Every Sega fan has at some point foolishly hoped for a sequel to a forgotten franchise from the publisher, whether it be Shenmue III, Phantasy Star V or something with Jet Set Radio in the title. What about Hideki Kamiya?
The creator of Bayonetta, Devil May Cry, Viewtiful Joe and more has officially asked, nicely, that Sega get around to bringing After Burner Climax to home consoles. He's not rich enough to afford an arcade cabinet, he says. Nor am I, and it would be kindly appreciated. The 2006 arcade game from Sega AM2 seems like an unlikely candidate at this point, but stranger things have happened.
As for Kamiya, who says he has no idea what his post-Bayonetta project will be—"I'm an empty shell," he admits—but doesn't seem willing to tackle the After Burner Climax port on PlatinumGames' time. Guess he's used up all his "climax action" energy on his own game.
(Note: This is the same episode of "Hideki Answers" that mentioned Kamiya's choice for a live action Bayonetta, but it's After Burner. It's worth mentioning!)
Hideki Answers Vol. 2 Part 2! [PlatinumGames Blog]