SEGA has no issue with Sonic fan games ‘so long as no profit is involved’

Fan-made projects based on existing video game franchises commonly stand on shaky ground in the modern era, with many companies obligated to shut down fan games to protect their IP.

Sega is usually more relaxed in this regard, and Katie Chrzanowski, Associate Influencer Manager at Sega of America, recently reached out to Sonic fans to address the matter.

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nickanasty20633d ago (Edited 33d ago )

Wish Nintendo would do this for some of the Mario remakes I have seen. That Mario 64 in UE4 looks incredible. Same with the UE4 Ocarina of Time remake i've seen videos of. Not to mention Diddy Kong Racing remake in UE4.

DarXyde33d ago

They kind of have to do that with Sonic. Sega isn't exactly known for great Sonic games otherwise anymore.

DarthZoolu33d ago

I think it's a stupid stance because they could actually get with the best fan content creators and pay them for their work and receive profit themselves. We've seen modders and fans create some of the best content in gaming both parties could easily be getting paid.

ShadowWolf71233d ago

Psst. They do that.

Sonic Mania says hi.

ZeekQuattro34d ago

Strangely not so much in the case of Streets of Rage though. I remember the grief they gave the SOR Remake team in the early years of the project.

Terry_B33d ago

Different situation, probably because it used mostly the old games itself and was not a real fan-game in the sense that everything but the characters or worlds were original

I_am_Batman33d ago

While it immitated many aspects of the original games it was coded from the ground up. Maybe the end product looked and felt to close to the originals, but I think it's more likely that Sega has changed their tune on this kind of issue after seeing that recruiting fan-project devs can work in their favor.

Terry_B33d ago

@ Batman, while the engine was fresh it used many original sprites from the classic games, both the stages, sounds, character sprites was all directly copied

Nebaku33d ago

It hasn't been the case for a LOT of Sega fan-games.

Unfortunately people turn a blind eye to it soley because of Sonic Mania.

Teflon0233d ago

Don't know what that one is, but they've been known to be very supportive of the Sonic ones. I think it maybe depends on how they're done maybe. Or the devs specifically. So they specific devs that make SoR may have been working on something and doing a Remake isn't really a fan game. Like Sonic before and after the sequel were completely new original Sonic games good enough to be full releases but were obviously free games. Same with 99% of em. Remakes are a whole different situation and aren't fan games

Sgt_Slaughter34d ago

That's a good thing because fans have been making better Sonic games than the actual company has in the last 15 years or so. Mania would be an exception but: "The development team was composed of members known for their work in the Sonic fangame and ROM hacking community"

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