[Interviewer:] Getting back to Sonic CD, the new version expands the field of view to widescreen without distorting the sprites’ proportions. How did you accomplish this?
[Ken Balough:] That's a trade secret.
This question only sounds stupid if you're reading it with Sonic Fan tunnel vision. He's just given us the general public's perception of the game; it isn't readily apparent to anyone but us that the game actually is
a remake because every other game that's been billed as one- Street Fighter 2 HD, Golgoth's Toki project, many others- was actually a complete reinterpretation of the source material. Anyone who saw the trailer and stopped there is going to think this is just another emulated release. Now, I figured everyone had gotten all worked up about this because Taxman had finally hit the big time, and it was going to be a boon for the community or some shit, but here the layman is largely oblivious to his role and Sega sure isn't helping. If you're going to sidestep such a simple question, at least do it gracefully like the Japs!
And everyone balking at the notion of a Chaotix remake on the grounds that the original didn't play well is demonstrating some seriously fucking backwards logic. Here we have one of the few games in the franchise that deserves a remake, and the only
one that actually needs one.
It's a nice bonus, but SCD didn't need S2 physics or Tails. It's insane how much wasted potential went into that game. Fix the physics, make the combi system optional, totally redo the level design to rout the repetition and actually make use of the characters' unique abilities, and then emulate the original just for kicks and I'd gladly pay retail price for Chaotix. All the assets are there, the art and music are the stylistic apex of the entire franchise immediately after SCD and Taxman's done all the hard work already. Now they just need to code all the interesting gimmicks they forgot the first time around and arrange the tiles like they aren't tripping on cough syrup. It'd take a fraction
of the effort they put into S4E1, and it'd accomplish the same goal with the panache Sonic Team just doesn't have anymore.
This post has been edited by Ritz: 05 December 2011 - 10:56 PM