You know, there's one thing that unites topics like this. And that's mostly that they waste time and accomplish nothing. Who really cares? Sonic Team is a means to an end. It's decided by people higher up than Sonic Team. If they want something they get it--they are people with money and knowledge to assemble whatever they might want. The issue is Sonic is a cartoony thing run by a bunch of old Japanese businessmen. That it ever hit gold was mostly happenstance--look into the code of the old games and you can see they're riddled with bugs and potentially bad ideas--and given that Sonic 2 and 3K and CD are like, what, about the only three that got anywhere, and nobody had a Sonic CD so it was more like 2 and 3K... that's about 2.5 games they made that were ever mainstream-appeal. So really, did they ever have it? No. They hit a few flashes in the pan, then they lost it. I think the problem is the fanbase is in denial about the quality of Sonic. Sonic never really was more than a face invented to sell consoles, and once the consoles vanished, the already questionable quality vanished. What we're seeing now is just the inevitable conclusion of a mascot without a point: increasingly irrelevant, sloppily glued together games. The endgame will be when he joins Crash and Spyro in the "burnt out unsellable property" list. And contrary to what people say, the fans have no control over it. It was always in the hands of the fickle mainstream, who, despite the occasional good effort, have NO interest in Sonic.