Sonic 4 is Sega’s answer to a recent string of not so good Sonic games. Who could forget the Werehog from Sonic Unleashed? Or how about Shadow the Hedgehog? These are the kinds games Sega wants to forget about. From here on out, Sega will be blacklisting all Sonic related games that don’t meet Sega’s standards.
Sega’s senior vice president of Europe, Middle East, and Africa Jurgen Post said older Sonic games that have an average Metacritic score has been de-listed. Sega is doing to this to bring some amount of dignity back to the the franchise. Be prepared to see those average titles removed from store shelves. Sega wants to give future Sonic games a fresh start, Step one to this method is getting rid of dead weight.
Sega is doing this at the expense of making more money on the many Sonic titles it has released.
“We could make a lot of money on back-catalogue Sonic titles, but let’s keep the number of Sonic games available under control,” said Post according to MCV. “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.”
Sega is ready to release two more Sonic games this year with Sonic Colors (November 16, Wii) and Sonic Free Riders (November 4, Xbox 360).