That's a fair reason; I may not like it from a creative standpoint but one of the biggest problems of Modern Sonic is character bloat, so I get the logic and reasoning behind the decision at least. And yea, Mighty and Ray are just diet Sonic and Tails. I feel like Archie did enough to make them somewhat distinctive, but obviously Sega aren't gonna borrow from an American comic ever. I feel like Fang has plenty to offer as a minor antagonist tho. I dunno, I just hate this feeling that the series doesn't want to embrace its entire history. Bridging old and new concepts is one way of quelling some (but not all) fan discontent, what's old is new again and all. Oh well.