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Sega has finally announced Sonic Unleashed from Sonic Team, which for some reason already had images and a trailer online weeks ago. The game will be released on Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Playstation 2 and Wii late this year, and more information, images and a better-quality version of the first trailer with some new footage can be found inside.

Sega press release:
Sonic Is Unleashed!
SEGA's newest Sonic title is set to combine amazing next gen capabilities with classic Sonic 2D gameplay!

LONDON & SAN FRANCISCO (April 3, 2008) – SEGA® of America and SEGA of Europe Ltd., today announced that everyone’s favourite hedgehog will be breaking new ground yet maintaining his roots, in the upcoming title, Sonic Unleashed™. Developed by renowned studio Sonic Team, the latest installment in the multi-million selling franchise, will take players on an unforgettable high-speed journey around the globe in a way never before experienced in the world of Sonic. The game is set for release later this year and will be available for the Xbox 360™ videogame and entertainment system from Microsoft, PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system, Wii™ home video game system from Nintendo and PLAYSTATION®2.

Sonic Unleashed is built on a powerful new “Hedgehog Engine”, which introduces seamless 3D to classic 2D camera transitions, 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.

“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!”

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. 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. 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….

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Burglarize
Burglarize
Commented on 2008-04-03 17:50:24
HOLD RIGHT TO WIN!
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ManThatYouFear
ManThatYouFear
Commented on 2008-04-03 17:51:26
sonic meets viewtifull joe visuals and sidescroll play... thats the only time i will pick this blue turd up again
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sebasrd24
sebasrd24
Commented on 2008-04-03 17:53:00
The graphics meninds alot Blue Dragon. I hope most part of the game is played on lateral scroll...
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SimonM7 - The other mod's bitch
SimonM7
Commented on 2008-04-03 17:53:18 In reply to Burglarize
Pretty much. :(

Let's hope it's more like Rush than Rivals though.
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blmbox
blmbox
Commented on 2008-04-03 18:01:02
Those visuals ... Wow.

Colourful :)
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Optimusv2
Optimusv2
Commented on 2008-04-03 18:12:03
I'm stunned Sega actually worked on a Next Gen engine.

I take it cooleo didn't play the earlier sonic games? It has never been like that.
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psy
psy
Commented on 2008-04-03 18:30:11
looks great, wonder what version to get Wii or 360
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JonM
JonM
Commented on 2008-04-03 19:53:58
"As the sun sets in Sonic Unleashed, a different type of adventure will awaken in Sonic’s newest quest…."

OMG HES GONNA BECOME A WAREWOLF!

Well its seems theyve listened to the crys of the fans. 2d sonic is the way it was meant to be. Should be interesting to play.
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Burglarize
Burglarize
Commented on 2008-04-03 20:09:21 In reply to Optimusv2
Posted by Optimusv2
I'm stunned Sega actually worked on a Next Gen engine.

I take it cooleo didn't play the earlier sonic games? It has never been like that.
Haha. I was only joking. I love the original sonic games!

You've got to admit though, the more recent incarnations have pretty much been the definition of "the suck". They seem to caught up on the idea of speed to the end of making a lot of the game just holding a direction.

To be fair to this title, it's looking a lot more interesting than the last few.
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SimonM7 - The other mod's bitch
SimonM7
Commented on 2008-04-03 20:18:07 In reply to Burglarize
You're right on the money. Rush and Rivals both succumb to the idea of ALWAYS RUNNING, which seems to be what people's expectations on sonic has morphed into.

The fact of the matter is that the early Sonic games had plenty of pretty methodical platforming elements to break up the insanely speedy sections, and that made them soooo much better paced than a lot of the later 2D Sonics (which people obviously haven't played).

That said, I thought Rush did a really good job of incorporating new mechanics to go with the speed, making "fighting" and tricks into something rewarding and intuitive. In fact, Hideki Naganuma's sountrack wasn't the only thing that made Rush feel a lot like a Jet Set Radio game.

Hopefully this keeps the same things in mind and is more akin to Rush than any of the other recent 2D Sonics.

Oh and on a side note, if the PS3 or Wii version has any Secret Rings like features in them I am SO there.
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Ezekiel_Xz
Ezekiel_Xz
Commented on 2008-04-03 21:02:20
Reminds me of pandemonium. Hopefully its better than sonic fully 3d games. Which are crap. I do like the rush games but then I dont think there is enough platforming elements.

Like in the original sonic you could sort of go up and down and collect rings and find secret stages. Where in rush its just sort of run for it and get to the end.
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Ahmed_p800
Ahmed_p800
Commented on 2008-04-03 23:35:21
WoooooooooooW


I loooooooooove sonic games

This is gonna be a classic!!!
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blmbox
blmbox
Commented on 2008-04-04 00:17:38 In reply to Ezekiel_Xz
Posted by Ezekiel_Xz
Reminds me of pandemonium.
Aaaaa, what a game that was ...

Good times.
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Jollipop
Jollipop
Commented on 2008-04-04 00:43:13 In reply to Ezekiel_Xz
Posted by Ezekiel_Xz
Reminds me of pandemonium.
What a shite game that was, lets hope its nothing like that.
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KahL
KahL
Commented on 2008-04-04 02:21:23
Wow, did they just upped the speed x10? It looks like they added a sprint feature. i loved the old sonic games when I was a kid too, but i didn't think the focus was always going so fast... Or have i been playing it wrong?

Anyway, this does look ALOT more promising than the previous crap games Sega had been selling...
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jackdoe
jackdoe
Commented on 2008-04-04 02:58:59
Hopefully, the PS3 version mimics the Wii controls. The Sixaxis can handle standard left and right tilts no problem.
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R3V0LV3R
R3V0LV3R
Commented on 2008-04-04 09:21:04
lets hope the ps3 donr use the tilt action and uses normal controls or at least hope there is an option not to use the sixaxis as i feel that ruines games
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Rajman
Rajman
Commented on 2008-04-04 10:49:19
Wheres the HD trailer guys??? Gametrailers have it but Id love to see this in 720p
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aphex187
aphex187
Commented on 2008-04-04 11:59:11
woohoo im gonna feel like a spotty nosed kid again! Can't wait!
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Tinks
Tinks
Commented on 2008-04-04 17:56:27
I kinda wish they hadn't given up on delivering games like Sonic Adventure...
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FrostFox
FrostFox
Commented on 2008-04-05 02:43:19
Holy crap, ive been wating for them to do this with sonic games for so long, now hopefully they keep all those other worthless characters out of it...Those other ones made no sense lol...now ill play this, lookin forward to it...
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sonicfan5961
sonicfan5961
Commented on 2008-07-30 06:43:41
it's about time the sonic team made a game worth having
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