Game news The Nintendo Switch could well see the return of this series for 2024
Published on 03/01/2023 at 12:20
Do you remember Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games? The last edition at the end of November 2019 and it must be admitted that the license aura is no longer the one it had when it started. Despite everything, Nintendo and SEGA have never hidden their intentions to continue this beautiful association (which we would like to see lead, one day, to a sequel to the fabulous F-Zero GX) and it could be that a new episode is in preparation for. Unless it’s something else entirely…
The Internet never sleeps and Internet users have discovered an interesting ad on a Japanese job board. Leafing through the latest proposals, interested parties have indeed noticed that SEGA is currently looking for a programmer for a specific project. In the section detailing the key points of the offer, we can thus discover that the project in question is part of the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise and, above all, we can see two links leading to the official Sonic Channel website… and to the dedicated title page Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games – The Official Game. From appearances, everything seems to indicate the return of Sonic in a game stamped Olympic Games, and therefore Paris 2024. But on closer inspection, it’s more complicated…
Mario & Sonic at the Olympics or a sports simulation?
Reading some details of the announcement, there are elements that contradict the first hypothesis. Not only is there no mention of Mario at any time, but, in addition, the game is intended for all current consoles (Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4/5 and Xbox Series). It’s hard to see Nintendo offering the door to the arrival of Mario on another machine other than the Switch. Under these conditions, what should we see behind this announcement? A possible official game on the next Olympic Games with an appearance of Sonic? The arrival of the Sonic mobile license at the Olympic Games on console (and possibly the end of the partnership with Nintendo)? The project is currently embryonic and the engine used (Unity, Unreal Engine…) is not yet defined. We will have to wait to find out more, but SEGA seems well and truly decided to put its hedgehog on the front of the stage.
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