We have, of course, alerted you to the existence of the absolutely wonderful Jet Set Radio’s HD remake (and first ever appearance on PC), but there’s one thing even our 120 percent proven brain-and-attractiveness-boosting infobytes didn’t include: a release date. Truth be told, I feared there wasn’t ever going to be one. I just figured Sega was playing some cruel joke on all of us – serving up mouthwatering morsels of its graffiti-covered opus, but never delivering the main course. And somewhere, Sega brass would just laugh and laugh while our dreams of rocket-powered skating shenanigans poofed into bitter nothingness. But that’d be a pretty silly way to run a business, so Sega’s doing the normal “exchange money for good and services” thing instead.
Specifically, Jet Set Radio will be coming to Steam on September 19th, and it’ll run you $9.99/£5.99. Given that it’s a
modern (oh god, when did 12 years pass?) classic, that seems like a more-than-acceptable deal to me. Steam pre-orders aren’t up yet, but probably expect them at some point soon-ish.
For the uninitiated, the original was a gloriously stylish ode to youthful rebellion – both in terms of visuals and soundtrack. In short, it was about skating fast, tagging walls (and occasionally people), and fleeing from bands of hilariously identical police. As a Dreamcast-owning youth, it brought me tremendous joy while also imparting the aforementioned wholesome values.
And now a new generation will be able to have a similar formative experience. Or will they? I mean, the last boombox went extinct 42 years ago, and nowadays, “tagging a wall” merely means posting a rude picture on Facebook. World, what happened? You used to be so cool.