Yes, that is Sonic the Hedgehog brandishing a broadsword

Am I taking crazy pills? No, wait. I mean, is Sonic Team taking crazy pills? Because apparently they’ve made a Sonic game where you fight with a sword instead of running fast. Would you make a Street Fighter game where you collected coins and rode around on karts? How about a Ninja Gaiden game where you roll up a nice big katamari?

Sonic and the Black Knight will provide Sonic fans with an irresistible cast of characters and teach them all what it takes to be a true hero and the ultimate knight.

Reinventing franchises can be great, but this is ridiculous. I guess Sonic and the Secret Rings worked out okay for them, but this whole operation stinks of desperation. [via]