Sega is feeling confident this week. Producer Takashi Yuda has announced that the company is already hard at work on Sonic Riders 2 for the Microsoft Xbox 360 and Sony PlayStation 3. Recall, if you will, that the original Sonic Riders for this generation's game consoles isn't even finished yet, let alone on store shelves.
Sequels and continuations of successful video game franchises are nothing new. Everyone knows that there will always be another installment of The Legend of Zelda or Grand Theft Auto. What strikes me as unusual is that I can't recall a company announcing a sequel is in the works for a game that isn't complete to begin with. It's like saying "Not only are we working on a game that is so damn great, but we're already working on the sequel to it because the first game won't be enough!" No, wait, I do remember the last time this happened. Remember when Sonic the Hedgehog 3 left a bitter taste in gamers' mouths when it was revealed that the last half of the game would be available in the "sequel", Sonic and Knuckles? I wonder if history is about to repeat yet again.