Sonic is not a character unknown to many, being extremely popular among not only children worldwide, but adults as well. He is SEGA‘s mascot, debuting in 1991 through his titular game Sonic the Hedgehog.
Well received by the public, Sonic propelled SEGA and its console, the SEGA Genesis to great heights and made the console a key player in the the16-bit era. The game would go on to become one of the best selling video games of all time and spawn a massive media franchise.
Ever since then there have been various entries in the Sonic series of games, that have delighted fans for years. Later on, Sonic games would undergo a decline in quality that left fans yearning for Sonic to return to his glory days.
In recent years, there has surely been a steady improvement in Sonic games, and fans are excited for Sonic Frontiers which is to be the next title.
However, it seems some fans just didn’t want to wait on Sega and decided to make their own game. A group of fans has been making their own Sonic game albeit, in Sony’s Dreams (thanks to TheRealTalker and Modest_Modsoul for highlighting and spotting this, respectively).
Dubbed Sonic Venture, this game is completely made in Sony’s Dreams, which is a “game creation system” video game. Basically, one can say it’s a level maker, to somewhat extent like Halo’s Forge, but Dreams is much more advanced as it is geared towards allowing users to make their own games ON the PS4 and PS5.
If it sounds fascinating, that’s because it is. Sony’s Dreams doesn’t allow you to make just games, but all sorts of varied content as well, such as art, music, 3D sculpts and models, among other things. Using these tools, a group of fans is making their own complete Sonic game, and they are completely in on it.
They are not just making a potpourri of random levels. They are actually developing a whole proper game, with a story mode. Going through their channel, you can see they have recreated iconic Sonic levels Seaside Springs and Glacier Springs.
Not just that, they are making their own OST as well, by making variations of iconic Sonic tracks. The game seems to have a “Chaos Mode” which sounds like a free-roam mode. Moreover, the demo shows a “Multiplayer” mode too though it is greyed out indicating that it is either planned to be added later on or is currently in the works.
A multiplayer component sounds enticing, whether it is local player couch co-op or online multiplayer. The developer states that the game started as a single-level demo made because the developer, at that time just one individual, wanted to see the potential of Dreams.
Over time, ambitions grew and other people joined in on the project to make a spiritual successor to the Sonic Adventure series. The game has been in development for more than two years, though there is no concrete release date, but it will be completely free.
Sony’s Dreams certainly has lots of potential. Created by the developer of the iconic LittleBigPlanet series, Media Molecule, Dreams is exclusive to Sony’s consoles.
This is just the tip of the iceberg of projects being made by fans in Dreams, and the amount of the diversity of projects is unreal. There’s the Avatar: The Last Airbender fangame called Four Seasons, the horror game Pressure, and so much more.
What has fans most excited is the open-world Sonic game Sonic Frontiers, a first for a Sonic game. In that way, the writers of Sonic Frontiers compared it to Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild, another beloved franchise of old. How Sonic Frontiers shapes up, only time will tell, but we are hopeful and impatiently await its release.
With Sonic Venture also thrown into the mix, things are certainly getting exciting. Perhaps a well-made fan game would also encourage the official developers to up their game and deliver solid Sonic games in the future.
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