The Sonic Team recently participated in an interview with Japanese news magazine Famitsu. The members present during the interview were Sonic Studio creative officer Takashi Iizuka and creative director Kazuyuki Hoshino. The team were asked a number of questions about the recently unveiled Sonic Colors Ultimate, which is a remake of the Wii and Nintendo 3DS title, Sonic Colors. Both Mr. Iizuka and Mr. Hoshino explained that one of the biggest changes they have made to the gameplay is to make the game more accessible to younger users. The traditional Game Over screen is gone and if you fall etc then Tails can fly in and retrieve Sonic from a perilous death, Here’s what they said:
Famitsu: What changes have been done, exactly?
Iizuka: Since the output power of consoles and televisions has gotten better since then, there’s that. But the biggest change was removing the old life system. “Game Over” as we know it, doesn’t fit with the current context for gameplay, so this time players can play it unlimitedly without worrying how many times they fail.
Famitsu: It seems the best for beginners.
Iizuka: Going even further, since it’s an action platforming game, if you fail to jump, you could fall in a bottomless pit and commit an error, but we have added the function of “Tails Save” to help the player.
As indicated by the name, if the player falls in a bottomless pit, Tails will appear and save them. We’ve added functions like these to make beginners feel more included, and that they can enjoy an action game without getting frustrated.