Has Sega Finally Learned Its Lesson?

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Sonic The Hedgehog #37

Sonic The Hedgehog #37

Wed Feb 24, 2021 Out Now!

There’s a new kid on the block! And a new… tower? While Tangle tries to initiate Belle into the Restoration, Sonic, Amy, and Tails investigate a mysterious looking tower that has popped up. Everyone is pushed to their limits in “Test Run”!

Sonic The Hedgehog #38

Sonic The Hedgehog #38

Wed Mar 24, 2021 Tentative

Houston, there appears to be two hedgehogs and a fox floating through space…

Sonic, Amy, and Tails are stuck in a mysterious new Eggman base. Each room holds a challenging surprise and the hallways don’t make any sense! Can they find out how to escape unharmed? Meanwhile, Tangle and Belle sneak in to find the bots running the show and stumble into some trouble!

Sonic The Hedgehog #39

Sonic The Hedgehog #39

Wed Apr 14, 2021 Tentative

Report: Test subjects S, A, and T are responding very well to experiments. Proceeding to phase three.

Sonic, Amy, and Tails are still stuck in Eggman’s evil tower and being subjected to his increasingly crazy tests. It doesn’t help that Tangle and Belle have unknowingly begun controlling the tower and are making it impossible for their friends to escape! Everyone’s limits are pushed as they try to make it out in time in “Test Run,” part three!

Sonic The Hedgehog #40

Sonic The Hedgehog #40

Wed May 26, 2021 Tentative

Tangle to the rescue! The brave lemur has jumped into the battle to save Sonic, Amy, and Tails from falling victim to Dr. Eggman’s latest experiment. Belle has a different kind of battle when she comes face-to-face with an old friend. Will the gang be able to escape unharmed? Find out in Evan Stanley’s epic conclusion to “Test Run”!

Sonic The Hedgehog #41

Sonic The Hedgehog #41

Wed Jun 16, 2021 Tentative

The Deadly Six are still on the loose and attacking towns. Jewel the Beetle recruits Sonic’s friends the Chaotix to find and stop the Zeti, but Zavok of the Deadly Six is looking for his minions, too—he’s angrier than ever and wants to reunite. The Chaotix will have to act quickly to outsmart the Deadly Six!

Sonic The Hedgehog 2

Sonic The Hedgehog 2

Fri Apr 8, 2022 399 d

Sequel to the 2020 movie. Title to be announced.

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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.