Nobody really likes Sonic anymore, and that fact has finally dawned on the collective noggin of SEGA. However, in recent months they have been talking about turning over a new leaf and righting the (many) wrongs that have plagued the series for years now.
SEGA Europe Marketing Director Jon Rooke recently made a statement about what the new Sonic game will be like, which you can read below:
“Sega has publicly apologized to the fans as the quality of console games in the Sonic franchise hasn’t been acceptable over recent years. It’s been tough translating that iconic side scrolling 2D experience from the 90s into 3D but Sonic is still huge for us so the new games will be more inspired by how it played in its heyday.”
This is exactly what fans want to hear and hopefully they’ll be able to follow through with their plans. As long as we don’t get another game like Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric they’re on the right track.
When Sonic the Hedgehog is in the headlines it is usually because of some crappy new game that has come out (unless it has to do with his twitter account, because that’s always awesome), but this one is a bit of a nostalgia trip. An old Sonic game has been discovered in a Spanish mall and pretty soon everyone will be able to play it.
The game is called Waku Waku Sonic Patrol Car and was released in 1991 in Japanese arcades for children. The point of the game is to steer a police car through traffic while obeying road laws and trying to take down the evil Eggman.
It’s set to be coming to MAME emulation, with the game’s data being dumped online for everyone to access. So, once MAME’s next update hits everyone will be able to give Waku Waku Sonic Patrol Car a spin. Check out some gameplay below.
It’s no secret that SEGA’s reputation has gone down the tube and began that descent over a decade ago. Things were all fine and dandy in the 90’s and even partially into the 2000’s, but at a certain point things went wrong and their games suffered greatly.
Now, in a new interview with Famitsu (translated by Siliconera), SEGA boss Hajime Satomi has gone on record saying that the company has betrayed its fans. However, the good news is that when they acquired developer Atlus in 2013 they learned a lot about how they could turn things around:
“If we can make a title with proper quality, I believe there’s a good chance for it to do well even in the West for players that like to play Japanese games.”
He goes on to discuss the period of time when SEGA games were not up to standard:
“Sega in the 1990s was known for its brand, but after that, we’ve lost trust, and we were left with nothing but reputation. For this reason, we’d like to win back the customers’ trust, and become a brand once again.”
If he can back up what he’s saying here then I would be over the moon. SEGA is a company that still has a warm place in us gamers’ hearts dating back to the 90’s and it’s a shame that they’ve fallen so low lately. However, if they get back into the routine of releasing some consistently good games I think they’ll find that fans will be back to sing their praises in no time.
Oh, and give us an actual friggin’ Sonic game and not one with Boom or Runners in the title, will ya?
A working build of Sonic X-Treme not only exists, but is being made available to the public.
Sonic X-Treme went through development hell before it was finally cancelled by SEGA before it could release for the Saturn back in the ’90s. However, thanks to a working build of the game being leaked it will now be made available for the public to play.
Via a video that you can check out below we’re able to see a build of the game that is much further along in development than anyone probably would have imagined. It’s certainly rough around the edges, but for a Saturn game what was going on there is very impressive.
As for when the download for this build will be made available, we’ll just have to keep an eye on this thread for the news.