Sega Sammy boss Hajime Satomi has revealed in an interview with The World Folio, that Sega has partnered with Sony to create a new movie that will star the iconic Sonic The Hedgehog, who first made an appearance back in 1991 on the Sega Mega drive console.
The Sonic movie will take the form of a ‘live-action and animation hybrid’, which sounds as though the film will include both human actors and animated characters.
Unfortunately nothing else has been revealed as yet to what the storyline or release date will be although the Sega movie is expected to hit theatres sometime during 2018.
Sonic is a blue anthropomorphic hedgehog who has the ability to run at supersonic speeds and the ability to curl into a ball, primarily to attack enemies. Throughout the course of the video games, Sonic most commonly has to race through levels, collect power up rings and survive against a host of natural obstacles and minions to achieve his goal. While many individuals at Sega had a hand in Sonic’s creation, programmer Yuji Naka and artist Naoto Ohshima are generally credited with the creation of the character.
Snippets for the Hajime Satomi interview include :
Like with this CG animation production, we would like to expand our business into other entertainment areas beyond what we are currently involved.
We are strong in the smartphone and online gaming industry. Therefore, for our company to grow bigger, we must focus on expanding into markets other than smartphones and online gaming – such as indoor theme parks in Asia or animations.
Now the hardware base is changing and we have transitioned towards smartphone games, especially in Japan. In the United States or Europe the home game consoles are still popular and large; however, in Japan the home game console market is shrinking and the smartphone game market is increasing. Therefore, we think that going forward the smartphone industry will also keep growing in the United States and Europe.
As always we will keep you updated whenever more information is divulged.