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.

The epic Sonic Unleashed E3 Trailer, includes Werewolf-Sonic gameplay!

This epic 2:24 trailer from E3 for the upcoming Sonic Unleashed game has Sonic fans drooling! Not only does it look amazing, but it also shows off the long awaited footage of Sonic in werewolf form that we have so eagerly anitcipated. Watch for yourself and you be the judge, but as he imagined it slows down out blue friend alot as opposed to his ‘speed of light’ gameplay which is shown. Overall it looks to be possibly the best looking and playing Sonic game offered up since the 16-bit generation.

UK’s Nintendo Power Sonic Unleashed preview is scanned for your eyes

In the latest edition of the UK Nintendo Power Magazine they included a massive 8-page preview of Sonic Unleshed (for the Wii version obviously). They talk about gameplay, provide screenshots, and have an interview with the games lead designer, Yoshihisa Hashimoto. Probably the most interesting of all is the discussion about “Were-Sonic” as the magazine calls him, as some details are discussed about how he will effect the gameplay. For a link to all 8 pages from the article, French Wii website Wiiz has all the pages scanned in high resolution for you to enjoy.

Werewolf Sonic confirmed in new teaser trailer for Sonic Unleashed

For those that were skeptical on a Werewolf Sonic even existing (there was only one screen of it after all) Sega has just confirmed it by releasing this new trailer which shows Sonic tossing around a ring and then slapping it back down with a “werewolf” type arm after a transformation (which goes along with Sonic’s strange grunt). This is definitely going to be an element of the new type of “combat fighting” that the SonicTeam said would be included in the game, what still remains a mystery is exactly how this fits into the storyline or how it will fit into the gameplay.

‘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.

Sonic Unleashed sliding onto all consoles Nov 4th?

Looking at the trailer for Sonic Unleashed clearly shows that it definitely is capable of appearing on consoles such as the PS3 and 360. Well according to EBGames Sonic Unleashed has a release date of November 4th, as well as being available on PS2, Wii, PS3, and 360. No word on how reliable or official this is, and I am sure the release date will change because EBGames has a terrible track record with accurate release dates. There is no other information on the game in their links though, as you can see with their Sonic Unleashed Wii page.