In what might be either a sad or happy day for Sonic fans, it seems that Sonic Team will no longer be using Big the Cat. In a recent interview with Takashi Iizuka, it was reported that Big was to be put on a list of older Sonic characters that are no longer in use. Said list includes Mighty, Nack, Bean, Bark and most recently Marine.
“We just have not found a good use for him” said Iizuka. “We tried him as a fisherman and a strongman but nothing worked out.”
Back at Summer of Sonic 2011, Iizuka also said that his biggest regret was Big in Sonic Adventure. It’s kind of obvious that Sonic Team has been sour on the fat cat as of late. This is becoming more evident in his recent absence in all Sonic games since his last appearance in Sonic and Sega All-Stars Racing 2010. The fact that he was replaced by Vector for Team Rose in “Sonic Free Riders” pretty much cemented his fate.
Die-Hard Big fans can still find him in the Sonic comics where he’s had a slightly bigger part in the book as of late. In fact, the next Sonic Universe story arc after the secret Freedom Fighters will be a Big the Cat arc with Froggy, Mighty and Ray which starts in October.