Sonic Extreme

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Sonic Extreme
Developer(s) Vision Scape Interactive
Publisher(s) Sega
Series Sonic the Hedgehog
Platform(s) Xbox, GameCube, PlayStation 2
Release Cancelled
Genre(s) Extreme sports game
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

Sonic Extreme is a cancelled skateboarding video game in the Sonic the Hedgehog series for the Xbox, GameCube, and PlayStation 2.[1] While the game was never officially released, footage of the game was received very poorly by the video game press.

Background[edit]

In early May 2011, footage of the game was uploaded up to YouTube, which was labeled by Game Informer as a "skateboarding spinoff' video game.[2] Destructoid best summarized the scenario as:

"Boy has money, boy spends money on Xbox Dev Kit, boy finds prototype version of a game, boy announces discovery to the internet. The big difference here is that the game in question was never even announced. Just developed and quietly cancelled in the night."[3]

The video showed footage of two characters, Sonic the Hedgehog and Shadow the Hedgehog.[4] The player directed Sonic, on a board, around a skatepark, while performing tricks, with Shadow being controlled by a second player in split screen multiplayer.[5] Three gameplay modes were present: "Mission," "Battle," and "Race". The "Mission" mode involved collecting keys in order to remove locks.[3] The "Battle" mode involved picking up weapons, such as rocket launchers or mines, and attacking other characters.[3] Last was a racing level, in the vein of the boarding segment in Sonic Adventure 2.[3]

In 2017, more surrounding the game's creation was revealed. Vision Scape, who animated the pre-rendered cutscenes for Sonic Heroes, developed the prototype during the development of Sonic Heroes without Sega's knowledge as a pitch for the Xbox, GameCube, and PlayStation 2 consoles, using the same engine used in the unreleased tech deck game Tech Deck: Bare Knuckle Grind. Sega declined the project, but recycled the hoverboard concept with Sonic Riders.[6]

Reception[edit]

Although the game was never officially released, footage of the game was very poorly received by critics. Many critics supported Sega's decision to cancel the game.[1][7][8] Game Informer commented that it looked "terrible" and "predictably awful".[9] Computer and Video Games described it as "basically another utterly rubbish skateboarding spin-off".[1] Similarly, VG247 called it "compellingly awful".[10] TeamXbox, while less negative, still noted that the "...gameplay and level design is still pretty basic. Movement and character animations are also fairly glitchy."[11] The game's existence and cancellation also elicited commentary on Sega's quality control process, with critics stating they were surprised they cancelled Sonic Extreme, but continued to release other poorly received Sonic games,[12][13] such as the 2006 game Sonic the Hedgehog[1] or Sonic Free Riders.[14] GamesRadar was also critical of the title, stating that it "prov[es] once again that slapping the word 'extreme' onto any popular franchise, activity or consumer good is a surefire way to guarantee that it will be anything but."[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "E3 09: GamesRadar's E3 2009 awards". gamesradar. Retrieved 2016-03-26. 
  2. ^ "Canceled Sonic Skateboarding Game Revealed, Looks Terrible". www.GameInformer.com. Retrieved 2016-03-26. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Unannounced Sonic Game Found Alive And Well". Destructoid. Retrieved 2016-03-26. 
  4. ^ "Rumour: Shelved Sonic game footage turns up". VG247.com. Retrieved 2016-03-26. 
  5. ^ "Press The Buttons: Sonic The Hedgehog Skateboarding Title Discovered". www.pressthebuttons.com. Retrieved 2016-03-26. 
  6. ^ Hulfish, Garret. "Previously Unknown Sonic Skateboard Game Has Been Revealed in Video". Digital Trends. Retrieved 10 May 2017. 
  7. ^ "Canceled Sonic Skateboarding Game Revealed, Looks Terrible". www.GameInformer.com. Retrieved 2016-03-26. 
  8. ^ "Press The Buttons: Sonic The Hedgehog Skateboarding Title Discovered". www.pressthebuttons.com. Retrieved 2016-03-26. 
  9. ^ "Canceled Sonic Skateboarding Game Revealed, Looks Terrible". www.GameInformer.com. Retrieved 2016-03-26. 
  10. ^ "Rumour: Shelved Sonic game footage turns up". VG247.com. Retrieved 2016-03-26. 
  11. ^ "Cancelled "Sonic Extreme" Hoverboard Game Revealed - Xbox". 2013-12-02. Archived from the original on December 2, 2013. Retrieved 2016-03-26. 
  12. ^ "Canceled Sonic Skateboarding Game Revealed, Looks Terrible". www.GameInformer.com. Retrieved 2016-03-26. 
  13. ^ "Footage of cancelled Sonic game «  GamingBolt.com: Video Game News, Reviews, Previews and Blog". gamingbolt.com. Retrieved 2016-03-26. 
  14. ^ "Footage of canceled 'Sonic Extreme' hoverboarding game". Engadget. Retrieved 2016-03-26. 
  15. ^ "Unreleased Sonic skateboarding game discovered on Xbox development unit". gamesradar. Retrieved 2016-03-26. 

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