Info I’ve gathered so far (man these things sneak up on you!) from Retro and Stadium:
-Sonic Lost World will be the next main series Sonic title. It is WiiU/Nintendo3DS exclusive. More info here, but there’s not much, only the previously posted piece of art. The world seems to contain multiple, differently-themed zones as usual, but no word on gameplay. More details will be released before E3.
-Nintendo and SEGA have created an exclusive partnership for the Sonic the Hedgehog series. What does this likely mean? Over the years to come, major Sonic titles are planned for Nintendo consoles only. I emphasize the word planned. Nintendo will have the next three major Sonic titles to themselves, with no cross-platform sharing. However, smaller digital titles will likely still be seen on other platforms, and there is no word about whether SONY/Microsoft will get their own exclusives (my guess is no). More info here.
-Mario & Sonic at the 2014 Winter Olympics has also been announced, and of course, it will be WiiU/3DS exclusive. Whether it will be modeled after Sochi like the London game or not is unknown, but so far it looks just like the original MS Winter Olympics game. Many screenshots can be seen here.
-One Sonic game other than the last two has also been announced, though its title has not been revealed yet. It may be revealed at E3 (or any time, really).
I’ll do my best to keep you guys as updated as possible on the situation, especially in regards to Sonic Lost World.
Sonic Adventure 2 and NiGHTS: Journey into Dreams… release dates revealed
Two of Sega’s most popular titles are coming to the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, remade in high definition, this October.
PlayStation users will have the opportunity to download both of these titles for $9.99 a pop over the PSN Store on October 2nd, while Xbox 360 owners can download them for 800 Microsoft points via the Xbox Live Marketplace on October 5.
Sonic Adventure 2 can also be upgraded to “Battle” for an additional $3.00 or 240 Microsoft points. The Battle mode DLC features more maps and characters, as seen in the Gamecube version, including Chao Karate.
On the other hand, people who purchase NiGHTS: Journey into Dreams… will receive free access to the dreams of the 1996 holiday expansion, Christmas NiGHTS, which was only made available on the Saturn via magazine promotions.
Unfortunately for PC Players, Sega has yet to announce any details regarding a Steam/PC release. If anything comes up, we’ll let you know.
Sonic Adventure 2 has been confirmed for PC release, along with the already confirmed Xbox360 and PS3 ports.
SA2’s rating has also risen from E to E10+ (a rating which didn’t exist during the original release) because of “Mild Cartoon Violence” and one song lyric….containing the word “damn”.
In other news, the lovely Sonic Retro has unfortunately been hit by malware, so if you’ve visited it any time within the last 1.5 months, especially while using Firefox, please make sure to check your computer for any malware. A list of potentially-infected IP addresses can be found here, and the full story is here.
Sonic Retro’s main page will be down until further notice, though their database is still accessible.
Speaking of Sonic Adventure 3, anyone been checking TSSZ’s Twitter feed lately?
It appears that five Sonic Adventure 3 domains were registered in France, and one in Europe back in April, and TSSZ only found out about them now.
Before you all start freaking out about this, here are TSSZ’s thoughts so far:
TSSZ is leaning toward hoax (though it’d be an expensive one to register all those domains), but, as someone in the TSSZ forums pointed out, Sonic Adventure 3, if it were real, is owned by SEGA, and anything registered under the name can be taken down by SEGA instantly. The TSSZ forum person said that they themselves once registered a website with the name, and it was taken down almost immediately by SEGA.
So, if these are fake, why hasn’t SEGA taken them down yet? TSSZ say that it may have taken SEGA just as long to find it as TSSZ did, and the sites may be down within a few days. However, if they are not, then it is more likely that the domains are official.
So what does this all mean?
1. It’s a hoax, and TSSZ will probably report in first on this, so be sure to continue following their Twitter account for more updates.
2. If it’s not a hoax, then SEGA is indeed making another game. This had already been confirmed at Sonic Boom, when it was said that two Sonic games (one of them being the SA2 port) were currently in development. However, I find the domain titles very interesting. Are they returning to that title? What does it mean for gameplay and story? As I stated yesterday, a title is a title, and the Adventure name doesn’t automatically guarantee success. But, if this is real, I am curious to know why SEGA is utilizing the Adventure name. Only time will tell, eh?