There is an old saying that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different result. If this is the case then Sonic Team is the most bat-sh*t crazy group of people in the entire world. Before they were simply making terrible Sonic games the same way over and over and expecting one of them to finally be good. Then, with Sonic Unleashed, it looked like someone might have finally at least got them out of the padded cell because they were showing a little improvement. However, the whole Werehog thing clearly demonstrated that they were still crazy enough to need to wear a straight jacket. Now it looks like they’ve decided the padded room was quite comfortable and they’d like to go back in as the Werehog will be returning if Unleashed 2 comes out. Did that metaphor work at all?
In a recent interview Tetsu Katano, the director of Sonic and the Black Knight, had this to say when queried about everyone’s least favorite mutation: “In principle, I think that the users are always right. They’re the ones paying the money and playing the games. If they don’t enjoy it, they’re not going to buy it. I don’t think that producing the Werehog was a mistake per se, but there were a lot of things we could have done better if we had more time and resources,” following up after another question with, “But you will see the Werehog again. I like Secret Rings very much, but when it came to making this title [Sonic and the Black Knight] we chose to do something different. All the good things about Secret Rings belong to that specific game. So in the same way, unless we’re going to make Sonic Unleashed 2 you might not see him again. But if we are going to make it, you might see him again. It’s a possibility.”
Of course if history tells us anything, this means that we’ll also be seeing Dracu-tails and Knucklestein pretty soon.