Sonic Utopia is a fan-made game being made by a small team who want to“expand on Sonic gameplay in an intuitive way in 3D”, while at the same time “capture the best of Sonic’s style and tie it together in a cohesive experience”.
The animation and art look cool! They also show off the fundamental problem with Sonic in the 3D era, in that it might be impossible to translate the core design and speed of the 2D games in an open arena like this.
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That hasn’t stopped Sega from trying over the past 20 years, though, and it’s not stopping Sonic Utopia, which while still early in development can still be downloaded for a spin here.
UPDATE: Headline updated. The game is the work of a small team comprised of Murasaki, The Great Lange, Tpot and Pixy.