Okay has everyone calmed down after that surprise? No... take a few more deep breaths...
Now that I've had a bit of time to think about custom characters in Sonic it makes sense, for years SEGA has watched as fans create their own custom characters based on the franchise no matter how stupid or overpowered or convoluted they turn out, I am including my own idiotic creations in this (I was young).
So now SEGA have decided to capitalise on this by saying okay you like making fan characters? Here's a game that you can actually have your charecter play alongside Sonic. It's pretty much as close as people are going to get to being in the game with Sonic... and let's be fair there will be some that prefer that to real life. Now all SEGA has to deal with is complaints of why certain species 'x' hasn't been included, I do not envy them, they included hedgehogs but no foxes? THIS IS A TRAVISTY!... and so on.
On the flipside, gameplay trailer looks pretty fun combining the best of what we have seen out of the last few games and what sounds like a kick ass soundtrack, I'm looking forward to seeing more.
Just a quick reminder to everyone Summer of Sonic is this Saturday, for those of you that have tickets make sure you log into the Summer of Sonic hub to download them, to those that do not have a ticket I'm sorry but all tickets have gone.
I look forward to seeing you all there... just look for the lanky bearded dude who looks like he's about to fall over dead... long story involving con flu and heat stroke you can ask if you find me.
So yeah, that was a thing... the party itself seemed... like a thing. Let's leave it at that and move onto the interesting stuff, the game announcements.
Yes that's right I used the plural, we ended up with two game announcements.
Early on we got the announcement of Sonic Mania a new 2D sprite based Sonic game mixing up old and new levels in some sort of manic montage of nostalgia and newness. Check out the trailer below it looks good and will launch early 2017 so we don't have long to wait. Coming to PS4, PC and Xbone.
I'll admit this threw me, I was not expecting another 2D game, and it's plugging straight into the nostalgia part of my brain so yeah I am happy.
Much later on we had what I was expecting, a big game announcement from Sonic team, Sonic Project 2017 which looks to be a continuation along similar lines of Sonic Generations in terms of graphics but not Sonic Generations 2 as I repeat from my earlier post, it's not been long enough for them to justify another Sonic Generations game. Saying that it's hard to speculate at the moment as so far we have only had a teaser trailer showing off modern and classic Sonic. Which don't get me wrong looks good, but until I see more I'm on the fence, it could be the next Generations, or it could be the next 06, but one things for sure it's not Sonic Adventure 3!
More wild speculation coming soon.
As any self-respecting Sonic fan should know tomorrow Sonic is having a party in San Diego; now I would love to be going to this but my office for budgetary responsibility tells me I'm only allowed one trip to the states a year and I used that a few weeks ago, so instead I will stay home and play a bit of rumour control.
It has been announced that the future of Sonic the hedgehog will be unveiled at this event, so what does this mean? Let the speculation begin!
Well it's got be a new game, right?
That's pretty much a certainty we have been getting hints of a new game for a while now and with E3 behind us this seems like an ideal point to launch it, let's not forget there has been a noticeable gap between the last major Sonic game and now.
So are we finally getting Sonic Adventure 3?
Ugh, are we STILL on about this? Sonic Adventure 3 was Sonic Heroes! Why? It was the first major game after SA2, it follows on chronologically from SA2, it takes the multiple playable characters aspect of SA1 and SA2 and puts a new spin on it, and has multiple stories woven into a larger story arc (see also SA1 and SA2), need I go on? Oh and for those that argue that Shadow the Hedgehog or Sonic 06 is technically SA3 I'd argue that neither of those have as much in common with SA1 and SA2 as Sonic Heroes did. Now can we finally take off our rose tinted glasses, put the nail in the coffin, and move on with our lives?
Sonic the Hedgehog 5?
I really hope not, for a start it wouldn't constitute a major Sonic game in my book certainly when you look at what a major big budget game is nowadays, I also think people overestimate how well Sonic 4 actually did in the end, for an episodic game with only two parts, it barely qualifies as 'episodic.'
Big's Fishing Adventure?
Sonic Generations 2?
Not really been enough time since the last one, and do you really want a game comerating Sonic Boom?
I certainly hope so, it's time for SEGA to take a bold step forwards with a fresh take on Sonic developed internally with love and care, which we have seen multiple times now from Sonic team, so if anyone can pull a rabbit out of the hat it's them.
Okay now for a few quick dart board predictions:
- New game will feature Sonic
- Game will be for PS4/Xbone/next nintendo system or any combination of the three
- There will be a slight re-design of Sonic
- Tails will be along for the ride, who knows we might get Eggman as well
- Game will distance itself from Sonic Boom
- New game will hint at a series of games to come
That's about all I can think of right now, leave comments below with your thoughts, and remember my thoughts and predictions are just that any relation to what is actually announced is purely coincidental.
For the lucky lot who are not going to the event there is a Livestream, starting 6pm PST 22nd July, or 2am BST 23rd July. Watch it here!
It's back, properly this time in that I am finishing this storyline I started god knows how long ago and it will be good and you will all like it and everyone will be happy frolicking in the fields with all the wild animals...
I think I got a little of track, have today's comic!
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