Just recently, Sega has set a new plan to revive some old, great IPs for the upcoming future. They haven't said specifically which ones, but I feel that NiGHTS would be a likely one. Hopefully...
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Is it sad that I can't be certain if Sega (i.e. whoever's in charge of this) considers NiGHTS a major IP? I hope so
For years now, SEGA has just been nothing but Sonic and Yakuza. I would like to think that if any SEGA franchise besides those two is to be considered "major," it's NiGHTS. Maybe Virtua Fighter. Super Monkey Ball maybe?
I'm a little wary on a potential NiGHTS 3 and will continue to be until I have reason to be confident in Sonic Team again. As long as they're not consistently putting out good Sonic games, they're not gonna be putting out good NiGHTS games even if they try; that's the lesson I learned from Journey of Dreams. It looks like Mania and Forces will be good, but so were Colors and Generations, and it took a while for a promising Sonic game to release after that.
I've got bad feeling that my definition of "major franchises" differs from SEGA's quite a bit. What I think SEGA is trying to do is introduce as many people as possible to older franchises with SEGA Forever, and then see about actually reviving some of them. I don't think this will be the case for all of them or even most of them, but maybe one or two. Given that the Spielberg controller has shown up in the teasers, I find it quite likely that NiD will see a SEGA Forever release; perhaps using the touch screen as a "Mindsight" of sorts.
I don't see any of those currently on the App Store via SEGA Forever getting a revival anytime soon, but we'll see. Wouldn't rule out Altered Beast nor Crazy Taxi. As far as I know, there hasn't been a SEGA Saturn game on SEGA Forever yet, so it's possible that NiGHTS will be the first.
Colors and generations were only decent in the gameplay portion, try and sell a game based on that and you will never really acquire the glory you see/once had. Older sonic had a gripping core story, or atleast powerful and potent design, a story that is laying in an open coffin that is the SegaSaturn/Gamecube with the SA1-2, StH, and *MAYBE* Sonic heroes, tho Sonic heroes should be burnt at the stake for its good and short cutscenes, but super boiled down character representation that has since been a leach on the fandom ever since. You just don't do that to your main cast!
I personally am a bit wary of modern games all together, I have found alright games *here and there* but nothing all that good. Anything post ps2 seems to be such a huge gamble, not too mention how hard it is to get a good RPG these days. The fact that Sega even let Sonic boom continue its run post season-1 makes me scared for me and my relatives lives. Archie kinda followed in suit and tried to make a Sonic Boom comic, due to lack of popularity it shut down before issue 12, which makes the people who got the year sub have 1 issue short of a full year sub they bought. Needless to say, the few who purchased the 2 year sub people werent happy, being stiffed of 13 whole issues of their subs (im sure they were comped with other sonic comic sub). But it says alot when they wont even bother making issue #12 of sonic boom, making it not even qualify too have as many issues as most of archies mini-series had, then again what might as well be a blank book with a couple pieces of word play written around the corners is a good way to sum up Sonic Boom's existence. So I doubt the 2 year sub people were all that unhappy, Sonic Comic/ SU subscribers on the dip of quality and potential cancellation of the series.... thats a very different story.
Archie was spinning fire while sega was doing... what at the time? releasing Sonic Unleashed. Not a damn contest here.
So far, it looks like SEGA's trying to get off of its bullshit, but given how serious the story in Forces looks like it intends to be, I wouldn't say they're out of the woods just yet. Thing about Mania is that Sonic Team didn't make that, so we can't really use that as a sign of the folks in ST putting their heads back on.
The saddest part is that there is absolutely no way this article means that there's hope for my boy Ristar.
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