On one hand I'm glad the Phantom Ruby is gone. From how @Foremem describes it Sonic Team just didn't pick a lane and stick with it.
On the other hand I wouldn't oppose the Phantom Ruby's return as long as it's powers are nerf'd and better explained. The power to bring back old zones as well as create replicas can be useful in a meta-sense.
For example what if there was a sequel to Sonic the Fighters only instead of 8 Chaos Emeralds it's just the Phantom Ruby. The Phantom Ruby is destroyed and like the Master Emerald in SA1 the pieces need to be found and recovered so everyone fights over them. Instead of Clone fighters they're replaced with Replicas that were spontaneously come into existance whenever a Ruby Shard is approached.
If I were to put a story to Sonic Forces: Speed Battle I'd have the same story. The Phatom Ruby was destroyed and now everyone is after the pieces. But the destruction of the Phantom Ruby caused a distortion in space and time causing other versions of Sonic and his friends to be drawn into their world. Tangle and Whisper from the world of the IDW comics and Teen Sonic, Longclaw and Baby Sonic from the worlds of Sonic's movie. Not only has the Phantom Ruby caused this dimensional clash but also spontaneously created many Replicas of everyone making it more confusing who's who and who's from where. So the Speed Battles are races to proove who is legitimate while the three competitors could be replicas.
At leats that's how I would treat the Phantom Ruby. The object alone is just too powerful but nerf'd or broken down it can be useful for a variety of gameplay factors.
While I agree unlikely Sonia and Manic will be in the movie, the movies are aimed at kids and young teens and most of them have siblings so brothers and sisters are still a popular value for cinema-goers.
All the more reason why I hope Sonic and Tails will have a brother-dynamic in the movie just as they do in the games.
I think the most likely strategy for Sega to get the full rights to their Chronicle characters back is to simply wait for Penders to die naturally. ANd to be clear I don't mean by some underhanded, illegal or death-treat means, I simply mean wait until his cholesterol and age do the work.
Sure he might pass copyright to a successor or have a will on what to do with the characters but if that ever happens then it be probably more negotiable outcome then.
Dunno the full story behind Alex Kidd but I figured the reason they replaced him for Sonic was for someone more edgier and fast to compete with Mario at the time.
Metal Sonic, though I would settle for "A robot Sonic" or some unique Mecha Sonic instead if not Metal Sonic.
Like even if it isn't Metal Sonic himself but another killer robot based on Sonic that be good.
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To watch a movie you wanted to see for awhile is great, getting to watch it with your mates is even better.
I waited a week or so after the movies release date in UK just so I could arrange to visit my best friend who lives a few towns over just so we can watch it together.
Bridge Zone. The music is my jam.
Not just the gift card, the "when you're here, you're family" bit.
Now the Zillow bit I didn't mind at all. Yeah it was still in a sense product placement but it was revelent to the story because the Wachowski's wanted to move from Green Hills to San Fransisco. I may not be familiar with Zillow (I pressume a site for an American estate agency) but when it comes to making a world more realistic then such use of product placement I understand (though some have argued the use of Zillow in the movie was a little on the nose.)
But not so much as Olive Garden. Sonic and the Wachowski's practically saved the entire world and all they get is a coupon for Olive Garden, all because that's the only app on Tom's phone given it's his church or something like that.
I'm not at all against product placement in movies. I just think that if a producer has to bend the knee to advertisements in their movies then they should work them in more efficiently to the story or be non-chalante on it than just making their main characters advertise out of nowhere.
*Pen an paper ready*
How to rewrite Archie Sonic most beloved character... Hmmm.
*Scrunches up paper and puts in the bin*
Yep, that'll do nicely.
I'd say yes but it is the only ability of the ruby with known limit.
The Phantom Ruby can rewrite reality and fool your brain into a false sense of reality as well. While it is capable of travel between realities (Sonic from Sonic Mania showing up in Sonic Forces) it can only do so when all seven Chaos Emeralds are present for Sonic Mania's true ending.
So while I acknowledge the Phantom Ruby is more powerful than the seven Chaos Emeralds, the Phantom Ruby can't do absolutely everything unless it's own powers are increased with the presence of the Chaos Emeralds.
So yeah, but the emeralds are required to do so.
The Floss and obvious sell-out to Olive Garden is the only things I didn't like about the movie.
I like to believe the only cosmetic change they will make to SA1 Sonic would be giving him his Hi-Speed Shoes. I know those shoes were exclusive to SA2 but I figure if Sonic Team does want to do a sort of "Dreamcast Sonic" thing then giving him those shoes and having him exclusively voiced by Ryan Drummond would make Dreamcast Sonic stand out and more unique to Modern Sonic.
I guess it does make sense the zones in Mania are simply revisiting different parts of old zones or reconstructions of destroyed zones and such.
I figured that the Phantom Ruby had the power to reconstruct zones. As in it turned Sonic 1 Green Hill into Sonic Mania Green Hill. But because of the ruby's power with alternate dimensions and illusions I questioned if these zones were actual locations of the universe Sonic Mania takes place in or not.
Twitter thing on it here.
No more Marauders is likely, yeah. But if this Knuckles does look like Ligh Mobius Knuckles then Penders will probably have a word about it.
The lawsuit ended in a stalemate, with the terms that Penders can (and probably will) file another lawsuit if Sega ever use Chronicles characters again. While this doesn't include Ken Penders characters, especially Knuckles, Penders will probably still throw a legal hissy-fit if the upcoming Knuckles alt in Dash Speed Battle look like his take on Knuckles which he attempted to copyright for himself for his comics.
He didn't loose either.