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New Sonic 4 Trailer Almost Makes Up for Delay

Posted by James Newton

Game pushed back for surprising reason

We reported yesterday that Sega's great white Sonic hope, WiiWare 'hog platformer Sonic the Hedgehog 4, has been pushed back from its Summer release date to a late 2010 date now instead. Why is that?

It turns out that Sega wants the extra time to take onboard fan feedback about the game, though predictably it didn't go into any more detail about which suggestions it would be implementing.

Just as we were all ruminating whether Sega would be returning Sonic's eyelids to their natural colour or keeping them as blue, we were distracted by this new trailer showing off more loop-the-loops, springs and bright blue skies than has been seen since 1994. You too can watch this shiny new trailer right underneath these words whilst considering other important issues, such as whether the cuffs of his gloves will return to a single fold. So many crucial decisions to be made.

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James said:

They should be the same colour as the skin around his mouth but for Sonic Adventure they changed them to blue. Now, I'm no expert, but from what I remember of his origin story only his quills turned blue when he "became" Sonic, and eyelids do not have quills on them.



WildPidgeyAppears said:

IMO, the real reason for the delay is probably to save face over the debacle with the leaked file of the game.



Shiryu said:

I hope this opens a trend so that Golden Axe, Shinobi, Streets of Rage , insert your fav 16bit Sega Megadrive name here follows the same formula.



Kirk said:

See here...

If the whole game is as good as it looks in that video then yes this is going to be a great Sonic game imo.

I've seen some other footage however that still leaves me a little bit unconvinced.

I'm still going for the "wait and see" approach with this one.

Sega has burned everyone too many times to get excited because a short and edited video of the game looks rather good.



JimLad said:

Does anyone else think Sonic looks a bit goofy when he's rendered in 3D but running in 2D (ala Sonic Rush)
In most 2D sonics, his flips and turns and stuff were all just covered by the spinning animation. Whereas now they have him slowly turning in mid air and it seems to spoil the momentum a bit.
Also his jumping spin animation seems slower, actually showing him turn rather than turn into a blue spiked ball.

Niggles aside, it's pretty obvious the game will be awesome.



Token_Girl said:

Hopefully not stuff like "s0n1c dozn't go fa$t enuf" (please remove all platforming and challenging sections, because I suck at gaming). There are some dumb sonic "fans" around.



Nintendophile said:

Looks like Sonic's got a targeting/homing attack. And did anyone else notice the player had over 100 lives? Ahh, debug mode is wonderful! lol.



Raylax said:

"It turns out that Sega wants the extra time to take onboard fan feedback about the game"

Werehog will be a playable character. You heard it here first.


So hyped for this gaaaame



Digiki said:

Looks like right was held the whole time, while jump was pressed about 10 times perhaps. It's a true return to form! :0

Atleast it's good looking.



brandonbwii said:

@Token Girl
Unlike some Sonic fans (just check out the whine-fest on Gonintendo, lol), I actually like what I've been seeing. There does seem to be a decent amount of both speed and platforming this time around. Yes, I do like him to go really, really fast as well.



Adam said:

Glad they decided to show a bunch of sections where you're essentially on autopilot. Does look quite nice in 3D though.



Crunc said:

I enjoyed the original sonic games, but Sonic was always a reaction to Super Mario Bros, and never anything great of its own. Their gimmick was to make him fast, but that meant that the game was mostly about trial and error and memorization. Not that it won't be fun, but it's still something short of greatness.



Slapshot said:

The trailer does look pretty darn good, fast and straight forward but the visuals do look crisp and nice.

I actually prefer the platforming of the original Sonic. Not sure how many here have actually pushed through that punishing game, its hard but very rewarding if you complete it, and the platforming is excellent.

Oh, and pushbacks usually mean more money to develop and add/fix/expand what they already have instead of a broken/rushed release, so not a bad thing IMO!



Klapaucius said:

Sonic's never been my thing, so I'll let you all get excited and take a step back from this one
(ironically I wrote this comment)



Jarael said:

At least the running animation looks better now. When I saw the leaked footage before, I thought it looked terrible.



MasterGraveheart said:

Looks pretty darn good if you ask me. And it actually doesn't look like Sonic Rush anymore... which is both good and bad in my opinion. Good that it can establish an identity of it's own, bad because I knew Sonic Rush was a good game, lol.



bro2dragons said:

i've never been a sonic fan... i don't even like his old stuff. Not Sonic CD or Sonic and Knuckles. so, while i probably won't get this, as it doesn't look to change that, i do have to say, it's still a cool trailer, and i am pretty impressed.



dres said:

Love it.
Really liked the Sonic Rush games. Thought Dimps made some nice improvements to the 2D Sonic formula with those games. So I don't think this will disappoint either.



BleachFan said:

Curse you, Sega, for causing my anticipation for this game to rise even higher...



WAM2 said:

Eh, kinda hard for me to get hyped up about this, mainly because I always preferred it in 3D. I know, I'm weird, but that's the way I like my Sonic.

@Prosody: Sonic has no origin in the games. I believe the origin you're remembering is from the British Sonic the Comic or possibly Disney Adventures' non-canonical promotional comic.



WAM2 said:

@Bro2dragons: I don't think so. I don't remember any of the cartoons having one, either. And since Prosody is from the UK, I would think he would be thinking of Sonic the Comic.



XD375 said:

The actual problem that the angry fans have is with Sonic's eyes being green and not totally black.



gojiguy said:

Hope that they decide to change it up and go 16-bit instead of the BS 2.5D



LordJumpMad said:

I don't know about you Guys,
But this is the First Time I'm Happy to see a Sonic, in the Way i like it.

I hated the 3D Sonic Game, Too much Talking.and not enough Running.



Splat said:

Have not played a good Sonic game in awhile but it does looking nice.



mecoy said:

man im still ashamed i wasted 50 bucks on the last "new classic" game (not gonna say what game)



DrCruse said:

Sonic isn't about just running. It is about platforming. If this game ends up as "auto-play" in which you are constantly running through the stage with no input on where Sonic goes, that is not good. We need a game like Sonic CD where there is a near-perfect blend of speed and platforming. The trailer looks like it could auto-play, but it's too soon to tell.

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