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Why do I always read the topic title as "Big the Cat is officially retarded"?

Ontopic: I like Big's cameos and lines in the games. They are fun to go through. It would be a shame if he really stops appearing.

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This is the end of my dream for a Warioland meets Sonic meets Boy and His Blob type of game where Froggy gains emerald powers and the two go on a comedy friendship quest. CANCELLED FOREVER IN MY MIND.

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I was never a fan of Big. I just found him very annoying. And considering the series has another purple cat who is the complete polar opposite of him (Character, speed, popularity, etc), I'm not gonna miss him.

But all of that is just my opinion.

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Is this official? I really gonna miss Big the Cat! Well, It´s only playable in Sonic Adventure, Sonic Shuffle and Sonic and the Dark Brotherhood and SSASR (I can´t remember any other title right now), but I always love the design, because itsn´t another hedgehog shape character. I hope itn´t true.

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Is this official? I really gonna miss Big the Cat! Well, It´s only playable in Sonic Adventure, Sonic Shuffle and Sonic and the Dark Brotherhood and SSASR (I can´t remember any other title right now), but I always love the design, because itsn´t another hedgehog shape character. I hope itn´t true.

Sonic Heroes says hi

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Aaron Webber indirectly confirmed it. It's probably as official of a confirmation we're going to get. Removing a character is not something they'll make an official press release for.

And keep in mind: Ken Balough is a known Big the Cat fanatic. He'd be sure to get this stuff straight before making a claim like that.

Edited by Indigo Rush

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Hm, you know what bugs me a bit about this?

That Big seems to be the only one of Sonic's current supporting cast that's confirmed to be tossed into the Scrappy Heap. I mean, Big's not exactly the most well-liked Sonic character by any stretch of the imagination, but it's not like he's the only one with a generally negative reputation.

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Hm, you know what bugs me a bit about this?

That Big seems to be the only one of Sonic's current supporting cast that's confirmed to be tossed into the Scrappy Heap. I mean, Big's not exactly the most well-liked Sonic character by any stretch of the imagination, but it's not like he's the only one with a generally negative reputation.

True and with all the crap Silver gets you'd think he'd be a candidate for the scrap heap. But at this rate I think anybody who didn't show up in generations is fair game.

Edited by Dark Energon Johnny

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Gotta make youself known, huh Hogfather?...

Yeah, it's active, but it's never been used for stuff other than Sonic Channel stuff. Never heard of any ST reps talking through it to people personally.

Ah I see, I remember at one point it used to be a personal blog with SoJ team members posting about daily life or stuff going on at SEGA. shame its turned into just a SC updater blog.

Aaron Webber indirectly confirmed it. It's probably as official of a confirmation we're going to get. Removing a character is not something they'll make an official press release for.

And keep in mind: Ken Balough is a known Big the Cat fanatic. He'd be sure to get this stuff straight before making a claim like that.

I'm not expecting a press release but I don't think The SoA PR crew should be the mouthpieces for SoJ either, it could be allways a lie or a ploy for something ahead.

I'll I'm checking this topic for now is for somebody posting a twitter response from someone at SoJ either confirming or denying it. I should check over at Bumbleking too to see if Ian is still allowed to use Big the Cat (that would tell us something for sure because character uses in the US comic change at a blink of an eye, 1 issue you could see a character and the next SoJ could've demanded the character to be removed or never used again).

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I find it somewhat hard to believe that they'd dedicate time to deciding whether to officially never use certain characters ever again when they're already coasting along very flexibly deciding whether to use certain characters on a game-by-game basis. It just doesn't seem necessary when the same effect is achieved by simply deciding in developing a specific game what characters they want to use in it.

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If this is true it won't effect the comic. It can still use Fagn, Bark, Bean, Mighty and Ray.

Yeah but there...different its hard to explain but I guess I can put it this way, Since they did start as game characters but were removed from the active roster before the 1998 franchise reboot but continued to stay as comic characters I guess by SEGA's way of thinking there officially known as "Comic" characters now. So Archie is free to use them however they want to until SEGA has plans to boot them back into the active roster.

I guess if Big was removed from the active roster or put in TBD Limbo the Comic universe wouldn't be such a bad home for him. we'd still get to see him regularity if Ian would have anything to say about it.

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Gotta make youself known, huh Hogfather?...

Ah I see, I remember at one point it used to be a personal blog with SoJ team members posting about daily life or stuff going on at SEGA. shame its turned into just a SC updater blog.

I'm not expecting a press release but I don't think The SoA PR crew should be the mouthpieces for SoJ either, it could be allways a lie or a ploy for something ahead.

I'll I'm checking this topic for now is for somebody posting a twitter response from someone at SoJ either confirming or denying it. I should check over at Bumbleking too to see if Ian is still allowed to use Big the Cat (that would tell us something for sure because character uses in the US comic change at a blink of an eye, 1 issue you could see a character and the next SoJ could've demanded the character to be removed or never used again).

Why does it sound like you're in denial at this point? We've heard from two official Sega members that they're not using him in the near future, it doesn't matter if they're PR announcers, and they don't need to be from SoJ either, they're all Sega and have a say so in how the franchise is run as well; meaning there is a major chance that Big will not be around anymore, and we don't need to hear it from Iizuka's mouth as a confirmation.

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Why does it sound like you're in denial at this point? We've heard from two official Sega members that they're not using him in the near future, it doesn't matter if they're PR announcers, and they don't need to be from SoJ either, they're all Sega and have a say so in how the franchise is run as well; meaning there is a major chance that Big will not be around anymore, and we don't need to hear it from Iizuka's mouth as a confirmation.

And I don't believe them I'm sorry if I won't take what Ken says as word of god like the rest of you I'm allowed to doubt what he says.

I thought Ruby was a former SEGA employee?

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Yeah but there...different its hard to explain but I guess I can put it this way, Since they did start as game characters but were removed from the active roster before the 1998 franchise reboot but continued to stay as comic characters I guess by SEGA's way of thinking there officially known as "Comic" characters now. So Archie is free to use them however they want to until SEGA has plans to boot them back into the active roster.

I guess if Big was removed from the active roster or put in TBD Limbo the Comic universe wouldn't be such a bad home for him. we'd still get to see him regularity if Ian would have anything to say about it.

Ah, I see what you mean. I think he'll be fine, though.

Why does it sound like you're in denial at this point? We've heard from two official Sega members that they're not using him in the near future, it doesn't matter if they're PR announcers, and they don't need to be from SoJ either, they're all Sega and have a say so in how the franchise is run as well; meaning there is a major chance that Big will not be around anymore, and we don't need to hear it from Iizuka's mouth as a confirmation.

"Not using him in the near future" is different than "retiring him".

Nor do they have a say in how the series is run.

Edited by MarcelloF

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Yeah but there...different its hard to explain but I guess I can put it this way, Since they did start as game characters but were removed from the active roster before the 1998 franchise reboot but continued to stay as comic characters I guess by SEGA's way of thinking there officially known as "Comic" characters now. So Archie is free to use them however they want to until SEGA has plans to boot them back into the active roster.

Not Archie characters specifically, just retired game characters. Remember that Fleetway's comic was still active when they weren't brought back in 1998, but it had died before the Heroes Chaotix were reintroduced.

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