Sonic The Hedgehog could be a possible candidate for a next-gen Wii U game in full HD
Speculation on release date: 2013-2013
Head of Sonic Team says that mascot is perfect fit for next-gen consoles
Speaking on the future of Sonic the Hedgehog as the Wii U ushers in next generation consoles this year, the head of Sonic Team – Takashi Iizuka – says that Sonic is a “perfect fit” for Nintendo’s next console. He also outlined his and the team’s vision for Sonic on the next Xbox and PlayStation consoles.
Speaking with Eurogamer, Iizuka revealed that he has begun to think about how Sonic and next-gen consoles will work together, saying he would like to return to the 3D style of Sonic games: “there are two … different play styles. There’s the 2D … and 3D.” He went on to say that while the Sonic the Hedgehog 4 series brought Sonic back to the 2D world, he would like to do something “completely new” with the modern 3D Sonic.
In the interview, Iizuka also spoke on what increased graphical power – as has been rumoured – would mean for Sonic in the next generation. He confirmed that Sonic will never become photo realistic, remaining stylized while having “bright, colourful” worlds. Iizuka also went on to talk about how Global Illumination technology, as seen in last year’s Sonic Generations, would allow lighting to change dynamically on next-gen hardware.
On the Wii U specifically, Iizuka said that Sonic is a “perfect fit” for the console. He said that because the Wii brand is now in homes almost everywhere around the world, particularly with families, Sonic fits perfectly for that audience: “[H]ow we will apply using the controller to Sonic is something we’re still thinking about.”
Sonic Dimensions a “hoax”
Recent rumours also suggested that the Sonic game to launch on the Wii is codenamed “Sonic Dimensions.” The reason is that Sonic was apparently going to be split into multiple personality types – represented by different colours – which had different abilities, from going super fast to being able to explode and remove obstacles. The rumour also suggested that Sega were working with Nintendo on level design, going for a more ‘surreal’ feel.
However, when asked on Twitter about the rumour, Iizuka said “Sonic Dimensions? I think it’s a complete hoax.”