It’s not exactly Crazy Taxi, but Taxi Chaos may be close enough
Update: Nintendo Life has reported that SEGA says they are in no way involved in the release of Taxi Chaos. Original story below.
A new Crazy Taxi game is coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch in 2021 — sort of.
Lion Castle and GS2 Games are releasing a spiritual successor to the popular 1999 arcade SEGA title Crazy Taxi in the form of Taxi Chaos and it’ll even be distributed by SEGA in some regions.
According to a press release announcing the game, “Taxi Chaos is a fresh and modern take on classic taxi games where drivers can earn big fares by successfully picking up and dropping off customers at the destination of their choice. Rush around town to pick up the craziest of customers and deliver them on time as fast as you can.”
The game is set to release on consoles on Feb. 23, 2021 in both digital and physical editions. A price for the game was not officially announced, but according to the Best Buy pre-order page, Taxi Chaos will retail for $39.99.
The game will feature a city with New York-inspired locations, several vehicles to drive and unlock, shortcuts to discover and the ability to drift and jump. No details were shared on modes or other gameplay features.
Taxi Chaos is being developed by Team6 Game Studios, which has experience developing driving and racing games as far back as 2002, including FlatOut on the Wii, FlatOut 3, Monster Jam: Crush It and, more recently, Street Outlaws: The List and Super Street: The Game. The company’s website touts that it has developed 84 games.
Taxi Chaos will be distributed by GS2 Games in the U.S. with the European version distributed by Mindscape. Perhaps most interesting though is that the Japanese and Asian versions will be published by Epicsoft and distributed by SEGA.
That means that while SEGA isn’t directly involved with Taxi Chaos, the company seems to have given the game its seal of approval, so to speak.
The Crazy Taxi series began as an arcade game in 1999. It appeared on the SEGA Dreamcast in 2000 before being ported to the PlayStation 2 and GameCube in 2001 and PC in 2002.
In 2010, an HD version of the game with modifications to the soundtrack and locations, due to licensing issues, was released for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. That version can now be played on Xbox One and Xbox Series S and Series X via backward compatibility. It’s also available on PC and mobile devices.
Sequels included Crazy Taxi 2, Crazy Taxi 3: High Roller, Crazy Taxi: Catch a Ride (Gameboy Advance), Crazy Taxi: Fare Wars (PSP) and mobile spin-off titles Crazy Taxi City Rush and Crazy Taxi Tycoon.
Take a look at a trailer above and more images below, courtesy Lion Castle.