|"Other Characters" - A movement in the making|
In light of the recent developments that have been occurring in the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise in recent years, I would like to bring up this topic of interest once again. Earlier this year I went on a rant about the importance of Sonic's friends in the franchise and why they should start mattering again today. As it turned out, recently a friend of mine was kind enough to make a website dedicated to the cause that I started. This website is called OtherCharacters.com, which you can view after clicking on the link at the very top.
It's very preliminary in look and feel, but it's a start. You have to start somewhere with something. If you continue browsing through this site you will notice a tab called "Blog". This is where I will be posting some content on topics like Sonic characters, this petition movement and how game development teams like Sonic Team function. I go under the username FoxCordova17 here.
If you're curious to know where I am at with this Other Characters petition, a call to bring back Sonic's friends as playable characters in the Main Modern 3D Series of games, then here are the current numbers as they stand.
Ink Pen Signatures: 94
Online Signatures: 73 (combining my old and new petitions)
However, I have recently found this petition which seems to have taken on a similar tone to the ones I've made. This petition managed to get 49 signatures. I wasn't aware of this petition until I found it.
So in theory if you combine all of these signatures together, you would get a total of 216 signatures. That's not so bad considering all the effort put into these things. Is it anywhere near my desired goal, though? No, not even close. I feel that if more people got involved in promoting this petition, whether through online avenues or word of mouth in-person, we could reach the desired goal of 10,000 signatures. Yes, that sounds like a lot of signatures, but I believe the process would go that much more smoother if more people were actively involved in getting signatures for this petition.
Sonic Mania and Sonic Forces appear to be the two Sonic games that will really start opening the flood gates when it comes to discussion about whether or not the Sonic franchise should move forward with just Sonic as the only playable character (Classic Sonic and the Created Character not withstanding) or if Sonic's friends should finally be brought back in Modern 3D as playable after an 11-year hiatus.
If you'd like to join this movement and help promote this petition in any way you can, then feel free to join any of these groups dedicated to "Other Characters"! We're open to schedule discussions about what to do with the petition, the movement and what people can do to promote talk about this.
Discord Channel: #sonicothercharacters