Sega has finally pulled back the curtain on their mysterious Sonic title that sees both the Sonic of past and present racing alongside each other through loops and… stuff. The new title, aiming for a 2011 release, is called Sonic Generations, which is Sega’s way of celebrating the blue hedgehog’s 20th anniversary.
In Sonic Generations players will be able to control either the modern Sonic or the classic 1991 version of the character, as was hinted at in the original debut trailer. Players will even be able switch the game from an old-school 2D side-scrolling view to the modern day 3D style. In addition, depending which Sonic you are using, the special moves will vary. Classic Sonic has his patented Spin Dash and Spin Attack, while modern Sonic can use a Homing Attack and Sonic Boost. Sega is also saying that Sonic Generations will be jam-packed with easter eggs for hardcore Sonic fans. Expect to find a lot of hidden treasures and franchise favorite characters appearing in the title through an “innovative new interactive menu system.”
The plot of Sonic Generations sees a “mysterious new power” rising up and opening up time rifts in the process. This, of course, causes Sonic and his friends to travel back in time, sans Delorean, and meet their past selves.
“Sonic Generations will certainly be a fitting celebration for Sonic’s 20th Anniversary,” commented David Corless, Global Brand Director for Sonic. “By having the classic 1991 Sonic that many fans know and love team up with his modern day incarnation, we are bringing back the nostalgia of the early days of Sonic and combining it with the innovation and stunning HD technology of the modern gaming era. Sonic Generations will bring to life the last twenty years of Sonic’s universe in a truly unique and imaginative way.”
Sega is racing towards (see what I did there?) a Holiday 2011 release for Sonic Generations on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.