The Sonic Team recently participated in an interview with Japanese news magazine Famitsu. The members who attended the interview were Takashi Iizuka, creative officer of Sonic Studio, and Kazuyuki Hoshino, creative director. The team received many questions about the recently announced Sonic Colors Ultimate. This is a remake of the Wii and Nintendo 3DS title Sonic Colors. Iizuka and Hoshino explained that one of the biggest changes they made to gameplay was to make the game more accessible to younger users. The traditional game over screen is gone. Tales can jump in and rescue Sonic from dangerous death if it falls.
Famitsu: What specific changes have you made?
Iizuka: It’s because console and TV output has improved since then. But the biggest change was to get rid of the old living system. The “game over” we know doesn’t fit into the context of current gameplay, so this time players can play unlimitedly without worrying about how many times they fail.
Famitsu: Looks good for beginners.
Iizuka: In addition, since it is an action platformer, if you fail to jump, it will fall into a bottomless hole and an error will occur, but we have added a “tail save” function to help the player.
As the name implies, if you fall into a bottomless hole, Tales will appear and save you. By adding such a function, even beginners can enjoy the action game without any discomfort.