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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.

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RUMOR: Fable 4 Story, Gameplay Details Leak Ahead of E3

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Fable 4 will abandon its typical setting of Albion and firearm combat for a brand new, medieval-themed open-world, a possible leak suggests.

A video of the upcoming game has supposedly been viewed by reddit user LagSwag1 who quickly shared the information.

The screenshot below appears to show a brief story synopsis of a new world built upon the ashes of Albion and Fable 3’s Aurora. The two lands have been ‘reduced to fables’ by a mad king, who rebuilt the Spire and wished for an asteroid to strike the planet.

fable 4 leak

Now in a new era of a medieval-styled world spanning new continents and a Heroes Guild has survived behind a demon door. The leak also appears to describe specific old Fable links such as prophet Theresa and Jack of Blades. However, whether or not these links will be main features of gameplay or if they are alluded to as myths, history, or lore is unclear.

Fable 4 will feature first or third-person camera options, features in-depth character creator, incorporates multiplayer, and also strongly relies on time travel, perhaps as a mode of fast travel.

Though, again, not officially confirmed, the leak suggests the game will also benefit from using the Unreal Engine.

Forza Horizon developer Playground Games has taken over the mantel of producing the next Fable game, so how these leaked details may relate to the game remains to be seen. If the leak is accurate, fans can look forward to an update at Microsoft’s E3 press conference June 9.

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