SEGA and BioWare today announced a partnership to create a new video game based on the classic SEGA flagship icon, Sonic The Hedgehog. Surely a result of the success of the four “Mario RPG” games. The exact name of the game is undetermined, so we’ll call it “Sonic RPG,” but this new title is in development exclusively for the Nintendo DS and will ship in 2008. Say it with me “wow!”
“BioWare is one of the hottest names in RPG development in the world,” said Simon Jeffery, President and COO, SEGA of America. “Everyone at SEGA has huge confidence that Sonic is in the safest of hands, and that BioWare can create the ultimate handheld RPG experience for gamers of all ages.”
BioWare is an award-winning independent developer that has created some of the world’s best-selling titles including the Baldur’s Gate and Neverwinter Nights series, the 2003 Game of the Year, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and the 2005 RPG of the Year, Jade Empire. BioWare is currently developing one of the most anticipated next-generation titles of 2007, Mass Effect.
“We’re thrilled to be working with SEGA on Sonic, one of the industry’s most enduring and compelling icons,” said Greg Zeschuk, president of BioWare. “As huge fans of Sonic ourselves, we’re committed to delivering a truly amazing story-driven experience within the Sonic universe, focusing on capturing the character’s broad appeal and placing him in a completely original adventure,” added Ray Muzyka, chief executive officer of BioWare.