Sega Takes Sonic to Medieval Times… Wait, wha?

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Sega, Sega, Sega. What are you doing to the beloved Sonic the Hedgehog franchise? I’m just starting to get my head around Sonic Unleashed giving Sonic a werehog nighttime alter ego, and now Sonic is getting a Wii-exclusive follow up to Sonic and the Secret Rings that transports the “Blue Dude with a ‘Tude” into the realm of King Arthur. Sonic and the Black Knight is the name of the game, and it’s set to continue Sega’s “Storybook Series” of Sonic titles when it releases in Spring 2009. That date is important, too, as that’s the same time that the new Wii MotionPlus accessory is set to ship with Wii Sports Resort, and since Sonic will be wielding a sword in Black Knight (no, I’m not joking about that) it seems obvious that the game is being lined up to take advantage of Nintendo’s new piece of 1:1 motion-sensing controller hardware that has already been specifically shown as perfect for sword dueling games.

If you still can’t believe the game is actually real, hit the jump for Sega’s official press release. Or go pick up the latest Nintendo Power (pictured) which broke the story first.

SEGA ANNOUNCES SONIC AND THE BLACK KNIGHT

A new addition to the Storybook Series of Sonic Titles

SAN FRANCISCO & LONDON (July 21, 2008) – SEGA® of America, Inc. and SEGA of Europe today announced Sonic and the Black Knight™, an all-new Wii™-exclusive adventure. Part of the storybook series of games that began with Sonic and the Secret Rings™, this new title brings Sonic into the world of Arthurian legend and offers the world’s most famous blue hedgehog the chance to become a knight. Using the unique Wii control system, this exciting game will take advantage of both the Wii Remote™ and the Nunchuk™ to offer an interactive experience that Sonic fans will love.

Created by Sonic Team in Japan, this innovative game takes Sonic into a medieval world and arms him with a sword to aid in his effort to save the day. Sonic and the Black Knight hosts an irresistible cast of characters and will teach Sonic fans what it takes to be a true hero and the ultimate knight. With a series of missions set in stunning Arthurian-inspired locations, Sonic and the Black Knight promises a fast-paced adventure that gamers of all ages will enjoy.

“Sonic and the Black Knight is a stunning adventure into an epic land and story that no gamer can resist,” said Sean Ratcliffe, Vice President of Marketing, SEGA of America, Inc. “Gamers will experience all the excitement of mastering a sword and true knighthood, as well as the classic, speedy, 2D/3D gaming action that Sonic is famous for.”

Sonic and the Black Knight, exclusively for the Wii, will be out in Spring 2009. For more information about the game, please visit www.sega.com.

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