Sega Teasing Sonic 25th Anniversary Plans With … Big the Cat

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Whoever runs the official Sonic the Hedgehog social media accounts is quite interesting, because they not only walk a fine line between sheer trolling and fanservice, they regularly create and or share memes (for better or for worse).

Such a post arose from the official Sonic the Hedgehog Facebook page and Twitter, in which Sega let out a tease for their mascot’s upcoming 25th anniversary.

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A photo of the Game Grumps team was posted, while they held a doll of Big the Cat, alongside the message:

“We’ve got some pretty exciting stuff planned for the year, so stay tuned.”

There’s some (seemingly) random numbers at the bottom of the image, “4 3 1 21 16,” which knowing the team behind their social media were put there just to mess with their fans’ heads.

However it’s certainly interesting they chose to focus on Big the Cat .. clearly this is a joke – right? Right?? What does it all mean?!

Brandon Orselli


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  1. Heavily Augmented
    Heavily Augmented
    January 10, 2016 at 3:19 pm

    Sega, we only care about those localizations for West audiences and PC ports now. Then again, the Sonic twitter is basically the definition of shitposting so we’ll see.

  2. inquisitormcsagington
    January 10, 2016 at 3:19 pm

    Jesus Titty fucking Christ…..

  3. HoddTodd
    January 10, 2016 at 3:21 pm

    On the facebook page someone asked about Big the Cat being in their plans this year

    Then the guy who runs it told him to remember his post

    I’m scared

  4. Mea K
    Mea K
    January 10, 2016 at 3:21 pm

    Somewhat disappointed they didn’t say “We’ve got some pretty BIG stuff planned for the year” instead!

  5. Doc Hammer
    Doc Hammer
    January 10, 2016 at 3:24 pm

    Random numbers sure, resembles the old Sonic sound test codes though.

  6. orbo
    January 10, 2016 at 3:50 pm

    Well the 25th anniversary is a pretty BIG deal.
    They must have something pretty BIG planned.

    Hopefully it’s not a BIG disappointment like the BIG piles of trash that is sonic the hedgehog gba and sonic 06 which lost them BIG amounts of money and fans.

  7. Dewey Defeats Truman
    Dewey Defeats Truman
    January 10, 2016 at 3:51 pm

    Glad I’m not the only one that thought of that.

    16 is obviously for the year, I’d imagine there’s two dates there (April 3rd and January 21st for example but they could be in other orders) that correspond to some goings-on with Sega.

    Or it could be just bullshit they threw in to make people look for these kinds of connections that don’t actually exist. Who knows.

  8. Dewey Defeats Truman
    Dewey Defeats Truman
    January 10, 2016 at 3:51 pm

    Sometimes I think I’m the only person that likes Big the Cat.

  9. Dewey Defeats Truman
    Dewey Defeats Truman
    January 10, 2016 at 3:52 pm

    Speak for yourself, if they announced an Ouya-exclusive Burning Rangers sequel I’d buy one of those shitboxes in a heartbeat.

  10. Tubsiwub
    January 10, 2016 at 4:09 pm

    Oh god…. bravo on that.

  11. Audie Bakerson
    Audie Bakerson
    January 10, 2016 at 4:41 pm

    Most likely a rerelease is involved.

  12. Nagato
    January 10, 2016 at 4:44 pm

    Not sure if the actual trolling here is the apparent inclusion of Big the Cat or using these Game Grumps people to do it.

  13. Daryl Corey
    Daryl Corey
    January 10, 2016 at 4:44 pm

    Well I like him well enough from a visual design standpoint

  14. bateruchan
    January 10, 2016 at 4:53 pm

    Well I don’t mind Big the Cat personally.

  15. Mr0303
    January 10, 2016 at 6:01 pm

    I wouldn’t mind a new Sonic game similar to Generations.

  16. Thanatos2k
    January 10, 2016 at 6:29 pm

    Freedom Planet 2 got announced, whatever garbage the Sonic team shits out will be inferior, again.

  17. Dewey Defeats Truman
    Dewey Defeats Truman
    January 10, 2016 at 6:59 pm

    Freedom Planet is more like Ristar and Rocket Knight Adventures (I think, didn’t play it much but I got a bit of a FP vibe when I tried it out recently) than Sonic.

  18. Richard Miller
    Richard Miller
    January 10, 2016 at 7:10 pm

    Sonic is long dead.

  19. Casey
    January 10, 2016 at 7:12 pm

    Don’t forget Gunstar Heroes. I felt plenty of that game in Freedom Planet.

  20. Casey
    January 10, 2016 at 7:13 pm

    Ever since they acquired Atlus, sega has been a little… unusual.

    What in the world are they up to?

    Nah, nevermind, I don’t care as long as I get my Vanquish port for pc.

  21. Dewey Defeats Truman
    Dewey Defeats Truman
    January 10, 2016 at 7:23 pm

    I wish this meme would die off already. There hasn’t been a bad Sonic game (actually made by Sega, mind you) since like 2007.

  22. dathip
    January 10, 2016 at 8:07 pm

    HEY SEGA bring phantasy star online 2 to the west for non-japense speaking users, hey sega make new virtua fighter 6, hey sega make sonic game bring all your past games to the #pcmasterrace, hey sega, stop milking sonic and focus on your other IPs, hey sega GET TO IT FOR ME OT CARE!!

  23. iam16bits
    January 10, 2016 at 8:36 pm

    Oh what the fuck Sega?!

  24. GreyAlarm
    January 10, 2016 at 9:07 pm

    What is Sonic Boom

  25. Josh
    January 10, 2016 at 9:48 pm

    I’m a big fan of Sonic, but if this new game involves the Game Grumps in any way, shape or form, this franchise is dead to me. Game Grumps is the main cause of brain cancer.

    Besides, they hate Sonic, so I don’t know why they’re doing this.

  26. LaserCatsAreAwesome
    January 10, 2016 at 9:52 pm

    Yeah it only has the visual aesthetic of the Sonic Advance games it plays nothing like them let alone the original Sonic games, anyone saying stuff along the lines of “it’s the Sonic 4 we always wanted” has no idea what they’re talking about.

  27. LaserCatsAreAwesome
    January 10, 2016 at 10:01 pm

    It and Big the Cat don’t mean anything, Sega’s social media accounts have been posting zany jokes regarding Sonic for nearly a year now. But I guess it’s possible that they’ll make some sponsored videos with them to promote upcoming games before officially running the joke into ground.

  28. Reginald Jones
    Reginald Jones
    January 10, 2016 at 10:36 pm

    “4 3 1 21 16

    Let’s look at every other number
    April Fools day. This isn’t sitting well with me
    Or it could be
    Either way it’s a date we should be looking forward too.

  29. Dewey Defeats Truman
    Dewey Defeats Truman
    January 11, 2016 at 12:33 am

    Nevermind aesthetics, if anything on that front it reminds me of something like Astal or other Sega Saturn titles.

    I’m sure I heard somewhere it started as a Sonic fan game but that really doesn’t transition into the final product much if it’s even true.

  30. Master Bating
    Master Bating
    January 11, 2016 at 1:04 am

    You forgot to mention Atlus

  31. Master Bating
    Master Bating
    January 11, 2016 at 1:05 am

    Its going to be a Big the Cat Mobile game isnt it?

  32. Jettythesunfish
    January 11, 2016 at 1:33 am

    Oi…why Game Grumps exactly?

  33. Swadian Knight
    Swadian Knight
    January 11, 2016 at 2:03 am


  34. LaserCatsAreAwesome
    January 11, 2016 at 2:34 am

    It did the main character looked a lot like Sonic and could roll on the ground (I think in the final game this was moved to another character), but even then the level design didn’t feel much like a Sonic game other than borrowing some of it’s speed set pieces and slope physics and had a big focus on melee combat against regular stage enemies that took multiple hits all of which carried into the final game.

    It’s fine as a mishmash of 16/32 bit platformers but the way some billed it including the game press if I remember as the Sonic game we deserve was pretty irksome. I’m really shocked in this Kickstarter and Patreon world that we still haven’t seen someone try to do a faithful attempt at making a Genesis Sonic like game.

  35. Pooh Hardy
    Pooh Hardy
    January 11, 2016 at 2:43 am

    y’know how fucking long it’s been since a sonic game has made it on a winning console?
    almost 5 fucking years man

    nintendo nintendo nintendo phone phone phone, pc port pc port pc port
    like these are saving the franchise

    they better be revealing a game that sega was secretly working on since 2013

  36. Ethan Fox
    Ethan Fox
    January 11, 2016 at 4:34 am

    I think it’s because a while back, they did some very popular Lets Play videos of Sonic Adventure and Sonic ’06.

    Obviously, Sonic ’06 was super-buggy (because it is) and Sonic Adventure was on PC, and that’s a terrible port (even more buggy than the Japanese original Sonic Adventure on DC).

    Naturally, as they run something of a comedy show they made fun of a lot of the issues and bugs, and it was funny – but they pulled down a lot of fire from die-hard Sonic fans who complained that they were making too big a deal of the bugs. That spilled off YouTube and onto services like Twitter.

    It was probably the biggest “thing” in the Sonic fanbase of recent times that wasn’t an actual new game.

  37. Ethan Fox
    Ethan Fox
    January 11, 2016 at 4:38 am

    I wonder if they’ll release a “fixed” version of Sonic Adventure on PC, then?

    The PC Sonic Adventure 1 was ALWAYS a terrible port. It’s significantly worse than the Dreamcast version (buggier, poor VFX, worse camera, shorter draw distance) and it didn’t gain anything from being a PC game; i.e. the game doesn’t support widescreen resolutions (it plays in a box).

    I would buy a revised version that supported full widescreen and fixed the game at least to the visual standard of the Dreamcast original.

    Alternatively, maybe it’s a port of Sonic Heroes on Steam – as that never saw a Steam release (though it did come out on PC on disc).

  38. Sylveria Shini
    Sylveria Shini
    January 11, 2016 at 7:10 am

    Implying that the franchise hasn’t been a mangled corpse minus a few twitches of life here and there for almost 10 years.

  39. Sylveria Shini
    Sylveria Shini
    January 11, 2016 at 7:13 am

    Oh so that’s how you’re rationalizing it? Sega hasnt made a bad game in years! It’s just the studios they farmed out the development to, financed, approved, and then published. I mean, sure, they had tremendous control over the games, the state they were released in, and could have stepped in but didnt… But it’s not their fault!!!! I mean, we can’t blame Hitler for the stuff his generals did under his orders!

  40. Richard Miller
    Richard Miller
    January 11, 2016 at 7:37 am

    You are joking right?

  41. OSad
    January 11, 2016 at 9:26 am

    The only way to celebrate Sonic at this point

    is to not celebrate Sonic at all.

  42. Lordlundar
    January 11, 2016 at 10:06 am

    Uhh the Sonic The Hedgehog Twitter account is little more than a comedy account (seriously, the stuff on it is comedy gold) with the idea that it’s “official” is debatable at best and I’m guessing the Facebook page is the same. I wouldn’t count on it for anything but a laugh as I don’t think a single post on it is serious.

  43. Black_Bob
    January 11, 2016 at 10:08 am

    @doc_hammer:disqus and @dewey_defeats_truman:disqus – Agreed! They play this game with numbers (which I really love as an old time fan).

    “There’s some (seemingly) random numbers at the bottom of the image, “4 3 1 21 16,” ”

    As you both probably rememember – Sonic 2’s sound test code for Stage Select: 1 9 9 2 1 1 2 4 (1992 Nov 24). Once you were in Stage Select, you’d go to the sound select there and do 4126 for All emeralds/ Super Sonic (04 01 02 06) which I forget was relevant to something…I’ll have to look it up. Then there was the debug code…which I can’t remember at the moment but that one was yet another date.

    I would love if they did something like that again in their anniversary game.

  44. Gabriel Ibisch
    Gabriel Ibisch
    January 11, 2016 at 10:45 am


  45. urvarazslo
    January 11, 2016 at 11:02 am

    corporations run shitposting now.

  46. メタラーにゃあ~
    January 11, 2016 at 11:03 am

    Get this game grumps shit off my face, Sega. Quit being such cocksuckers.

  47. Thanatos2k
    January 11, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    lol what? Sure, and Dewey defeated Truman too.

  48. Carl B.
    Carl B.
    January 11, 2016 at 12:42 pm

    I still don’t know who those people are.

  49. Josh
    January 11, 2016 at 3:43 pm

    It’s a Youtube Let’s Play channel run by Egoraptor, a guy who is e-famous for making a bunch of stupid cartoons on Newgrounds. He did playthroughs of Sonic Adventure and Sonic 06, and is known for his hatred of Sonic, but for some reason the official Sonic twitter is buddying up with him.

  50. Josh
    January 11, 2016 at 3:46 pm

    Boom and 06 were the only truly bad games he’s had in the last 10 years.

  51. TheManWithPants
    January 13, 2016 at 3:24 am

    Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric.

  52. Galbador
    January 18, 2016 at 6:05 pm

    I wish I had this doll :( I gues I was the only person who liked Big =(

  53. Galbador
    January 18, 2016 at 6:09 pm

    Oh sure, especially with such a great story as in FP /sarcasm

    CUUUDIES… teehee.

    Give me a break.

  54. Thanatos2k
    January 19, 2016 at 3:53 am

    Since when is story something anyone cares about in a Sonic game?

  55. Galbador
    January 19, 2016 at 6:35 am

    For a lot of people, the story mode is something important, no matter if a Sonic game or not.

  56. Thanatos2k
    January 19, 2016 at 10:30 pm

    Do people hate the early Sonic games then because they hate bad stories?

  57. Galbador
    January 20, 2016 at 5:10 pm

    Did I say that?

  58. Richard Miller
    Richard Miller
    January 21, 2016 at 5:08 am

    I just got it!

    4 3 1 21 16


    and the 4 and 3 could mean Sonic 4 Episode 3.