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  1. What if:

    After Team Mania visited SEGA of Japan (which I believe they did around September/October last year) Taxman signed a mult-game contract with SEGA. Some of the members of Team Mania (Fry, Flick, Gates, Taxman etc) then decided (maybe with SEGA's support/recommedation) to form "EveningStarStudios" which was a deliberate reference to Chaotix because the games they are going to create are classic/90's Sonic themed games. Since a lot of the team members of EveningStarStudios were involved with Sonic Mania it does makes sense that they would all have a passion to continue working on Sonic or similar retro-styled games (be it 2D or 3D).

    EveningStar are currently hiring (which includes for Level Designers, 2d & 3d environment artists) which implies they are indeed working on a project/starting working on something.

    So, maybe they are cooking up something Sonicy

    1. FReaK


      this would be the best thing to ever happen to the sonic franchise.

  2. How about a Sonic Adventure themed cartoon to promote the new 2020 game; "Sonic Adventure Mania" featuing brand new stages and re-imagined stages from Sonic Adventure 1 & 2!

    1. SupahBerry


      Actually it's for the upcoming new Sonic Adventure 3.

      Related image

      Episode 1.


      Deal with it.

  3. I like the idea of another cartoon. 


  5. This looks really goofy


    1. tailsBOOM!


      How did I know before the picture even loaded xD

  6. Been a while since I've done a playtrhough of Mania. Thinking of doing (and uploading) a Mighty (&Ray) or Ray (&Mighty) Mania mode playthough using the Encore-Angel Island glitch (which allows you to select Mighty or Ray as a partner and play through Mania mode instead of Encore mode).

    1. Speederino


      Huh. I'll certainly take another Arkham but tbh I was kinda hoping Rocksteady was working on something original, because I'd love to see what they could come up with. Time will tell, I guess.

  7. Could careless about the game, but that's a nice Remix of Diamond Dust


    1. Forte-Metallix


      This update's been out for months, but that remix is new!

    2. Zaysho


      I didn't even know they were still supporting Dash. Figured the Forces mobile game replaced it.

    3. JezMM


      Afraid that's not a new remix, it originates from the Mario & Sonic Sochi:

      The mixing seems slightly different in the Dash video, feels off slightly but yeah, definitely the same music piece.

    4. VEDJ-F


      Good luck unlocking Vector in any reasonable amount of time. 




  10. Frozen 2 looks cool, I guess.

    Friendly reminder this is the best thing to come out of Frozen:


    1. tailsBOOM!


      What about this 



  12. Gotta love that Evening Star Chaotix reference. Inb4 first thing Taxman's team will do is port Chaotix to consoles 😋


  13. Yeah, I'm all for them creating a new IP or working on an exisiting IP but not Sonic related. Doesn't seem like it would be a smart move if they were to just stick to making Sonic games. I'd imagine they are more ambitious. Whitehead was working on his own 3D engine and his own new IP before he started work on Mania, so they probably have lots of ideas for new games and stuff. Fingers crossed they've already started working on something. ...and of course there are plently of other talented developers out there who could takeover the mantle of making Sonic games, porting the classics, albeit they wouldn't have the proven track-record & trust that Whitehead has developed with SEGA over the years. Also, nice to see the announcement of their new studio is gettting a decent amount of media coverage.
  14. Interesting. Best of luck to Whitehead & co. Wonder what they'll be cooking up. Using the star-engine will their projects still focus on 2d or could they make the move to 3D? Is Evening Star a Chaotix reference?
  15. Currently playing Horizon Zero Dawn on New Game Plus.  I've always liked NGP modes allowing the player to keep all upgrades earned from the first playthrough.

    The only Sonic game where NGP would be a good idea IMO is Unleashed. Allowing you to play through the whole story again whilst keeping all (Werehog/Sonic) upgrades and medals earned from the first playthrough. Do you think any other Sonic games would benefit from a NGP mode?

    1. Polkadi~♪


      Any of the Adventure games with the upgrades you get, maybe?

      Hell, that can extend onto Sonic '06.



  18. I can't believe that SEGA would be shitty enough to not even acknowledge Sonic 3 via social media for no good reason. So there must be some serious shit gone down which is either forcing SEGA to stay silent (both SoA & SoJ haven't acknowledged Sonic 3) or one side is heavily leaning on the other (most likely SoJ on SoA) saying it's best not mention Sonic 3 encase they end up in more hot-water. We know it's regarding music issues with the original soundtrack, but surely it's a lot more complex than that.

    It's ridiculous that they can't re-release arguably the most acclaimed 2d game they ever made. I almost feel sorry for SEGA. Almost...

    1. TheOcelot


      *Speaks to SEGA* What does Sonic 3 look like?


    2. SupahBerry


      Between this, no mention to Unleashed, and the complete lack of real TSR updates, it's almost as if SEGA is just standing around and slowly waiting for Sonic to cease to exist.

  19. Almost forgot. It's my seven-year SSMB anniversary today. I joined during the build-up to Sonic 4 episode 2's release. Was exciting waiting to play a new 2d game, even though it was Sonic 4... 

    Even Futurama was still running back then. The good old days.

    1. tailsBOOM!


      Happy anniversary!

    2. Failinhearts


      Happy anniversary, dude!

    3. Kiah


      Happy SSMB anniversary! I’m right behind you as mine is on Monday 🙂

    4. Sonic Fan J

      Sonic Fan J

      Happy Anniversary! 

    5. Fusion-Ellipsis


      Happy SSMBversary!


    1. The Tenth Doctor

      The Tenth Doctor

      Wow, Sonic 3 recognition.

    2. SupahBerry



  21. Off-work today, unwell. Meh...

    So, d'you think they'll release another Mania Adventures remix today? Has been two weeks since we got the first remix.

    1. Sonic Fan J

      Sonic Fan J

      Can't really say but hopefully they do and it helps you feel better. Hope you're feeling better soon.

    2. Kiah


      That would be nice but who knows with this franchise. Sorry to hear you’re sick and I hope you feel better soon. 

  22. Whilst not particularly good, I wouldn't call Rise of Lyric a terrible game. It's just unfortunate that any chance of it doing well was ruined when SEGA signed the three-game exclusivity deal with Nintendo (which was an absolute disaster) and as a result SEGA had to release RoL - a game built for PS4, PC & Xbox1 - on the Wii U-a system which RoL was not designed for. So, BigRedButton got completely screwed over because SEGA made a very bad business decision, and it didn't help that the Wii U was no where near as successful as the Wii & Switch. After RoL's failure that pretty much ended any chance of the Boom brand being successful (despite the cartoon lasting for two seasons). 

    Also the three-game exclusivity deal prevented the mobile remasters being released on consoles at that time. fak u SEGA

    1. Yeow


      nah. even if you put aside the rushed/compromised production pace, RoL was still pretty terribly designed. development delays wouldn't had fixed the combat, level design, story, soundtrack, and hubworlds all being exceedingly rote and dull. it's a mediocre ps2 platformer with a sonic label slapped on top of it, and no amount of polish would had changed that much.

    2. Shaddy Zaphod

      Shaddy Zaphod

      I think on a technical and development level Rise of Lyric suffered just as much as 06 did, it just had a stronger core. It's not a good game, certainly as fuck it's not good, but I find it being considered the all-time worst game to be a vast overstatement. It's actually lighter on the bullshit and more to-the-point than Shadow or Secret Rings.

    3. SupahBerry


      I knew Nintendo was in on accelerating Sonic's destruction.

      After their former rival left the console business, I guess they couldn't resist rubbing salt in the wounds.

    4. Wraith


      Shadow and Secret Rings are making far more interesting design choices and thus have more value to me. ROL is just a worse version of many games that already exist

    5. Ferno


      shadow and the secret rings

    6. KHCast


      Rol is just boring and generic on top of being a broken steaming pile. Is it the worst game ever? No. Does that mean it isn’t a terrible game? Certainly not, doesn’t need to be the worst to criticize or call shit

    7. Kiah


      Trying to implement Sonic Boom into an already convoluted franchise was a bad idea right from the jump. RoL reinforced that greatly.

      Rise of Lyric was a terrible game. It sticks out for all the wrong reasons and I only have one positive thing to say about it (character interaction). Otherwise everything else is either forgettable or a hot mess in short. 

  23. ❤️


  24. TheOcelot

    Sonic @ SXSW 2019

    Yep, the name "Sonic Forces" was revealed at SXSW: I like the SXSW panels. 2018's was enjoyable because it included unexpected announcements; Mania Plus & Mania Adventures (the crowd reaction when Mighty was announced was neat). Even if there are no major annoucements this year it's still good to see Iizuka-san making a public appearance and they normally have at least one interesting guest on the panel (such has Tyson Hesse last year and Jun this year) to keep it interesting. Also, it's entertaining watching the Q&A when one kid always asks a tricky Sonic 3 MJ question and seeing how the panel reacts... They did a live-stream last year, so hopefully they do one again this year.

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