Sonic The Hedgehog Movie Confirmed For 2018

In a recent interview with The World Folio, Hajime Satomi, President and CEO of the Sega Sammy Holdings Inc, confirmed that the Sonic The Hedgehog movie will be hitting the big screens in 2018. The movie will be a live action and animation hybrid, and is part of the Sega Sammy Group’s plans to expand the Sonic brand into new entertainment areas.

Sega Sammy Group is currently planning with Sony Pictures to create a live-action and animation hybrid “Sonic the Hedgehog” movie scheduled for release in 2018. Like with this CG animation production, we would like to expand our business into other entertainment areas beyond what we are currently involved.

There has been a couple of snippets of information regarding Sonic lately, we recently posted about Takashi Iizuka’s hopes for Sonic’s future and Big Red Button speaking out about Sonic Boom. It seems the team are working hard on rebuilding the brand after the backlash from Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric.

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Big Red Button CEO Talks About Sonic Boom

If you’re a Sonic fan then you might want to head on over to Polygon as the site has written up an informative piece about the spiky blue hedgehog. Big Red Button CEO Bob Rafei admits that the reception to the Wii U title Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric wasn’t what the company had expected and he admits that it “failed to perform.” Whether this is from a retail standpoint or a technical standpoint remains unknown, but we know that they failed on both parts. In fact, Rafei claims that they almost closed the studio due to the game’s reception which isn’t too surprising. Be sure to check out the full piece, here.

“Unfortunately, the reception to Rise of Lyric was not as strong as we would have hoped. This industry really is punishing if you don’t have a product that performs well. We nearly closed the studio.”

“The goal of the Sonic Boom brand was to make Sonic a bit more [well rounded] and to increase the other characters’ personalities,” Rafei says. He explains SEGA and Big Red Button came together as different entities to “really define what the Sonic brand was about” and to create a “consistent vision” for how the character would interact with a strong supporting cast. This is something he is proud of.

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A Lost And Cancelled Sonic Arcade Game Has Been Discovered

The Sonic community has come across a previously unknown Sonic game intended for arcade machines. The game, entitled SEGASonic Bros., was discovered by the same person who had found copies of other obscure Sonic arcade titles, including Waku Waku Sonic Patrol Car and SEGASonic Popcorn Shop. The game’s owner had made a Tumblr post with an image of the title card, calling it a “megaton”, and tagging it with the word “unreleased”.

A forum thread on Sonic Retro is the primary place where fans have been hard at work trying to answer the many questions that the game’s discovery has raised. The game’s legitimacy has been confirmed and the owner of the game has come forward to say that more details on the game, including an upload so fans can try out the game for themselves, will be available “in due course”.

As for the game itself, information is scarce. All we know is that SEGASonic Bros was designed by Fukio Mitsuji, the creator of Bubble Bobble, in the early 90s. A single player mode and a versus mode, the latter of which enabled you to “play against your bro”, was available. The game would eventually go to location test and fail. This, along with the two images uploaded to Tumblr, is all the owner of the game has said at this time. Details about the game are still being uncovered even as of this article’s writing so things will continue to evolve as we know more. Let us know what you think about this discovery in the comments.

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Metacritic’s 6th Annual Game Publisher Rankings

Popular online review aggregation site Metacritic has published its 2016 Game Publisher Rankings. What’s especially interesting is that SEGA has overthrown Nintendo and has claimed the number one position. The company has also beaten the likes of EA and Activision Blizzard with the best reviewed titles according to Metascore published by critics.

Sega is the sole major publisher in this year’s rankings to finish the year with a “green” average Metascore indicating that, on average, its 2015 releases were approved by critics. The company ranked 5th among mid-sized publishers a year ago (it released fewer titles in 2014) and saw its average score increase by four points in this year’s results, even without any releases scoring 90 or higher. Before you get too excited about Sega’s success, note that half of its 2015 titles were new 3D re-releases of older games for the 3DS platform. The publisher released just one game for current-gen consoles: the middling, Sonic-influenced cartoonish platformer Tembo the Badass Elephant.

  1. SEGA
  2. Telltale Games
  3. Sony
  4. Activision Blizzard
  5. Devolver Digital
  6. Nintendo
  7. EA
  8. Bandai Namco
  9. Ubisoft

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SEGA Thanks Sonic Fans On Hedgehog Day

SEGA has taken to their official blog to thank Sonic fans for supporting the franchise as today February 2nd is known as Hedgehog Day. The team couldn’t help but tease a little more about Sonic’s 25th Anniversary which is being celebrated this year and promises that they have some “cool stuff” to share shortly regarding this. Anyway, here’s the company’s message to the Sonic the Hedgehog fans out there.

As we enter Sonic’s 25th Anniversary Year, it’s an exciting time to be a Sonic fan.

Isn’t it crazy to think it’s been 25 years since Sonic 1 released? Some of you reading this probably weren’t even born when the older among us pooled up our allowance to buy a copy of Sonic for our Genesis or Mega Drive. But, no matter our age, we all celebrate and follow the iconic blue blur for reasons that remain universal.

I know at least half of you reading this are thinking: “Hey! Are you announcing anything big today, like Sonic Labyrinth 2 or Tails Sky Patrol IV? What’s the scoop?”, but you’ll need to be patient for a while longer. Good things take time, and we’re sticking to that. That said, you’ve probably noticed a few numbers floating around here and there. Who knows that they might mean? (By the way, in case you missed it – those weren’t eyes, they were zeros.)

A few years ago, during my first tour of duty with SEGA, our team decided to post something teasing an upcoming announcement on February 2nd, or “Hedgehog Day”. This was a fun reference back to the release of Sonic 3, which took over “Groundhog Day” in much the way that any tyrannical conqueror takes something they want – by force. Inspired by the marketing bloodlust of our forefathers, “Hedgehog Day” was reborn again from the ashes of the 90’s, and each year we’ve tried to keep it going ever since.

Sonic has seen a wide range of games and gameplay styles, but whether you prefer the classics, the Adventure series, the Colors/Generations style, or anything in between, thanks for sticking with the blue blur through thick and thin.

We can’t wait to celebrate the 25th Anniversary with you all throughout the year – and we have some pretty cool stuff coming up.

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7th Dragon III Code: VFD Coming To North America This Summer

SEGA has confirmed today that 7th Dragon III Code: VFD will be coming to the Nintendo 3DS this summer in North America and will be priced up at $39.99. This is the very first time that a 7th Dragon game has ever been released outside of Japan so it’s pretty big news for those who have been curious about the franchise.

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Sonic Brand Manager Teases Fans For Third Time

Sonic brand manager Aaron Webber has pulled on the heartstrings of fans with another teaser on what is highly speculated to be an announcement of the next Sonic the Hedgehog game. Previously, the last two teasers by Webber had been posted on Tumblr with some suspicious tags. However, Webber has strayed from the norm to sneak in a cryptic message.

The suspicious Tumblr tag in question appears to follow-up on a previous teaser Webber has used to hint at information being distributed sporadically. Intriguingly, what stood out the most about the teaser was the animation that involves Classic Sonic’s head transforming into the head of Modern Sonic’s – and vice versa. A closer look reveals that some of the debris left behind by the explosions will briefly reveal numbers. Earlier this month, Webber teased these numbers in a tweet, suggesting they will play a significant role. The pair of zeroes has been speculated to be the eyes of Sonic character Big the Cat. You can check out the Tumblr post below.

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