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RUMOR - First details on Sonic's next outing, hitting Wii U and 3DS

The following info supposedly comes from an inside source...

- SEGA to reveal a new Sonic the Hedgehog game next month
- won’t be announced until mid-February
- due out on Wii U, PS3, 360, 3DS, PS Vita, PC, and “Next gen” consoles
- console, PC and PS Vita versions will be identical aside from the graphical differences
- 3DS version will be another Sonic Rush styled game
- console version of this new game will be sticking with the recent formula
- gameplay switches between full 3D movement and 2D side-scrolling sections
- multiple routes through a stage
- incentive to play through all routes
- each route in a stage will lead to one of two or three exits
- the end of each will take you to a different stage
- you will always end up at the same final stage, though
- working to make at least 20 different stages, not including boss battles.
- begin the game with Sonic and unlock other characters to play as by completing stages
- example: you might unlock Knuckles in any one of three stages. Sometimes, if you already have a character that would be unlocked first, a different one may be unlocked.
- roughly 10 different characters to play with
- no new characters
- each character will have their own skills
- example: Sonic and Shadow not being able to make it up a wall, while Tails can easily fly up there or Knuckles can climb
- stages can be replayed with any character of your choice
- 3DS info: “similar in idea, but smaller in scope”
- devs are trying to fit all of the characters into the 3DS game, but it will feature far fewer stages
- 3DS still features many paths through stages
- 3DS will only ever branch off into 2 stages
- been in the works since before Sonic Generations
- due out this Fall/Autumn, or at the latest, Winter

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23 Jan 2013 19:01

The 3DS version sounds dumbed down. Generations was awful on the 3DS
roughly 10 different characters to play with

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23 Jan 2013 19:05

WHERE DO I SIGN UP! So it's using Generations/Colors/Unleashed Day stage style gameplay WITH multiple characters AND multiple routes? This could end up being better than Generations though I wonder how they're gonna work pas the ending of Generations story wise...
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23 Jan 2013 19:26

Ugh. 10 characters? Why can't Sega just pick... 4 and go with it. Why stretch your gameplay so thin levels have to take into consideration multiple character playstyles??
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23 Jan 2013 19:26

Hmm. I was rather hoping that they'd expand this Refined Unleashed formula in Generations into wider and vaster 3D stages that'd actually benefit from their continual focus on speed-play [fed up of constricted corridors].

Oh well. None of this is fact yet.

Playable Knuckles would be a BIG plus for me, though [and Shadow... well, he should've just stayed in SA2 imho]. Also the return of the Special Stages in a 3D game [post-Heroes] is well frickin' overdue!
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23 Jan 2013 19:31

If true, I’m getting the 3DS version since I loved Generations on the 3DS (Modern Sonic stages).
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23 Jan 2013 19:36

Hopefully the 3DS version is not as watered down as in genereations. But the console version should be great. Can't wait till E3.
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23 Jan 2013 19:48

Could be just 10 characters with 2-3 different gameplay styles at the most. Now is probably a good time to start reintroducing the friends back into the series now that Sonic's had 3 outings on his lonesome, and Sega seems to have a good formula for the series with the Unleashed/Colors/Generations gameplay.
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23 Jan 2013 20:02

after playing generations i was hoping they would go full remake in this engine for sonic adventure 1 and 2 and i could be satisfied . 4 bucks on pc is not a lot but i would still prefer to play generations on wii u . In any case , colors wasn't bad by any means so i think it will be a good game and finally on a nintendo platform .
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23 Jan 2013 20:51

The one thing I really liked about the adventure games was being able to play as someone else besides Sonic.

This new game has officially peaked my interest. ^_^
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23 Jan 2013 21:08

Wii U,Ps3,xbox and "next gen consoles"?????

Well, the force do really have a strong influence on the weak minded, because now the public perception is that Wii U in not a next gen system...so potential buyers retract from buying.
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23 Jan 2013 21:58

- 3DS info: “similar in idea, but smaller in scope”
- devs are trying to fit all of the characters into the 3DS game, but it will feature far fewer stages
- 3DS still features many paths through stages
- 3DS will only ever branch off into 2 stages

What is all this garbage about?

It makes it sound like the 3DS cartridges aren't big enough to hold all the data.

I wonder if the 3DS version is being built this way in order to make it easier and cheaper to port to phones later. I've seen more than one dev who appears to be taking this route with their 3DS games already.
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24 Jan 2013 01:30

A bit disappointed that that would mean they're probably using the same engine as Generations (on 3DS). It was definitely rough when they first showed, and they polished that up well, but it tells me they likely didn't have much time to develop it and it doesn't seem like it's pushing the system.

Oh well. The gameplay was very tight. And that would amount to two Sonic games for me to play (3DS and Wii U versions).
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24 Jan 2013 01:39

This info is all too safe. If you had asked me what I think the next sonic will be like, I would probably have nailed 75% of the list if not more.
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25 Jan 2013 10:35

tellis429 wrote:This info is all too safe. If you had asked me what I think the next sonic will be like, I would probably have nailed 75% of the list if not more.


Why not predict the next, next Sonic game, right now then?

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