Sega broke the bad news to Sonic fans today that the nostalgia-inducing downloadable “Sonic 4: Volume 1” has been pushed from its fast-approaching “summer” release to some time in “Late 2010”. Sega said that the development team needs more time to “tune, balance, and maintain the kind of polish” and an “unrivaled classic Sonic feel.” So far it looks like Sega has taken a lot of time to make sure fans of the series feel a rush of nostalgia when they play this new game – if they need a little extra time, it looks like it could be worth the wait.
Trying to sprinkle a little good news in with the bad, Sega also announced that, in addition to being available via PSN, Xbox Live and Wiiware, the company is developing a version of the game for the iPhone/iPod Touch. While it is nice that Sega is adding a portable option for the game, it might be challenging for Sega to maintain that “classic feel” on a platform that has no buttons…
UPDATE: Sega also released a trailer. Gameplay in Splash Hill Zone.
Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics announced that they were working on “Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light”, a downloadable adventure that, interestingly enough, has left the name “Tomb Raider” behind. Well, curious fans, here is a first look at the new game. (Courtesy of Kotaku)
Like what you see? According to Gamespot, the game will have both single player and co-op modes. In co-op, a second player controls Totec, that guy chucking spears in the second screen. Based on the screens, it seems like much of the puzzle solving in the game will revolve around using teamwork to trigger switches and so on. The other major difference between this game and the “Tomb Raider” series is the camera. The entire Tomb Raider series had the camera set directly behind the player; these screens use a wide-set overhead camera style.
Well now that you have a better idea of what’s in store, what do you think? Can the “Guardian of Light” return Lara Croft to her former place as one of gaming’s biggest stars?
Publisher Square Enix announced today that “Tomb Raider” developer Crystal Dynamics are working on the entry in the “Tomb Raider” series, with one small twist; the series will no longer be called Tomb Raider. The new game, called “Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light”, is going to be released as a downloadable game on PSN, Xbox Live and WiiWare.
While some may question the decision to drop a successful brand name, the reality is that the era of the “Tomb Raider” franchise has come and gone. Lara Croft, meanwhile, is an iconic character and synonymous with the franchise. By giving her top billing, Crystal Dynamics shakes the cobwebs off an antiquated brand without giving up mass appeal.
The announcement said that the game will be released later this year, but there will more information about the game at GDC next week.