Sonic Next gem 360/PS3

PS3, 360 Sonic leads wave of Sega announcements
Publisher reveals next-gen Hedgehog and current-gen Sonic Riders for 2006; Chromehounds dated and detailed.

It might not have been the fabled “Segaton,” (but hey, what is?) but today’s flurry of announcements from Sega will elate devotees of the publisher. Late Thursday PDT, the company took the wraps off two heretofore unknown projects and dated one of its top next-generation titles.

First up was the announcement that yes indeed, there is a next-generation Sonic game in the works. Billed as a “re-invention” of the classic franchise, Sonic the Hedgehog will make its debut on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 sometime during 2006.

Presiding over the game’s development will be none other than Yuji Naka, who, along with character designer Naoto Ohshima, created the original Sonic game for the Sega Genesis in 1991. According to Sega, Naka will “create the most intense sensation of speed ever experienced in videogames” with “an innovative combination of art, physics and game design.”

“We are proud to re-create our famous friend, Sonic, for a new generation of gamers on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360,” said Naka. “With Sonic the Hedgehog, we have gone back to our starting point, more than 15-years ago, to reinvent the attitude and speed that made our hero a legend. The ‘rebirth of Sonic’ will offer an unparalleled sense of speed that is only possible using the processing power afforded by the new systems.”

Sega also had good news for Xbox, GameCube, or PlayStation 2 owners. The company simultaneously announced Sonic Riders, a new title that “integrates extreme sports, high-speed racing and head-to-head battles,” will ship in winter 2006 for all three platforms.

However, Sonic Riders’ racing won’t involve cars, motorcycles, or Wipeout-esque hovercraft. Instead, players will assume the role of one of several characters riding air boards in an international competition which will pit Sonic and his cohorts against the nefarious Dr. Eggman’s team, The Band of Thieves: Babylon. The winner of the contest–which will support up to four players–will take home the fabled Chaos Emerald.

Last but not least, Sega today dated Chromehounds, its forthcoming mech-combat game for the Xbox 360. In development at Tokyo-based From Software (Otogi, Armored Core), the game will ship for Microsoft’s next-gen console in spring 2006, around the same time as the PlayStation 3 launch.

Sega did not release any rating or pricing information for Chromehounds. However, it did release a bevy of details on the game, including the fact it will offer both “an absorbing single-player campaign and a fully customizable Xbox Live experience,” according to Sega of America vice president of marketing Scott Steinberg. Steinberg also said the game would sport both cooperative and competitive online play and allow players to choose from “thousands of upgrade options, which affect both the look and performance of player mechs.”

Sega also said that Chromehounds would have “cooperative and competitive campaigns for up to 12 players” simultaneously, and let players exert squad-based control in “tactics commander” mode. The publisher also promised “photorealistic visuals” of desolate, conflict-swept battlefields.

By Tor Thorsen – GameSpot
POSTED: 09/08/05 08:00 PM PST

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Eat that you doubters !!! .

Naoto Ohsima back on the case too ???. OMG this could be the Sonic since Sonic CD, more so as this seems to be a Sonic Team Japan production.

After the bull sh8t Pixar Toystory real time graphics Sony promised with the PS2. Its takes SEGA to make that dream come true.
Sonic and VF5 are just blowing always the competition with its next gen games
Knew they wouldn’t let me down :anjou_happy: .

You really have a habbit of breaking the forum tables with the pictures you post :slight_smile:
Anyway, this was already posted by Lance in the Sonic Riders thread which you responded to :slight_smile:

Hey sorry about the pics, but Sonic Next Gen needs it’s own thread.

Looks like Sonic is back on top form

The only problem is that I have to go and buy a new console for it.

Sonic alone isn’t going to be a selling point for me. I’m certainly interested, but I’m playing a wait-and-see game to see how Japan responds to Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

After the 2 Adventures and Heroes, I don’t think I’m being too demanding when I say it’s going to take more than 2 screen caps and a buzzword addled article to get me to say that Sonic is back in top form.

After Sonic CD, Sonic Adv is best Sonic game I’ve ever played. So many stand out moments and set pieces .
The amount of work that went into that game was staggering, not least the music score (which on its own must have cost bomb) I loved it .
The 1sr 2 level were just somthing esle (as was the lost world and Speed Highway)

Sonic Adv II wasn’t bad ins parts, but there ,that like Heroes was the work of Sonic Team USA. This new Sonic game seems to be the work of Sonic Team Japan.

Also there more than 2 pics, The E3 demo was mindblowing

The E3 sequences were so called “tech demos” however… Of course it’s very possible (and likely) that they worked off of that tech demo to start developing a full Sonic game, I’m just saying that those particular scenes were never told to be of an actual game, and Sega hasn’t confirmed that either since they just announced Sonic next gen with only these screenshots rather than say “the E3 demo you saw was of this game” to have more media to show… Maybe they will say that eventually but for now they haven’t…

Oh its the Team playing around with the Hardware. I bet this game been in development for a good while . So even the tech demos are showing what the Team has instore for the main game.

Come ship day the game will look even better if anything. As long as we don’t get any of that Tag cr8p. I’m more than happy at this.
At last I’m starting to see what SEGA Japan is up too.

Well… I dunno, with some consoles they still haven’t made games look as pretty as the tech demos, simply because you need to render alot more than just the area in which the tech demo takes place.

Either way, Upon further inspection I’m quite liking the screenshots, all it’s missing is some loopings. XD

It would be nice if this game turned out to be cool.I still haven’t bought a Sonic game in my life and I think that shouldn’t be.Of course if it isn’t worth it…

For now it’s good to know there’s a new non-spinoff Sonic game coming out.

Holy sh8t and Fun me pink.
This is the best game I’ve seen in my life (no kiddding) This is unreal for real time graphics

Sory for the poor language, but there’s not others words for this

Sonic Video at the bottom of the link .

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Yep that sure is impressive.But I wonder if that in-game cutscene is in any way representative of the game itself.As in, will the next Sonic be so open-handed? … 33768.html

Indeed, looks promising. However did anyone else notice how Sonic seemed to fall pretty slow, atleast thats what it appeared like to me. And I hope thats an early version of the level since it appears to be an almost toned down Sonic Adventure level, granted there is no time or goal present right now, but I hope they speed up the gameplay a bit.

This is the Sonic game sega’s been promising for years. We have to see on it’s Spring time release if it’s the true 3D Sonic game we’ve been waiting for.