Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric on Wii U and Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal were disappointments in multiple ways - the home console entry was panned by critics and the portable iteration seemed to be largely overlooked, and between them these game accompaniments to the series spin-off have delivered disappointing sales results. For Sonic fans it was a rather grim end to 2014.
Both of those Sonic Boom entries were the work of external developers, of course, with the last home console game by Sonic Team being the promising-if-not-quite-brilliant Sonic Lost World; yet fans are naturally concerned when a new title by the main team is announced - Sonic Runners - only to be confirmed as a smartphone game. This only spread fears that, with Sega cutting costs and restructuring, the home console development - which is naturally pricier than smartphone equivalents - of the Sonic franchise could be at risk.
Logically, though, it's always seemed unlikely that Sega would give up on its mascot's home console future, especially when it's still - despite some disappointments - one of its most reliable sellers. Head of Sonic Team, Takashi Iizuka, has now reportedly stated to 4Gamer that there are no plans to drop Sonic from consoles. This is according to a translation published by tssznews.com, which has provided the following translation.
Now this product only [Sonic Runners], select the smart phone as a friendly platform to the users, just say F2P and that was suitable for there. Personally, I don't plan to stop Sonic for home-video game consoles. Don't worry about them! And enjoy!
It's a pretty wonky translation, but largely matches with the efforts of the not-always-reliable Google Translate. We're certainly hopeful that the next effort will be from Sonic Team, which has produced promising efforts including the aforementioned Sonic Lost World, Sonic Generations and Sonic Colours.
Are you still carrying the flame for Sonic the Hedgehog and awaiting his triumphant return, or have you abandoned the blue blur?
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