Some happy news to start the weekend on: Sega's Japanese arm just announced that Sonic and the Black Knight would launch on March 10 in all territories apart from Japan, which will be getting the title on March 12. Then, on or around March 17, we can all start telling ourselves that Sonic's next game will see his return to form (we kid, please don't hurt us).

Incidentally, should the planned release date hold, it will mean less than five months have passed between the release of Black Knight and Sonic's previous game, a prolific turnaround. Sega also sent out four new shots -- these are now ensconced in our gallery, and looking pretty fine!

This article was originally published on Joystiq.