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Sonic Generations is considered one of the last great Sonic games ever made. It combines all the greatest stages from Sonic's history into one giant, celebratory compilation pack. I loved it and so did a lot of other gamers. Imagine the surprise of fans when Sega seemed to be hinting at some new DLC for the game... except, it's fake DLC and it features Transformers alum Shia LaBeouf.
Words can't properly describe the video so I'll let it do all the talking. Keep in mind this was posted on the official Sonic The Hedgehog YouTube channel. Yes, the official channel.
I don't even really know where to begin.
So for a little bit of context, Shia LaBeouf apparently released a free motivational video to help encourage people by fomenting the idea to follow through with one's dreams. What we ended up with was prime-time meme material for the internet since LaBeouf's video was green-screened and people took it and just did all sorts of wacky stuff with the content. Some of that wacky stuff apparently includes Sega trolling fans with some non-existent DLC.
This is also one of the few videos on YouTube where people are actually at a loss for words.
Some fans have simply stated that Sega isn't even trying anymore and they're just going full troll.
It's not hard to imagine such a thing given that the official Sonic The Hedgehog Twitter account actually lightly trolled someone with a Sanic meme. For those of you not in the know, Sanic is a badly drawn meme of Sonic. Check out the tweet from the official account below.
Honestly, I am at a loss for words.
Fans think the whole dive into meme culture makes Sonic a lot more interesting than it's been since Sonic Generations. It's a sad time for a lot of fans of the blue hedgehog because the brand used to have a lot of potential and it feels like sometimes the fanbase cares more about the quality of Sonic games than Sega... especially following the release of Sonic Boom for the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U.
You know it's also sad when YouTube comments are actually saying that Sega may as well go ahead make a full Shia LaBeouf DLC pack for Sonic. Ouch.
Some fans, however, are actually pumped. They feel this is Sega's way of reigniting interest in the brand for the 25th anniversary of Sonic The Hedgehog. There is hope that Sega will do something special with the franchise for the celebration and release remastered versions of the first three canon games and a remastered version of Sonic & Knuckles.
If Sega decided to do a sequel to Sonic Generations I would be completely okay with that. There are still a lot of really great stages that could be translated into 3D (e.g., Ice Cap Zone and Oil Ocean) and a ton of stages that could make for a good 2D translation (e.g., Seaside Hill and Final Rush).
I don't know what Sega has planned but hopefully they won't squander this explosive PR moment on another turd like Sonic Boom.