SEGA explains their decision to make Sonic Forces' Super Sonic DLC free forever

Remember when SEGA originally planned to make people pay for the Super Sonic DLC in Sonic Forces? The content would be for about a month, then it would cost $2 for anyone who didn't grab it during the free period. Thankfully SEGA came to their senses and ditched this idea, making the DLC free forever. Why the change of heart? Aaron Webber from SEGA’s PR and social media team explained...

“At the end of December, we announced that Super Sonic DLC was going to be arriving in Sonic Forces, and I don’t know if this has ever been officially stated yet, so I actually also wanted to mention this for the record, but Super Sonic was never initially planned to be in Sonic Forces. If you guys have played the game, the Chaos Emeralds aren’t really featured as a primary part of the story, and so Super Sonic wasn’t a thing. Along the development process, they said, ‘well let’s make maybe some DLC for Super Sonic.’

Now, to say that the Super Sonic DLC caused a bit of an uproar I think is pretty fair, and a lot of people going, ‘Hey, you know, this was always free in past games, why isn’t it free here?’ I think maybe some people may have thought too we already built it in the game, and had taken it out like a greedy publisher or something like that… even though that wasn’t the case, we had a lot people that worked really hard behind the scenes over the last month, and thankfully we had the support of pretty much everyone at SEGA, which was awesome, and everyone worked really hard, and it’s kind of like trying to hit a moving target when you’ve already said, ‘here’s the plan, let’s go’, but as of yesterday (January 24), the Super Sonic DLC is free for all platforms. It’s going to be free forever. It’s big news, and really good news I think. We wanted to make sure that the fans don’t hurt at all, so we kind of made the right move on this one, especially because a lot of you guys have seen this stuff in the past and gone, ‘Super Sonic kind of should be a key part of the games, it should be kind of a core part of it.’ So hopefully people are happy with that news, and thanks again to everyone at SEGA. Thank you, could not have done it without everyone’s help there.”

Categories: Interviews, Consoles
Tags: sega, eshop, sonic, switch
Games: Sonic Forces


Sun Feb 04 18 03:41pm
Rating: 1

"We realised that nobody would pay for it, so making it free was the only move that wouldn't alienate our fanabse."

Mon Feb 05 18 07:45am
Rating: 1

Yeah, this is basically it. I'm glad they made this decision, though. The industry trends toward paid DLC more and more, so it's nice to see a developer realizing their mistake and rectifying it, at least

Sun Feb 04 18 04:14pm
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Should've made Forces free forever while you were at it. As that game isn't worth any amount of money...

Yes Super Sonic was already in the game as dataminers found the files on disc before the DLC was announced. Not to mention it was even half-assed implemented in the game to begin with as the in stage cutscenes don't even change. They make you stop being Super once a cutscene or quick time event is triggered. Also the stages aren't even long enough to have fun with Super in this game anyway.

Oh Sega sega sega.....you had to do some trolling to get us all mad.

I wonder how long it is going to take for Sega to let the guy who runs their social media make fun of Forces the way he makes fun of '06.

I imagine once it's not the latest game actually in the wild, so by next year at least


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