According to a source speaking to Sonic fansite TSSZ, the game will be an open-world reboot that introduces “a whole new universe for Sonic to do battle and new characters for him to befriend… in effect destroying most canon that precedes the relaunch and wiping the slate nearly clean.”
The site rumours that Sonic’s zones will be transformed into fully-featured worlds filled with individual missions, comparing it to the world featured in open-world racer Burnout Paradise.
The source also claims that SEGA may have plans to monetise the game via a toy collection mechanic that would work similarly to Activision’s Skylanders series.
“An example would be to purchase a Knuckles statue in order to gain the echidna as a playable character in-game,” says the site. “The strategy could also be used to unlock extra levels.”
The site goes on to say that both SEGA and Sonic Team have “committed” to the reboot, which is expected to launch in 2014, and that Sonic Team is said to be experimenting with “new gameplay methods and gimmicks”.
“Ultimately, Sega is looking to attract a new generation of fans,” the website cites the source as having said. “That would certainly explain why classic Sonic was touted as a one-time deal for Sonic Generations, but this information also indicates that modern Sonic, as we know him, is at risk as well.”
Both Sony and Microsoft’s next-generation consoles are expected to launch next year. Could SEGA be planning on rebooting Sonic for Xbox 720 and PlayStation 4?
Beyond digital download title Sonic The Hedgehog 4: Episode II, which is due for release this summer, SEGA has yet to announce plans for its next iteration of Sonic.
Company of Heroes 2, Batman: Arkham Origins, Grand Theft Auto V, Watch_Dogs, Beyond: Two Souls and Night of the Rabbit previews.Download Now!