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[Update] Sega confirms Sonic Dash game that was outed in LinkedIn job advert for Hardlight studio

Somebody just got fired (Updated with Sega comment)

Product: Sonic Dash | Developer: Hardlight | Publisher: Sega | Genre: Endless running
For: iPhone   Also on: Android, iPad
 
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Updated on February 28th, at 10:30: Sega has confirmed to Kotaku that the game is indeed in development. In a statement, the publisher said:

"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."

Plus, our friends at Pocket Gamer France have found out that the game is indeed an auto-runner, in the same vein as Rayman Jungle Run.

Original story follows...



Just four months after the release of Hardlight's maiden iOS game, Sonic Jump, it appears that iPhone- and iPad-wielding fans of Sonic The Hedgehog are going to be indulged once again.

Eagle-eyed members of The Sonic Stadium team spotted a reference to the as-yet-unannounced "Sonic Dash" in a number of job listings for Hardlight on social networking site LinkedIn.

The references to the mysterious Sonic Dash in all four of the job adverts, including this here one, have subsequently been removed. Presumably once Hardlight realised its mistake. And fired someone.

Sonic boom

In a November 2012 interview with UK toy trade magazine Toys 'n' Playthings, head of brand licensing (Europe) at Sega Sissel Henno confirmed that Sega "will have several new digital titles launching as well as a new boxed game" over the next year.

It looks likely, then, that Sonic Dash will be the first of this year's new batch of Sonic games for mobile. And with Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed racing onto iOS in the not-too-distant future (hopefully!), it looks like 2013 is going to be a good year for Sonic supporters on iOS.

Although we only have a name to go on, by the way, we presume that Sonic Dash will be an endless-runner. After all, running is what the Blue Blur does best.
 

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Leighton Owen 28 February 2013
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Leightonowen | 12:39 - 28 February 2013
@Klouud. Thanks for the comments. I think the good thing for the Sonic brand on iOS is the fact each game has a different developer. DIMPS for the Sonic 4 games (Hope they get that fixed for you), Sumo Digital for Sonic Racing and now Hardlight for Sonic Dash. So each developer can spend time perfecting each game. Sonic Jump was an impressive debut for Hardlight, so hopefully Sonic Dash can build on that success.
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klouud | 11:24 - 28 February 2013
Oh! PS: Sonic 4 Ep2 is still broken! Metal Sonic level 1-1 crashes @ the first checkpoint every time. This complaint is all over the review section in iTunes but it still hasn't been fixed.

One thing at a time SEGA.
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klouud | 20:56 - 27 February 2013
hopefully not "ENDLESS". Endless games are garbage. Hopefully it will take heavy queue's from Sonic Jump.
 
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