Sega Letting The Sonic Mania Team Move On Was A Huge Mistake

The next game from the team behind Sonic Mania was announced at this week's Nintendo Direct, and it looks just like what you would expect the Sonic Mania team to make without access to the Blue Blur.

Penny's Big Breakaway is a colorful 3D platformer starring a brand new mascot, a girl named Penny who wields a living yo-yo weapon. From the brief trailer, the game seems to have a lot of ideas and, given the critical and commercial success of Sonic Mania, it's a shame that the team is using those ideas in a game for Private Division instead of Sega.

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VincentVanBro365d ago (Edited 365d ago )

Uhhh the Sonic Mania team aren’t slaves. Let them work on a new IP and take a break from constant Sonic.

-Foxtrot365d ago

Constant Sonic? They only did Mania

They could have been secured to do a sequel after the success of Mania, hell outright buy them to do a Sonic game then maybe revive another old Sega Megadrive game or something, even something original after a while

Superstars looks alright but Mania helped Sonic get back out of a shitty place.

The fact is Sega could have something really good going on and they p***** it away.

FinalFantasyFanatic363d ago

I thought Sonic Generations was going to be a step in the right direction, but then we found out about all the downsides of that title. They really should have tried harder to hold onto the talent in the Sonic Mania team.

Yi-Long364d ago

As usual, Sega sadly doesn’t have a clue as to what they’re doing and what Sonic/Sega fans want from them …

A shame, cause Sonic Mania was the very best Sonic platformer since Sonic 2, and the best Sonic game since Sonic & Sega All-Stars Transformed, and I would have been infinitely more excited about a Sonic Mania 2, than I was about Sonic Frontiers, Team Sonic Racing, and they even managed to somehow botch up Sonic Generations … (!)

Sega could be doing soooo much better if they had a clue about what they’re doing.

Muadiib364d ago

Awful looking character, also, I'm sick of almost all western games having an ugly looking female protagonist. It's a super annoying trope that I hope bloody dies and soon.

FallenAngel1984363d ago

Wouldn’t be something when Penny's Big Breakaway blows away Balan’s Wonderworld?

The dedicated fans of Sonic making a better 3D platformer than the actual creators Sonic

Chocoburger363d ago

S-E had Balan rushed hard though, it clearly needed more time, and the executives didn't care. If it had reached it's full potential it certainly would have been a better game. How good? We'll never know.

Let's not put down developers who were crunching hard (and didn't want to even release the game) just to get something out the door.

FallenAngel1984363d ago

Even if they had more time the base game is still abysmal

Basing an entire 3D platformer on one button is a bad decision


Star Wars: Hunters Review | GamingonPhone

Vince Zyle writes "Star Wars Hunters is a really fun game! It’s not as good as other Star Wars games like Star Wars Battlefront 2 but coming from a developer like Zynga who worked on very underwhelming and low-quality titles before, this is a major upgrade.

There’s not much objectively wrong with the game aside from the work needed to make visuals smoother during animations. That’s one of the biggest issues at present alongside frame drops that occur from time to time when there’s too much going on which isn’t too bad but certainly noticeable.

In conclusion, Star Wars Hunters is a game for arena shooter fans who are looking for an action-filled game. Some of the other issues will hopefully be ironed out with future updates."

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Xbox Studios Boss: We "Deserve a Pretty Positive Grade" for Xbox Games Showcase

Xbox Game Studios boss Matt Booty thinks they "deserve a pretty positive grade" for the recent Xbox Games Showcase

phoenixwing1d 15h ago (Edited 1d 15h ago )

You bought it all around six months ago. You spent billions because the company is literally inept but yeah a plus man

OtterX1d 15h ago

It's like a kid that pays the smart kid in class to do his science fair project for him, then brags "Hey, look what I made! That's an A+ effort right there!"

GamerRN1d 7h ago

Wait didn't Sony buy all the great studios THEY own also? So Microsoft is a villain for trying to catch up?

OtterX1d 4h ago (Edited 1d 4h ago )

@GamerRN the only example I can think of that you're referring to is Bungie with Destiny? Maybe a few others that were already in financial risk of closure?

Almost all the others were long nurtured studios that Sony help build up from their beginnings. Insomniac for instance is what it is today because of Sony's support from the early PS1 days from Spyro to Ratchet & Clank onward. (Or for me, the hidden gem Disruptor) Insomniac even gave Microsoft a chance w Sunset Overdrive and hardly anyone bought it, so Insomniac saw MS as a wasted effort. They probably heard about the Gamepass plans early on b4 it was announced and ran. Gamepass is where games go to die bc unless you're in the 5% most successful titles, you're in risk of your game, and possibly your studio dying off.

shinoff21831d ago


Play coy all you want but Sony never went and bought 2 of some of the largest publishers in gaming. There is a huge difference. Doesnt matter much anyway because as Ms has already shown, it's base cannot support all the ips they've bought.

1Victor1d ago (Edited 1d ago )

@ Gamer: “ Wait didn't Sony buy all the great studios THEY own also? So Microsoft is a villain for trying to catch up?”
Ugh a few thousand of my brain cell expired after reading your comment.
Edit: sorry forgot to comment on the article
Good job microsoft on showing the stuff you stole and dangling it on front of the police saying you deserve it because you work hard to get it 🤦🏿

VenomUK22h ago

‘ Xbox Studios Boss: We "Deserve a Pretty Positive Grade" for Xbox Games Showcase’

And what grade do you think you deserve for the rest of your 2024 shenanigans? 🤔

DodoDojo18h ago


"Ugh a few thousand of my brain cell expired after reading your comment."

Based on your comment history I assumed that your brain cells already had a battle royal and that's how you ended up with that user name?

fr0sty16h ago

I think it's the gamers that get to decide that... you don't take a test and then go up to the teacher saying "I deserve an A".

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-Foxtrot1d 13h ago

Here’s the thing and I know it’s going to cause a stir like it’s some fanboy bullshit but it needs to be said

Microsoft did indeed have a great showcase, no way about it, they did

BUT…theres a lot of ways to go about it

We’ve been moaning for years how studios constantly keep showing off games that are years away and the thing is this is exactly what Microsoft has done this year

Simple reveal trailers to fully showing of a bit of gameplay, it’s irrelevant the fact is Microsoft already revealed Perfect Dark, Fable, State of Decay, Avowed, Indiana Jones before the showcase and some of those titles were revealed a LONG time ago. They did the same thing with Hellblade 2 for a while until it finally released, it always felt it was at every show. Gears of War had no release date so how many shows is that going to be at realistically? I just assumed going by the comments online people hated this sort of stuff and yet the next they praise it. We’ve still got other games MS revealed a while back and will get more re-reveals in the future so the same will happen again.

Then you have multiplatform games on top of all that because let’s be honest between the Summer Game Fest and Microsofts Showcase you’ll want to reveal your games at something more established and bigger so these big third party studios will chose Microsoft to show their games at since Sony hasn’t got any presence at these shows and people like EA don’t really do their own shows because they are always terrible.

It just feels like overtime, if Microsoft finally go third party in the next few years, the Microsoft Showcase will basically become a third party mini E3 show more multiplatform developers will want to get in on as long as there’s an Xbox version.

KevtheDuff21h ago

I'm glad someone else has pointed it out.

Everybody got angry at trailers of games with no gameplay or release dates and some of these didnt even have a year, so I'm not sure what's changed? Those of us with a series X spent the first two years saying 'wait till next year'. After this show we are still kicking the can down the road....
I'm happy to see what's coming, but the show did everything that everyone said they hated in the past! I guess given the shocks of the early year for MS, any optimism is appreciated, but I'll be reserving judgement for when we actually see games. At least ID know how to do a gameplay trailer - more of that please!

Profchaos10h ago(Edited 10h ago)

Tend to agree ms announces things far to early and with this showcase being the second last xsx focused show given the intended push to next gen in 26 it couldn't afford to be quiet.

I feel like most of these games announced won't see daylight until 25 / 26 some may abandon the xsx in favour of next gen and next showcase will be another repeat and maybe a next gen tease or reval if they are planning early 26

Obscure_Observer1d 12h ago

"You bought it all around six months ago. You spent billions because the company is literally inept but yeah a plus man"

Sure thing...

Perfect Dark, South of Midnight, Fable, Flight Simulator 2024, State of Decay and Gears 6 all looked incredible it those has absolutely nothing to do with ABK or even Bethesda.

I guess some people simply can´t accept that MS is on a whole new level of quality, quantity and variety that competition can´t come close!

Xbox has the whole generation on the lock and even some games to spare and save for the next generation console. All Top tier games day one on Gamepass including COD.

Things will only get better for us. This is just the beginning of something ever greater.

fr0sty1d 9h ago (Edited 1d 9h ago )

Guess what they didn't show much of? Exclusive titles. Not even Gears 6 was cited to be exclusive to Xbox.

Looks like you were proven wrong yet again.


andy851d 9h ago

Haven't you learned to wait for release yet? You said the same about Redfall and Starfield. Looking great in previews is all well and good. It's how they actually play that matters. Where is this "whole new level of quality"? They've yet to even be nominated for game of the year, nevermind winning it. That's what a whole new level of quality means.

-Foxtrot1d 9h ago

“Things will only get better for us. This is just the beginning of something ever greater”

Good grief.

Fanboy shit aside…come on


Hotpot1d 9h ago

ah spare me with this “us” mentality, you corpo mouthpiece are getting tiring...
if you’re a gamer and you see games you like buy it (and the device to play it if you haven’t) and move on, it’s a box not a homeland to defend.

XiNatsuDragnel1d 7h ago

Don't be a slave to company please man and be open minded about different views man.