The more I read of this the more amazed I am. More fanart used as placeholders, liscence violations, prerecorded scenes still having assets in the data and dev tools leaking. This must be a massive nightmare for them.
It was outscourced to Blind Squirrel games. Never heard of them before.
I think the Blind Squirrel games made a total of three games prior to doing a remaster/remake of Sonic Colors Ultimate. So they're not a much known gaming company, and if this is the result, let's hope that Sega won't be hiring these guys again for potential future remaster games.
I'm going to recommend that everyone goes to download and play this:
You might have heard of "Project 06" before, but if you haven't, it's a recreation of the Sonic 06 stages in Unity. It actually feels really good to play, restores dialogue, fixes all the bugs, introduces some better mechanics and as of last week version 4.0 released, meaning EVERY Sonic and Shadow stage is now fully playable (including the other associated characters in their respective level parts). I've been playing 3.5 recently and that had every Sonic stage, but I'm amazed he's just released all the Shadow stages in one go.
Even all the special gems are available (you have to find them hidden in levels).
Update from Iizuka himself around five hours ago or even yesterday: Sonic 2022 Game(Currently under the code name Sonic Rangers) will have an Open World. Yet due to the failure of Sonic Colors: Ultimate, Sonic Adventure Remakes won't happen.
Though as much as I'd like a Sonic Adventure 1 remake(and while this is a wishful thinking since it won't happen in a million years, to bring back Jason Griffith to voice Sonic again since he's my favorite Sonic actor), after what happened with Colors Ultimate, now's not a really good time unless they hired new guys to actually not mess up development with games as much as they do these days.
Yeah, I thought you could customize your own character and play as that avatar as well as both Modern Sonic and Classic Sonic in the game. Is that going to return in Sonic Rangers, or are they doing what Kingdom Hearts 3 did at certain point with names of several players that got their names(or code names) into one part of the game itself?