, as well as improve on it (a lofty goal, I know). Rest assured the core game is completely unchanged and the levels are just as beautiful as the original; we’ve just given them a lovely new coat of paint. To cut to the chase, when displayed across a 16×9 resolution in full HD the game looks even more impressive than before.
The original music you remember returns, and we’ve merged the Japanese, European and North American soundtracks into one behemoth list than collates 28 out of the original 30 combined tracks. We’ve also included all new graffiti created by none other than you, the fans! What’s more, we’ve also added trophies to offer additional challenges and bragging rights, and lastly, we’ve met with the original art director of Jet Set Radio for a series of interviews you can only view within the game itself.
And to all you awesome Vita owners out there, we’ve added some great new features that can’t be found on consoles. The PlayStation Vita version of Jet Set Radio looks stunning on the OLED display and comes with some platform specific enhancements. Now you can use the touch screen to draw the graffiti in the game, or use the camera functionality to import new tags to the graffiti editor. Both are subtle changes, but add a ton of fun to building new art in the game or tagging with speed while avoiding the cops. All of these new additions are completely optional and play off the Vita’s unique hardware features.
We hope that you’ll enjoy Jet Set Radio as much as we do when it arrives on 19th September for PSN and 16th October for Vita priced at a delightfully low £6.49/€7.99!
AND REMEMBER: PlayStation Plus members will be able to pick up the game today at a limited-time, discounted price. And if that weren’t enough, we’re also throwing in a free exclusive Dynamic Theme and Avatar Bundle (which will be available in the coming weeks)!