Sega appears to have seen the light, realizing the overflow of Sonic games -- some good, some bad -- is doing the brand no good. As such, they've decided "any Sonic game with an average Metacritic has been de-listed," meaning it cannot be bought new at retail outlets.
“We have to do this and increase the value of the brand," stated Sega's SVP of EMEA Jurgen Post. "This will be very important when more big Sonic releases arrive in the future."
“We could make a lot of money on back-catalogue Sonic titles, but let’s keep the number of Sonic games available under control. Otherwise you can have cannibalisation. If there are ten Sonic games on the shelves, with people seeing Sonic Rush DS or Sonic Rush Adventure, this may not help our overall strategy.”
The company will be releasing Sonic Colors and Sonic Free Riders at retail this holiday season, along with the first installment of Sonic 4 digitally. Colors, brand director David Corless says, is something for everybody -- Sonic 4, meanwhile, has more appeal than it might have in previous years.
“Colors will play well to our younger Sonic fanbase, but should also appeal to the older fans once they realise there are no unwanted surprises,” added brand director David Corless.
“It’s the first console title for a while that’s clearly influenced by Sonic’s platform past but also keeps the series moving forward with new ideas and innovations that complement that legacy."
"Sonic 4 on the other hand is old school and primarily for those core fans who remember the originals. But there are also a number of younger gamers who’ve recently discovered the classics on the iPhone or XBLA, PSN and WiiWare so it’ll appeal to them as well.”
We should have both titles reviewed come Christmas.