Sonic Generations release confirmed for November 1

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Sega‘s beloved blue mascot, Sonic the Hedgehog, may have hit some bumps in the road in recent years, but his upcoming time-twisting adventure in Sonic Generations is looking like a running spin-jump back in the right direction. We knew the game would be coming this holiday season, and now a release date has been confirmed: November 1.

The whole idea behind the timeplay in Generations‘ story is to give players a sort of series retrospective. Sonic’s travels will take him through many of the environments seen in previous releases, with 2D and 3D play mode versions of each level you visit. All manner of familiar characters and enemies will be encountered along the way, though Sega has been keeping the particulars of the story under wraps.

Generations arrives at a difficult moment in the holiday release calendar, square in the middle of the knockout brawl between Battlefield 3, out October 25, and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, out November 9. A Sonic game is obviously not anything like a first-person shooter, but it’s still going to be a challenging moment to try to capture the attention of the gaming public. That said, a holiday season filled with good games is never a bad thing. All reports so far peg Sonic Generations as one of the good ones, so be excited.