Sonic officially Unleashed

Sega's overhauled iconic blue hedgehog warming up with new game engine, platforming, combat mechanics for holiday 2008 release on X360, PS3, PS2, and Wii.

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Last week, forum dwellers of Sonic Team MIDI collection site ESPIOKaos.com hit pay dirt on Sega's press site, scavenging assets for what appeared to be a new, unannounced installment in the publisher's hallowed Sonic franchise. In the wake of the find, a cacophony of near-unintelligible information followed, with fansites and forumites claiming to have it on good authority that Sonic would be a werewolf, Sega was dumping untold dollars into the project, and the game would be out by the end of the year.

The Blue Flash returns.

At long last, Sega has lifted the curtain on Sonic Unleashed, and it appears as if at least some of the rumormongering has proven true. Sonic Team will indeed be delivering a new game featuring its iconic blue hedgehog in a high-speed platforming adventure to thwart the nefarious Dr. Eggman's latest grab for the chaos emeralds. And, while today's announcement made no specific mention of lycanthropic tendencies from its blue streak, Sega did say "both day and night play different, yet important, roles in Sonic's newest quest...as the sun sets, a new adventure awakens."

Breaking slightly from the franchise's traditional platforming roots, Sega said that Sonic Unleashed will feature melee combat, as well as a host of new gameplay mechanics and features not previously seen in a Sonic game. Sonic Team will be rolling out its new proprietary Hedgehog Engine for Sonic Unleashed, and the game will feature both 3D and 2D gameplay.

As initial reports indicated, Sega is positioning Sonic Unleashed as a return to form for its critically maligned hero. "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 Sega of America VP of marketing Sean Ratcliffe. According to Sega, Sonic Unleashed has been in development for three years.

Sonic Unleashed is currently penciled in for a holiday 2008 worldwide release on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, and Wii.

Discussion

243 comments
narutoquest
narutoquest

Does it use the the same controls as the last sonic wii? I hope not. Anyway I hope this is finally a good sonic game, its been too long.

sonicboy4
sonicboy4

i for one am ok with 3d sonic and sonic 06 was awesome and yes i have beat the game and last story any way i will defenetly buy this game.

martin95
martin95

Looks Alright think l'll buy

iluvgames32
iluvgames32

melle combat? might be pretty good. even if it's not, we still got that trusty homing attack, which, yes, is still in, if u've seen trailers

megamaster32
megamaster32

Looks so much better than sonic the hedgehog 360

nintendofan659
nintendofan659

A fun looking sonic game im dreaming this better be good

heand
heand

I hope this is the best sonic game of all time. 3d or 2d. They better listen to the fans.

Blade-of-Erril
Blade-of-Erril

It looks like Sega finally got the hint that Sonic is destined to be a king of side-scrollers, not 3D and...{shutter} hoverboard racing. I hope Sega makes a comeback here because they desperately need it.

MediaMessiah
MediaMessiah

if there is going to be a melee system i hope it will be fluid as that you do attacks that keep you moving for instance: an attack that will grab the enemy will running then jump ahead quick pile drive then use the enemy as a spring board to keep moving: instead of stopping and then throwing a punch

derre345
derre345

sonic going hack'n slash awesome!

cloud12892
cloud12892

I really do hope that this one will put Sonic back on his feet and start a chain reaction of more good games. If not, then I completely will lose hope in Sonic and just have to play Brawl or any other Sonic game that was good like Sonic Adventure 1 and 2.

punkdsk8erdude
punkdsk8erdude

this game looks like it good go either way. the trailer shows high speed intense, never slowing down fast paced runs that remind me so much of the original Genesis games. Plus the mix with 3d play seems cool too. The melee combat could go either way. If they do it right, and include it mostly for lets say boss battles, it could be great. I loved using sonic in SSBB. But if they try to throw it into those high speed runs, it could go terribly wrong. And for chrsit sake, a werewolf sonic? If that is in the game, it will be the dumbest thing in the world. It was annoying in Twilight Princess, and in a sonic game, i don't really see how changing from one animal to another is gunna change the gameplay.

KhargAtla
KhargAtla

The one thing I'm none too thrilled about is the melee combat. That being said, they haven't really qualified the statement by saying what type of melee combat. I have a hard time seeing sonic throwing a punch and I never even picked up the Magic Glove in Sonic Adventure 2, so I've yet to see him throw a guy. That being said, this game looks like fun. A little departure from the original Sonic formula isn't always the abomination most critics and "fans" make it out to be. Then again, I'm one of the scant few who enjoyed Shadow (the cursing was weird coming from Sonic, though. Shadow and Knuckles made sense, and maybe even Espio, but not Sonic). I liked it for what it was and didn't decry it for being a bit slower than most Sonic games (though the way I played my first time through, that "problem" was mitigated-- indiscriminate slaughter is your friend). I love the old Genesis games for what they were as well. They were fast and fun and it was good. Shadow was an adrenaline rush in its own way, gritty and compelling, with environmental weapons (always a plus in my book). Sonic Unleashed looks like it will be more like the portable and classic Sonic games and less like the more recent crop of 3D games. Or I could be completely wrong. Either way, it looks great from the little I've seen.

SonicLucas
SonicLucas

I REALLY hope this is the BEST 3D sonic game of all time. One thing Sega should try is switching the people in charge of the gameplay mechanics for portable systems with the console people.

Wae416
Wae416

Could be decent. The Sonic Rivals type gameplay combined with the 3D gameplay should be interesting. Here's hoping.

DarkspineSonic0
DarkspineSonic0

It's true about the werewolf or werehedgehog. I've seen a picture, and a movie. In the movie, the backround was white and someone was whistliing. Then a gloved hand comes while flipping a ring. Then, the backround turns black and a dark blue, sharp clawed, big, ugly hand grabs the ring and smashes it into the ground.

DarkspineSonic0
DarkspineSonic0

It's true about the werewolf or werehedgehog. I've seen a picture, and a movie. In the movie, the backround was white and someone was whistliing. Then a gloved hand comes while flipping a ring. Then, the backround turns black and a dark blue, sharp clawed, big, ugly hand grabs the ring and smashes it into the ground. It's obviious that both hands were Sonic's.

painstation2
painstation2

Looks very promising. I'm sure this will be the highlight of all 3d Sonic games. The way the game is played, it's a little similar to Paper Mario except there's no paper, stats, etc.

Lone-Mantis
Lone-Mantis

Looks like the're going with the whole "Dark/Light" thing that has been done in Twilight Princess and Prince of Persia. I have no hope for this game, the Sonic Team has failed me to many times.

supersonicGO
supersonicGO

Please! Let's all hope it is a great as old school Sonic mixed with some sweet Next Gen grahpics!

Speed_Demon03
Speed_Demon03

It looks interesting, lets hope it'll be better than secret rings....or the past 3D Sonic games 4 that matter.

halberdierv2
halberdierv2

aw man, this looks good! I hope SEGA doesn't mess this up, or I'm done with Sonic!

TheIyceman
TheIyceman

To InsaneTyranitar about the Robotnik/Eggman confusion. On one hand I agree with you 100%, and I'm more of an "acquired" Sonic fan (he had to grow on me. I didn't really like him till Snic Adventure. I was a Big N fanboy back in the 16-bit days). Its just like Koopa/Bowser. I, on the other hand, call him "Robotnik" cuz' I just think "Eggman" sounds stupid.

hitomo
hitomo

I have no hopes.... the 2D sonic games are timeless milestones ... compare sonic2 or even sonic1 to any other game that came out the same time... especially compare it to super mario world, you will notice that the 2Dsonic games are still absolutly eyecatcher and a charm to play

Cobra5
Cobra5

At least they are realizing that the sonic games suck. But if it was so easy for them to just snap their fingers and say, "Ok, we'll make a good sonic game now!"... why didn't they just do that before? That's why I believe this isn't going to pan out very well.

kos1085
kos1085

I agree Darkreaper_1, but I would at least keep knuckles and tails too as long as i dont have to do any more digging missions with knuckles. The rest of the characters can go.

Darkreaper_1
Darkreaper_1

I just hope and pray that this Sonic game doesn't suck like the many previous 3D incarnations of the blue spiky one....although i'm not very optimistic. Maybe they should go back to the 2D side-scrolling games of old when Sonic was a legend and the games baring his names ruled (and still kick-ass to this day). Sonic has always been about break-neck speeds and i can't see how that can be properly and seamlessly put into a 3D environment. Also ditch all these little side characters that have plagued the Sonic games. When i buy a Sonic game i want to be Sonic and not one of his "friends".

1keyblade
1keyblade

Okay iam one of the remaining true sonic fans, and have loved sonic since the genesis. sonic & Knuckles was the very first game i ever played as a gamer. On the genesis, sonic was awesome and the sonic adventure series was even cool. But sonics last title on the ps3, 360, and wii was a huge dissapointment. There were just way too many glitches. Even though recent sonic games have dissapointed many fans of the series, im not going to give up on him. I hope the sega team makes this game a good one, even if they have to release it in 2009 or 2010. I just want a sonic game that is worth playing.

HIRED_maniac
HIRED_maniac

This game looks like it will finally bring something new to the franchise. I look forward to it.

InsaneTyranitar
InsaneTyranitar

To everybody who's complaining about Eggman/Robotnik's name change..... From Wikipedia: Due to a split storyline between the Japanese and American/European Sonic games, the character of Robotnik/Eggman has been known by several names in the various media and adaptations of the Sonic franchise. In Japan, the character has always been known as "Doctor Eggman" since his introduction in the first Sonic the Hedgehog game. However, in early American and European game versions and other media he is known as Doctor Ivo Robotnik. Although, despite this, both names slipped occasionally in the different regions. In case you don't bother to read it, it basically says that his name has aways been Eggman in Japan. SOA simply fixed it in the later Sonic games. You can call him Robotnik if you want. Just don't complain about his original name and accuse people of not being true Sonic fans if they use it. True sonic fans are rare enough these days without you people scaring them off. As for the game itself, I have mixed feelings. On one hand, the return to a 2-D perspective gives me a glimmer of hope, but on the other hand, the whole werewolf concept seems like a cheap Twilight Princess ripoff. We'll have to wait and see.....

kattelatte
kattelatte

The sonic fans is on thin ice, if they loose this game there will not be an other sonic game, because this is the game that probe-bly will save or destroy sonic. But if they fail to succeed, the future will look very dark. If they don´t work with the glitches and the frame-rate, the game will fall and sonic fans all around the world would be disappointed.

lotsofgunfire
lotsofgunfire

the video isn't too bad, looks like sonic rush. it would be better if there were some enemy placements to make it remotly interesting. as for this whole melee combat thing, sonic team please die. fast.

spider-manfan45
spider-manfan45

Sonic you ruined me after your 360 debut...... I'm sorry but you just have to go........................

RyD3n
RyD3n

It amazes me that gamers are always crying out for something original and different, and critisize a game when it's not over-flowing with brand new concepts, but when a developer actually does do something different and "breaks slighty from the franchise", they still get critisized for it. When something original does come along, it's always "It's not enough like this game", or "They should have made it like this game", make up your minds people, please. Do you want originality or don't you?...

TQ_NintyNoE
TQ_NintyNoE

I saw an Eggman/Robotnik argument... People. In the western games, his name has always been Eggman. This is shown in a majority of the Game Gear games, as well as Wing Fortress Zone. However, Robotnik was given in the manuals and (spelt poorly) in Sonic Fighters. His name now is Dr Robotnik and still is, but Sega use his nickname 'Dr Eggman'. Who really cares? Anyone who calls him Eggman is still a true Sonic fan. Maybe Eggman's easier to say? Anyway, I can't wait for this game. 2D mixed with 3D aspects will hopefully make the game unique, and I can't wait to see the Werewolf

kos1085
kos1085

Sega has a lot of work to do to convince me to buy this one.

Adam_the_Nerd
Adam_the_Nerd

Combat mechanics, combat mechanics? WTF. Just give us Sonic in 2D platforming with 3D graphics (New Super Mario Bros, anyone?) I'm tired of seeing the blue guy suffer like this

edhc44
edhc44

"Breaking slightly from the franchise's traditional platforming roots"... "Breaking from the franchise's"... "BREAKING from..." Oh boy... Do developers never learn? They never listen? Besides... "the game will feature both 3D and 2D gameplay"... Yeah, that did wonders for the Megaman X series, didn't it?

taddia
taddia

To begin with, i really enjoyed sonic and the secret ring, to end with: i don't have a lot of faith in this game 8) but hey, i don't know very much bout it either... maybe it will proove us to be a hit... ye..

V-Nine
V-Nine

...please don't let this turn out to be Legend of Sonic: Twilight Hedgehog....

taj7575
taj7575

i have not played a good sonic in a LOOOOONG time, so please.........PLEASE dont be a crap game, please!!!!!

gmagnus
gmagnus

I'm sorry, Sonic. I just don't have any more faith in you.

Lord_Artix
Lord_Artix

Damn it. Stupid PS2 version...Anyone wanna guess what the Wii version is gonna be? Hello another PS2 port with tacked on motion controls...

GodOfSyn
GodOfSyn

I loved him on the original Sega, and the Dreamcast was amazing adaptation as well. Everyone after that just sucked, hopefully this one will be as good or better than the Dreamcast version.

More_Dakka
More_Dakka

Huh boy, Sonic's gonna become almost completely irrelevant if Sega doesn't make this game at least decent. Come on Sega, don't let Sonic and his fans down...

RagdollMan98
RagdollMan98

This game looks so freakin' sweet! SEGA! DO NOT SCREW THIS UP!