SEGA's stable of IP remains ripe for further exploration, which the company is interested in pursuing. Following Sonic the Hedgehog's mammoth success on the big screen, it should be no surprise that the Like a Dragon/Yakuza and Persona series would be next in line for adaptations.
Speaking to CNBC, Chief Operating Officer Shuji Utsumi said that SEGA wants to build out those franchises specifically as the company's other two central IP pillars, and said: "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."
Utsumi explains what comes next and teases some returns from the back catalogue: "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."