Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood

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SEGA to follow Nintendo's Mario model

When it comes to releasing Sonic games.

SEGA exec Alan Pritchard has revealed more about the company's plans to delist less-than-stellar Sonic games - suggesting the publisher may take a leaf out of an old rival's book.

Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood

Sonic Chronicles is interesting in many different ways, so let's tick them off. It's the first Sonic role-playing game, finally following in Mario's footsteps a mere twelve years after the plumber tackled the Legend of the Seven Stars on the SNES. Not only that, it's a Sonic RPG developed by the role-playing legends at Bioware, the company behind Baldur's Gate, Knights of the Old Republic and Mass Effect. And what's more, it marks the Canadian developers' DS debut, as they squeeze eighteen years of stat-juggling experience on PCs into the smallest console on the market.

Yes, there are many reasons to be intrigued by Sonic Chronicles, but the game itself is sadly not at the top of that list. Oh, it's nice enough - a colourful and accessible role-playing game that is never less than entertaining - but as you rocket past the finish line in a blue blur, the whole of the experience never quite adds up to the sum of its constituent parts.

Set a few years after whatever the last Sonic game to be considered an official part of the series canon was, we find our blue-hued hero summoned back into business as those bloody Chaos Emeralds have been stolen. Again. Except this time it can't be Eggman (i.e. Robotnik, here using his original Japanese name), because he's been defeated and driven into hiding. Nope, it's the work of Marauders - mysterious mechanical alien creatures who seem to harbour nefarious plans for the entire planet.

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Criticism of Sonic "warranted" - SEGA

Even the marketing man says so.

SEGA of America's marketing boss Sean Ratcliffe has (almost) conceded to GameDaily what the rest of the world has been shouting at him for some time: that Sonic games have been mostly terrible since the first couple.

SEGA confirms Summer of Sonic event

SEGA confirms Summer of Sonic event

It's being held in London this August.

SEGA has confirmed it will be helping out with Summer of Sonic, a special event being held in London this August.

"The Summer of Sonic is essentially a community get-together/convention

arranged by a number of Sonic fansites, such as The Sonic Stadium and

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Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood

He ain't heavy, says BioWare.

Sonic hasn't been himself lately, but SEGA will never give up. There's no need. The 20th birthday party went wrong, but SEGA Superstars Tennis wears the hedgehog proudly, Sonic and the Secret Rings sells strongly, and Mario & Sonic yoyos up and down the top ten even now - as Nintendo's DVD burners work their little lasers off just to meet demand. Sonic Unleashed - out in November - is another high-profile, high-cost multiformat outing. And why not?

SEGA: Sonic Unleashed out in November

But Aliens and Total War fall into 2009.

SEGA has whipped out its calendar and put dates alongside its upcoming titles, including Sonic Unleashed, which will be out this November. However, Aliens: Colonial Marines and Empire: Total War both fall into 2009.

Bioware wants to innovate in MMOs

Plus: Muzyka on Sonic and Mass Effect.

Speaking to Eurogamer, Bioware chief Ray Muzyka has said that the EA studio intends to bring innovation to massively multiplayaer gaming with its first MMO.

BioWare spills first Sonic RPG details

BioWare spills first Sonic RPG details

Stylus controlled, watercolour visuals.

BioWare has released the first details of its Sonic role-playing game for DS.

As part of a seven-page spread in US magazine Nintendo Power, the title has been confirmed as Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood.

According to the article (as reported by NeoGaf forum users) you will be able to control a party of four, picked from a squad of 11 in total. Confirmed so far are Sonic, Tails, Amy, Knuckles, Rouge, Shadow and Big The Cat. Certain sections will allow you to split your group up.

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BioWare doing Sonic RPG

Due out on DS in 2008.

SEGA and BioWare have announced a partnership to create an RPG based on Sonic the Hedgehog for Nintendo DS. It's due out in 2008.