Sega has placed faith in an external indie developer to build on its treasured Sonic franchise.
Osaka-based Dimps – developers of Capcom’s Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo HD – were hired last year to build the new episodic Sonic game.
Dimps’ experience with digitally-distributed titles is a key factor for the lucrative deal; Street Fighter HD saw the studio build a game with high-res assets yet packaged efficiently enough to be an XBLA title.
Sega, and Sonic Team itself, has over the last ten years been subjected to a wave of criticism concerning the treatment of the Sonic franchise.
A string of disappointing Sonic games has even been the inspiration of a ridiculing flow-chart.