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An upcoming game installment in the Sonic the Hedgehog series under the production title Project Sonic 2017 is set to be released during the holidays of 2017. The game will be developed by Sonic Team and was first mentioned at the Tokyo Joypolis Sonic 25th party on 25 June 2016. At the end of the Sonic 25th anniversary party on 22 July 2016, they released the first teaser. The game will mark the return of the collaboration between both Classic Sonic and Modern Sonic since the twentieth anniversary game Sonic Generations. Despite initial popular belief though, this title is not a sequel to previous games.
The game was announced at Sega's 25th anniversary of the series at San Diego Comic-Con on 22 July 2016, where it was announced alongside Sonic Mania. The game will be developed by Sonic Team, the same team that had previously developed Sonic Colors and Sonic Generations, and will be headed by Sonic series veteran Takashi Iizuka. The presence of Classic and Modern Sonic lead some journalists to believe it was a sequel to Sonic Generations, but Iizuka confirmed that it was not a sequel, but a new, stand-alone title. The game will be released for PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One in late 2017.
During the Sonic live stream that was held in Japan due to the release of Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice, it was revealed that there will be a new character scheduled for this title, along with a new component for gameplay besides the regular 2D and 3D gameplay.
- Sonic the Hedgehog (classic and modern)
- Unknown new character
- Unidentified Death Egg Robot-based mechas
The International Business Times praised Sega's approach of announcing and releasing the duo of Project Sonic and Sonic Mania in the same year, stating that catering to the new fans with Project while catering to the old-school fans with Mania could help repair the series's poor reputation with more recent releases, and in turn lead to a "Sonic renaissance".
- This is one of the first games to be announced for the Nintendo Switch, as well as the second third-party title announced for the system.
- ↑ Iizuka Confirms Sonic 25th San Diego Party Livestream + “New Sonic Project” Info, & Fire & Ice/M&S Being Only 2016 Titles. TSSZ News (23 July 2016). Retrieved on 23 July 2016.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 SSF1991 (23 July 2016). Sonic 25th Party: Iizuka: Sonic 2017 Project Is “Not A Sequel, A Completely New Experience”. TSSZ News. TSSZ News. Retrieved on 17 September 2016.
- ↑ McWhertor, Michael (23 July 2016). 'Project Sonic' coming to Nintendo NX, PS4, Xbox One and PC in 2017. Polygon. Vox Media. Retrieved on 17 September 2016.
- ↑ Duwell, Ron (26 July 2016). SEGA confirms two new Sonic games, a retro-throwback and a Sonic Generations sequel. TechnoBuffalo. TechnoBuffalo. Retrieved on 17 September 2016.
- ↑ Nunneley, Stephany (23 July 2016). Project Sonic out holiday 2017 for PC, NX, PS4, Xbox One – watch the reveal trailer here. VG247. VG247. Retrieved on 17 September 2016.
- ↑ Whitehead, Thomas (23 July 2016). Project Sonic 2017 Confirmed for Nintendo NX Release. Nintendo Life. Gamer Network.
- ↑ Osborn, Alex (25 June 2016). Sonic Team's New Project Releasing in 2017. IGN. Ziff Davis. Retrieved on 17 September 2016.
- ↑ Fahey, Mike (23 July 2016). And This Is Basically Sonic Generations 2. Kotaku. Univision Communications. Retrieved on 17 September 2016.
- ↑ Plessas, Nick (25 July 2016). Sonic the Hedgehog making a triumphant return to 3D—this time for real. Electronic Gaming Monthly. EGM Media. Retrieved on 17 September 2016.
- ↑ SEGA: “Project 2017 Planned To Include Classic 2D & Modern 3D Stages, In Addition To That There Will Be New Component”. TSSZNEWS. SSF1991 (28 October 2016). Retrieved on 28 October 2016.
- ↑ SEGA: “We Have Plans To Introduce A Completely New Character In Sonic Project 2017”. TSSZNEWS. SSF1991 (28 October 2016). Retrieved on 28 October 2016.
- ↑ SEGA: PROJECT SONIC 2017 WILL INTRODUCE A NEW CHARACTER AND A NEW GAMEPLAY “COMPONENT”. Sonic Stadium. VizardJeffhog (28 October 2016). Retrieved on 28 October 2016.
- ↑ Skipper, Ben (July 25, 2016). Sega announces retro Sonic Mania and post-apocalyptic Project Sonic for 2017. International Business Times. IBT Media. Retrieved on September 17, 2016.