A batch of registered domain names have given rise to the theory that Sega are working on a follow up to the popular GameCube/DreamCast title Sonic Adventure 2.
Website TSSZ discovered that French web hosting company 1&1 Internet has registered a series of domain URLs that surround “Sonic Adventure 3″.
It’s not uncommon to see game publishers scoop up Internet domains for unannounced titles, but it is uncommon to see domains concerning a popular gaming icon being purchased in bulk with no information on who’s doing the buying.
The domains in question are; sonicadventure3.com, sonicadventure3.net, sonicadventure3.org, sonicadventure3.info, sonicadventure3.fr and sonicadventure3.eu.
Typically publishers don’t try to hide the fact they’re buying up domains. It’s mostly a cautionary measure to protect their intellectual properties. In the past, Sega have registered domains for Sonic Free Riders, Sonic Generations and Sonic 4 before they were officially announced, and each ended up actually existing.
But those domains were held under the company, EuroDNS and not 1&1. Put any of them into the URL bar in your browser and it takes you to a seemingly normal page, not at all suggesting a connection with Sega (you’ll need to use Google Translate as the site is in French). So the question becomes not so much ‘why’, but ‘who’.
It’s also interesting to note that all of these domains have been registered between the 17th and 22nd of April this year.
It’s difficult to say either way, but I’ve got to call ‘false’ on this one. At least for now.
It might be convincing that the domains have been registered for a few months now and no one at Sega has demanded them taken down. Then again the publisher just might not care and someone is just sitting on the domains thinking they can sell them off at a later stage.
The only sort of validity I can really argue is with the HD remake of Sonic Adventure 2 due out soon, Sega might be getting us ready for an official reveal sometime before the end of 2012. That is if you want to read too much into it.
Despite that, it all just doesn’t sit right. Sega, and other major publishers, don’t keep this sort of thing a secret. Sega has always been known to use the company EuroDNS so why would they change to someone else and make it all anonymous? They weren’t terribly concerned with everyone knowing they’d registered domains for games that were actually in development in the past.
If it all turned out to be true however, and Sonic Adventure 3 was really in development, what would direction would you guys like to see the game take? Or do you think it would be a bad move for Sega?
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