Sonic Adventure Released Over 20 Years Ago
Sonic Adventure is an iconic game that has retained its popularity through the years. This classic game got a boost last month with whispers of a remake. It features six playable characters, and each changes the gameplay experience. Sonic Adventure highlighted the transition from 2D to 3D gameplay (and no, it doesn’t require special glasses or goggles.) Sega enlisted a 60 person team that redesigned the characters and gameplay to fit the new style of gaming. Sega used the updated game to showcase what the Dreamcast system was capable of. Since its release in December 1998 to 2006, the Dreamcast version sold 2.5 million copies.
The Best Selling Sonic Game
Sonic Adventure is the highest selling Sonic Dreamcast game and ranked third overall. Since the original release, the game has been ported to several other systems, netting another $2 million in sales. The directors cut (DX) was ported to Gamecube (2003) and Windows (2003), PS3/XBOX 360 (2010), and an HD upgrade for Windows in 2011. Since these releases, Microsoft has used their backwards compatibility to make Sonic Adventure and the DX upgrade available on XBOX One. The $4.5 million sales total makes Sonic Adventure the best selling Sonic game to date.
A Remake is Being Thought About.
Recently, in an interview with Retro Gamer, the VP of Product Development, Takashi Iizuka, had this to say about the classic game:
“It was the first high-speed 3D action game that also featured a scenario highlighted with six different stories, the A-life Chao, six unique styles of gameplay– it is a unique game offering even 20 years after its release. At the time, it also wasn’t just a solitary software release, it was the title to bring people to the Dreamcast and we were given the budget to make something to showcase the hardware. However, it was the very first 3D game that we worked on and looking at it now I can see the rough edges it has, which really makes me want to remake it again.”
Critics of the previous ported editions focus on the outdated nature of frame rates, glitches, and controls. Nothing is confirmed yet, but with the VP of Product Design on the remake train, fans (myself included) can begin to hope for a come back for the bestseller.