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.