Rumor: Sonic reboot going open-world in 2014
posted on 04.05.12 at 01:12 AM EST by (@salromano)
Source claims "massive" reboot in "exploratory phase."

Sonic the Hedgehog may get a “massive” and “total” reboot in 2014, if a TSSZ News source is to be believed.

The site claims it received knowledge of the potential reboot a few days before Sega’s loss and layoff bomb.

It is said to maintain the franchise’s core components, such as speed, platforming, surreal environments, and the rivalry between Sonic and Dr. Eggman. However, the characters may see a a makeover.

“Anything and everything else is under review,” according to the source, including Sonic’s friends (even Tails). The idea of an entirely new universe and cast of characters is reportedly a possibility. New gameplay methods and gimmicks are allegedly being “fleshed out.”

“Zones,” or the franchise’s word for stages, may see a revamp. So much so that each zone may become its own world, each with separate stages masked as missions for Sonic to complete. The source compared it to EA’s Burnout Paradise, an open-world racer without a concrete level structure.

The game would run on a next-generation engine, comparable to the Unreal Engine 4 or Frostbite 2 engines. But photo-realism is not a concern.

Here’s where it hits the younger audience. Much like Activision’s Skylanders series, Sega reportedly plans to boost revenue on the reboot by selling physical emblems and collectibles, which will allow players to unlock certain features in-game. For example: purchase a Knuckles the Echidna figurine, and you’ll gain access to Knuckles as a playable character. The same strategy can be applied to stages.

The reboot is reportedly “still in the exploratory phase.” According to the source, Sega is aiming to bring the series to a new generation of fans, which could explain why Sega made it clear it had “no plans” to bring back Classic Sonic after last year’s Sonic Generations.

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  • Zero

    Is this a late April Fools joke? I hope so…

    The source compared it to EA’s Burnout Paradise, an open-world racer without a concrete level structure.

    I’m sure someone at Sega was at home playing Burnout Paradise, hit the pause button and was like, this is what sonic should be! This is the answer!

    It sounds like a line from a movie, the kicker is that the person saying the line would be wasted.

    Wasted Teen 1 – Dude!!! heheh … don’t you like think that like… uh… they should make the next sonic game, but like make it just like… uh… Burnout Paradise! (Absurd laughter and guy falls out of chair.)

    Wasted Teen 2- Totally man! That would be radical! (Bong hit.)

    What else can I say here?

    Some might say this is face palm worthy, I disagree. It’s more like, bash head into wall worthy.

    • TheFoolArcana

      This is face palm with a palm tree worthy.

  • TheFoolArcana

    This is the stupidest idea I’ve heard in a while.

    • howardmoonish

      @TheFoolArcana: and yet it’s not the stupidest idea SEGA has used. :P

  • howardmoonish

    Considering SEGA’s financial problems I’m not sure now is the right time to take risks.

  • hush404

    Ehh, they’ve been reaming Sonic up his little blue butt for years now, if they want to make Burnout: Sonic… let em… I really don’t see how it could be any worse than what they’ve been doing since the 90s.

  • TercaLumireis

    Go out with a bang on generations Sega and make what will bring in the money for you, honestly criticizing Sonic for quality at this point is just silly, kids games aren’t always great games.
    It’s nice that they might finally say Sonic is for kids
    Because the Sonic that everyone keeps complaining about being gone was also for kids
    Now kids want different things than when we were kids
    So… games for adults idk o_o