Sporting a mini social network of his own in recent years – including the rather questionable Big the Cat – Sonic is set to pull off a similar trick on iOS, linking up with gaming network behemoth OpenFeint.

The company has come together with Sega to implement OpenFeint's features in Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing, due to hit the App Store later this summer.

Importantly for OpenFeint, the deal represents yet another major franchise - and, indeed, major publisher - tapping up the network.

Super social Sonic

"Cross platform mobile social gaming is a major goal of Sega and we believe Sonic will continue to entertain and inspire consumers while on the go," said Sega's digital business VP Haruki Satomi.

"OpenFeint offers a great platform to launch games on, whether it be through access to their enormous player community or the use of great cross-promotional features like developer announcements."

Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing will come equipped with all of OpenFeint's standard social features, including the ability to add friends, unlock achievements and post high scores on the network's leaderboards.

"20 years ago, Sonic The Hedgehog changed gaming forever and we're proud to help Sega bring the fun and excitement of Sonic to a new generation of gamers that play against each other, on the go," added OpenFeint CEO Jason Citron.

OpenFeint has also confirmed that the game will also come with integrated Facebook and Twitter support.