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Shade Vortex

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  1. You know a rumor is likely to be true when it isn't even exciting or interesting at all. lol I definitely would not double-dip on this game for an art book of all things...
  2. Any rumor that goes on about the animosity between SoA/SoJ and Christian Whitehead or any other member of the Mania team or Mania itself should just automatically be thrown into the trash where it belongs. Sorry, even if you think Iizuka is that petty, companies don't work on animosity towards things that made them money, That and people should also do a common sense check with these things. Retro/Star Engine's main purpose is 2D games, not 3D. It has very basic 3D support. Whatever they're working on, 85% chance it's a 2D platformer of some sort- as that's the thing it was designed to do. I'd also say it's probable that whatever they're doing next isn't even Sonic related.
  3. Because I kept thinking "Sega Sandshrew" every time I think Segata Sanshiro lately, I present both SEGA Sandshrew and Sega Sandslash: TL6uEQj.png

  4. The Falcom 40th anniversary concert is going on now. I know I'm one of the few people who care about it here (given the lack of interest in my Ys topic) but hey, it's good music too.

    1. Crow the BOOLET

      Crow the BOOLET

      Cooler than SANIC that's for sure

    2. Teoskaven


      The deals NiS got in localizing Nayuta and the more recent Trails titles is huge, complete with them partnering with the fantranslator that was working on some of them. The only caviat is the wait, around 2 years, but it's still a big move for the franchise.

      Gagharv trilogy rerelease when.

  5. I don't disagree that things looked bad before, but my point is more that the devs got a lot of flack that directly insulted how competent they are. And now that things are better, are people going to be nicer to these devs? I guess not, going by that reaction and people agreeing with it.
  6. I mean, that website showed Steam initially, but it was replaced with EGS. It will likely still come to Steam too, but that'll be a whole year after release. Now that all the visual issues are seeming to be getting fixed, I guess the people who said things like "Blind Squirrel Games is a fitting name" are gonna eat some crow?
  7. That's absolutely correct. Although: It's called the Star Engine now, since the studio is Evening Star now. So Evening Star would absolutely have to be involved in this if they were to use that Engine, at least as a licensee.
  8. In an alternate reality, we are fans of the Chao in Space franchise and talk about the fun cameos of Sonic The Hedgehog.

  9. i can't wait for cringe like BECAUSE WE'RE SONIC RANGERS

    1. charmsb


      I dont know why I always hear the Sonic Heroes theme when I see the title. SOOONIC RAANGEEEEERRS SONIC RAAANGEEERS 

      Other Sonic games have two syllable subtitles and its only this one that I hear Heroes in

  10. I don't care what anyone else says about it: Colors Ultimate is something I am excited for mainly due to the PC version and the potential for modding. Especially since the game apparently uses an open source codebase called Godot, it should be a lot easier to mod than things like Forces/Generations/Unleashed. It just sucks that I have to support EGS, but it's not the first and probably won't be the last time I've had to do so for a game I've wanted.

    1. charmsb


      Just wait for the steam release. I don't use EGS at all.

    2. Shade Vortex

      Shade Vortex

      I won't wait for it; that's a whole YEAR to wait, most likely.  I can make use of my money however I want. lol Like I said, this isn't even the first game I have on EGS. You can refuse to use it all you want, but as long as there are exclusives that feel worthwhile to me, I'll be willing to get them.

    3. charmsb


      I mean your choice man. Just some inconvenience vs. not supporting a morally corrupt company, I can wait for a 10 year old game port. 

  11. It's funny, I feel like I've already seen enough about the Sonic movie sequel anyways. I already know I'll probably give it a watch, eventually. What I do want to see more of are Origins and Rangers.

    1. charmsb


      I'm stoked for the sequel. They're upping the ante and making it more of a SONIC movie rather than a sonic MOVIE, if you catch my drift. The first one I only thought was borderline good. But the sequel is piquing my interest.

  12. Alright. Since people pointed out how cynical I've been I will talk about the GOOD things SEGA have done. And that's mostly from the business side of things  for themselves and not from the consumer perspective. Sega has ABSOLUTELY strengthened their brand and partnerships more so than ever before, they're in a good place in the public mind right now because of goodwill from things like the Sonic movie or crossovers like Mario & Sonic and also great partnerships like with Microsoft on PSO2 and NGS, not to mention their Gamepass releases and EGS partnerships (which regardless how you feel about them are making SEGA a lot of money). It's crazy how SEGA has seemed to basically become a bigger financial success despite having overall less active IPs and no hardware compared to their bigger competition.

    1. Rabbitearsblog


      I do wonder with all the success that SEGA has made business wide, will it convince them to make better Sonic games as a result?

    2. Shade Vortex

      Shade Vortex

      At best right now I'd say that's wishful thinking. Forces sold really well; they have no financial incentive to change anything. I bet "Rangers" or whatever it's called is still being directed by Morio Kishimoto, but otherwise is "Sonic Team" in name only. Sonic Team is no longer a consistent group of people but an ever-changing amalgamation of rotating-door newcomers, because that's the best you can get with the industry-side reputation Sonic Team has and the monetary constraints of their budget. Just because Sega has more money does not mean they have the confidence or reason to give Sonic Team more time or budget. oops I went back to being cynical

    3. Mr Loopone

      Mr Loopone

      It's not just from their games department that have been mostly hits but in terms of their anime output (since Sega owns two studios, well one owned by the other now), it has been in a pretty good place. Dr. Stone and the Fruits Basket remake are hits, Lupin has been going from strength to strength and even Detective Conan is getting more English dubs now. It's nowhere near their low point in the 2000s which was when Sega bought them.

      I think Sega knows that for Sonic, it's easy money. They can do the minimal, annoy fans and still get a return. The others are more critical and have a lower yet more passionate fanbase especially in Japan. Probably had Sonic been more successful in Japan... Then again unlike the other series where they have their creator, a relation or someone who wants to do something and knows what they are doing, there isn't really a direction that they can go in. Sonic is also a series from another time and trying to fit into modern gaming isn't exactly smooth (why they have finally taken out the life count now), the other series Sega have been farming out to indie devs like the upcoming Monster World IV remake and Alex Kidd in Miracle World DX. Probably that's why Sonic has a lot of merchandise.

      The only thing that they have really struggled is the arcades that they have sold off and their hotel empire, the latter due to events from the past year.

  13. Who's excited for E3?

    1. Strickerx5


      Kind of. Like, I'm excited to see what's actually going to happen for the rest of the year because, atm, things are looking pretty sparse. But, at the same time, Covid has obviously had a huge impact on the industry so things will, more than likely, be lighter than normal.

      Not to mention with this indeed being the video game industry... yeah, not going in with the highest of expectations. Hoping for the best really.

    2. Enesephus


      Eh, somewhat. I'm looking forward to it because, well, it's E3 and it's hard not to be at least a little excited because the thought of getting a lot of game reveals and updates all at once is just inherently appealing to me, but based on everything I'm seeing it's shaping up to be a whole bunch of mid, like it was in 2019 for the most part, so it's hard to be that excited.

    3. Supah Berry

      Supah Berry

      (raises hand and waves weakly)

      Hey, I know the phrase "better than nothing" is mocked round these parts, but the fact E3 is almost here at all makes me breath easy in that things are somswhat turning for the better.


      If we don't get nuttin' good? That's fine, I'll see it coming a mile away.

  14. I got an interesting email from SEGA randomly.

    1. Shade Vortex

      Shade Vortex

      An RSVP invite to a one-on-one video survey/interview about ideas/opinions on video games, with "limited slots".

    2. Blue Blood

      Blue Blood

      I got the same. Sounds like they're just doing a bit of market research. 

  15. Of course that's possible. But the crux of the matter: Can they afford to hire people who are experienced enough to be able to do the work, who are more likely to be wary of Sonic Team's reputation? I feel like no dev worth their salt wants to work for Sonic Team anymore, at least, not long term. People seem to use working there as a gateway to better venues.
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