SEGA today announced that the upcoming XBLA title
has been delayed, with its release window being pushed from Summer 2010 to the latter half of the year.
While this may seem like bad news, SEGA have made it clear that it's for good reason. The developers are trying hard to resurrect Sonic's glory days, and release a new, great game worthy of the Sonic 4
name. I'm sure most Sonic fans would agree that the first three games (and maybe Sonic & Knuckles
) were fantastic, and justifiably made the character and games real icons of that era, but the last few years have been lacklustre for our favourite blue power animal, at best.
So for a game to have the cheek to call itself Sonic 4
, it has a lot of expectations to live up to, am I right? So a delay to assure that is the case is nothing but a good thing, yeah?
Here's the exact quote from SEGA's press release about it:
SEGA is incredibly happy at the overwhelmingly positive response to Sonic The Hedgehog 4 Episode I from both press and fans around the world. SEGA wants to ensure that we’re delivering the best Sonic experience possible.
With this dedication to quality and the Sonic experience in mind, SEGA has decided to extend the development of the game and will now release Sonic The Hedgehog 4 Episode I in the latter half of 2010. The additional time will allow the Development Team to focus on keeping the game high-quality, continuing tuning and balancing of levels and interface and overall maintaining the kind of polish that an important game like this demands, ultimately providing fans with an unrivalled classic Sonic feel.
Personally, I think it is especially fantastic to hear that SEGA are taking fan feedback seriously and trying to improve their game accordingly. After all, even the awful Sonic games sell like hot cakes, so it definitely seems like
is not just an attempt to make an easy buck, but rather a game most definitely for the fans.
On the even brighter side, SEGA also released a new trailer for the game, featuring some bedazzling Splash Hill Zone gameplay. You can check it for yourself on YouTube, via the external link below.