SEGA has released a statement on their blog announcing that Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice will be delayed until 2016, instead of its intended release date for the last quarter of this year.
“Alright, classy people – today we’ve got some news for you. Some of you might initially see it as a negative, but I’m here to tell you why it’s a good thing.
The team at SEGA has decided to delay the release date of Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice, which we announced for Nintendo 3DS earlier this year. In order to make sure the game has the time and polish needed, we’re moving it out into 2016. No exact window from us, just yet – it’ll be ready when it’s ready!
In the grand scheme of things, while the downside is that you won’t be playing the game this year, the upside is that what you’ll play next year, and what fans will continue to play for years after they pick up the game, will be a stronger, more enjoyable experience.
We think that’s important, not just for this one game, but for all future Sonic titles.
Questions? Comments? Favorite desserts? We welcome them all in the comments, and we’ll have more news on Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice as we move towards next year!
This could potentially mean that SEGA has learned a valuable lesson after the issues with Sonic Boom: Rise of The Lyric. The extra time they have given themselves could be the difference between a rushed and a great game.
The various costumes from Super Mario Maker are popping up like wildfire over on the game’s Miiverse page for reviewers. The latest costume that has been revealed is the Sonic costume which sees you playing Super Mario Maker as if you were Sonic minus the ludicrously fast speed. Check him out in the image above.
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Unreal Engine 4 is capable of producing some stunningly realistic visuals once developers have got a grasp on using the tools at their disposal. YouTube user CryZENx has used Epic Games Unreal Engine 4’s open world “Kite” environment and has combined it with SEGA’s spiky blue mascot, Sonic the Hedgehog. As you can see from the video below the results are both stunning and slightly amusing.
With Sonic’s 20th anniversary coming up it is rather strange that Sega has neglected to mention what they have in store for fans. Many are hoping that we will finally get a next generation Sonic title on the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One, as those two consoles have yet to have their own Sonic game. The only Sonic titles in sight are Sonic Runners, which is out now on iOS and Android, and Sonic Boom Fire & Ice, which is coming out sometime in the winter for Nintendo 3DS. Aaron Webber, Sonic the Hedgehog PR & Social Media Manager, has said that they definitely have something in store for fans to celebrate Sonic’s 25th anniversary and says that they should have something to share early next year.
If you are a Sonic fan then you will be relieved to know that the upcoming Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice is set to play more like classic Sonic games than its predecessor. There were a lot of surprised people when we found out just before E3 that Sanzaru were developing a new entry in the Sonic Boom series. However, we’ve been assured at this year’s E3 event that Sanzaru is listening to fan criticism and are trying to make this feel like the classic Sonic games we have had in the past.
- Developer Sanzaru is listening to fan criticism.
- Studied the map layouts of past 2D sonic titles especially Sonic Rush and the Genesis games.
- Controls have also been revamped to feel like Classic Sonic.
- Not necessary to gain collectibles to move forward through the game
- 5 playable characters (Amy now playable)
- Folks at Sanzaru would love to make another Sly Cooper.
Not only did Hyrule Warriors 3DS leak today, presumably earlier than expected, but it seems like Sega may have revealed some information they shouldn’t have and quickly took down the tweet. The rumoured tweet from the Japanese Sega account apparently said that Sonic’s amiibo would work with Hyrule Warriors and that Sonic would possibly be playable in some form or another. The tweet was accompanied by the image above. Guess we will find out next week!
It’s only been a day since the reveal of Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice, however a picture of the supposed box art has surfaced. The box art, showing a wide range of Sonic’s friend-group, highlights some of the new enemies along with a distinct fire and ice theme. There is no set release date for Fire & Ice, however SEGA has confirmed that it is a Nintendo 3DS exclusive.