New Men In Black arcade game by Sega Amusements accidentally leaked on-test

Discussion in 'General Sega Discussion' started by Ted618, Jan 31, 2021.

  1. Ted618

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    With many arcades in America still open, location tests have been going ahead at numerous venues. Including this long overdue one of DENSHA DE GO! by Taito:

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    What's significantly less interesting, but more relevant to here, is this, though:

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    Have to say, Sega's western arcade video game output now just seems to be following in the footsteps of Raw Thrills by mostly bringing out licenced shooters (Transformers Shadows Rising, Mission Impossible Arcade, etc), which is a shame but not all that surprising. HotD Scarlet Dawn still remains the one game that's been brought over from the East in recent years, and even then they didn't have the sense to get a low cost standard cab for smaller venues made until just now (and only for South Korea to boot).

    I do foresee them bringing back another racing franchise from the past in the near future though - there was talk of OutRun 3 being on their radar a while back, and there have also been recent rumours that they'd be commissioning a home port of Daytona Championship USA to recoup their pandemic losses (which is a bit of a pointless endeavour with the game itself leaked and out there anyway, but whatever they think works).
     
  2. JaxTH

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    Jack shit.
    So how exactly is this "leaked"?
     
  3. Ted618

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    Particularly in the west, amusement arcade machine manufacturers often run intentionally unpublicised/secret location tests of games, usually to see how well their machines perform on-site without prior word getting out, and gauge how well normal crowds get on with the difficulty in case any tweaks are required.

    There's been no official recognition of this Men In Black game by Sega Amusements themselves yet, so it's fair to say this was an accidental leak on Taito's part.

    The Densha test cab itself had been running for some time before getting spotted and posted around in arcade circles just recently, and Taito's official Japanese social media channels are now officially promoting it - that's the done thing to do over there, so they likely see no issue with it, although I would imagine the people managing the test over in America aren't very happy (ditto Sega Amusements - MIB's been mentioned on the Arcade Heroes blog now as well).
     
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