The princess is in another castle
I was sort of excited about this newfangled Sonic game until I heard about the new storyline they've created. From the 1up preview:
The game takes place in the human water city of Soleanna, home of Princess Elise who bears a potentially powerful secret. Dr. Eggman, having somehow discovered this secret, kidnaps the princess, and her rescue attempt falls in your hands.
Sigh... Princess Elise. Sonic was one of the few classic platforming franchises that wasn't saddled with some creaky plot about abducted princesses. (In the games, at least.) I know they're trying to reboot the franchise with a new storyline, but couldn't they have come up with one that wasn't so tired? I'm sick of rescuing princesses in video games. Let them rescue themselves!
And why are we still romantisizing absolute monarchies, anyway? They're bad! I don't think I can take another book or movie about a predestined monarch struggling to take their rightful place on the throne. Don't we like democracy anymore? If Sonic really wants the princess to rule, he should ask Sega to make a campaign donation. Or maybe he could engage in a little speedy ballot fraud. I would totally play that game!