It's no secret that the Sonic Boom spin-off games haven't been very well received. While the accompanying cartoon series has been quite successful, Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric was an absolute mess of a game, and Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal was only average at best. With the advent of Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice later this year, many have been wondering if and when Sonic would be starring in an adventure that wasn't attached to the Sonic Boom sub-brand. Fortunately, Sonic Team has now confirmed this to be the case, though details are still scarce.
Famitsu recently caught up with Takashi Iizuka to talk about the Sonic series and its 25th anniversary, and the last question asked was pertaining to the future of the blue blur. Among other things, Iizuka confirmed that Sonic Team is currently developing a "completely new game". No other information is available at the time, though perhaps there will be an announcement at the upcoming anniversary party for the 'hog on July 22nd. Here's the translated text from the interview:
We at Sonic Team – are developing a completely new game, as well as developing a full movie, actively done by Sony Pictures, and animation on Sonic Boom. We are also ready to improve sponsor ties. The most important thing is not the fact the series survived for 25 years, but how many games was developed. Our goal – add something new and overcome any potential hardships.
What do you think? Will Sonic Team finally get it right with this game? Will you be picking up Fire & Ice? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
With thanks to Soah City for the translation work.
I know this is SEGA and its Sonic's 25th anniversary, but how about making a game that isn't Sonic? People have been wanting something like a new Jet Set Radio for years.
this is news they practically admitted this how many times now?
YES!!! Super excited for July 22nd!
And happy early birthday, Sonic!
I'll be getting Fire & Ice, and I'm hoping both that game, and the new game, will be great! Also looking forward to hearing more news about the movie.
I'm kind of hopeful, but I'll guess we'll just have to wait and see. I remember the movie being planned to be a hybrid between 3D animation and real life humans, so as long as the game doesn't go full-on Sonic '06 I'll be willing to give it the benefit of the doubt.
On the other hand, after the huge downfall we've had with Lost World and especially the Boom games, I guess we can only wait and see. Remember, Sonic '06 was made to celebrate the 15th anniversary, so an anniversary title (if this turns out to be that) doesn't necessarily have to be good like Generations was.
But is it coming to Nintendo?
@kenrulei Yeah, it has been pretty obvious for a while now...on an unrelated note, please be good, please be good, please be good...
I hope its sonic adventure 3 for ps4. The speed will be intense with the high quality graphics.
@RealPoketendoNL how was lost world? Is worth the $30 they are asking for it?
@RealPoketendoNL Let's just look at the positive: no matter what happens, we'll always have the Sonic Twitter account!...Right? RIGHT!?
In all seriousness, I kinda want this to be a PS4 game. I'd be curious to see what a Sonic game looks like at that level of detail.
God the enthusiasm. I'm optimistic as not every game in recent times has been naf. Need I remind you 2006 isn't recent?
Or maybe it is for the purpose of stabbing a dead horse with a rusty pike you just pulled from your rectum.
I'm off to get drunk. Stuff it.
@Uncensored I'll be honest, I haven't played it. I just got it with the Humble Bundle though, so I will soon. However, judging from what I've seen on the internet, it's average at best.
I wouldn't pay the full price, but hey, you can get it with the Humble Bundle now (along with a ton of other Sonic games) for a third of the price!
@NintendoFan64 Yes we will NintendoFan 64. Yes we will.
I can see a Sonic RPG doing okay. I'd quite like that, actually.
@RealPoketendoNL Stuff like this is what keeps me going.
I actually enjoyed Sonic 06 when I got it in my PS3. One of the few games I bothered buying dlc for early in the last gen.
I don't get why they have never just done a sonic in 3D with Mario style levels and controls. Even back in the mega drive days I never thought 'it's sonic, so it has to be super fast' the speed thing has limited how good the games can be. I liked the big levels that could be explored.
GASP What a surprise!
Can't wait to check it out. I liked both Boom games better then
Lost World, and Fire and Ice looks cool. Here's hoping they nail it this time.
@MGray that already exists it's called Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood it came out in 2008 for the DS it has a 74% on Metacritic and a 6.5/10 on IGN
@Notoriousdrp Yeah that's one of the reasons why I reckon Sonic hasn't worked very well in 3D. Trying to platform at high speeds just doesn't work. Its also what I like about Rise of Lyric. In the exploration areas they slowed down the character's and the platforming felt much better for it.
Why do you guys make it like Sonic Lost world is a bad game? It's literally the 3rd best recent sonic games just after Colours and Generation
I want a sequel to Dark Brotherhood, it's been eight years so come on we need the ending to it!
I have to wonder if Sega is making more money on actual Sonic games or the TV show.
sega's rhythm games are great, the sonic's track record is sooo shaky. l think it should be good this time, it's been a while since.
i wanna ask, do people want innovation with sonic? seems like they screw up when they try something new.
Project Rub/Rub Rabbits 3?
At least that was a series (albeit a very short-lived one) that was of a consistent quality.
Wow, the new Sonic game could be next generation. Hopefully and I mean HOPEFULLY this game is on the Wii U! I don't have a PS4 or Xbox One. The needs to be for the Xbox One, PS4, Wii U, and PC. I don't think I'll be appropriate for this game to be on the 3DS or PS Vita.
@RealPoketendoNL that was savage
I hope they will produce a game that will be more then mediocre. I've always leaned more towards Nintendo games but I have found the genesis era sonic games to be entertaining.
My only hope is that the get rid of the absolutely stupid homing attack that has plagued and ruined the gameplay in several past Sonic games.
Musics hopefully are in style of Sonic 2 especially.
Probably not Wii U as Sony and Microsoft haven't had a sonic game even though we're nearly 3 years into the current gen! They'll be itching for one! They'll want to make it with their hardware so the Wii U may be left behind. NX could happen though!
I'm surprised they didn't tease an announcement for a date of the announcement of this tease.
Oh well: it's better than nothing...
Sonic game based on the Archie series or heroes 2!
@JarusPokemon Sega needs to put the hedgehog on the backburner for sure, at least until they actually come up with a good idea instead of shoving every tired idea said during a meeting into every new game and hoping it sticks.
Sega doesn't ever seem to remember the vast catalog of IP they own which is what really busts me up about seeing new Sonic announcements, especially since about 80% of the time the game is mediocre or absolute trash. A new Jet Set Radio, Streets of Rage, Golden Axe, heck, how about a full compilation of new iterations of some of their admittedly smaller arcade classics like Daytona USA, Chu Chu Rocket, Crazy Taxi or Rez.
Heck, what about ToeJam and Earl?
I'd love to see a harking back to Sonic SatAM. What they do has to be better than the comics today.
Also, I'm a little worried that they themselves are saying they've "survived" for 25 years. I mean, that's something we the fans say, isn't it? XD
K. I doubt It'll be that great, tho.
That's a good question at the end of the article. Can Sonic Team finally get it right with this game? I want to be wrong, but probably not.
Do people still get excited over Sonic games anymore? At this point, I just sigh and wait for the final results. If they surprise me with a quality game (Generations), then I can get down with it and make a purchase. If they disappoint me (too many to name), I just think oh well, maybe next time and continue on about my day. Why is it so hard for Sega to make consistent quality Sonic games? And whatever happen to those episode download only games that ended after the first release? Looked like a fun throwback to 16 bit Sonic. Wasn't it well received?
Do whatever you want Sonic Team. Just make it GOOD.
Why this is important:
1. This is the first time that Sega has confirmed that there is in fact a game being made.
2. There's good chance that this game will be a release game for the NX, so we might learn more about the NX through this game. (For example, if it's fully revealed at the event on July 22nd, and NX is one of the systems that gets it, then one could say that the NX would be revealed at least in part on or before that day.)
@JarusPokemon They have. Yakuza, Miku, Xenomorphs, arcade games.
@outsider83 it got an EP2 years ago
@Uncensored it's a good game. though it has potential to be better
How about officially releasing phantasy star online 2? Even though I don't care about it anymore at this point I'm still a little salty. Also give me my chao garden dang it.
And I'm just waiting for a new NiGHTS game...
@JarusPokemon Or even better, an HD release of JSRF.
@Uncensored Nope, $15-20 is more like it.
Please legitimately release the anniversary title on a Nintendo console this time Sega, and not a lazy afterthought. (Generations 3DS)
I haven't fully enjoyed a Sonic game since Colors, (Generations 3DS was meh, Lost World was very meh) but I'm hoping for the best. I've been a longtime fan, and always want to see the blue hedgehog succeed.
Anyone else concerned that this guy thinks the most important thing is the number of games put out in 25 years? Cos yeah "quantity not quality" is a good thing...
And hooray for "improving sponsor ties". That's where the focus should be.
@AshFoxX in fairness Sonic Team has been resting the hog for a couple of years, the Sonic Boom games were developed by other guys. It's possible they've spent the last 2-3 years working up high quality new ideas, whilst the Boom games were damaging the brand reputation further, but we will see. Regardless, the idea of SEGA focusing on their non-hog brands for a bit instead is appealing.
So that means a new Skies of Arcadia or Jet Set Radio?
To be honest, they don't really need to try hard and do something fresh and new - a worthy Sonic Generations (which truly was a pleasant game) sequel would be more than enough for me.
"add something new (...) completely new game" - I can't help, but think about Sonic 2006 in that case, which was also marketed as "revival of Sonic" and "completely new game". Still remember the early previews and screenshots in the game magazines. I was quite hyped back then, to be honest. And we all know how that ended.
I think this game will end up being good as well as not being on a Nintendo system just like Generations missing the Wii U.
@Pahvi actually it wasn't. you look through interviews and they say that they did not base it off of Mario Galaxy. and yes Sonic does run fast in the game. as fast as his Dreamcast counterpart.
@MitchVogel Probably like the cutscenes in Sonic '06, but not pre-rendered.
@Pahvi Sonic has done anti-gravity long before Mario has. look at the stage from Sonic Adventure 2 called Crazy Gadget and any other level featured on The Ark.
Oh, good!! Now, just reveal it SEGA!
Because we have already know that Sonic Team is obviously working on a new game!
Because were you @ E3? I didn't hear anything impacting! While you could have given us some hope for such beloved character anniversary!!!
C'mon, SEGA, you can do better when elevating some expectations on the hype side of life!
@filterclay it's going to be a live stream of the announcement later today at Summer of Sonic
I'm no Sonic fan but this 25th anniversary seems like a tumbleweed chase so far. ^_^; ideally, they should have given details about the new game earlier on so it can catch people attention over the year. Still nothing so far.
@SamirMalik Thanks for the tip!!!
I still feel disappointed about not even a tease last week. Anyway, wishes the best for the team and its new game!!
Gimme a game as good as Generations and Colors and then you'll have my attention.
How do they dare to say that the important thing is how many Sonic games they have developed?
Show me a game as good as Colors or Generations and you'll have a Steam Sale sale. Show me a game as good as the Genesis games and you'll have a day-one sale.
@Kolzig This. Removing the homing attack would indicate that they might make an attempt at actual good controls.
@SpykeKat Hey, it's gotta be one crazy-fast tumbleweed.
How many Sonic games have there been in 25 years??? It kinda makes my head spin. Especially that the series has continued so long past its prime.
Mario has had a ton of games too but his staying power makes more sense due to the quality of the games.
@JarusPokemon I've been waiting forever for streets of Rage 4 and I'd take a skies of Arcadia 2 as well
@amishpyrate I don't get how its difficult to port Skies of Arcadia on 3DS really...seeing as how the game is based on Dreamcast Graphics which the 3DS can easily emulate...if not atleast for the new 3DS.
So Sega and Sonic Team are working on a new Sonic game... In other news, it has been discovered the sky is blue.
Seriously though, I loved Colors, Generations and Lost World, so I can't wait for this new game.
I was surprised by how good Lost World was, however, I have no interest in Sonic Boom. Whether or not I get excited for this one will depend on whether it is a serious game in its own right or just a tie-in for the movie.
My expectations are already lower than the Bottom of the Well. I've said it before, and I'll say it again... SEGA disappoints their fans much more than Nintendo.
Why does SEGA always have to make a different, modern Sonic game? Sonic the Hedgehog 2 wasn't different, and that game's awesome. Sonic the Hedgehog 3 wasn't different, and that game's awesome too. Sonic & Knuckles, Sonic Rush, Sonic Rush Adventure... good games, not different. Sonic 06, Sonic Boom... bad games, different!
Nobody saw this coming. Surprise of the century.
@Snow-Dust because it was. Sonic Lost World is basically an alpha build sold as a release game. This game is the first and only one that made me feel tricked and robbed, it's just not finished on any level whatsoever, a complete disaster.
Worse than nothing.
@Simbabbad I beg the differ. I feel that Lost World has a high learning curve and once you know how to work out the parkour mechanics, you can then truly be able to enjoy the game.
Most complaints I really ever see about Lost World is
1. Forced in colours and that's true
2. Difficulty spike but that is never a problem for me as I yearn for hard platformers
3. The parkour mechanics that somehow then gets deduced to bad level design because one does not know how to use it
@Blue_Blur wow.... I wish I had the same kind of optimism and hope for a Sonic game as you do. At this point, Sonic's reputation is too tarnished in my eyes to ever give it another chance. Never again.
Who cares about Sonic? Give us Virtua Fighter 6 already!
Oh, Sonic Team is handling it? Not Dimps? Ah... ok. Thanks. Going back to sleep now.
I think the keys to good sonic games in the future are: A. Use the ideas that have worked in the past and make them better and B. Include some gameplay variety within the high-speed/platforming framework. Have lots of levels that work like the 3D generations levels and 2D Generations levels. Work in some DKC minecart-style levels, but based around some more sonic-y theme (maybe riding a metal scrap City escape style). You could do it in both 2D gameplay (think DKC) and 3D (think snowboarding down a mountain with an avalanche behind you avoiding trees and enemy attacks and the like). Going with that idea, have levels that creatively autoscroll such that if you fail to avoid obstacles and keep blazing forward you'll die. There are so many ways to make speed fun in video games, I feel like Sonic has only scratched the surface
@SteamedSquid Since when have main sonic games had bad controls? The homing attack is suppose to keep the pace up in ways that 3D can
@Simbabbad Unfinished? How? It was stable. it had structure in it's progression and even after game content.
I just want another Sonic & Sega All-Star Racing Transformed sequel.
@SamirMalik Main Sonic games had bad controls since Adventure, or maybe Adventure 2. (Giving Adventure 1 benefit of the doubt since I remember that even less than I do Adventure 2.). The homing attack meant to keep pace in 3D? Maybe it just needs better play control to reduce/eliminate the need to automate the basic task of crashing into and/or bouncing off of something. If keeping pace is the issue, maybe Sonic shouldn't be bothering to fight those slo-mos anyway.
@Nintendriat Thanks for the info, man. If they scored 74 on metacritic, why dont they make a sequel? I mean, it's not like they swimming in good ideas..
A sequel will never come to fruition due to the fact that Sonic Chronicles was made by BioWare and EA Owns Bioware now
@Nintendriat Ok then lol
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