A Sega website loophole has offered details on a surprise Sonic title.
An opening on Sega's file transfer protocol (FTP) site allowed Sega Magazine to discover secret plans for Sonic: Unleashed, the next iteration in the bombastic blue hedgehog's series.
The title Sonic: Unleashed is unconfirmed, but is derived from a trademark filed by Sega last month. Sega's FTP server held a series of screenshots and one vague in-game trailer. Not only is the famous Sonic Team working on the title, but development teams in Japan, North America and Europe are all pooling their resources to raise the production budget for this game. Graphically, the game plays in a three-dimensional world with limited three-dimensional movement. Sonic will still stick to side-scrolling rails for a large chunk of his adventure.
At one point, press information presumably found via the FTP leak was posted on the SegaON website before being retracted. Word that Sonic could morph into Wolf Sonic and play through twelve stages as Sonic, Knuckles and Tails has been removed in less than 48 hours.
A brief story summary stated: "Sonic the Hedgehog returns for a full-blown, action-packed adventure through the desolate and unpredictable World of Mubuz, a world dictated by an evil Dragon Lord, Immarius. Upon entering Muboz, Sonic fights an evil power which turns all the inhabitants into dangerous beasts."
More information on Sonic: Unleashed is expected to be announced at Sega's Gamer Day in May. It will reportedly be released this November, in time for the holidays.