Sonic the Hedgehog is celebrating his 20th anniversary this year, and to commemorate the milestone, Sega today unveiled Sonic Generations for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Sonic Generations will ship for both consoles this holiday season and promises a “fast paced adventure” that hearkens back to the little blue dude’s debut on the Genesis.
The plot is actually pretty creative, all things considered: Sonic’s universe is thrown into chaos when a mysterious new power creates “time holes” that pull him and his friends back through time. As a result, he encounters some surprises from his past history including Classic Sonic, Sonic as he was in 1991. Modern Sonic and Classic Sonic must defeat this strange new enemy, save their friends, and find out who really is behind this diabolical deed.
Because of the time warping effect, Sonic Generations is set across three defining eras from 20 years of Sonic the Hedgehog history, so the environments will be very recognizable but have been re-built in high definition. The levels will also be playable either in the classic side-scrolling 2D format from 1991, as well as modern 3D worlds found in Sonic’s more-recent adventures. Each incarnation of Sonic in Sonic Generations comes complete with his trademark special move, be it Spin Dash and Spin Attack for Classic Sonic or the Homing Attack and Sonic Boost for Modern Sonic.
We’ll have more information about Sonic Generations leading up to E3, during the show and beyond, so stay tuned for more information as the game approaches its Holiday 2011 release.