SEGA and BioWare Corp. are joining forces to develop a new RPG starting the blue speed demon, Sonic the Hedgehog. This title will be exclusively for the Nintendo DS, and while the official title has not yet been released, the game has been scheduled for 2008.
Simon Jeffery, President and COO, SEGA of America, Inc states that "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 has developed such titles as Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and Jade Empire, Baldur's Gate and Neverwinter Nights. They are currently in the process of finishing Mass Effect for the Xbox 360.
Ray Muzyka of BioWare was quoted as saying, "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."
What will come of this unique idea is yet to be seen, but Square pulled it off with Mario, so we shall see what interesting things BioWare will do.