One of the things I’ve always lamented about is the fact that there has never been a proper written history of Sonic the Hedgehog. Sure, the story has been touched upon by short and/or poorly made documentaries, and the English did have magazines about the history of Sonic. However, there has never been a comprehensive single printed volume of the twists and turns of the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise. That is about to all change…as long as you’re able to speak French.
Pix ‘N Love, the publishing company best known for their detailed books on the history of Nintendo, have decided to go to the other side of the 90′s gaming war, writing a book about the blue icon that captured the heart of a generation. Proving that there is still life in this 20th Anniversary Celebration, L’Histoire de Sonic The Hedgehog clocks in at a whopping 296 pages, covering all 20 years of Sonic’s career. I’m not going to lie, what they’ve shown so far looks incredibly nice. Just the way everything is laid out shows that a lot of care has been put into this. Take a gander at that Miles “Tails” Prower sample page. And who doesn’t love transitioning images of the Green Hill? Too bad I can’t understand a word of it. Now I understand why they wanted me to take French in Junior High.
The Pix ‘N Love guys and/or girls have also been given the blessing of Sega Japan, giving them the clout to fill the book with interviews and “never before seen art”, though just how “never before seen” we don’t know yet. Because of it being a licensed product, however, Sega of Japan gets the final say on the entire project, unable to be sent to the printers until they give the final say. Until then, the book remains finished and waiting. Since it needs the green light from the guys upstairs, I’d be surprised if some of the less flattering aspects of the history of the franchise are explained in detail. I’d be pleasantly surprised if they went that extra mile, but we’ll have to wait and see.
Even if it won’t hit the market until January 2012, the price point is all set for the Collector’s edition. It’ll set you back 30 Euros if you want that fancy cardboard cover with the blue threads intertwined. One can only assume that a standard edition will eventually come out, though who knows when that’ll be. Either way, unless you’re fluent in French, all you can do is import and look at the pictures. Word on an English version hasn’t been mentioned, though I’d be taken aback if they didn’t. Pix ‘N Love did go through the effort of translating their Nintendo material, even if it did take a couple years for the English version to come out. Hopefully it won’t take that long for the history of the most famous hedgehog to be released in these parts.
To preorder the book, along with looking at high-res sample pages, check out the announcement page on their site.