Sonic Unleashed

Sonic is Unleashed *with screens*

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If someone told me 20 years ago that a little blue hedgehog named Sonic would be an icon in the gaming industry, I would have laughed and spit milk at you... Well that was  mostly because I was a kid and that's what all kids do isn't it? Either way I still wouldn't have believed you. But here we are, 20 years later and it appears I was naive. Sonic is due back on our consoles in the aptly named "Sonic Unleashed" sometime in "late 2008."

"Sonic Unleashed is built on a powerful new “Hedgehog Engine”, which introduces seamless 3D to classic 2D camera transitions, whilst delivering a rich and expansive world with multiple paths to choose from. Under development for three years, the Hedgehog Engine produces a visually rich next generation look and feel with elements of classic Sonic gameplay mechanics. The Hedgehog engine will help re-define the gameplay experience for Sonic fans and newcomers to the franchise alike."

"“By combining rich and vibrant scenery with dynamic viewpoints Sonic Unleashed will provide an immersive 3D experience whilst keeping alive the 2D gameplay elements and fantastic worlds that Sonic fans know and love” commented Gary Knight, European Marketing Director for SEGA Europe. “In addition to this classic Sonic gaming experience, when darkness sets in Sonic Unleashed players will be able to experience a completely new way to play as Sonic… making this his most exciting adventure yet!”"

"Having been broken apart by the evil Dr Eggman, it’s down to Sonic to put the pieces of the world back together again by retrieving the power of the chaos emeralds. In doing so, Sonic will find himself in a race against time and faced with an unusual situation that will challenge him in ways never before seen. By completing a wide variety of action-packed stages, spanning the seven broken continents of the world, gamers will need to unleash Sonic’s amazing abilities to save the world, and himself!"

"The opportunity to engage in Sonic in different ways during the day and night time levels brings a completely original way of playing to the Sonic franchise, in addition to running at high speeds in classic Sonic style, combat fighting will become possible. Super quick Sonic’s speed skills will be highlighted by four new modes, whilst the all new combat, movement and functional abilities will offer depth and variety to the game. As the sun sets in Sonic Unleashed, a different type of adventure will awaken in Sonic’s newest quest…."

We're praying that they fix the huge problems that were so apparent in the previous title and our little blue friend can recapture previous glories. The one thing that did make us sit up and pay attention was the mention of the "new" engine... So we're ever so slightly hopeful.

Check out the full gallery here for the images in high def glory.


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Sonic Team
SEGA of America


US November 24, 2008

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