Posts tagged Rumor
Late last month, Sumo Digital Executive Producer Steve Lycett tantalized us all with a Twitter conversation regarding the future of Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing. Now that Nintendo and Sega are all buddy-buddy, one of Lycett’s more interesting tweets has taken on a whole new level of intrigue.
@BlazeHedgehog I’m thinking we could finally settle some arguments, Who’d really win a kart race…
When @BlazeHedgehog asked about the potential for a Pac-Man crossover, Lycett went on to clarify that he was thinking of “bigger rivals.”
Of course most of us are going to leap to the conclusion that Lycett would like to see a crossover with Mario Kart. Considering that Nintendo’s long-running franchise has needed a shot in the arm for years now, and since the fantastic Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed didn’t sell anywhere near as well as it deserved to, combining both games’ audience makes a lot of sense. Besides, Sumo did a great job of referencing just about every major moment in Sega’s console legacy, so why not make a game based on one of the greatest rivalries in the history of the medium?
[Source: The Sonic Stadium]
Despite last year’s rumors about steep licensing costs, it seems the successful Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games franchise is still alive and kicking, at least according to a member of the IGN forums.
User 100-Year-Old-Gamer, who claims to be a Nintendo insider, has been fielding pre-E3 questions, offering up some savory hints regarding the Blue Blur’s future presence on the Wii U: “A few Sonic games are currently being made (all of which will be on Wii U),” he writes, “I can’t say much about them, but the one made by Sega Sports R&D is a Nintendo exclusive!”
Sega Sports R&D have had their hands in the Mario and Sonic at the Olympics Games franchise from the beginning, so it wouldn’t be particularly surprising if a new entry was in the works.
Perhaps even more interesting is 100-Year-Old-Gamer‘s claim that Sonic will also be returning to the next chapter in Nintendo’s well-loved Super Smash Bros. series, and that other third party characters from Namco and Platinum are being considered. A lot of Super Smash Bros. fans assumed Sonic would be making a return, but the prospect of Bayonetta or Jack Cayman making an appearance is too exciting for words.
Of course rumors like these should always be taken with a boatload of salt, as we have learned from a wealth of dead-end Sonic rumors over the past six months or so. Still, if either rumor ends up true, it will be very good news indeed.
Remastered, and HD-upgraded re-releases are all the rage right now. There are also some great simple re-releases popping up here and there. Well, we may be able to add another classic to the list if the following rumor proves true. Recently, a Brazilian rating board website displayed some information regarding the Genesis game, Castle of Illusion Starring: Mickey Mouse possibly releasing on all the major consoles through their online marketplaces. And now, some boxart for the XBLA version of the game has surfaced. It’s interesting to note that the box art does not exactly mimic the original Genesis cover.
Previous re-releases of classic games have received digital box art identical to their original version, which leads some to believe that this re-release of Castle may be more than just a re-release and possibly some sort of revamp, or entire remake of the game. With the recent of announcement of DuckTales Remastered, I would not be surprised if any or all of these rumors came true.
Even as Shenmue fans continue to passionately chant their cause from atop every soap box they can find, it’s becoming more and more reasonable to accept that we may never see the long-awaited finale to Yu Suzuki’s sweeping epic.
But of course, this isn’t stopping the game’s ever-driven creator. In a recent interview with French reporter Sebastien-Abdelhamid at the Monaco Anime Game Show, Suzuki reportedly expressed an interest in crowdfunding a Shenmue III, and even brought up the possibility of an anime or manga down the line. The actual interview has not yet been published in its entirety.
While I’ve grown weary of the Kickstarting trend, this idea is one hell of an exception. This is a project that we’ve been pushing for, begging for, and supporting for over a decade now, and crowdfunding could be the perfect way for the community to not only support the team behind the game, but also prove that this franchise is truly capable of being profitable after all. After seeing the groundswell of support every time the series is even mentioned, even in events as small as the voting for DLC in Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, it’s not difficult to imagine that those same die-hard resolute fans could really get this game the support and attention it deserves.
Please, please, please make this happen.
An anonymous post on Reddit popped up that is supposedly from a developer on the Aliens: Colonial Marines team. The entire story can be read here. To sum up, it sounds like no one was in the right with this game over its long development, which is a bit disappointing. Hit that jump to shed some light on this story. More >
We all know it’s only a matter of time before Sega finally announces the next adventure featuring our favorite spiky blue mascot, and with Groundhog Day inching ever closer, a lot of us are wondering whether or not Sega will once again use the “hog” holiday to tease their next big “hog” game.
The wonderful folks over at The Sonic Stadium have reportedly heard from sources close to Sega that the big announcement will actually fall closer to mid-February. While the exact details of the game are still quite scarce and obviously unconfirmed, Sonic Stadium is reporting a huge handful of very intriguing rumor-tastic bits of information, including:
- The game will be released for Wii U, PS3, Xbox 360, 3DS, PS Vita, PC, and next gen consoles.
- While there is no word on exclusive features for the next gen versions, the PC and Vita versions will be identical to modern gen home console versions, and the 3DS version will be a Sonic Rush-style platformer.
- The console versions will follow in the footsteps of Colors, Unleashed, and Generations, with 2D and 3D sections.
- Splitting paths will return, though taking divergent routes will lead to different endings of the same stage. Depending on the path you take, you’ll end up going to different stages.
- The final stage count hasn’t been confirmed, but current target is 20 stages
- About 10 non-Sonic characters will be unlockable by beating stages as Sonic, but none of these will be “new friends.”
- Certain characters’ exclusive abilities will allow them to traverse certain areas more easily than others, a la Knuckles in Sonic & Knuckles.
- The 3DS game will be much smaller in scope, though it will try to keep some of the unlockable characters and the alternate path level design.
Wow. About 90% of these fall completely in line with what I want from a Generations sequel, or even the oft-requested Sonic Adventure 3. Especially exciting is that hefty stage count, which is one of the only places where Generations was really hurting. Bringing back too many characters is playing with fire, though.
We’ll keep you updated the moment any of this comes true.
[Source: The Sonic Stadium]
UPDATE: It has been confirmed that Sega has purchased Relic Entertainment.
Word on the streets is that Sega is the new proud owner of Relic Entertainment after yesterday’s THQ asset auction. The news comes from several reputable sources like a Relic staff member claiming Sega was in the running and several industry folks tweeting and posting on NeoGAF about the purchase.
The purchase does make sense as Relic Entertainment has developed quite a few games using the Warhammer 40,000 license and with Sega’s Creative Assembly developing a Warhammer game this brings Sega one step closer to dominating the Warhammer video game industry.
If this purchase is true to do you think it was a good move? Have you played any of Relic’s previous games? I gave Space Marine a try when it came out and thought it was a fun game. I still plan on playing through the entire game sometime and now I’m a little more motivated to do so.
There’s a job opening at Sega Studios Australia and they want a Senior Designer with “extensive combat design” experience and ”an excellent understanding of combat game mechanics and dynamics, and how to create game experiences to the requirements of Brand and New I.P.’s.”
Sounds like Sega’s Australian studio may be leaving their Olympic roots and moving into some new action-y territory. If the quality of their London 2012 game is any proof, I have a feeling this game may be something worth watching out for. I’d expect it to be a digital release as previous announcements have stated that Sega Studios Australia is focusing on “developing licensed & original IP for PSN, XBLA, Wii-U, Vita, 3DS, PC, iOS & Android.”
Sega Addicts has learned via an anonymous tip that GameStop stores may be stocking action figures based on Sega’s upcoming Aliens: Colonial Marines game. As shown in the photograph of the ‘Toys’ release list above, the action figures will retail at $19.99 each with a release date of May 1st this year, about two and a half months after the release of the game.
These lists are never definitive proof of any future event, but can often act as hints, such as Anarchy Reigns‘s reduced price point. If this is list is anything to go by, the three figures of Hicks, Hudson and an Alien Warrior are part of a first series of toys, suggesting more toys to be released in the future.
I still have some of my old Aliens toys around here somewhere, they’re pretty cool and I’d love to get my hands on some more. Reckon you’ll get some Colonial Marines toys? Let us know in the comments section below. Hit the jump to see the photograph in full.