Update: Next-Gen Sonic Title Coming in 2015

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Update: Next-Gen Sonic Title Coming in 2015

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At the Nuremberg toy fair in Germany, Sega revealed that a new Sonic title is in the works for Wii U, PS4, and Xbox One.

Update: It looks like Nuremberg got their facts wrong, Sega has officially come out and denied the existence of a next-gen Sonic title for 2015 on the official Sega forums.

"The recent information coming out of Nuremburg Toy Fair was incorrect. Sega has yet to announce details of upcoming console video games for Sonic the Hedgehog, or further details regarding the new Sonic CG TV series."

Source: Sega Forums via Joystiq

Original Story:
A fairly unlikely place to get new game information, but nonetheless, a display at the Nuremberg toy fair in Germany has revealed that a next-generation Sonic title is in the works for Wii U, PS4 and Xbox One, for a 2015 launch date. The display also listed the previously released Sonic: Lost World for the Wii U and 3DS, as well as the upcoming Sonic and Mario at The Winter Olympic Games: Soichi 2014 for the Wii U, as well as a new Sonic TV show: Sonic Boom.

We know that Sega will announce a third, Nintendo exclusive Sonic title some time this year, but now we know that a multi-platform title is also in the works for next year. No further information was revealed about the upcoming title, the display stated that further information was "TBA".

As for Sonic Boom, the new Sonic TV show, it will debut on Cartoon Network this fall, be aimed at boys aged 6-11 years old, consist of 52 11-minute episodes, and will be the first Sonic cartoon presented in CG.

What would you want to see in a next-gen Sonic game? Personally, I'm hoping for the return of werehog Sonic! (just kidding!). We'll have more details about the new game as they become available.

Source: Spindash (German) via Sonic Stadium

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I want to see the game that Shadow the Hedgehog should have been; an ultra-gimdark gorefest that puts Berserk to shame.

Nope, not this time. I've learned to curb my enthusiasm with this franchise.

ScrabbitRabbit:
I want to see the game that Shadow the Hedgehog should have been; an ultra-gimdark gorefest that puts Berserk to shame.

A yes, in that were to be the case I look forward to the scenes where Tails gets violently ripped apart and then devoured, Cream is tortured and thrown into a fire, and Amy Rose is brutally gang-raped by eggbots until tiny bots messily rip out of her pregnant belly, after which they'll further mutilate her corpse ending with it getting impaled onto a pike and paraded around.

...Wait multiplatform? Was the 3 exclusives deal just...Sonic Lost World, the 3DS version and another Olympic title?

I'm not upset about this I mean, I'm hoping for more Sonic on the PC (Modding Generations has boosted the replay-ability of that game 100 fold) but..I was under the impression it wasn't just those three. Oh well. GG.

Chimpzy:
Nope, not this time. I've learned to curb my enthusiasm with this franchise.

ScrabbitRabbit:
I want to see the game that Shadow the Hedgehog should have been; an ultra-gimdark gorefest that puts Berserk to shame.

A yes, in that were to be the case I look forward to the scenes where Tails gets violently ripped apart and then devoured, Cream is tortured and thrown into a fire, and Amy Rose is brutally gang-raped by eggbots until tiny bots messily rip out of her pregnant belly, after which they'll further mutilate her corpse ending with it getting impaled onto a pike and paraded around.

...Wut.

Charli:

Chimpzy:
snip

...Wut.

All of that stuff happens in Berserk, an incredibly brutal and graphic manga.

I guess I'm not so much surprised at the existence of said game....what does surprise me is that it's going to be multi-platform.

Out of idle curiosity, I went looking for the last time there's been a Sonic game that was multi-platform, since I couldn't recall one. Finally found "Sonic Heroes" from 2003, which sold best on the PS2 (a bit under 3 million units) and somewhat poorly on the others.

I guess what I'm saying is, what's the point of going multi-platform with it? Most of 'em don't sell well on multiple platforms, they sell well on one and then the other two get neglected.

Not that it matters to me, I guess. Haven't ever been a big Sonic fan, and I think after the flood of games like "Sonic and the Black Knight", Sonic Unleashed", "Sonic Free Riders", etc....a lot of people's interest in the franchise has died down considerably, too.

CriticKitten:
I guess I'm not so much surprised at the existence of said game....what does surprise me is that it's going to be multi-platform.

Out of idle curiosity, I went looking for the last time there's been a Sonic game that was multi-platform, since I couldn't recall one. Finally found "Sonic Heroes" from 2003, which sold best on the PS2 (a bit under 3 million units) and somewhat poorly on the others.

I guess what I'm saying is, what's the point of going multi-platform with it? Most of 'em don't sell well on multiple platforms, they sell well on one and then the other two get neglected.

Not that it matters to me, I guess. Haven't ever been a big Sonic fan, and I think after the flood of games like "Sonic and the Black Knight", Sonic Unleashed", "Sonic Free Riders", etc....a lot of people's interest in the franchise has died down considerably, too.

There have been a few Multiplatformed Sonic games in recent history. Sonic Unleashed and Sonic Generations for instance. It isn't the first time nor does it seem to be the last time.

ScrabbitRabbit:
I want to see the game that Shadow the Hedgehog should have been; an ultra-gimdark gorefest that puts Berserk to shame.

Didn't they already make that game?

Chimpzy:
A yes, in that were to be the case I look forward to the scenes where Tails gets violently ripped apart and then devoured, Cream is tortured and thrown into a fire, and Amy Rose is brutally gang-raped by eggbots until tiny bots messily rip out of her pregnant belly, after which they'll further mutilate her corpse ending with it getting impaled onto a pike and paraded around.

I see you've been frequenting the same hentai sites as me...

OT: Here's the trick to making a new Sonic game no matter what the generation is:

Make it a 2D platformer. Don't try to make it 3D. That's always ended badly. Just make it a real shiny, polished, and multiple-pathed 2D platformer. You don't even need a story. It worked for New Super Mario Brothers Wii/WiiU; It can work for Sonic.

Chimpzy:
Nope, not this time. I've learned to curb my enthusiasm with this franchise.

ScrabbitRabbit:
I want to see the game that Shadow the Hedgehog should have been; an ultra-gimdark gorefest that puts Berserk to shame.

A yes, in that were to be the case I look forward to the scenes where Tails gets violently ripped apart and then devoured, Cream is tortured and thrown into a fire, and Amy Rose is brutally gang-raped by eggbots until tiny bots messily rip out of her pregnant belly, after which they'll further mutilate her corpse ending with it getting impaled onto a pike and paraded around.

And then we find out all the really bad sonic games were part of a plan by eldritch abominations in service to the very idea of evil to manufacture a plot in which Sega would never make another Shinobi game.

Well, I certainly hope they don't...

...this time around, because that would be bad. If all else fails, they could always go with the narrative about SonicLikeYaKnoGoesDownDaUhGoesToRadioShackNNGitsFooComponents. That one sounded pretty compelling, to be honest.

Can we please stop referring to the Xbone and PS4 as next-gen?

It's just current-gen now

Sooooo, how many years are we gonna wait till the blue blur gets good games again? Cause I don't have much hope for this game, but who knows, maybe SEGA will surprise us...*uncontrollable sniggering*

Cause it's been a while.

Like, a long while.

11 years since the last good overall Sonic game. C'mon SEGA.

AndrewC:
Sooooo, how many years are we gonna wait till the blue blur gets good games again? Cause I don't have much hope for this game, but who knows, maybe SEGA will surprise us...*uncontrollable sniggering*

Cause it's been a while.

Like, a long while.

11 years since the last good overall Sonic game. C'mon SEGA.

*shrugs*

Personally, I thought Generations was pretty good. Not fantastic, but certainly leagues beyond 06.

Given Sonic Lost World's mixed reception, I think this new sonic game could be anything. I'd like at least more clarity what I'm expecting.

Charli:
...Wait multiplatform? Was the 3 exclusives deal just...Sonic Lost World, the 3DS version and another Olympic title?

I'm not upset about this I mean, I'm hoping for more Sonic on the PC (Modding Generations has boosted the replay-ability of that game 100 fold) but..I was under the impression it wasn't just those three. Oh well. GG.

Chimpzy:
Nope, not this time. I've learned to curb my enthusiasm with this franchise.

ScrabbitRabbit:
I want to see the game that Shadow the Hedgehog should have been; an ultra-gimdark gorefest that puts Berserk to shame.

A yes, in that were to be the case I look forward to the scenes where Tails gets violently ripped apart and then devoured, Cream is tortured and thrown into a fire, and Amy Rose is brutally gang-raped by eggbots until tiny bots messily rip out of her pregnant belly, after which they'll further mutilate her corpse ending with it getting impaled onto a pike and paraded around.

...Wut.

Yeah, you know Game of Thrones? The series everyone thinks is dark? Yeah, Berserk is worse. Much worse. The Red Wedding is basically like an episode of barney compared to Berserk. It's okay though, because Berserk has better writing and plot progression.

OT: Yeah, does anyone really care about Sonic anymore? Isn't that series basically on life support at this point? One cannot live off of nostalgia alone.

IshimaruHayato:
Given Sonic Lost World's mixed reception, I think this new sonic game could be anything. I'd like at least more clarity what I'm expecting.

Well, if they're going the route they took with sonic lost worlds, I'd love to see that dumb timer removed, unless the player would want it. If the demo is anything to go by, as well as what I've heard from reviews, it's more of a platformer than any other sonic game due to how tight sonic controls now, instead of 'too slow for molasses, too slippery for an eel'. Start as molasses, ending as an eel.

For christ sake it's current-gen now.

OT: If it's Sonic Generations 2, I'm so sold!

dragongit:
There have been a few Multiplatformed Sonic games in recent history. Sonic Unleashed and Sonic Generations for instance. It isn't the first time nor does it seem to be the last time.

You're missing my point, which is: why bother going multi-platform at all?

If you look at the games they've made multi-platform, they almost always sold really well on one console (maybe two if they're lucky), and then under a million on the others. Except in some cases where they just sell relatively piss-poor all around. Here, I'll demonstrate:

Sonic Generations: 1.21 million on PS3, 1.07 on X360, 0.83 on 3DS, 0.09 on PC (pretty poor in general, and why bother selling it on PC?)
Sonic Unleashed: 2.04 on Wii, 0.95 on PS3, 0.88 on X360, 0.77 on PS2 (poor on most consoles, save the Wii)
Sonic Heroes: 2.96 on PS2, 1.6 on GC, 0.9 on XBox (and was also sold, very poorly, on X360, Wii, and PC)

It just seems like Sega's dumping an awful lot of cash into this just to get under a million sales (if that). I guess it's still money, true, but it seems almost wasteful to even bother any more. Some of their best selling games of the last decade have been exclusives (Sonic Rush, Sonic and the Secret Rings, etc).

Not that it matters, though. As I pointed out before, the whole Sonic franchise has pretty much fallen far from people's good graces. A majority of their top-selling games lately have been the "Mario & Sonic at the Olympics" series....now that's pretty sad stuff.

I'm looking forward to it. I've enjoyed most of the new sonic games post unleashed that I've played, including Lost Worlds(for the 3DS), and I feel like at this point they probably have a pretty good grasp on how to tackle their next game.
It's also notable that I grew up on Sonic Adventure 1(not 2, didn't like it), so I might not be the average Sonic player as I have a preference for 3D sonic games, and the only 2D ones I really remember enjoying were the advanced series, and sonic rush.

The Gentleman:

I see you've been frequenting the same hentai sites as me...

OT: Here's the trick to making a new Sonic game no matter what the generation is:

Make it a 2D platformer. Don't try to make it 3D. That's always ended badly. Just make it a real shiny, polished, and multiple-pathed 2D platformer. You don't even need a story. It worked for New Super Mario Brothers Wii/WiiU; It can work for Sonic.

You see though with Unleashed they finally hit the sweet spot of Sonic working in 3D. Those daytime stages were made using an engine they had been developing for 3 years and it shows. Say what you will about Unleashed but for the most part everyone said that the day time stages were really good and how Sonic should be in 3D. I haven't played Lost World but with Colors and Generations is sounded like they caught a little of the magic back. Generations was pretty light on story compared to recent titles and is my personal favorite game out of the bunch. It took them a while but they got 3D to work. Now they just need to focus on making the rest of the game work.

DeltaEdge:
I'm looking forward to it. I've enjoyed most of the new sonic games post unleashed that I've played, including Lost Worlds(for the 3DS), and I feel like at this point they probably have a pretty good grasp on how to tackle their next game.
It's also notable that I grew up on Sonic Adventure 1(not 2, didn't like it), so I might not be the average Sonic player as I have a preference for 3D sonic games, and the only 2D ones I really remember enjoying were the advanced series, and sonic rush.

You aren't alone brother. I'm kind of in that same boat. For me, going back and playing the older titles, I found one problem. Sure there is speed but it seems hampered most of the time unless you memorize the level. Which I get is kind of the point but still. In the 3D games I don't feel like I slow down as much or get held up. Advanced solved the problem with the 2D speed in my opinion. I feel that SEGA/Sonic Team is one of those big Japanese companies these days that are finding their footing again. Another one is Square Enix. Its like one year they decided to pull their heads out of their asses and started to churn out the quality we expect from members of the old guard.

Fox12:

Yeah, you know Game of Thrones? The series everyone thinks is dark? Yeah, Berserk is worse. Much worse. The Red Wedding is basically like an episode of barney compared to Berserk. It's okay though, because Berserk has better writing and plot progression.

OT: Yeah, does anyone really care about Sonic anymore? Isn't that series basically on life support at this point? One cannot live off of nostalgia alone.

I care. Sonic generations was great, so was Sonic Colours. It was basically just taking everything that worked in Sonic Unleashed and ...applying it correctly, and it worked, fast paced platforming in both 3D and 2D that flowed and felt pretty amazing when you pulled it off right.

Lost world was a bit of a meh, but hardly near on the level of Sonic 06 who's very name shall invoke the ancient rights of hells lowest layer, but he's hardly doing badly these days. The stigma of that game along with Shadow the Hedgehog kinda ruined anything for the next decade but soon the decade will pass and it will be time to bury that particular shit.

He was the first thing I learned how to draw as a kid, I can't really NOT care when something comes up. I'll judge the hell out of it worse than most to be honest. True fans have actually been the harshest on the failings in the series, and come up with some pretty hilarious video content.
And the sonic fangame and modding community are some of the most wacky geniuses you'll find outside of the actual industry. (Just picking out the cream of the crop is a work that some blessed people on youtube do for you though...)

Also classic sonic's visual design was and remains a thing of genius. I could seriously go back to that if and when they decide to go back to it permanently.

And I have since realized I know what Berserk is, I just never got very far with it. Not enough to recognize a description of an event in it on the fly. I was more referring to the mental absurdity of having Sonic franchise characters placed in the character descriptions. Because thaaaaat's disturbing.

I'm not typing this to change your mind or anything, but yeah some people do still enjoy the series. (SELECTIVE PARTS OF IT)
I play Sonic 3 with my siblings at Christmas every year without fail. It's become it's own kind of strange tradition.

Chimpzy:
Nope, not this time. I've learned to curb my enthusiasm with this franchise.

ScrabbitRabbit:
I want to see the game that Shadow the Hedgehog should have been; an ultra-gimdark gorefest that puts Berserk to shame.

A yes, in that were to be the case I look forward to the scenes where Tails gets violently ripped apart and then devoured, Cream is tortured and thrown into a fire, and Amy Rose is brutally gang-raped by eggbots until tiny bots messily rip out of her pregnant belly, after which they'll further mutilate her corpse ending with it getting impaled onto a pike and paraded around.

It makes even better knowing that Amy isnt even a Teen because she used a magic item to force her body to grow in age which if you think about it is wrong in its own right but adding that is quite great

OT: who wants to start a bet on weather its good or bad.

I also think of Guile every time they say Sonic Boom

AndrewC:
Sooooo, how many years are we gonna wait till the blue blur gets good games again? Cause I don't have much hope for this game, but who knows, maybe SEGA will surprise us...*uncontrollable sniggering*

Cause it's been a while.

Like, a long while.

11 years since the last good overall Sonic game. C'mon SEGA.

Sonic Colors, Sonic Generations and Sonic Lost World were all good games.

If it gets released on PC with modding capabilities like Generations, then I'd buy the shit out of this.

gizmo2300:

AndrewC:
Sooooo, how many years are we gonna wait till the blue blur gets good games again? Cause I don't have much hope for this game, but who knows, maybe SEGA will surprise us...*uncontrollable sniggering*

Cause it's been a while.

Like, a long while.

11 years since the last good overall Sonic game. C'mon SEGA.

Sonic Colors, Sonic Generations and Sonic Lost World were all good games.

Generations - overhyped crap game relying on nostalgia to win over fans only to result in some nice looking levels and some classic music. If that was SEGA's best efforts at celebrating such a big moment in Sonic's history then they clearly didn't have their heads screwed on properly.

Bad story, bad voice acting and horrendously short. Every game afterwards basically has this problem.

Colors has the same issue, nice looking levels and a decent soundtrack, everything else is plain bad.

Lost World...oh dear, in general.

You remember what happened last time we got a 'new next-gen sonic title?'. That's right, 'Sonic the Hedgehog' on X360 and PS3. The worst Sonic game ever made, and there's a lot of tough competition for that title.

At this point we just have to assume any Sonic game will suck until proven otherwise. You can only cling desperately to Generations for so long.

Charli:

Fox12:

Yeah, you know Game of Thrones? The series everyone thinks is dark? Yeah, Berserk is worse. Much worse. The Red Wedding is basically like an episode of barney compared to Berserk. It's okay though, because Berserk has better writing and plot progression.

OT: Yeah, does anyone really care about Sonic anymore? Isn't that series basically on life support at this point? One cannot live off of nostalgia alone.

I'm not typing this to change your mind or anything, but yeah some people do still enjoy the series. (SELECTIVE PARTS OF IT)
I play Sonic 3 with my siblings at Christmas every year without fail. It's become it's own kind of strange tradition.

Hey, if they can revitalize the franchise I'd be willing to give it another look. I grew up with classic titles and Dreamcast games. I just lost faith after the aforementioned '06 and Shadow titles. That said, I know some die hards who still love the series.

Maybe they should just hand the title over to the Total War department. Or to Atlus. That would make for a... unique experiance.

And how the heck did this thread become more about berserk then Sonic? : P

oldtaku:
You remember what happened last time we got a 'new next-gen sonic title?'. That's right, 'Sonic the Hedgehog' on X360 and PS3. The worst Sonic game ever made, and there's a lot of tough competition for that title.

Now now, Sonic the Hedgehog wasn't the worst Sonic game ever. Oh no, there was one that was even worse that came out the same day as Sonic 06, and that abomination was:


Not that the game plays like that one a regular GBA, GameBoy Player, and emulator. The framerate drops to hell, your momentum is messed up, the music is bit crunched even though the GBA is as powerful as an SNES, and the screen crunch will get you killed by off screen hazards. The only time the framerate is stable is inside the special stages in which you plow through the barriers very fast.

Neronium:
Now now, (new) Sonic the Hedgehog wasn't the worst Sonic game ever. Oh no, there was one that was even worse that came out the same day as Sonic 06, and that abomination was:

I missed that one (luckily). Can anyone else top this? Also added a (new) up there so it's in context.

oldtaku:

I missed that one (luckily). Can anyone else top this? Also added a (new) up there so it's in context.

Sonic Genesis had a lot of it's physics and momentum problems because for some stupid reason Sonic Team decided to use the Sonic Advanced engine when trying to port the first Sonic the Hedgehog game. The results, terrible. There are a lot of people who don't know about Sonic Genesis or that it existed, but we shall never forget the abomination it was.
Because while 06 was bad, it was bad from the beginning. Sonic Genesis took something that was great, and made it into crap. T^T

Well it's sonic, it could be good. But looking back it'll probably be meh.

After playing Generations(PC and 3DS), Colors(DS), Black Knight, Secret Rings, the lackluster 3DS Lost World demo and watching lets plays of other Sonic games made in the past ten years, I've realized Sega still has no idea how to handle a 3D Sonic game and can't find a decent direction for the franchise.

In Generations, playing Genesis era stages is usually fun for both Sonics, but the fun level hits extreme turbulence in every act based on post Genesis games, especially as modern Sonic. Generations also had IMHO poor choices for stages from Sonic's past. I loved Hydrocity Zone and other cool places, but they gave us really bland looking places instead and poorer layouts than the originals.

The games just have too many gimmicks put in to try and keep him relevant. The Colors gimmick was neat but in both version the level design and how you obtained those powers hurt the games overall. The view for his speed in every game is also horrible. I just want a classic styled Sonic game with no stupid ranking and ridiculous amounts of springs patterns/boosters throwing you around and not giving you enough time to react. The Advance series was the last to deliver on this, they ruined that by shoehorning in the loads and loads of characters that Sonic Team needs stop thinking we like as playable characters or even seeing. Sonic 4: Ep. 2 fixed the physics problems with Ep. 1, but it failed to sell good enough to warrant more episodes since they released a game right before that had touched people in a place or in a way that made them feel uncomfortable. And that's no good.

I have waited for any recent Sonic game I wanted to drop in price since the Adventure era, and the amount I'm willing to pay is getting lower even as Sonic supposedly is making a slight comeback. Sega, you better make this a good game. I'm not holding my breath, though.

I actually loved Sonic Generations so much I bought it twice, once for Xbox 360 and again for PC so I could take it on the road with my laptop. It really seems to be the epitome of Sonic, at least for me. Hopefully this new game will be like that and less like Sonic the Hegehog (360), Sonic Unleashed, Sonic Colors and Sonic Heroes (SOOOOOOOO BAD!).

I think Sonic Team is just worried if they make a pure Sonic game without a bunch of stupid gimmicks that people won't buy it. They need to wake up and realize the gimmicks are the problem.

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