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GRTV News - Sega is looking into Yakuza, Persona movies

Following the success of the Sonic movies.

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"Hello everyone and welcome back to another episode of GRTV News. Today we're going to be talking a little bit about video games and a little bit about movies at the same time because SEGA has recently talked about how it intends to continue to grow its position in the entertainment sector as a whole and following the success of the Sonic the Hedgehog films, SEGA is now exploring opportunities to make adaptations for Yakuza and Persona."

"So with that being the case, let's dive on in.
After Sonic's success, SEGA is looking into Yakuza, Persona movies. All these IPs can be somewhere else other than games soon. SEGA's CEO, Shuji Otsumi, has spoken about building the company's IP outside of video games. Following the success of Sonic's revival both in gaming and the movie adaptations, it seems that the developer is considering branching out its other major IPs into the movie space. We just revived Sonic in a big way not only through games but also movies and TV shows and Sonic is in Roblox too. And we're working closely now with LEGO. So, now Sonic is reviving, Otsumi said to CNBC."

"We have other major IPs and I cannot say too much about it but we are thinking of reviving other classical SEGA IPs too. Right now there are two big IPs other than Sonic. One is Persona and also our Yakuza titles. Yakuza is really unique but that big one is also coming next year too. But also as I said, we are trying to be in many different kinds of business areas like Roblox and movies. All these IPs can be somewhere else other than games soon. As Yakuza and Persona aren't necessarily as recognisable as Sonic, it might take a bit of more effort to get movie adaptations off the ground. But it's clear that video game movies can be a hit as shown by the Super Mario Brothers movie and Five Nights at Freddy's."

"What would you want to see in Yakuza slash Persona movies?
It's definitely an interesting thing. I think we're going to see more and more video games being adapted to a film format as we continue to progress now. It's a huge untapped market of creative IP that no doubt the film space is going to be looking at more and more now that we've seen so many adaptations of books over the years and we've seen so many remakes of other movies as well. So I would expect to see more and more video games coming out or video games being adapted into film and TV in the future, especially when you consider some of the success that many have had as of late as well. As for whether we'll actually see these two being turned into movies is a different question though. Again, as Alex put in the news piece there, Yakuza and Persona, they're not as well known as Sonic the Hedgehog. So if Sega was going to look at turning them into movies, you know, it might not be necessarily a movie heading to the global box office like Sonic did. Maybe, you know, sort of like an anime series or something heading to Crunchyroll or something. I don't know. Something a little bit different if I had to guess because I'm not too sure that Yakuza and Persona quite have the same sort of draw and name attachment to it that Sonic in Super Mario Brothers movie Five Nights at Freddy's does. But as again, as we know more about this, be sure to keep your posts and updated. Otherwise, this is all the time we have in today's episode of GRTV News. We'll be back now on Monday for the next one. So until then, I hope you enjoy the rest of your Friday. Enjoy your weekend and yeah, we'll see you all on the next one. Take care, everyone."

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