Sonic Unleashed Officially Confirmed With Release Window

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SEGA officially announced Sonic Unleashed today via a press release, but thanks to some sleuthing internet users most gamers were already aware of Sonic’s latest adventure due to the leaked screens and trailer.
The latest installment in the franchise, of course ,stars our beloved blue hedgehog as he takes us on a high-speed journey around the globe. The world has been broken apart by the evil Dr. Eggman, so it’s up to Sonic to put the pieces back together again by retrieving the power of the chaos emeralds. In doing so, Sonic fans will find themselves in a race against time where both day and night play different, yet important, roles in Sonic’s newest quest. By completing a wide variety of stages spanning the seven broken continents of the world, gamers will need to unleash Sonic’s amazing abilities to save the world, and himself.

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 with an expansive world with multiple paths to choose from, with 3D to classic 2D camera transitions.

Still currently in development, Sonic Unleashed is scheduled for release worldwide just in time for the holidays this year, and will be made available for the PS2, PS3, Xbox 360 and the Wii. You can read the full press release after the jump.

Via: Press Release

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.

Currently in development by Sonic Team, Sonic Unleashed is scheduled for release worldwide for holiday 2008.

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17 Comments on Sonic Unleashed Officially Confirmed With Release Window

Chris

On April 3, 2008 at 12:57 pm

I was a really big Sonic fan as a kid, even though I only owned Nintendo systems for the most part. I remember playing Sonic Blast on my Game Gear and loving it, and then slowly seeing the series fall apart to the point of.. I even liked Sonic Adventure 2, because the Sonic/Shadow stages were great except for the camera.. but, well, just play the current gen Sonic the Hedgehog and you’ll understand why I have only the smallest iota of hope that this will be even a passable game..

Joelteon7

On April 3, 2008 at 1:11 pm

I think this one has a chance. If that leaked video is an example of the core gameplay, then I think Unleashed might untap the Sonic series. I’m sorry…I couldn’t resist.

The fact is, they clearly recognise fans want 2d; “classic 2d camera transitions”, so it means that they have their eye on the older games. Besides, the plot-line, although not necessary, is actually a pretty good one, especially as it nowhere mentions any of his tag-alongs (although Tails and Knuckles are perfectly acceptable). I say let him roll, because this could be the game needed to get Sonic back into the fast-lane.

Stephany

On April 3, 2008 at 1:20 pm

This is the first time I have even contemplated buying instead of renting a Sonic game in over 100 years.

Joelteon7

On April 3, 2008 at 1:24 pm

HD trailer is now available. Watched it on 1up/Game Videos, but, there’s always YouTube,
http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=65NQMV9Iwms

Pros:
-It really does have a seamless transition between 2d and 3d.
-Looks technically very good.
-Looks instinctively fun.
-Music still promising. Not as keen on the guitar riffs, but, they still work. And there’s still no wailing.
-Sonic Secret Ring-esque in places, in terms of 3d sections. In essence, that’s good because that did work in Secret Rings.
-It’s fast. Very fast.
-LOOP DE EFFING LOOPS! Yay!

Cons:
-Le’see, it has to live off Shadow the Hedgehog, Sonic Heroes and ‘Sonic the Hedgehog (+15)” as its predecessors.
-See above one for what it could be like.

Conclusion:
-Please don’t suck, otherwise, buy.

Stephany

On April 3, 2008 at 1:41 pm

Yeah, its basically the same trailer I posted with the screens back in march just a little bit more crisp. Plus, Joelteon you don’t have to convince me to buy it :wink: I plan on it. :cool:

Joelteon7

On April 3, 2008 at 1:47 pm

I’m trying to convince myself.

The Twin

On April 3, 2008 at 4:56 pm

WANT WANT WANT WANT WANT!!!!! I hope it’s good. An Adventure/Side Scroll hybrid would be awesome. E.G. Sonic Adventure 2 Battle. You unlocked more play modes once you beat a level. Also, a good addition would be Chao. I love Chao. I wasted a lot of time on Chao.

Xidos

On April 8, 2008 at 10:44 pm

I think this game is as good, and as bad, as all the past games. The 2D gameplay doesn’t phase me as better as you can then only move left or right during those parts, so it’s limited, but at the same time it’s simple, so to me it’s not better just easier. The graphics don’t suprise me as Sonic has looked quite the same for the past few games and frankly kinda dull.

Every time a game shows trailers people say it’s good then they change their mind when it comes it, it’s funny but annoying to see this pattern over and over.

One character alone for so long gets annoying and makes me want to see another character again, also a limit in this game.

I don’t think the game will be bad, but it doesn’t look awesome or anything so I don’t think it will save the series. It looks…normal, like merely running to the end in a not so challenging way and a strange story with the werewolf thing, which is so far fetched it doesn’t feel right, especially with all the forms Sonic ha taken in the past. Before Sonic’s abilities were amazing becuase they were special, but his abilities don’t seem so special anymore, like you’d expect them. Sonic has stopped suprising me.

Sol

On April 22, 2008 at 9:27 pm

They better bring back the chao garden. >_

poke-trainer

On April 27, 2008 at 5:37 pm

If it has the Chao garden, I’ll buy it. If not, I’ll probably still buy it. :mrgreen:

Sonic Fan

On June 2, 2008 at 4:36 pm

Did you hear that Sonic has a new form??? It is a wearwolf type. Here is :grin:

mio

On August 17, 2008 at 3:58 am

sonic is my favorite game :arrow: :lol:

Person

On October 2, 2008 at 12:23 pm

umm i dont know i like sonic and i was a big fan but i didnt really like secret rings and that kinda pushd me away from sonic games but I still play SA SA2B Sonic Riders and others on virtual consle but if it has chaos definite buy :cool: and if not I might rent it to see how it is :smile:

Person

On October 2, 2008 at 12:24 pm

oh and I loved that one DR game with those bean things :D

the real werewolf

On November 22, 2008 at 7:08 pm

this offends my people you humans all think this is what we are well look out were are coming for those who dont beleive

the real werewolf

On November 22, 2008 at 7:11 pm

ok im just kidding this game is going to be a good one
:roll: :shock: :twisted: :evil:

CHAOPLEASE

On June 3, 2009 at 6:12 am

“this offends my people you humans all think this is what we are well look out were are coming for those who dont beleive”

Puh-leez, you wannabe.

Anyway, I REALLY hope they have Chao…

Cheese.