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Joystiq gets Unleashed with Sonic interview

We've heard it before but Sonic's latest title is the franchise's attempt to return the hedgehog to his roots. Looking for more details? Our friends at Joystiq sat down with US Producer for Sonic Unleashed, Patrick Riley, to talk about the little blue bomber and try to get as much information about the series' reboot as possible. Covering everything from night time stages to Werehog Sonic this is a must read for Sonic fans. Could this finally be the triumphant return of Sonic? So far, the game looks great so we're hoping his time in the mud is over!

Sonic Unleashed footage gives us hope

Sonic the Hedgehog is kind of like that old friend who keeps letting you down. You just know he's going to fail again but, because you remember the good old days, you really hope he finally gets it right again. As such, it is with trepidation that we announce that the latest footage from Sonic Unleashed actually looks pretty good, at times even great. It calls up memories of Sonic games past, the old Sonic games, which is a good thing. Purists will no doubt smile at the 2D sections of gameplay and the complete lack of Sonic's cohorts.

Find the footage after break. Now, say it with us -- if we say it loud enough, maybe it will come true -- please be good!

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Sonic Unleashed: "no relation" to latest Sonic titles

Well, thank God. In a recent interview with Official Nintendo Magazine (what, you don't subscribe?), Sonic Team's Yoshihisa Hashimoto noted that Sonic's latest outing, Sonic Unleashed, "has no relation" to his previous next-gen effort Sonic the Hedgehog (or the Wii's Sonic and the Secret Rings for that matter). For those of you who missed out on Sonic the Hedgehog, you should know that Sonic Unleashed having no relation to it is a very, very good thing. Giving us more reason to hope (and thus greater hopes to be dashed), Hashimoto says that Sonic Unleashed began as Sonic Adventure 3, adding that "this game will have more in common with the older Sonic Adventure series." While many would argue that Sonic Team should look back even further for inspiration (oh sweet, sweet Sonic 3), it's still a damned sight better than the 360 Sonic the Hedgehog.

So, potentially good news then. Dare we have the audacity to hope that Sonic Unleashed might actually be good?

Rumor: New Sonic Unleashed Teaser?

It seems as though Sega's new Sonic game, Sonic Unleashed, will end up being leaked in one form or another until the thing is finally released. Though it does seem silly after seeing gameplay video of it, the newest leak of the game is the story teaser. The story is said to involve some sort of "Were-Sonic" type character, and this teaser seems to confirm that, implying a quick transformation as a ring flies through the air. Is it real? It's likely, as the other leaks did end up being real themselves. Whether this is good news or not is another idea altogether. You decide for yourself whether or not emulating the Lord of the Rings camera work is appropriate to a super-speed hedgehog. You decide whether or not the newest Jekyll/Hyde story device is a good use of the license. As for us, we made our decision, if the gameplay is good, who cares about the story?

Sonic Unleashed Officially Announced

Well, after on the worst media leaks we've ever seen, it was really, really, obvious that Sega had a new Sonic game in the works. Though Sega remained tight-lipped, most out there knew gameplay footage (early as it was) when they saw it. So now, a relative infinity later, we have have the official response from Sega declaring the: "Latest Installment to Extend Sonic's Signature Style. but with a Twist!" (we swear that period is not our typo, straight Ctrl-C, Ctrl-V from the press release). The press release doesn't have a whole lot of details, but as with every other major Sonic release a ton of promises for the game are made. The funny part is that we would genuinely be excited about everything in the press release, were it not for previous broken promises with the franchise. The best snippets of the press release can be found after the break.

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Rumor: GameStop dates Prototype, Splinter Cell V, Sonic Unleashed, Rogue Warrior and more

One of our loyal X3F Army tipsters has outed himself as an employee of GameStop, but to make up for it he sent us a camera phone image of a few release dates. While you should take these dates with a grain of salt some of them are accurate, specifically Ninja Gaiden 2, Soul Calibur IV and Civilization Revolution.

Fueling the fire of the Sega's Sonic Unleashed leak is a release date of November 4 for the Xbox 360, PS3, Wii and PS2. EA's NFL Head Coach 09 is slated for a September 3 release and based on the release of the original in relation to Madden, the time frame seems accurate. A few titles we haven't heard much from are Bethesda Softworks' Rogue Warrior (November 10) and Edios Interactive's Shellshock 2: Blood Trails (September 1), which is being developed by the team at Rebellion.

Other dates include Sierra's Prototype from Radical and the Xbox 360 exclusive Splinter Cell: Conviction from Ubisoft which are dated for October 21 and October 2 respectfully.

Remember, pre-order focused retailers tend to guess-timate releases on a regular basis to structure their sales goals for the final two quarters of the year. However, some of the names on this list make us really glad we have a rumor category.

[Thanks, Travisto]

Rumors: Sonic Unleashed Details [Update]

[Update: It seems Sega magazine has removed the "press info" from its site. Be warned, the information contained within this post just shifted from official back to rumor]

Wow. Within less than 24 hours, we have rumors, a leak, a video, and now an Official Confirmation. It seems that Sega Europe noticed the internet exploding yesterday when all this happened, and decided to put an end to all the rumors by confirming the existence of the game and giving the news outlets a brief press release detailing the new entry in the franchise. And so far, with a single exception, things are looking good. The information released is as follows.

"Sonic the Hedgehog returns for a full-blown, action-packed adventure through the desolate and unpredictable World of Mubuz, a world dictated by an evil Dragon Lord, Immarius. Upon entering Muboz, Sonic fights an evil power which turns all the inhabitants into dangerous beasts.
  • Become Wolf Sonic and fight enemies like never before using rapid combo maneuvers and Ring Energy
  • Play as Sonic, Knuckles or Tails through 12 packed stages
  • Extensive 2D gameplay brings the old Sonic back home"

Even with that limited amount of info at hand, we can say it is good to hear that there will be no extraneous characters. Now remember that the only reason we have this info is due to a leak, so it's likely we won't hear anything more about this until nearly E3. And while we would have liked to have a more "old-fashioned" Sonic story (Robotnik should be bad guy #1) and don't really care for Wolf Sonic, we're willing to give it a try as long as it is blissfully free of anything like this.

Sonic Unleashed Gameplay Video? [Update]

[Update: Confirmed to be coming to 360]
With the leaking of the screens earlier, the world was given it's first glimpse of the new Sonic title, Sonic Unleashed. Now that we've all seen the screens, and debated on various elements from the platform (it seems theres still hope that this will be coming to the 360) to the gameplay, and now, not even a scant twelve hours after the initial leak, we have a YouTube of the thing in motion. Surprisingly the footage shows that the game looks to have some real promise. That is, as long as the level design is good and the camera is kept in order. While it was said when the franchise re-launched in 2006, it looks like this could be the return to form that the Sonic franchise has needed for years.

Rumor: Possible Sonic Unleashed Screens

Discovered by some intrepid forum posters, and originating from a Sega FTP site, this collection of images contains what appear to be screenshots of the just discovered Sonic Unleashed. It is of course unknown whether or not these are actually from that game, but the timing seems right, and these images do appear to be in-game, as evidenced by the clipping visible in this shot here. So whatever it is, it's up and running (pun not intended).

As for the shots themselves, they're really clean and have a Blue Dragon quality about them. With locations ranging from Africa to Eggman's lair, and no signs of Sonic's "city" (cursing by rhyme...) friends, could we be seeing signs of a good Sonic game on the horizon? Possibly, if the lack of subtitles is pointing to a more "Subspace Emissary" take on the Sonic cutscenes, with a total lack of dialog, just using animation to tell the story (also similar to the Lego games). The only downside right now appears to be the gameplay screens, which hint at a Sonic and the Secret Rings style of gameplay. At the moment there is still no word as to the platform this will land on, but if it's following the footsteps of Secret Rings, we may have to end up handing this one off.

[Update: Images pulled on request from Sega of America's Sr. Legal Counsel.]

[Via NeoGAF]

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