Six high priority websites for the not-yet-announced Sonic Adventure 3 have been registered as of April 22, 2012. No word has been received yet regarding if this mass registration was orchestrated by SEGA or not.
The following domains have been registered so far:
Though SEGA is known for registering its domains prior to a formal game announcement, the method in which these addresses were scooped up doesn’t match the publisher’s typical pattern of attainment. The past three Sonic-related domains that were registered (that being Sonic Generations, Sonic Free Riders and Sonic The Hedgehog 4) were under the administration of EuroDNS, where they still reside.
These new domain registrations (for the supposedly in-development Sonic Adventure 3) were registered by the French division of 1&1 Internet, a web-hosting focused company also based in Europe.
The pattern might not match, but SEGA might also be trying to throw sniffers off their trail – the company has shown that it’s fully aware of the many leaks it’s had in the past. That said, registering through an all-new company might be an intended move to keep SA3‘s development under wraps – but that’s purely speculation.
It should also be considered that SEGA has yet to take action against these domain registrations. If they weren’t authorized by SEGA upon filing and are indeed false, they likely would have been taken down or transferred to SEGA’s ownership by now.
So, what can we make of this? Unfortunately, not much for the time being – we’ll simply have to wait until we catch wind of a hint from SEGA…given that day ever arrives. Let’s just hope it does.
At least we have Sonic Adventure 2 on Xbox Live Arcade to look forward to. Chao garden-tending cheers everyone up, no matter the situation.