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Archie Writer Reveals Sonic Colours Comic, Hints at New Characters

Posted by James Newton

Hints as subtle as a Dr Robotnik creation

Sonic the Hedgehog stars in the world's longest-running video game comic (it's true), so it shouldn't be a surprise that the Archie Comics team is already beavering away on a set of new stories to complement the upcoming Sonic Colours for Wii and DS.

Comic writer Ian Flynn spoke to First Comics News about the upcoming adaptation, which will begin in issue #219 as a secondary story taking place in another universe to avoid any gaping continuity holes between the comic's regular universe and that of the game. One question in particular might make the hairs on many Sonic fans' necks stand on end, though:

1st: Will there be new characters added in Sonic Colors?
Ian: It wouldn’t be a new Sonic game without new characters, now would it? But that’s all I can say.

The Wisp characters are already well-known and were discussed earlier in the interview, so it's unlikely Flynn would refer to them so cryptically. We'll have to wait to discover if there are new characters lying in wait as Sonic Colours speeds towards its release in November.


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Archy said:

lol my name is in a game ... well not really ... but still, you pronounce it the same way!



MetalMario said:

"Hints at new characters"

Not buying it if there are. Sega. Mistakes. Learn from them.



sonic_brawler95 said:

I thought this breaks the sonic cycle by not introducing new characters. Hopefully he's talking about the wisps. I'll buy this game new characters or not, though.



Xkhaoz said:

Nonononononononnononononono GOD HELP ME NO!!!!!! No more new characters PLEASE.



TheBaconator said:

Who cares about the characters if the game turns out good. Heck, if you replaced Mario with Big the Cat and everything was identical gameplay wise the game would still be good. And I am pretty sure Sega announced there will be limited cinematics in the game so everything is good even with a new character.



mastersworddude said:

So what if its a new character? We don't know anything about him/her so why does the character already suck to you guys? Having a new character isn't going to make game suck, I doubt Sega is going to make another Silver the hedgehog.



TwilightV said:

Still buying it because I like what i've seen so far.

Also: Can we limit the amount of posts that are only about the "Sonic Cycle"?



Zeo300 said:

More sega charecters? Not looking forward to it. They have to learn from thier mistasks. /•~•




Nintendogeek46 said:

I love how everyone thought this game was going to be awesome, but the second Sega announces they're adding a new character, everyone thinks it's going to be really bad.



artofmana said:

Personally, I thought Tails and Knuckles were awesome characters. I don't mind new characters so long as the end result is a good game. Remember, Sonic has had some pretty awesome friends.



MasterGraveheart said:

Sega... STOP WITH THE NEW CHARACTERS! The only characters we've learned to care any about are Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, Amy, and Robotnik. The rest can get roboticized and sold for scrap metal cash for all I care. It's been one disaster after another. Why is the Sonic Comic so successful? Because they developed THEIR new characters. Sally, Bunnie, Snively, Rotor, Julie-Su, Antoine, Scourge, and others have become beloved staples in the Sonic legacy while your new characters... SUCK! Sonic needs a reboot...



FonistofCruxis said:

This doesn't mean it will be a bad game, we don't even know who this character is. It could still be a good game.



Punny said:

As long as you can't control this new character and it doesn't ruin gameplay, things will be fine. I still think this game will be okay....



CanisWolfred said:

Archie has tonnes of characters that they never use in the games. We already know those color things will be characters, so that's two ways that this could turn out to be better than expected.



NGpenguin said:

hmmmm i wonder are they gonna be awesome characters or not so good ones? sonic needs a come back it should be like sonic adventure 2 for the gamecube i liked that game



MrPanic said:

Well, if it's a new playable character, it better be a char that you control the same way as Sonic, like Blaze in Sonic Rush.



TheBaconator said:

I think they should make a game starring Vector, Big, and Chip. The only Sonic characters you need and that chicken robot from the animated series should be the main enemy. The sole purpose of the game would be collecting Chilli Dogs to feed Green-eyed Sonic.



jayo said:

I'd also really like to see the Sonic SatAM characters have active supporting roles in a future Sonic game. Better yet, the game should have all them, and the characters from Sonic X as well! I mean, this is crazy these worlds! Break down the wall for crying out loud!



NintyMan said:

I don't see the big deal unless the new characters are too much involved in the plot and are unlikeable. We don't know anything about them yet anyway.



C7_ said:

I read a creator referencing an apparently important series staple, but all I saw was:
"Wouldn't be a Sonic game without shoving too many un-needed characters in to make a secondary gameplay-mechanic/ rediculous plot"

Don't do it.



IanUniacke said:

Gee have a QQ. If Sega "really" continue to make bad sonic games why do they continue to sell in the millions? Obviously Sega is doing something right, and although I think there are ups and downs (Sonic Adventure 2 was just about as perfect as 3d platforming gets) they overall all fantastic games. So what if they add new characters are you afraid that some Playstation fan boy is going to call you childish for playing? Tell them to grow up. At the end of the day ask yourself "am I enjoying this game?" If you are, then who cares about what some lame contingent of so called hard core gamers thinks, or that they spin some silly rhetoric about the "Sonic Cycle" you're still wrong, Sonic games are good.



SilverBaretta said:

@37: True. Sonic games have always been pretty solid games, no matter what, it's just that most people seem to compare them to the Golden Age of Sonic, and are underwhelmed because of it. I for one have enjoyed every Sonic game I've played, and that's something, right?



TheBaconator said:

Personally, I'd much rather see a Sonic Adventure 3 which would have Shadow stay dead and new characters for the dark story counting Eggman becomes good. That would be the only time I'd want to see new characters added to the series. Also the only reason I even said this is because I just started playing Adventure Battle and now I'm getting the error code message again. So now I want a new one. I also hope that Ezio, Sakura, and the announcer from Pokemon do a good job with the vocals.



PSICOffee said:

hey even if it sucks we still have sonic 4 which is pretty much guaranteed to not suck by those who've played it. We just have to wait for the games release on the wii to see if the 3rd act of the sonic cycle is realized or not.



JimLad said:

I wouldn't mind new characters so long as it's not another hedgehog/ultimate lifeform thing with attitude.



Lotice-Paladin said:

Archie Comic fans rejoice! Erm....whilst the rest of us whimper in a corner.

Seriously though, the characters could just be comic bound like Princess Sally...



astarisborn94 said:

"OMG new characters! It's part of the Sonic Cycle! Sonic is ruined again!"

Sonic Unleashed (Wii version) had new characters and it was good. New characters in the Sonic series =/= bad Sonic game.



komicturtle said:

New characters? Why not? As long as they are not 'playable' and if they are- let it be significant. New characters can also refer to BOSSES and what not, so people just need to calm down. It's not the end of the world... y'know. Can't judge a game when not much is known about it, and the mention of NEW characters can go either way.



YoshiSage said:

Whee, more useless, deadbeat characters that don't need to be there.

Chip from Sonic Unleashed doesn't look like he needed to be there at first, but he's actually the counter to the main boss. That's pretty significant. I would have liked Chip better if not for his god-awful voice acting... UGH.

But really, we could get along just fine with Sonic, Dr. Robotnik (including his creations... specifically, Metal Sonic), Knuckles, Shadow, and maybe, MAYBE Tails and Amy.



BlackHawkOmega said:

GUYS! GUYS! Take a breather. He confirmed on his forum that it was the White Wisp from the trailer. Take it easy.

Would it be possible to edit the article to include that... or something.



Gameday said:

the colorful loops remind me of a roller coaster ride.. havent bought a sonic game in a while since i bought the collection on gamecube. but this makes me wanna get involved again. speaking about sonic what happen to sonic 4 ep 1 or whatever ?



MiiMiiMii said:

@41 technically Iizuka makes it clear that he believes WRT Sonic Colours* that 'the team is really confident from the gameplay side'. Note he said gameplay. Not no new characters.

I agree with other posts - if the game rocks we'll accept new characters. We took on Tails and Knuckles because the games they appeared in rocked.

(thanks for the 'u' in the UK version SEGA, nice little touch, most games don't bother!)



NeoShinobi said:

I don't see what everybody's getting so worked up about. There are plenty of characters that only appear in the Archie comics.

I also don't agree with anyone who says that the only good supporting characters are Tails, knuckles and Robotnik. Pretty much all the characters that were introduced in the '90s were good (excluding Big the cat). Its just a shame that most of them were forgotton.

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