Sega have revealed a huge amount of information regarding their plans for the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise in 2017.
This weekend at San Diego Comic Con, Sega held a party to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their iconic Sonic the Hedgehog franchise and at the event they revealed some brand new information into what we can expect from the blue speedster going into 2017 including 2 new game announcements aswell as updates regarding other Sonic related products.
Sonic Mania (PS4,XO,PC) Digital Release – Spring 2017
First thing that Sega revealed at their event was a brand new 2D game in Sonic Mania which brings fans back into the 2D world of platform games with nostalgic pixel-style art and core classic gameplay by re-imagining iconic Zones and Acts from Sonic The Hedgehog, Sonic The Hedgehog 2, Sonic CD and Sonic The Hedgehog 3 and Knuckles, and adding in completely new Zones with all-new Acts, and bosses into the mix. Developed by SEGA of America and in collaboration with PagodaWest Games along with Christian Whitehead and Simon Thomley, the game will be available for digital release in Spring 2017.
“Sonic Mania was born out of our fans’ love of the classic Sonic 2D platform games,” said Takashi Iizuka, Head of Sonic Team. “This type of collaboration is a first for SEGA and we hope everyone will be both surprised and delighted by this title. Sonic Mania has been a passion project for the entire team and we look forward to sharing more details about it later this year. Having the game actually playable at the event itself tonight was testament to the dedication of the team behind it.”
Project Sonic 2017 (PS4,XO,PC,NX) – Holiday 2017
The last thing Sega revealed at the event was that another game is currently in development which is currently titled Project Sonic 2017. The CGI trailer showcases a city getting destroyed by a giant Eggman (looking) robot and Sonic being the only one to take it on, as he runs however he is attacked to which the Classic Sonic (returning from Sonic Generations) jumps in to help assist the Modern Sonic in taking down the robot. The title is being created by Sonic Team; the team behind Sonic Colours and Sonic Generations with the game set to be available at retail and digital for PS4, Xbox One, PC and the hotly anticipated upcoming console from Nintendo; The NX. Check out the trailer below.
Additionally it was revealed that the hit mobile game Sonic Dash has been downloaded over 200 million times. To celebrate Sonic’s anniversary, Sonic Dashhas a special in-game event that includes the Green Hill Zone and Classic Sonic as a playable character. The event will last one week in which players can unlock the Green Hill Zone and Classic Sonic to continue to play with after the event is over. The game is free to play with optional in-app purchases, and is available on the App Store, Google Play, Amazon Underground, and Windows Phones.
Lastly, Sonic Boom, the hit animated television series, now airing in over 100 countries, was announced for season two. Attendees at the event were treated to a sneak peek at what’s to come for this celebrated action/comedy series. More information about the non-stop adventures starring Sonic and his friends will be announced at a later time. Fans of the show won’t have to wait too long for Sonic Boom: Fire and Ice, the Nintendo 3DS game based off of it. The game will be launching on September 27th in the US and on September 30th in Europe.
Commenting on the event; Ivo Gerscovich, Chief Brand Officer of Sonic Pillar and SVP of SEGA of America said “Today brought thousands of fans together from all over the world to get a look at all the facets of our beloved Sonic the Hedgehog from his foundation in video games to music, TV, mobile, toys, fashion and beyond.” He added “This is only the beginning for Sonic and we’re happy our fans were here to celebrate this exciting new direction.”
So what are your thoughts? Are you excited to see what Project Sonic is officially called? Do you like that Sonic Mania is a 2D game? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments section below and be sure to stay tuned to UGNN for all your gaming news and reviews and be sure to follow us on Facebook,Twitter & YouTube.
Article by Matthew McNamee