Sonic Generations has yet to even be released officially, but if the following details are to be believed, then Sonic Team is already hard at work on the next main-series Sonic game.
Citing an anonymous source, Sega fansite TSSZ News has learned of many details regarding the next Sonic game. Codenamed Sonic Dimensions, the title is currently in development for the Wii U by Sonic Team.
According to the source, the game is a direct sequel to Sonic Generations, and a spiritual successor to last year’s Sonic Colors. Dimensions finds Sonic split up into different personalities (Similar to The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords) after Dr. Eggman causes yet another shift in the space-time continuum. However, this doesn’t cause just Sonic to split up, but his friends as well; throughout the game, Sonic will have to fight against several of his friends, such as Amy’s evil personality. Even Eggman himself will be split, with a kind version of him assisting Sonic throughout his journey.
The game will play as if it is a mix of Sonic Generations and Sonic Colors: the game will feature 3D sections, as will as 2D sections that play similar to the Classic Sonic levels in Generations. Sonic will be able to switch between personalities in-game, similar to the Wisp system seen in Generations. For example, Red Sonic can make things explode, presumably able to open up new paths to explore, but initially runs slowly. Purple Sonic plays as a mixture of Silver and Shadow from previous games: he can use his powers to make objects and enemies levitate, and acts in very dark ways. When the player loses enough lives, their character transforms into White Sonic, which guarantees them the lowest possible ranking at the end of a stage.
Level design will be similar to that seen in Colors, and is being worked on by not only Sonic Team, but Nintendo as well; going by this fact, Dimensions may be a Nintendo-exclusive game. Some ideas from previous games may be re-used for levels. One such level is Music Plant: the Sonic Advance 2 stage’s concept is reportedly being re-used in Dimensions.
While this is technically only a rumor for now, TSSZ’s past rumors have often turned out to be true; details for Sonic Generations were leaked as far back as last fall. Regardless, it’s only a matter of time before we learn if the above details are fact or fiction.
Source: TSSZ News