I never owned a Sega and the only memories I have only vague memories of Sonic the Hedgehog*, but I read online today that the makers of the game are relaunching the series with a few changes from when we were kids. And what are those changes, you might ask? Well, this time around, Sonic’s going to be living it up Lycan-style.
Apparently, in one of the last Sonic titles, Sonic was imbued with some sort of werewolf-like power which gave him the ability to turn into a werehog and, even though critics and fans alike expressed their distain for this version of their video game hero, they’re insisting on forcing it down fans’ throats again.
“In principle, I think that the users are always right,” said Tetsu Katano, director of Sonic and the Black Knight, “They’re the ones paying the money and playing the games. If they don’t enjoy it, they’re not going to buy it. I don’t think that producing the Werehog was a mistake per se, but there were a lot of things we could have done better if we had more time and resources.”
While I totally appreciate the idea of doing something new and interesting in a videogame, this kind of thing leaves me with a few questions.
1) If there’s already been a fan backlash against the concept you’re trying to sell, why sink more money into it?
2) Does this mean that his buddy Tails is going to have creature-feature superpowers as well?
3) If Sonic is part dog now, will he finally be able to swim?
*The only memories I have of Sonic are playing three levels on a Gamegear before the dentist pulled out four of my teeth and singing the cartoon show theme song** to my friend Snuffy in the back of my dad’s car because it made him laugh so hard he (Snuffy) would cry.
** Sadly, looking up the You Tube clip of the Sonic song made me realize that I, at 26, remember the entire thing word for word.