Speaking to GameDaily, Sega of America VP of Marketing Sean Ratcliffe has admitted that sonic titles of late haven’t delivered the high quality the Sonic brand deservers, but believes this will change with the upcoming releases, Sonic Chronicles and Sonic Unleashed.
“I think the Sonic next-gen experience in terms of quality, that was relatively early in the next-gen cycle when lots of developers were just coming to grips with the technology. It’s not a huge surprise when you try to get something out for launch or thereabouts and the quality is not optimal,” said Ratcliffe. “This time around, with Sonic Unleashed, we got a great new engine, the Hedgehog engine, and that allows us to truly deliver the Sonic experience as it arguably should have been on the next-gen.”
Ratcliffe also noted: “We can’t just stand still with Sonic; we’ve got to be looking at different ways to develop the character, different genres, and so on. Chronicles is a great example and that’s a Western developed title. So again, trying to address the quality, if you’re going to put Sonic in his first RPG experience, who do you go to? Bioware, the world leader in making RPGs.”
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