A digital games curator at the Strong Museum of Play in Rochester, New York has unveiled details about a Sonic game for the PlayStation Portable that never made it past it’s initial pitch in 2005. “Sonic: The Shadow World” had an interesting, if not strange, premise that should undoubtedly raise some eyebrows!
Climax Studios, responsible for games such as Sudeki and Silent Hill: Origins pitched a game to SEGA 14 years ago titled “Sonic: The Shadow World.” While we have no screens aside from a presentation slide with some company logos, we do have some details about the undeveloped title.
According to Andrew Borman, who uploaded the video from which this information was obtained, the premise of the story would reveal that Shadow the Hedgehog came from a realm called “The Shadow World” – in which the game would take place. In contrast to the usual environments filled with the iconic lush green hills, Shadow’s realm would be filled with dark, arid canyons and molten lava, from which Sonic must escape. Basically, it would be the thematic opposite of Sonic’s world in every way.
Most fans would realise that this premise would conflict with Shadow’s backstory (at least before Shadow the Hedgehog’s game managed to make it even more convoluted.) Other details revealed include the fact that Sonic and Shadow would both be playable, enemies would consist of monsters rather than robots, and would have multiple modes of play.
While one could make note of how such a dreary setting is unfitting for a Sonic game, be mindful that later that year we would see the aforementioned “Shadow the Hedgehog” and soon after that, the problematic “Sonic the Hedgehog 2006”, so perhaps this setting would have been more in-line with the aesthetic presented in those titles. Given this rather edgy season in Sonic’s history and Climax Studio’s development history with the Silent Hill franchise, it’s probably not surprising that this was the theme they elected to pursue.
Would you have liked to see this come to fruition, or are you glad this idea remained in the shadow realm? Let us know in the comments!