Sonic Returns to 2D with Sonic Unleashed; Announcement Hints That Sonic Is a Werewolf

Following the game's unofficial revelation earlier this month, publisher Sega has announced Sonic Unleashed, the latest entry in its long-running Sonic the Hedgehog series, and released the first two official screens.

Slated to release on PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii, Unleashed is being developed by Sonic Team and is due out later this year.

Unleashed will mix the series' classic 2D run-and-jump gameplay with the 3D stylings of more recent Sonic titles. According to Sega, the game's "Hedgehog Engine" technology, which has been in development for three years, allows "seamless 3D to classic 2D camera transitions" and an "expansive world with multiple paths."

Going by the leaked assets and vague hints within today's announcements, it appears that Sonic will transform into a werewolf-like beast when night falls within the game.

"When darkness sets in Sonic Unleashed players will be able to experience a completely new way to play as Sonic," explained Sega Europe marketing director Gary Knight, "making this his most exciting adventure yet!”

Chris Faylor was previously a games journalist creating content at Shacknews.

From The Chatty
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    April 3, 2008 9:02 AM

    Woah wait, they are going back to 2d platforming gameplay only with the new fancy 3d graphics? Christ it's about fucking time. I may need to get this.

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      April 3, 2008 9:04 AM

      I think it's a combination of the two, but yeah, some 2D platforming is back it looks like.

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      April 3, 2008 9:06 AM


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        April 3, 2008 9:09 AM

        I've seen the handheld games and they don't do it for me. No idea why, they just don't feel like sonic games to me personally. The closest was probably sonic heroes gameplay wise, but the whole concept of having to swap your characters and whatnot was pretty stupid. Level design too.

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      April 3, 2008 9:06 AM

      Yeah if that's the plan, then I'll gladly plunk down $50-$60.

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