While redemption remained a very strong component of Sega’s offering at EAG this year, it was clear that this was one of the businesses leading the charge on the revival of video.
The big headlines before the show were Daytona and Sega’s Justin Burke revealed that the Japanese veterans have not tinkered with a winning formula.
“Daytona’s part of our DNA, it’s part of our heritage. So to have it back here 20 years later is quite something.”
“We’re using the same game engine as we did 20 years ago,” he said. “We haven’t started again, it’s the same source code. We’ve kept it intact. Daytona’s very special because of the way you race and catch up, and the AI, so we’ve kept that original game and layered on new graphics and new courses. Daytona’s part of our DNA, it’s part of our heritage. So to have it back here 20 years later is quite something.”
On the redemption front, Bean Bag Toss from ICE was also putting up big numbers. The machine is the latest in the company’s successful ‘skill wall’ concept, which includes the popular Down the Clown.