Yuji Naka, one of the three creators credited with the creation of Sonic the Hedgehog, who worked as a programmer and producer for the series, has surprisingly announced on his Twitter account that he has joined Square Enix. He joined SEGA back in 1983 where he worked on titles such as Phantasy Star, before departing in 2006.
Now that he’s back at a more game-oriented studio like Square Enix, it will be interesting to see what titles he helps to develop.
The Hollywood Reporter has word that Paramount Pictures has secured the rights to an upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog that’s set to be a blend of live-action and CGI characters. What’s more interesting, though, is that Deadpool director Tim Miller is now attached as producer.
The video game adaptation also has a director in the form of Jeff Fowler. “Jeff is an incredible director with strong story instincts,” Miller said in a statement addressing the directorial announcement. “The world of Sonic presents the perfect opportunity for him to leverage his experience in animation to bring new dimension to this iconic character.” The screenplay was written by Patrick Casey, and Josh Miller.
To say the hype surrounding Sonic Mania has been considerable, would be quite the understatement. The game started as a fan-game, with a dedicated group of players coming together to take matters into their own hands, and create a true-to-form Sonic the Hedgehog game in the vein of the classics, using new and older content to craft intricate levels, with updated sprites.
However, SEGA got word of the project and it was quickly ordered a cease-and-desist. Except, it wasn’t. Instead, SEGA snatched up the developers and started working together with them, noticing a rare opportunity, and taking full advantage of of the situation to create a great game. Did it work out? Hit the jump to find out.
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Today is the long-awaited release of Sonic Mania, and with it, we have an incredibly charming new trailer for the retro-inspired title. Players who pre-ordered the game will be receiving a free digital copy of Sonic The Hedgehog this morning, on the platform that they chose to purchase the game on.
Hopefully we get a fantastic vinyl release of the Sonic Mania soundtrack, because the music in this trailer was so wonderful. Hopefully the excitement around this title gives SEGA a better understanding of what we’re after as Sonic fans.
SEGA has announced its continued efforts at a full re-brand, and attempt back at their past glory, with a new mobile endeavor called SEGA Forever. SEGA is bringing its entire back catalog of games to Android and iOS, completely free. The games will include controller support, and be Ad-free for a small fee of $1.99.
That selection isn’t just limited to Genesis games, either. Dreamcast, and Saturn games have also been kicked around. WiFi Multiplayer connectivity will be included in certain titles at launch, but SEGA is also looking into 3G and 4G options.
After a leak suggested that Sonic Mania, the classic-inspired Sonic the Hedgehog game would be released on August 15th, Sega has now officially confirmed it with the gameplay trailer above. Developed by Christian Whitehead, Headcannon, PagodaWest Games, and Sonic Team. Players can play as Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles in single player, as well as multiplayer, thanks to cooperative and competitive modes.
Sonic Mania is the first of two Sonic games to be released this year, with Sonic Forces following this holiday season. It will be available for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and PC on August 15, 2017.
The latest Sonic game, releasing Holiday 2017, has unveiled what is most likely the most sought after feature in all of Sonic games (at least for its fandom). Custom heroes are now an option in Sonic Forces, allowing players to create a custom character based on several species, with different abilities, and costumes.
You can check out the trailer above for a bit of a preview, that also shows both modern Sonic, and classic Sonic are returning from Generations for the newest title. Sonic Forces hits later this year on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC.