Ever since it was announced, Bioware’s Sonic the Hedgehog RPG has been a project of interest by many in the gaming community. The idea of Sonic (an action title focused on speed) being turned into a turn based RPG, seemed a bit far fetched. But hearing that Bioware was in charge of development, the anticipation rose.
The most recent Nintendo Power has a cover story on the game, entitled “Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood“.
The preview reveals that the game will feature a ‘hand-drawn, watercolored’ look. You can have 4 members in your party at a time. Confirmed characters include Sonic, Tails, Amy, Knuckles, Rouge, Shadow, Big the Cat, with 4 left to be revealed. The game will not include random battles, but instead take a cue from Blue Dragon by letting you see your enemies before you attack. As a team you will have special attacks, and Team attacks (like Chrono Trigger). You will be leveling up and can choose which traits you wish to devote leveling up to. You can purchase special attacks with the in-game currency (rings, of course!). Dialogue trees will have a small presence in the game, as will side quests.
In addition to the RPG elements, the games story seems fairly interesting for a Sonic game. Sonic’s taking a break after defeating Eggman 2 years earlier. His vacation is cut short when he gets a call from Tails explaining Knuckles has been kidnapped by a group called The Marauders, and that the 6 Chaos Emeralds are missing. This kick-starts Act one of the game which takes place in standard Sonic zones (remixes of classic tunes are mentioned). Eggman is not the main villain this time around, but Bioware mentions that they want to make him a creditable foe again. There is a twist mentioned between Eggman and Sonic which dates back to the earlier games. The second act takes place in a darker world setting.
Sonic Chronicle’s is shaping up to be a pretty awesome game, and might actually rescue the Sonic franchise from the mediocrity it’s fallen into for the last few games.