Wednesday, January 23, 2013

SEGA Developing New Sonic Title for Current, Next-Gen Consoles

Rumor has it that SEGA will be announcing a new Sonic the Hedgehog title in February, with a release planned for mid to late 2013. Sonic Stadium suggests that a teaser could be sent out during “Hedgehog Day” on February 2nd, a day normally used to tease fans about the Blue Blur’s future. A full reveal could then take place later in the month.

- Wii U, PS3, 360, 3DS, Vita, PC, “next-gen” console versions
- PC/Vita versions will be identical aside from visual differences
- 3DS game will be like Sonic Rush
- Console version will feature switches between full 3D movement and 2D side-scrolling sections
- Multiple routes
- Each route in a stage will lead to one of two or three exits at the end that will each take you to a different stage
- You will always end up at the same final stage
- Final stage count hasn’t been decided, but devs will add at least 20 different ones, not including boss battles
- Begin the game with Sonic and unlock other characters by completing stages
- Doesn’t mean 20+ characters will be playable
- Each character has his/her own skills to help them progress in stages easier where others will have more difficulty or simply cannot ala Sonic 3 & Knuckles and the Sonic Advance series
- Ex: Sonic and Shadow can’t make it up a wall, but Tails can easily fly up there or Knuckles can climb, allowing them access to an exit Sonic and Shadow can’t reach
- Stages can be replayed with any character of your choice
- 3DS version “similar in idea, but smaller in scope”
- Developers are trying to fit all of the characters into the game, but it will feature far fewer stages
- There will still be many paths through stages, but it looks like every stage will only ever branch off into 2 stages
- SEGA has its best developers working on the games
- Game has been in the works since before Sonic Generations
- Out this fall/autumn or winter at the latest

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