Leaked Sonic 4 Footage Reveals Gameplay

Dimps also behind development.

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Courtesy of 1UP.
Courtesy of 1UP.
The first thing Sonic fans do when they learn of a new game is analyse the hell out of every single aspect of whatever media has been thrust at them. With Sega's new, episodic, downloadable title Sonic the Hedgehog 4, that media has been restricted to less than three seconds of play. Until this morning, that is.

1Up received a bundle of high-quality screenshots, and a not-so-high-quality video of Sonic 4: Episode 1 in action, revealing a huge chunk of the first Zone's level design and giving viewers a first glimpse of the title screen and menu options. As an Alpha build, the physics are a touch wonky and there are some odd glitches, but generally it's looking very much like Sonic as we knew him.

In addition to this leak, the Official Xbox 360 website page for the game lists Sonic Rush developers Dimps as the studio tackling Sonic the Hedgehog 4. On top of Sonic Rush, Dimps also developed the Sonic Advance series, Sonic Pocket Adventure on the Neo Geo Pocket Color and, most recently Street Fighter IV with Capcom.

The video also confirms four Zones; Splash Hill, Casino Street, Lost Labyrinth and Mad Gear. They all seem to take a little bit of a cue from a past Sonic 2D title, with retro badniks to boot.


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