Sonic Forces (ソニックフォース Sonikku fōsu?) is an upcoming platform video game in the Sonic the Hedgehog series developed by Sonic Team and published by Sega. It is scheduled to be released during Q4 2017 for PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The game will mark the return of the collaboration between both Classic Sonic and Modern Sonic since the twentieth anniversary game Sonic Generations, and serves, along with Sonic Mania, as a “continuation” of Sonic’s 25th anniversary. Despite initial popular belief, the game is not a sequel to any of the previous games.
Sonic Forces has been in development since 2013, around the release of Sonic Lost World. The title was first mentioned at the Tokyo Joypolis Sonic 25th party on 25 June 2016 under the name "Project Sonic 2017". The subtitle "Forces" were chosen because of the themes of “power” and “army”, with two strong forces (Sonic and co. versus Eggman) facing off one another in the game. 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 led 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 Nintendo Switch, PC, 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 introduced in Sonic Forces, along with a new component of gameplay besides the regular 2D and 3D gameplay.
SXSW 2017 announced they would be hosting a second Sonic panel for this year’s event, set to reveal news about the upcoming Sonic Mania and Sonic Forces. The latest Nintendo Dream Magazine from Japan also revealed new information about Sonic Forces. The blurb stated that Dr. Eggman will be the main villain, that there will be no multiplayer features, and that the genre for the game is "adventure". Soon after, it was unveiled that the game will be an evolution of Sonic Colors and Sonic Generations and features a new game engine developed for this title called "Hedgehog Engine 2". An interview with Takashi Iizuka by Famitsu later revealed that "Boom Sonic" would not appear in the game and that the game's third character (who will be revealed at E3 2017) would be an "unexpected character" that plays a vital role in the story and "embodies the overall features of the game".
Sonic Forces has the primary themes of "forces", "power", and "teamwork". This time around, the unthinkable has happened: Sonic the Hedgehog has failed and Dr. Eggman has won. While Sonic was absent, Dr. Eggman has managed to conquer 99% of the world with his army, thanks to a new power. Now, multiple forces are embroiled in conflict for the control of the planet.
As the Eggman Empire's armies lay waste to entire cities, Sonic joins up with the “Resistance” members opposing Eggman. Classic Sonic, Sonic's past self, appears soon after, having been brought to the present by the same power Eggman used to conquer the world. Now, with the aid of his friends, a new ally, and Classic Sonic, Sonic embarks on a mission to save the world and end the evil reign of the diabolical doctor and his forces.
Sonic Forces includes two playable characters: Classic Sonic (Sonic's original design from the Sega Mega Drive Sonic games) and Modern Sonic (Sonic's revised form in Sonic Adventure and afterwards). Other main characters will make non-playable appearances in supporting roles, offering support and advice to Sonic via radio communication.
The game will feature three different styles of gameplay. Two of these include the gameplay styles of Modern Sonic and Classic Sonic respectively as seen in Sonic Generations. Some stages involve simply reaching the goal, while others will require a stage to be beaten under a time limit. Modern Sonic's stages are based around three-dimensional movement like that of Sonic Unleashed and Sonic Colors, with Modern Sonic having his standard Spin Jump, Homing Attack and Stomp maneuvers, along with a reworked Boost. Classic Sonic's stages meanwhile, focuses on the series' classic 2D side-scrolling action, except this time they will feature a “twist”. The Wisp power-ups from earlier games will also reappear.
Gimmicks and obstacles
- Sonic the Hedgehog (classic and modern)
- Miles "Tails" Prower
- Knuckles the Echidna
- Amy Rose
- Silver the Hedgehog
- Green Hill Zone
- Unknown city level
The International Business Times praised Sega's approach of announcing and releasing the duo of Sonic Forces and Sonic Mania in the same year, stating that catering to the new fans with Forces 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.
- This will be the first 3D Sonic title to be released for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and the Nintendo Switch.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 SSF1991 (12 April 2017). Famitsu Has Released New Information On Sonic Mania & Forces, Iizuka Interview. Retrieved on 12 April 2017.
- ↑ Shun Nakamura is the producer of Sonic Forces (16 March 2017). Retrieved on 17 March 2017.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 SSF1991 (16 March 2017). Sonic SXSW 2017: Vocal Theme Revealed For Sonic Forces, Tomoya Ohtani Is Sound Director, Release Still 2017. TSSZ News. Retrieved on 17 March 2017.
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- ↑ 6.0 6.1 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.
- ↑ 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.
- ↑ 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.
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- ↑ 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.
- ↑ Brad (13 February 2017). SONIC MANIA, PROJECT 2017 REVEALS COMING TO SXSW 2017. Sonic Stadium.
- ↑ 18.0 18.1 New Project Sonic 2017 information confirms villain, multiplayer status and genre. Sega Bits. Nintendo Dream Magazine (14 February 2017).
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- ↑ SSF1991 (20 March 2017). Aaron Webber Interviewed Jun Senoue & Tomoya Ohtani. TSSZ News. Retrieved on 22 March 2017.
- ↑ 21.0 21.1 21.2 Sonic SXSW Panel 2017! (Sonic Forces & Sonic Mania!). YouTube. Tails' Channel (16 March 2017). Retrieved on 17 March 2017.
- ↑ 22.0 22.1 SSF1991 (18 March 2017). Shun Nakamura On Sonic Forces Story: “The World Was Conquered By Eggman, So What Was Sonic Doing ‘Till Then?”. TSSZ News. Retrieved on 19 March 2017.
- ↑ 23.0 23.1 23.2 23.3 Shea, Brian (17 March 2017). A Longer Look At Modern Sonic. Game Informer. Retrieved on 17 March 2017.
- ↑ Sonic Forces - First Modern Sonic Gameplay. YouTube. Sega (17 March 2017). Retrieved on 17 March 2017.
- ↑ Dornbush, Jonathon (17 March 2017). Sonic Forces Gameplay Eyes-On Impressions. IGN. Retrieved on 18 March 2017.
- ↑ 26.0 26.1 26.2 26.3 Nick Robinson on Twitter. Twitter (12 April 2017). Retrieved on 13 April 2017. “Nick Robinson: some characters i noticed during my Sonic Forces demo last month: • Silver the Hedgehog • Vector the Crocodile • Charmy Bee • Espio”
- ↑ 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.
- Official website (Japanese)