Sega hears you, they realize Sonic games need a revival in quality

GameDaily.com got to have an in-depth interview with Sega’s VP of America Marketing Sean Ratcliffe, where one of their topics of Discussion is the Blue Hedgehog himself and his future development in Sega. Here’s one of my favorite quotes from the interview:

We’re taking Sonic in a different direction, slow him down and he transforms into a “Werehog.” And that changes the gameplay again. For fans of Sonic that have been looking for a next-gen experience, this is the game they’ve been waiting for.

Oh really? while the classic 2D view does look amazing, is this “Werehog” gameplay really what we have been waiting for? Let’s hope for the best. To read the full article click here, the Sonic talk is on page 3.

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First ‘Sonic and the Black Knight’ details and screenshots revealed

UPDATE: Thanks to reader TheDUDE for the heads up, following this link takes you to Nintendo’s Japan site where in the video you get a couple seconds of the first ever Sonic and the Black Knight footage footage towards the end of the video. The results? it’s a very little glimpse but Sonic seems to (thankfully) retain his blazing fast speed and overall it looks promising.

I am sure many Sonic fans are crying at the though of a Sonic game with sword action, and I am sure many are happy to just see another Sonic game on the market, and then there are the super fans who are crying in joy that their fan art and fan fics are coming to the virtual world now. Whichever group you fall into here are some new details for the game; Sonic will learn different sword attacks and such through the good and bad actions he does during the game which are called “knighthood points”. Sonic also has a talking sword named Calibur and will also be joined by other characters such as Shadow and Knuckles. The game will use the same storybook type style for telling it’s story, just like Sonic and the Secret Rings. For the scans of more gameplay and some more in-depth details head on over to Gamekyo.

‘Sonic Unleashed’ is officially confirmed by Sega with new ‘DEBUT TRAILER’!

Sega finally announced Sonic Unleashed from Team Sonic. The game will be released on Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Playstation 2 and Wii late this year. Seems like Sega is going for the multi-platform approach instead of Wii exclusivity like with ‘Secret Rings’ (which was a good game in my opinion). Sonic Unleashed is built on a powerful new “Hedgehog Engine”, which introduces seamless 3D to classic 2D camera transitions (awsome), 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. So it sounds like Sega is getting their act together and finaly taking Sonic back to his side scrolling roots on home consoles. “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!”. So it seems like the werewolf rumors are almost certainly true, hopefuly it’s a step in the right direction.

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 (sounds like classic Sonic to me!). 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(oh boy, watch them pull off some ‘Sonic Fighters’ type action…). 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.

So it definitly sounds like Sonic Unleashed is shaping up to be one of the best Sonic Games ever, lets just hope these new “combat fighting” and “day/night” elements dont ruin the classic gameplay we have grown to love. As always expect more updates on this title as it develops, in the mean time make sure you watch the official ‘debut trailer’ up top.