Fans of Jet Set Radio around the world need to sit up and pay attention to Bomb Rush Cyberfunk, a spiritual successor to Sega’s cult classic Dreamcast title. A new teaser trailer for Bomb Rush Cyberfunk has shown off its visuals, dancing, grinding and graffitiing gameplay, not to mention its up-tempo soundtrack.
In development at indie developer Team Reptile, Bomb Rush Cyberfunk is now targeting a release in 2022 for PC and consoles.
Originally announced in July 2020 and planned for 2021, the game has now slipped to 2022, though I’m sure that JSR fans would rather wait for the best game possible. After all, it’s been 19 years Jet Set Radio Future released for Xbox, so what’s one more year?
Rendered in a vibrant cel shading style, the game is full of crews equipped with personal boostpacks to dash around the world, grinding and boosting to take their graffitiing exploits to new heights. You’ll start your own cypher and then dance, paint and trick your way through the sprawling future city, facing off against copes in the process. The trailer shows off a moment where the player leaps up into the sky, boosts to run along the side of a monorail train, and then tag the side of the front carriage.
Staking a claim as the spiritual successor to Jet Set Radio goes beyond just taking inspiration from the series’ gameplay. Bomb Rush Cyberfunk will also feature a soundtrack from Hideki Naganuma, who was the composer on the Dreamcast classic and its Xbox sequel.
There’s been persistent calls for more Jet Set Radio titles for fans of those original games. A remaster of the original game was brought to PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC, iOS and Android all the way back in 2012, but there’s been no such effort for the sequel Jet Set Radio Future. That game has become a collector’s item, locked in time and only playable on the original Xbox and Xbox 360 via that console’s backward compatibility. Maybe, just maybe, Microsoft can at least convince Sega to let them add it to their Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S backward compatibility programme?
Well, even if they don’t, at least we’ve got Bomb Rush Cyberfunk to look forward to.
Source: Team Reptile