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Sonic Forces[4] is an upcoming platform video game in the Sonic the Hedgehog series which is being developed by Sonic Team and to be 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. Despite initial popular belief, this title is not a sequel to any of the previous games.[5]

Development

The title was first mentioned at the Tokyo Joypolis Sonic 25th party on 25 June 2016 under the name "Project Sonic 2017".[6] 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.[7][8][9] The game will be developed by Sonic Team, the same team that had previously developed Sonic Colors and Sonic Generations,[10] and will be headed by Sonic series veteran Takashi Iizuka.[11] The presence of Classic and Modern Sonic led some journalists to believe it was a sequel to Sonic Generations,[12] but Iizuka confirmed that it was not a sequel, but a new, stand-alone title.[5] The game will be released for Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in late 2017.[13]

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.[14][15]

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.[16] The latest Nintendo Dream Magazine from Japan also revealed new information about Sonic Forces for the Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. 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".[17] 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".[18]

Plot

Spoiler warning: Plot, ending details or any kind of information follow.

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Concept artwork for Sonic Forces, featuring Sonic staring at the destruction caused by the Death Egg Robot sentinels.

The key themes of the plot for Sonic Forces are "forces", "power" and teamwork.[4][19] This time around, the unthinkable has happened: Sonic the Hedgehog has failed and Dr. Eggman has won.[4][20] While Sonic was preoccupied,[21] the world has been conquered by Eggman and his Eggman Empire,[20][21] and it is up to Sonic, along with his past self, to set things right. With multiple forces now fighting for the control of the planet,[21] it all comes down to a battle between the forces of good and the forces of evil, with Sonic and his friends on one side, and Eggman and his evil army on the other.[20]

Gameplay

Sonic Forces 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.[18] In Modern Sonic's case, he can use his standard Spin Jump, Homing Attack and Stomp maneuvers, along with a reworked Boost from Sonic Unleashed and Sonic Generations. The Wisp power-ups from earlier games will also reappear.[2][22]

Objects

Items

Gimmicks and obstacles

Characters

Playable characters

Non-playable characters

Others

Reception

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".[26]

Trivia

Videos

Project Sonic 2017 Debut Trailer01:20

Project Sonic 2017 Debut Trailer

Sonic Forces - First Modern Sonic Gameplay00:42

Sonic Forces - First Modern Sonic Gameplay

Sonic Forces - Main Theme01:29

Sonic Forces - Main Theme


References

  1. Shun Nakamura is the producer of Sonic Forces (16 March 2017). Retrieved on 17 March 2017.
  2. 2.0 2.1 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.
  3. SSF1991 (17 March 2017). SXSW Sonic 2017: Sonic Forces Gameplay Shown, Hedgehog Engine 2 Confirmed. TSSZ News. Retrieved on 17 March 2017.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 SSF1991 (16 March 2017). SXSW Sonic 2017: Project Sonic 2017 Is Officially Called “Sonic Forces”. TSSZ News. Retrieved on 17 March 2017.
  5. 5.0 5.1 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Whitehead, Thomas (23 July 2016). Project Sonic 2017 Confirmed for Nintendo NX Release. Nintendo Life. Gamer Network.
  11. Osborn, Alex (25 June 2016). Sonic Team's New Project Releasing in 2017. IGN. Ziff Davis. Retrieved on 17 September 2016.
  12. Fahey, Mike (23 July 2016). And This Is Basically Sonic Generations 2. Kotaku. Univision Communications. Retrieved on 17 September 2016.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. SEGA: “We Have Plans To Introduce A Completely New Character In Sonic Project 2017”. TSSZNEWS. SSF1991 (28 October 2016). Retrieved on 28 October 2016.
  16. Brad (13 February 2017). SONIC MANIA, PROJECT 2017 REVEALS COMING TO SXSW 2017. Sonic Stadium.
  17. 17.0 17.1 New Project Sonic 2017 information confirms villain, multiplayer status and genre. Sega Bits. Nintendo Dream Magazine (14 February 2017).
  18. 18.0 18.1 SSF1991 (16 March 2017). SXSW Sonic 2017: Sonic Forces Gameplay Shown, Hedgehog Engine 2 Confirmed. TSSZ News. Retrieved on 17 March 2017.
  19. SSF1991 (20 March 2017). Aaron Webber Interviewed Jun Senoue & Tomoya Ohtani. TSSZ News. Retrieved on 22 March 2017.
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 Sonic SXSW Panel 2017! (Sonic Forces & Sonic Mania!). YouTube. Tails' Channel (16 March 2017). Retrieved on 17 March 2017.
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 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.
  22. Sonic Forces - First Modern Sonic Gameplay. YouTube. Sega (17 March 2017). Retrieved on 17 March 2017.
  23. Dornbush, Jonathon (17 March 2017). Sonic Forces Gameplay Eyes-On Impressions. IGN. Retrieved on 18 March 2017.
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 Shea, Brian (17 March 2017). A Longer Look At Modern Sonic. Game Informer. Retrieved on 17 March 2017.
  25. 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.
  26. 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.
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