Tired of Sonic not living up to your standards? A lot of people are. SEGA has literally taken one of gaming’s most historic franchises and reduced it to mere shoverlware in a world that has enough shovelware as it is. Fortunately, the developer/publisher realizes this and has stated that they need to do a better job delivering quality on an overall level.
While we can say that SEGA has delivered quality titles like Valkyria Chronicles and Resonance of Fate, it’s easy to see where the company has faltered as well.
Speaking with CVG, Mike Hayes has stated “It’s important that on our old IP that is respected, we need to deliver a good product. And in some instances we have done that – look back at when we re-did Sega Rally. It scored well and was moderately successful commercially. But then with other great franchises like Golden Axe we didn’t produce a great game at all.
“Going forward, if we’re going to look at any existing IP to bring out the locker, we have to make sure we get the quality to a level we now expect. I’m not saying which IP it would be – a Streets Of Rage, a Crazy Taxi, whatever. What we have to do now is build something that is 85 per cent plus [rated]. We can’t just get away with PR.”
Hopefully this proves to be accurate because I miss the days of popping Sonic’s cartridge into a console and knowing that it was going to be an entertaining experience. So, kudos to SEGA for realizing it’s an issue and I look forward to seeing them correct it.
You can check out the whole interview with SEGA West’s boss here.