This incredibly evocative and thought-provoking art has now “gone live” on the Sonic 4 site. The piece, supplied untitled, echoes the stripped-down nature of the new Sonic product. The use of white space symbolises the game’s simple approach – the leaves of the tree represent the coming of spring.

As the tree renews itself each year, so too does the Sonic franchise. Let us hope the fruit it bears is not rotted and filled with writhing larvae.

sonic4 concept art

Just imagine – that tree may scroll past while embedded in the background scenery. Makes you think.