Sega has released a new trailer for Sonic’s latest platformer, which shows off the return of Sonic’s Wisp transformations from Sonic Colors, and finally gives the game a solid release date.
Most of the Wisp power-ups seem to work in the same way as they did in Colors, only now you have to activate them using the Wii U or the 3DS’s touch screen. In addition to the return of the Drill and Laser Wisps, the game will feature new power-ups in the form of completely brand new Wisp transformations that let Sonic briefly fly, pull enemies in using gravity, and bounce from object to object as a music note (I’m sure it all makes sense in context…maybe)
The trailer also highlights the new villains of the game, who, like all the other new characters added to the Sonic franchise over the last 13 years, are guaranteed to become beloved and iconic characters that we’ll all love (that was sarcasm, by the way.) The trailer also gives us a glimpse at new areas within the game’s forest and desert stages that haven’t been seen before.
Despite some strange control quirks, I really enjoyed Sonic Lost World when I played it at E3, and it seems like Sega and Sonic Team will keep up the winning streak that they started with Sonic Colors and Sonic Generations.
Sonic Lost World will be released on October 22nd for both the Wii U and the 3DS. The 3DS version of the game is being developed by Dimps (who previously developed all of the Sonic Advance and DS games,) and will feature different level designs and mechanics from the Wii U version. While the two versions of the game won’t be able to compete in the game’s multiplayer modes against each other, they will be able to exchange data by allowing players to trade the game’s collectible “gadgets” between the handheld and console versions.
Sonic Lost World is the first of three exclusive Sonic games for Nintendo platforms: the second is the next title in the Mario and Sonic At The Olympic Games series, and the third game has yet to be announced.