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Naoto Ohshima talked about his first character design

Sonic the Hedgehog is one of the most iconic mascots and characters in the industry. However, Naoto Ohshima, designer of the blue hedgehog, confirmed that his appearance could be very different from what we know now.

In the latest installment of Untold History of Japanese Game Developers , series of books by John Szczepaniak, Ohshima talked about his first Sonic design. To the surprise of many, the artist revealed that the character was going to be a human child.

"I created the first design proposal for Sonic after 3 years in the design department, although it was not Sonic at the time, the main character was a human child, I remember that the idea caught my attention just as I was about to go I went to bed and was afraid I would not remember her the next day, so I quickly drew it in the notebook and then fell asleep, "Ohshima said.

The creative did not share more details about it and, apparently, there is no original art of that design. However, he also talked about how he conceived the general concept of the title and sought to break the schemes of the time along with Yuji Naka.

"By that time, the maps of the action games were always full of pictures, everything had right angles. What would happen if we could make a game in which a character traversed a smooth terrain, running in circles through loops and so on? Then I presented my proposal to SEGA and they told me that it probably could not be done, "Ohshima added.

Fortunately, the company agreed to the development of the game, especially because of Naka's programming skills. Part of the original idea of ​​Ohshima was lost in the process, specifically the idea of ​​Sonic as a human child.

In related news, SEGA currently working on the film Sonic the Hedgehog . Production is expected to reach theaters on November 15, 2019 . For now we know that the tape will mix live action elements with animation.

On the other hand, everything indicates that soon we will know details of the next game of the franchise. SEGA prepares a special presentation for SXSW 2018 , an event that will take place in March. 

Can you imagine Sonic as a human? What do you think of the original proposal of the character? Leave us your comment.


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