Sega Denies, Back in December, Taxi Chaos was announced for a wide range of systems, including Switch. Clearly inspired by the legendary Crazy Taxi from Sega, the game includes picking up passengers and dropping them in various locations around a sprawling city, with the goal of doing so as quickly as possible so that you get the most points.
The game’s strange similarity to Crazy Taxi – a franchise that has been idle on consoles for years – did not go unnoticed, but the original PR of the game released in December of last year reported that Sega was involved – the company was listed as distributing the game in Asian markets.
The US retail version will be published and distributed by GS2 Games, the European retail version of Mindscape, Sega Denies, and the other Japanese and Asian version will be published by Epicsoft and distributed by SEGA®.
However, Sega has contacted us (on the day of the launch of Taxi Chaos, no less), and the company is keen to confirm that it is in no way involved in the issuance or distribution of Taxi Chaos in any market:
A game similar to SEGA’s Crazy Taxi is currently being promoted by a third-party company. As stated inaccurately in some news, this title, its publisher, and its developer have no official or unofficial support from SEGA CORPORATION and its international divisions. We are currently investigating this situation. SEGA places great value on our heritage and will ceaselessly protect our intellectual property. We also continually evaluate all opportunities to reshape / re-imagine our worlds and present them to the public as innovative and high-quality experiences.
Interestingly, this statement appears to indicate that Sega is looking at ways to bring Crazy Taxi back to the market. The last title to show the name was Crazy Taxi Tycoon on smartphones, which arrived in 2017.