SEGA has recently removed Sonic games with an average Metacritic score from shop shelves.
SEGA’s SVP of EMEA Jurgen Post said, “Any Sonic games with an average Metacritic has been de-listed. We have to do this and increase the value of the brand. 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. “
More after the jump.
In August Sonic Team’s Takashi Iizuka said, “Making both old and new fans happy is virtually impossible.”
SEGA is set to release 3 Sonic games over the coming months: the downloadable title Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 (though iPhone’s version is out now), Nintendo platforms exclusive Sonic Colours and Kinect’s racing game Sonic Free Riders. Episode 1 is intended to rekindle classic 2D gameplay that fans fondly remember from Sonic’s glory years on Mega Drive. And Sonic Colours is designed for Sonic’s 3D outings.
SEGA’s 3D games have always had heavy criticism from veteran Sonic fans in recent years. Sonic Unleashed disappointed many in 2008 and last year’s Sonic and the Black Knight suffered the same fate. So what will happen this time? Do you agree with them removing average games?