Well I guess it’s official now. I sincerely hope Unleashed truly goes back to the game’s roots. Here’s the full release from Sega:
SEGA ANNOUNCES DEVELOPMENT OF SONIC UNLEASHED
Latest Installment to Extend Sonic’s Signature Style. but with a Twist!
SAN FRANCISCO (April 3, 2008) – SEGA® of America and SEGA of Europe, Ltd. today
announced that everyone’s favorite hedgehog is once again breaking new ground in the
upcoming title, Sonic UnleashedT. The latest installment in the multi-million
selling franchise starring the beloved blue hedgehog will take players on an
unforgettable high-speed journey around the globe in a way never before experienced
in the world of Sonic. Fans will be treated to an array of new, exciting and unique
next generation features to heighten their experience. Sonic Unleashed is currently
under development for the Xbox 360® videogame and entertainment system from
Microsoft, PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system, WiiT home video game system
from Nintendo and PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system.
“It is an exciting time for the Sonic franchise as we look to reinvent our hero
while staying true to the spirit of what made him an industry icon,” said Sean
Ratcliffe, Vice President of Marketing at SEGA of America. “Sonic Unleashed will
introduce a new, unexpected storyline along with innovative gameplay that
compliments traditional skills and features, allowing players to experiment and
engage in new ways.”
Having been broken apart by the evil Dr. Eggman, it’s up 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. Both day and night play
different, yet important, roles in Sonic’s newest quest. as the sun sets, a new
adventure awakens. 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!
Players will have an opportunity to engage in ways never before done with the Sonic
franchise, so in addition to running at high speeds, which will be highlighted in
four new speed mechanics, combat fighting now becomes possible. New combat,
movement, functional abilities and platforming will be introduced to offer increased
depth and variety.
Sonic Unleashed will offer a re-defined experience for fans and newcomers of the
franchise alike by combing picturesque & detailed scenery, an expansive world with
multiple paths to choose from and dynamic viewpoints for an immersive and renewed
gaming atmosphere. Along with seamless 3D to classic 2D camera transitions, the game
is built on a powerful, new proprietary “Hedgehog Engine,” which introduces
impressive lighting abilities and new technology tailor made for Sonic’s new speed
capabilities. Under development for approximately three years, the Hedgehog Engine
will help to produce a visually rich next generation look and feel with elements of
classic Sonic gameplay components.