Meh. I have no strong feelings one way or the other. Now if they announce that the PS4 game next year has been cancelled in favour of this then I'll be pretty pissed off. But for now I just kinda don't care.
Is it bad that I'm kinda excited to learn more about this? I mean, it's being developed by Sonic Team (yeah, they don't have the best track record but they're the main Sonic devs so this has to be an important project) and there's already a Sonic endless runner on iOS so it wouldn't make sense for this to be another one. This could be something with more substance than just another cheap mobile game, and that has me kinda excited.
That just makes it hurt worse... It's like they were embarrassed by Generations, despite it bring the best Sonic in years; the second they perfected the basic play style they started in Unleashed, they decided to abandon it for Lost World's bizarre "Not-Quite-Mario-Galaxy" gameplay.
And again, it's terrible, but Sonic Dash already is a Sonic Free-Runner. Even if it's good, why waste the effort on another?
i wonder if Sonic Runners has a chao garden. Iizuka did talk in a past Sonic Boom event about the possibility of making a chao game on mobile devices since he knew there was demand for the chao garden to return.
Sonic Advance 3 was their big 2004 Sonic game, even if that was on GBA. Sonic Team usually has done a main Sonic title once or twice a year, but this year they didn't put out anything.
I hope the break shows a bump in quality, for we know Sega loves that November deadline so much they've now put out two console Sonic games that are considered to be some of the worst games of all time, thanks to 06 and Rise of Lyric.
Um, are most of you guys forgetting that Lost World came out last year? If anything, this is the new Sonic game made by that team ; melding mechanics from Lost World, Colors and Rayman Jungle Run (I hope at least :l; one of the best iOS games I've every played ) to make a fun mobile game to coenside with the new spin-off tittle coming to all platforms next year (maybe another All Stars Racing? A Sonic tittle by Sanzaru?).
I think that the Generations team is either making a Sonic game for PS4/X1 for next year or the next anniversary tittle for 2016 (either being a game melding elements from Lost World and Generations or a Generations sequel with a lot more levels to run in).
Doesn't help that one of the lead programmers of A-LIFE has defected to Square-Enix (Hashimoto designed the Luminous Engine, I believe). I hope Iizuka will see the value in a content-rich raising sim he fostered both in NiGHTs and the Sonic Adventure series. Plenty of potential for advancements in AI, with novel ways of Chao raising on top of that.
As much as I want another Sonic Generations, I don't see it ever happening. Sega seems to push for something "innovative" with each title and probably feels like a Generations sequel would be retreading territory. But the biggest reason that the modern Sonic gameplay probably won't return is that it takes tons Of effort to create the long levels because of how fast you run through them, only to have the player whizz by everything in a short amount of time and complete the game quickly. Even if we got another Generations it would probably play more like Lost World.