Any Sonic game now announced is met with enough trepidation to sink any enthusiasm going for the game. The 2D return to the classic franchise is due to be released with Sonic 4, although the delay has caused many to speculate whether it’s going to meet the respected quality of a top class title that has been promised for some time now. Recent outings for the blue hedgehog have been dire, enough so infact that many gamers now abandon any hope from the number of new games that continue to be forced onto our shelves…
However, details on the newly announced Sonic Colours - out for both the Nintendo Wii and DS later this year – look entirely promising. Set on a ‘vibrant alien world’, designed with inspiration from theme parks, Sonic Colours is (another) fresh take on the Sonic series. The high-speed adventure game this time incorporating both 3D and classic 2D platforming sections and if Sonic Team can take the best from both perspectives, it could well be a really fantastic thrill-ride of a game. In addition to traditional game play, Sonic is also to be able to possess the magical energy and powers of the alien race of ‘Wisps’ that reside on the alien planet.
Helping the Wisps to escape from the grasp of Dr Eggman will require gamers to use quick wits to navigate the world with his new range of unique abilities and stringing combos together and creating different paths through stages with the help of a new drill ability will be key. The unique abilities come in both the Wii and DS versions, with the DS release also making ‘full use’ of the console’s dual screens.
Both versions of Sonic Colours are set to be released for late 2010. For more information on the title check out SEGA Europe’s blog here.