Sega of America VP Sean Ratcliffe is very much aware that Sonic hasn't been looking so slick lately. The hedgehog's last next-gen run with Sonic the Hedgehog wasn't received so well by critics and gamers, as it was plagued with clunky camera angles and controls.
"Some of that criticism is probably warranted," said Ratcliffe in an interview with GameDaily. He added that with the Sonic franchise dating way back during the Genesis days, his team needs to put a "disproportionate amount of effort" in future titles in order to bring back its glory. Ratcliffe mentions Sonic Team's new project, Sonic Unleashed (screenshot above), will allow them to "truly deliver the Sonic experience" to players. But (and this puzzles us) Ratcliffe said that his team is adding an "innovative twist" by slowing (?!) him down to turn into a "Werehog".
Ratcliffe also said that he's open to the idea of Sonic crossing over in different genres, hence, the creation of BioWare's RPG, Sonic Chronicles: Dark Brotherhood. "We've got to be looking at different ways to develop the character, different genres, and so on," he said. "We can't just stand still with Sonic."
Sonic Unleashed will be available this November for the Xbox 360, PS2, PS3 and Nintendo Wii. Sonic Chronicles: Dark Brotherhood, published by Sega, will be available this September for the Nintendo DS.
Sonic Chronicles: Dark Brotherhood