If you’ve sent any e-mail to Paul in the past few days, it might have bounced. (Paul, a.k.a. chief, is the guy who runs this website. If you’ve used our contact form, it sends an e-mail to Paul.) But we’ve got our e-mail set up now, so any future e-mails should go through.
The hedgehog knows.
Some users weren’t able to log into the forum because their account was set to use the Warrior skin, which is currently unavailable. I’ve worked around this by disabling the Warrior skin for now. Don’t worry, it’ll be back soon! Hopefully you should be able to log in now, at least.
Be sure to read the post below this one if you haven’t already.
You may have noticed that we were hacked again about a week ago and, as a result, the forum has been down a few days. Well, good news! I’ve cleaned everything up (much better than I did last time) and everything seems to be in working order. That means, yes, the forum is finally back! But wait! Remember that, although the chance is small, the hackers may have gotten your forum password. If you’re concerned about this, you should change your password, not just on the forum, but on every site where you used that password. Sorry for the inconvenience!
Wondering why the forum was down so long? A big part of it was Bluehost requires us to submit a support ticket to wipe the server. I kept the forum down during the waiting period because the server could be wiped at any time and I didn’t want anyone to write a big post and lose it in the wipe. Well, after waiting about 60(!) hours for Bluehost to get off their butts and wipe the server, we gave up and signed up for DigitalOcean instead. I think DigitalOcean is a lovely host and look forward to working with them.
Now to make sure we never get hacked again…
The CEO and President of SEGA, Hajime Satomi, has admitted in an interview with Japanese magazine Famitsu that he feels the company has “betrayed” the trust of their fans with several titles released, and how the focus of the company will now shift to quality releases to “win back the customers’ trust”.
Highlighting the acquisition of Atlus, Satomi discusses how they’ve learned from the Japanese developers and how their North American and European markets have in the past primarily focused on “schedules”, which leads him to the conclusion they are better to release nothing at all if they continued down that path.
“As far as the Western market goes, we learned a lot from Atlus. If we can make a title with proper quality, I believe there’s a good chance for it to do well even in the West for players that like to play Japanese games.”
“I’ve been talking to the employees about how we should start putting serious consideration into quality from this point on. Especially in North America and Europe, where it’s always been more of a focus on schedules, I believe that if we can’t maintain quality, it would be better to not release anything at all.”
Satomi follows by admitting the company has “partially betrayed” their older fans with select games.
“We did our best to build a relationship of mutual trust with older fans of Sega, but looking back, there’ve been some titles that have partially betrayed that [trust] in the past 10 years.”
Satomi could of course be partially referring the recently released Sonic Boom titles on Wii U and 3DS, which shipped just 490,000 copies combined back when we reported in February, making it the worst selling major Sonic game in history. The Wii U version’s reception was especially negative, scoring just 32 from critic aggregator Metacritic – thus making it the worst reviewed Wii U title of the year.
It’s not all doom and gloom though, as Satomi says there could be a new home console game announced at the Tokyo Game Show 2015, which is in September. Could we get our first glimpse at the 25th Anniversary title?
“Since we’re seriously considering quality, I can’t make that promise for the time being, but I believe we will announce something for home console at Tokyo Game Show,”
“Sega in the ‘90s was known for its ‘brand, but after that, we’ve lost trust, and we were left with nothing but reputation. For this reason, we’d like to win back the customers’ trust, and become a ‘brand,’ once again.”
SONIC BOOM VOL. 2: BOOM SHAKA-LAKA (TR)
Brace yourself for the SONIC BOOM! The hit multimedia Sonic experience comes to you in the action-packed, laugh-a-minute comic book series! Sonic and his friends Tails, Amy, Knuckles and Sticks find themselves caught up in more zany adventures! Dr. Eggman asks the question: “Where does a one ton, fearsome gorilla sit?” The answer: “Wherever he politely asks to!”—wait, what?! Dr. Eggman has a problem-how can he betray the trust of the villagers when they don’t trust him to begin with? The mad mechanic pulls out all the stops to woo the weary would-be victims, but he gets more than he counted for when Sonic and his pals decide to become his
staff! Then it’s off to the races as Dr. Eggman goads Sonic into competing in a go-kart race! Sonic puts the pedal to the metal-because if he put his feet to the track, he’d win without question! But there’s no way Dr. Eggman will run a clean race! This volume collects SONIC BOOM #5-7 and #11.
Script: Ian Flynn, Bill Freiberger & Sam Sandak Freiberger
Art: Steven Butler, Ryan Jampole, Jennifer Hernandez, Diana Skelly, Rick
Bryant, Jack Morelli & Matt Herms
Cover: Tracy Yardley, Rick Bryant & Matt Herms
6 5/8 x 10 3/16″
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 11/11
SONIC/MEGA MAN: WORLDS UNITE VOL. 1: DEADLY FUSION 1 (TR)
The sequel to the record-shattering Sonic the Hedgehog and Mega Man crossover is here! You saw what happened when “Worlds Collide,” now brace yourself for when WORLDS UNITE! Dark forces have come together in the far future! The vicious conqueror, Sigma, has cheated death again and escaped the justice of X and the Maverick Hunters. He’s crossed space and time to join forces with Zavok and the malicious Deadly Six of Lost Hex! Sonic and Mega Man could save us-but they’ve gone missing! Now the Freedom Fighters of Sonic’s world and the Robot Masters of Mega Man’s world must take up the fight to save their heroes and stop the coming tide of darkness! WORLDS UNITE features guest appearances by the cast of SONIC BOOM, MEGA MAN X and some of CAPCOM and SEGA’s biggest stars! This volume collects WORLDS UNITE parts 1-4 from Sonic Universe #76, Sonic Boom #9, Sonic the Hedgehog #273, Mega Man #50 and selections from Mega Man: Worlds Unite Battles #1.
Script: Ian Flynn, Various
Art: Dan Schoening, Tracy Yardley, Ben Bates, Jamal Peppers, Terry Austin,
Jack Morelli, Rachel Deering, Luis Antonio Delgado & Elaina Unger
Cover:Patrick “Spaz” Spaziante
6 5/8 x 10 3/16″
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 11/4
SONIC SAGA SERIES 9: THE EGGMAN WARS (TR)
The SONIC SAGA graphic novel series returns! This volume is all out WAR! Dr. Eggman’s forces have grown thin and his city is destroyed. It’s time to strike! Sonic leads the Freedom Fighters and the Chaotix in a high-speed blitz to liberate the world! But Dr. Eggman’s army won’t go down without a fight-or will they? Even as the dust settles, a new conflict threatens to blaze up out of the ashes! What is the Iron Dominion, and is their fearsome might too much for Sonic to handle? And what role does Dr. Eggman’s lackey, Snively, play in all this? It’s all action and intrigue in this latest installment of the SONIC SAGA SERIES! Collects select stories from Sonic the Hedgehog #s 199-202.
Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Tracy Yardley, Renae Deliz, Jim Amash, Tery Austin, John Workman,
Teresa Davidson, Matt Herms, Jason Jensen & Josh Ray
Cover: Tracy Yardley
6 5/8 x 10 3/16″
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 11/18
SONIC SUPER DIGEST #14
Get ready for fun & adventure—it’s Sonic Super Digest! Don’t miss all the classic fun and adventure you love in stories from the comics’ 20+ year history as Sonic and his friends embark on daring adventures, face evil villains and save the day one chili dog at a time! Spin into the fun that only Archie Comics and Sonic Super Digest can bring! Featuring awesome cover art from Tyson Hesse and story & art from the biggest names in Sonic comics history!
Cover: Tyson Hesse
On Sale Date: 11/4
128-page, full color comic
SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #278
SONIC’s planet-wide chase CONTINUES! “Face of the Enemy” Part One: Sonic, Antoine and Big head to Shamar to rescue another Gaia Key Guardian! They’re calling in the reinforcements and getting some help from the local Freedom Fighters-but will that really be enough to get past the fearsome Egg Army? Then, in “Hidden Costs” Part Two: Get ringside seats to Bunnie vs. Cassia. It’s the can’t-miss Cyborg fight of the century! Featuring cover art by jamming Jamal Peppers and a “Maniacal” variant By CG artist Rafa Knight!
Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Adam Bryce Thomas, Evan Stanley, Terry Austin, John Workman & Gabriel
Sonic the Hedgehog #278 CVR A Reg: Jamal Peppers, Terry Austin, Elaina Unger
Sonic the Hedgehog #278 CVR B Variant: Rafa Knight
On Sale Date: 11/11
32-page, full color comic
SONIC UNIVERSE #81
SILVER FIGHTS for his FUTURE in “The Silver Age” Part 3: Silver is at the mercy of the heartless council, but their cold nature is nothing compared to the evil then unleash! Gold’s mysterious past is now revealed, as well as how it’s tied to the current calamity. Will it be up to Silver to save his future once again? Featuring cover art by long-time Sonic Comic artist, Tracy Yardley and a “To the Future” variant by newcomer Adam Bryce Thomas!
Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Tracy Yardley, Jim Amash, Jack Morelli & Matt Herms
Sonic Universe #81 CVR A Reg: Tracy Yardley & Matt Herms
Sonic Universe #81 CVR B Variant: Adam Bryce Thomas, Terry Austin & Steve
On Sale Date: 10/28
32-page, full color comic
By the way, if any of you have e-mailed Paul (chief) during the outage, when FUS was down completely, the e-mail may have been lost. Maybe not. So if you sent in anything, go ahead and send it again just to be sure, OK?
The forum’s finally back up. We also upgraded IP.Board in the process, so things might be extra wonky for the moment. But it should be usable, at least.
We finally got the server wiped and everything reinstalled. That took a lot longer than I thought it would because it turned out wiping the server meant filing a support ticket with our webhost, then waiting, and waiting, and waiting for them to get around to it. But that’s done and we’re mostly back now.
The forum is still down at the moment, but most of the rest of the site, including Sea3on, should be available now. A few things may be missing or not acting quite right, so bear with us as we get things up and running…
SONIC SUPER DIGEST #12
Get ready for fun & adventure—it’s Sonic Super Digest! As the Sonic/Mega Man WORLDS UNITE crossover reaches a fever pitch, see how it all began with a look back at Worlds Collide, the story that started it all, in a special Sonic/Mega Man spotlight feature! Also in this issue is an ALL-NEW edition of SONIC COMIC ORIGINS spotlighting the insidious G.U.N scientist (and villain?!) SNIVELY! This new story fills in some crucial and never-before-revealed gaps in the new Sonic comic universe, and you can ONLY scope this exclusive new story in Sonic super Digest! But that’s not all! Don’t miss all the classic fun and adventure you love in stories from the comics’ 20+ year history! Plus new cover art from Sonic comic super-star Jamal Peppers!
Script: Ian Flynn & Various
Art: Adam Bryce Thomas, Rick Bryant, Jack Morelli, Matt Herms & Various
Cover: Jamal Peppers, Jim Amash and Matt Herms
On Sale Date: 6/10
128-page, full color comic
The ALL-NEW Sonic/Mega Man Crossover sequel explodes onto the shelves with “Worlds Unite” Part Three: It’s a cascade of cross-dimensional chaos! On Sonic’s World, the Freedom Fighters are battling with the terrifying arsenal of M’egga Man! On Mega Man’s World, the Robot Masters can’t keep up with the super speedy Sonic Man! Who can possibly save our heroes? The answer is sure to surprise you! After the history-making “WORLDS COLLIDE” crossover event, Sonic the Hedgehog and Mega Man unite once more—and this time Sonic Boom and Mega Man X are joining the fray! Featuring cover art from the legendary Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante, villain variant by T.Rex and part 3 of the epic 12-part connecting variant cover series by artist Ben Bates!
On Sale Date: 6/10 | 32-page, full color comic | $3.99 U.S
Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Dan Schoening, Tracy Yardley, Terry Austin, Jack Morelli and Luis Delgado
Cover: Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante
Villain Variant Cover: T.Rex
Covers Unite Variant (3 of 12): Ben Bates
I have some grave news, amigos.
On May 30th, FUS was hacked by a spammer. We still don’t know for 100% certain how they got in, but I’m 99% certain they got in through a WordPress exploit, since our WordPress was rather out of date. The main thing they did, possibly the only thing, was put up a bunch of spam pages and maybe send out spam e-mails.
But there is also a chance they got ahold of the forum database, including the password table. The passwords are encrypted (or more accurately “hashed”), which means they cannot just read your password, but they might be able to decode some of them. If you reused your FUS password anywhere else, such as for an e-mail account, we highly recommend changing those passwords just to be safe. Also, though we think the chance is tiny, FUS may still be compromised for the moment. Now, the chance they got or will get your password is very small, but it’s not impossible.
We think we have patched up the security holes, but the nature of security is one can never be too sure. So what we’re going to do is torch the site and run. *ahem* I mean, we’re going to make a big backup of everything, wipe the server, and then put everything back in as secure a manner as possible. That means that, within a day or two, FUS is going to be down for probably a few hours. We won’t lose anything; when we’re back up, everything will still be there and, we hope, it will look as though nothing had ever happened.
We deeply apologize for the inconvenience. Heck, it’s a hassle for us too! But bear with us and everything should be fine within a couple of days, OK?