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Sonic The Hedgehog: Bad Guys #2

Sonic The Hedgehog: Bad Guys #2

Wed Nov 4, 2020 10 d

From Sonic veterans Ian Flynn and Jack Lawrence comes “Smash & Grab,” an exciting story jam-packed with bad guys and badniks!

Some of Sonic’s worst enemies are back and badder than ever! Dr. Starline, Dr. Eggman’s former-right hand, has brought together Mimic, Rough, Tumble, and Zavok and promised them even more incredible power… if they can stop fighting each other and start fighting badniks to get to it!

Sonic The Hedgehog #34

Sonic The Hedgehog #34

Wed Nov 11, 2020 17 d

It’s off to the races with Cream, Cheese, Amy, and Rouge! They have to keep up their winning streak or surrender Cheese to Clutch’s evil…clutches! Meanwhile, Sonic and Tails are being watched by a mysterious figure in Eggman’s seemingly abandoned base and Shadow investigates a mystery!

Sonic The Hedgehog: Bad Guys #3

Sonic The Hedgehog: Bad Guys #3

Wed Nov 25, 2020 Tentative

Who can you trust in a group of bad guys? Zavok and Mimic find out the hard way in “Trust Issues,” and are… less than happy. Meanwhile, Starline is struggling to maintain control of the rowdy group of villains.

Sonic The Hedgehog #35

Sonic The Hedgehog #35

Wed Nov 25, 2020 Tentative

Please keep your arms and legs inside the ride at all times, this is going to be a bumpy one! Rogue calls on Sonic and Tails for backup after the appearance of a hooded villain at White Park. The recently-revealed shadowy figure from Eggman’s base tags along, but can they really be trusted? All will be revealed in “Chao Races and Badnik Bases,” part three!

Sonic The Hedgehog: Bad Guys #4

Sonic The Hedgehog: Bad Guys #4

Wed Dec 23, 2020 Tentative

Dr. Eggman vs. the Bad Guys! Astonishingly, Dr. Starline’s managed to hold together his motley crew of criminals long enough to almost achieve his goal and see his plan to fruition. Unfortunately, when Dr. Eggman gets wind of their activities, he sets his sights on them. Will the Bad Guys stay together to scramble Eggman or will they crack? Find out in “No Honor Among Thieves,” the thrilling conclusion to Sonic the Hedgehog: Bad Guys!

Sonic The Hedgehog #36

Sonic The Hedgehog #36

Wed Dec 23, 2020 Tentative

Strap on your snowshoes, an avalanche is headed straight for White Park Chateau! Sonic and gang are going to have to act quickly if they want to save the White Park guests and stop the hooded figure from getting away with Tails! Join Evan Stanley for the action-packed conclusion of “Chao Races and Badnik Bases”

Sonic The Hedgehog 2

Sonic The Hedgehog 2

Fri Apr 8, 2022 530 d

Sequel to the 2020 movie.

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    • Has Sega Finally Learned Its Lesson?

      “A delayed game is eventually good, but a rushed game is forever bad.” – Shigeru Miyamoto

       

      “A delayed game is eventually good, but a rushed game is forever bad.” These words from Shigeru Miyamoto perfectly summarizes what Sega has failed to follow since the beginning of the Sonic franchise. Time and time again, Sega has rushed the development of Sonic games and created games like Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) and Sonic Forces (more on that one later). 

      In the first Sonic game, the Final Zone was meant to be an Act 3 of the Scrap Brain Zone instead of Labyrinth Zone: The Sequel. 

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      Sonic 2 is a perfect example of wasted potential. The game was planned to have time travel (probably where Sonic CD came from) and a few new zones like the Wood Zone, Hidden Palace Zone (which was actually gonna be a place where you go to after collecting the Chaos Emeralds), and a desert-themed zone. 

      So where am I going with this? Well, in the first episode of season four for the Sonic Official, Aaron Webber, a social media coordinator at Sega of America, said that “Back in the day, it used to be like every year there was a new Sonic game. And as a result of that, there were a number of times when kind of because of that rushed production schedule the quality of the games wouldn’t quite be where they needed to be. And so, a couple of years ago we actually said, ‘Hey, that’s gonna change going forward. We’re gonna put probably more time into things as we go forward.’” 

      This leads to the Eggman in the room, Sonic Forces. Many would argue that the game took four years to make the game and yet it still ended up mediocre. Here’s the thing, the game was indeed rushed. Most of the development was spent on working on the new Hedgehog engine. In reality, Forces only took one year to develop. 

      But how do we know for sure that Sega is honest about this? After all, they admitted back in 2015 that they betrayed their fans and wanted to bring back their trust and look what ended up with that. Well, it’s already been two full years since the release of Forces. I don’t know if Sonic Team is working on something along with this next Sonic game but it’s definitely not another engine. 

      To conclude, has Sega finally learned its lesson? We don’t know for sure, but, unless the Sonic Team has not been working on the next main entry to the franchise since the release of Forces, it is starting to seem like that. Only time will tell.