After years, mostly average ratings for sound games, Sega aim high with what is to come Sonic Frontiers.
We all love the fastest hedgehog, just not all of its games. But it seems Sega is aiming for high rating scores for the next entry in the beloved but flawed series. According to VGC, during a recent Q&A with analysts and investors, the company was asked if it had any targets in mind for ratings results on sites like Metacritic, which Sega Sammy’s CEO Haruki Satomi and CFO Koichi Fukazawa confirmed they did.
“We set internal targets because the correlation between ratings from external rating organizations and sales in Europe and North America is high,” the two said. “If the game scores high, it may become a must-buy and potentially generate synergy with sales, so we are currently working hard to improve the game’s quality for sales during the holiday season.”
Obviously, the idea of a company wanting their game to be rated well isn’t particularly surprising, but Sonic games have a history of being, shall we say, mediocre. the latest entry, sound forces, only has a 57 on Metacritic. Kind of a spinoff game Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric has a pretty terrible 32. And Sonic: Lost World has an average of 63 and makes sound colors the highest rated 3D game in over a decade with a score of 78.
Rating scores aren’t everything, of course, but considering this isn’t the first time Sega has mentioned its high expectations for Frontiers, it’s clearly a cause for concern for the company.
And it’s not that people don’t care about Sonic anymore – the latest movie has made a huge buck, so people want to see this pig go fast. Hopefully Frontiers can redeem Sonic in some form, but we haven’t even seen the game in action yet, so who knows how the game will play out.
https://www.vg247.com/sega-is-aiming-for-high-reviews-scores-with-sonic-frontiers Sega is aiming for high ratings with Sonic Frontiers