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The folks over at Unseen64 are at it again, uncovering details on yet another video game prototype that never saw release.

This time, the prototype features Sega’s famous blue hedgehog and focuses on hoverboarding gameplay. This “Sonic Extreme” was being developed by Vision Scape, the team behind various licensed games and Sonic Heroes’ CGI cutscenes. After the studio showed Sega the prototype in the early 2000s and getting the go-ahead for GameCube, Xbox and PS2 development, contact between the companies was soon lost and development stalled.

You can check out gameplay and further details from the prototype’s creators in the video below:

The similarities to Sega’s in-house Sonic Riders, released in 2006, are uncanny. Vision Scape’s founder Matt McDonald did inquire about the legality of Sega taking similar ideas and implementing them, but was told that the prototype belonged to Sega regardless of its creators, due to the inclusion of Sonic assets.

Regardless, it’s yet another interesting footnote in the history of the blue blur.

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Whether it’s an exciting new entry in a series long established or a weird experiment meant only for the dedicated, Tom is eager to report on it. Rest assured, if Nintendo ever announces Elite Beat Agents 2, he’ll be there.