Loopy Taxi followers, get your hopes excessive: In an interview with The Japan Instances (through Eurogamer), Sapporo Studio president Takaya Segawa stated the upcoming new game within the sequence will likely be “a triple-A game.”

The console model of Loopy Taxi debuted in 2000 for the Sega Dreamcast, and it was a success, ultimately being ported to different platforms together with the PlayStation 2, Nintendo Gamecube, and sure, even PC. Sequels and spinoffs adopted, however except for a few cellular video games within the 20-teens, the sequence has been largely dormant for many years: The final mainline game within the sequence, Loopy Taxi 3: Excessive Curler, got here out in 2002.

The reboot was first reported in 2022 and at last made official in December 2023, though with no particulars past the truth that it is occurring and some seconds of gameplay from a 2023 Game Awards hype clip that additionally included Jet Set Radio, Shinobi, Golden Axe, and Streets of Rage.

We have not actually heard something about it since, however the preliminary report of a brand new Loopy Taxi game indicated it will be a “big-budget” reboot, and that appears to be holding: Tagawa stated Sega’s Sapporo Studio is “collaborating within the growth of triple-A titles, together with Loopy Taxi.”

In all honesty, that does not inform us a complete lot. The standard which means of “triple-A” revolves round huge budgets, huge manufacturing values, huge the whole lot, however amidst the proliferation of indie hits and big-name flops, it is largely turn into a buzzword rolled out when an government desires to draw consideration to their game. Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot just lately described Cranium and Bones as a “quadruple-A” game, as an example, and that actually bolstered for me the truth that we’re not coping with hard-and-fast ideas right here.

However within the huge image, what it hopefully means is that Sega has huge ambitions for the brand new Loopy Taxi, and is placing within the sources wanted to make it occur. It’s going to presumably be some time but earlier than we get to see how that truly comes collectively: A launch goal wasn’t shared within the 2023 announcement, and Tagawa made no point out of it within the interview. For now, if you wish to see what all the thrill is about, the unique Loopy Taxi stays obtainable on Steam.