Sega eager to follow up Sonic 2 success with Persona live-action movies

Sam Comrie
An image of Persona 5 Strikers and Sonic The Hedgehod 2 by Sega
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Sega is looking to adapt Persona 5 and more Atlus titles into live-action projects following the success of Sonic The Hedgehog 2.

Movies based on video games are a difficult concept. Translating the interactive experience of a game is no easy feat, but this seems to be changing, as Sonic The Hedgehog 2 smashes all expectations at the box office.

Following its runaway success with audiences, Sega is said to be expanding its future TV and movie output.

An image of tails in sonic the hedgehog 2
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Sonic The Hedgehog 2 introduced fan favourite character Tails into live-action.

Persona 5 and more Atlus live-action projects in the works

Due to the continued success of the Sonic live-action franchise, Sega has revealed to IGN that they’re planning to increase their multimedia output by diving into the catalog of games from developers Atlus.

Sega’s lead producer Toru Nakahara said that: “Atlus’ worlds are filled with high drama, cutting-edge style, and compelling characters.”

“Stories like those from the Persona franchise really resonate with our fans and we see an opportunity to expand the lore like no one has seen or played before” continued Nakahara.

An image of Persona 5 Royal
Sega, Atlus
The Persona franchise continues to impress fans.

Nakahara didn’t specify which game from Atlus’ library would be the first to get the live-action treatment. Nevertheless, the concept of a Persona or Shin Megami Tensei limited series, for example, could be exceptional in the right hands.

Speculatively, it is possible that Sega would partner up with Paramount Pictures again to utilize their brand new streaming service, Paramount+.

The veteran film studio saw Sonic The Hedgehog 2 break multiple records upon release, such as becoming the fifth highest-grossing video game movie of all time.

Sega isn’t the only developer looking to enter the multimedia arena either. Sony is preparing to shoot its live-action Horizon series for Netflix in the near future.

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