When Sega Released Sonic Jump [$2.99] last October, it was actually a really decent update to one of their older pre-smartphone mobile titles, but it left everyone asking the same question: why the heck is a character famous for running not being used in an auto-runner, a genre that's hugely successful in the current mobile gaming market?

Well, Kotaku noticed that Sega had posted a job listing for Sega's UK studio Hardlight, who worked on Sonic Jump, and it mentions working on a game called Sonic Dash. That sort of sounds like an endless runner type of game, no? I guess it could be some other sort of game involving dashing, but a runner makes perfect sense. When reached for comment, Sega indeed confirmed that a title called Sonic Dash exists but offered no details on it:

"At this time, Sega is able to confirm that we are working on a new mobile game titled Sonic Dash. We have not announced any specific details on the product but we will be releasing additional information on this exciting, new game in the near future."

I guess we'll just have to wait for Sega to blow the doors off of whatever this Sonic Dash game is, but I actually surprisingly liked Sonic Jump and the way it used the whole theme and universe of the Sonic games to make a pretty cool level-based Doodle Jump type game. Seeing how well Rayman Jungle Run and similar titles have come out, I'm hoping to see Sonic get the same kind of treatment.

[Kotaku, Image via Sonic News Network]

  • Doctorossi

    How about a "Startless Runner", wherein your character is speeding along from before you even press 'start'?

    I don't know why Sega would feel the need to make a Sonic endless runner; I'd venture to guess that most of Sonic's fans are pretty pleased with the "Ended Runner" genre.

    • http://twitter.com/JamesMobot James Fletcher

      Ended Runner! :D

  • caaalrb

    Could work out really well since the series (at least the older games) is based on running quickly through loops and shit.

  • Bliquid

    I'd love to see it made with the Temple Run 2 engine, instead of a side scrolling. More like the "Adventure" spinoffs, to be clear.

    • Drewskii

      Maybe both via Sonic Generations

    • MidianGTX

      Whatever it is, it's probably gonna be annoyingly slow for the likes of Sonic, but hey, killing a beloved branded character doesn't matter.

  • Gamer_Kev

    I wouldn't be surprised if he did show up in an endless runner, poor old Sonic gets milked to death.

    • Chester_Copperpot

      Now there's an ugly mental image.

      • Karzay

        Especially when you realize Sonic doesn't have an udder.

  • Professionalbum

    Seems like the endless runners are like the Harlem Shake videos-everyone thinks they have to pitch in and give it a try.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=13804466 Max Hann

    An actual endless runner would be a bit disappointing (but incredibly logical), but a non-stop runner like the Rayman one would work extremely well for a Sonic game

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=13804466 Max Hann

      Really, any Sonic game that Sega releases that ISN'T about running really fast is the strange choice

  • ExcaliburEdge

    I'm still holding for a Running Man endless runner. Arnold in all his glory! "GET TO THE CHOPPA!"

  • Zeldaniac

    The moment the word "endless" is uttered, my interest is lost.

  • garret44

    Okay... Can sega optimize all the previous sonic games for iPhone 5 display first

  • garret44

    Okay... Can sega optimize all the previous sonic games for iPhone 5 display first

  • NickyNichols

    There is absolutely no reason that Sonic should not have been the first, if not, one of the first to do an endless runner. What a missed opportunity, but it speaks to the misaligned history of the franchise.

  • trackside

    Surely the bonus stage on sonic 2 would be perfect for an endless runner. Two player was pretty fun always trying to be in front of your opponent.