A Sonic Reboot? That's a pretty intense rumor. In the event of all the points made being true, how would I feel about it? Well, first, let's break it down, point by point.
Sonic Team and Sega are looking to better monetize Sonic: because apparently, Sonic hasn't already been monetized to hell and back...
Potentially “massive” and “total” reboot: I mean, they can reboot whatever they want, but fuck you. Sonic 2 and Sonic 3 & Knuckles happened and can't no one tell me otherwise.
Sega and Sonic Team are “committed” to the reboot: I guess that means that they're serious... assuming this isn't a rumor.
Speed, platforming, and surreal environments will remain: This is a good thing. No need for Sonic to be in the same bland, 256 shades of the same color world that plague too many video games these days.
Sonic and Dr. Eggman’s rivalry will continue: How can it continue if it's a reboot? (semantics) No, but this is cool, perhaps.
Both characters may undergo a makeover: So... green eyes are out?
Everything else is up in the air and may see radical changes, including Tails: if they give Tails nine tails and therefore make him a god... in other words, I'm not sure if I like this... a lot of the characters are cool enough as they are. They could maybe use a bit more character development... you know, be a bit more dynamic with their personalities, but that's it.
May birth a new universe and characters: Because everyone loves new characters.... personally, I'm not against new characters as long as they don't come out like how Big came out, Amy came out, or how Silver was originally perceived to come out. (I used to hate Silver with a passion...)
New gameplay methods and gimmicks: Who didn't see this coming?
Zones would be massively expanded and become their own world: Now this sounds interesting... this could be the "Sonic Adventure 3!!!!!" that everyone seems to have wanted, but yeah... this could totally be something amazing.
Zones feature individual levels masked as missions: Acts = Missions, I guess...
Idea likened to Burnout Paradise: Why? Because of the Speed? Seriously though, I haven't played much Burnout Paradise to
Includes a brand-new engine: once upon a time, a Sonic game tried a new engine too fast, and Sonic 06 was born... let's try and not rush things this time Sega...
Photo-realism is of no concern: Good.
May aggressively pursue a collection model as part of the reboot: SUPER EMERALDS? Noooo, you guys are reboot things, not returning things. This is probably the sole thing I'm worried about in terms of gameplay though, because the whole "Collect 4372894 things" in DK64 is what turned me off from it. But then again, I kinda loved the original Spyro the Dragon for it.... guess it depends on execution.
Targeting the young audience that enjoys physical collectibles: I'm still young at heart... just make the game play work.
May require physical emblems and collectibles to unlock special features: See, this is where the problem may begin... pay to win...
SEGA inspired by Skylanders’ success: I have no idea how Skylanders plays...
Physical toys and collectibles may have an interactive component with a new cartoon series: a new Sonic cartoon... oh boy... well, as long as it's not SONIC UNDERGROOOOOUUUUND!!!! quality, we could be in the clear... but then again, if it's like the third season of Sonic X....
May offer classic characters in-game as DLC: !
So... in general... Personally, I think that the reboot has promise. I'm not exactly sure why they have to "reboot" the series to be able to do all the things they want to do with the series in terms of game play and making money, but at the same time, I'm not Sega, nor Sonic Team.
And once again, can't no one tell me the "Death Egg Saga" of Sonic 2 and Sonic 3 & Knuckles never happened. It's the greatest piece of Sonic history there is.
That said, whatever they do, I hope they at least take their time with Sonic and this reboot, and make sure that they at least make a Sonic game the best way they can.
But remember, though... this is merely a rumor... nothing concrete, so this entire post could be moot.
I thought it was......