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Rumor: Sonic reboot coming in 2014?

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Sonic seems to have gotten himself out of the ditch he’s been stuck in lately and has promised to speed along at a good rate from now on. However, its apparently not fast enough for Sega, considering the financial trouble they’ve been in lately. As such, its been rumored that come 2014, Sonic will have a complete reboot that essentially starts the franchise from scratch.

The rumors come from an inside source who spoke to Sonic fansite TSSZ. He stated that the game will be open-world and will present “a whole new universe for Sonic to do battle and new characters for him to befriend… in effect destroying most canon that precedes the relaunch and wiping the slate nearly clean.” He also stated that they wanted to experiment with new gameplay mechanics, though he didn’t touch on what those might be.

The site went on to speculate that the mission structure would follow a layout similar to Burnout Paradise, where the worlds are interconnected and missions would play out in the open world. They also stated that Sega would plan to monetize the reboot by connecting it with a toy line; “An example would be to purchase a Knuckles statue in order to gain the echidna as a playable character in-game… the strategy could also be used to unlock extra levels.” This is very similar to what was used in Spyro’s recent Skylanders game, and it turned out to be a good business strategy if nothing else.

If it is coming in 2014, there’s a good chance the game will release on next-gen consoles. Are you guys ready for such a dramatic makeover for the blue hedgehog? If not, you still have 2 years to savor the taste of modern Sonic.

[Gamerzines]

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RUMOR: Xbox One S All Digital Images, Release Details Leak Ahead of Official Unveiling

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Images of a discless Xbox One S have leaked online, confirming rumors from last year.

Winfuture.de revealed the pictures it acquired yesterday, as well the name Xbox One S All Digital, prices, and a launch date. Check out the pictures down below.

The console would allow users who are less oriented in the physical media space to take advantage of an all-digital device.

Some of the speculation regarding all-digital hardware pictures a cheaper, maybe even smaller model. However, yesterday’s leak suggests that, while the Xbox One S All Digital may come bundled with games, the price will stick at around USD$250 with no real change in physical appearance.

The only visual difference between the Xbox One S and the Xbox One S All Digital is the lack of a disc drive. Otherwise, the two slimmed down pieces of hardware are visually identical.

As well as a look at the console, the website says that an official reveal will come April 16 with a release following on May 7.

The pictures uncovered do not come from an official source, so holding off believing everything here is for the best. That said, a device such as this makes sense for Microsoft considering the Xbox Game Pass and the inevitability of a more digitally-inclined market.

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