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Quotation1 Ready, Set... Sonic! Quotation2
— Tagline.

Sonic Forces: Speed Battle is a 2017 online battle-racing game. It was developed by Sega Europe and Hardlight for the Android and iOS mobile devices to promote the then-upcoming Sonic Forces at the time.[1] It was soft-launched by Sega on the App Store (and eventually Google Play) on 11 September 2017 in the Philippines and on 20 September 2017 in Canada. It was officially released worldwide on 2 November 2017 for iOS and on 15 November 2017 for Android.[3]

Development

HARDlight Speed Battle Team Small

The development team behind Sonic Forces: Speed Battle.

Sonic Forces: Speed Battle was first in development in June 2016 after analyzing the latest capabilities of present-day phones.[4] It began as a prototype by Hardlight, checking if synchronous gameplay would work as well as they expected.[4][5] These early prototypes used existing tech and games as testing grounds for the gameplay, like Sonic Dash 2: Sonic Boom.[5] The game was originally planned for the Sonic Boom franchise, using the main cast of characters from Team Sonic.

From the beginning of the project, Hardlight wanted the game to have flexible levels for more expansive gameplay. For this, they developed a modular system that allowed them to create any track piece they wanted. Hardlight also wanted, right from the start, for the game to be a skill-based, global multiplayer. While relying on the classic staples in the Sonic series, branching paths on the tracks were added to make the game more exciting and unique. Extra care was also made to ensure the levels fit the mobile environment. During development, the staff focused on making the tracks feel appropriate before polishing their design.[6]

Hardlight pitched their idea to Sonic Team back in 2016 when the latter was looking for a mobile game. After discussing with Takashi Iizuka, the teams settled on what would become Sonic Forces: Speed Battle. Hardlight subsequently expanded their team while working on the environments and metagame. After being in development for about a year, Sonic Forces: Speed Battle received a soft launch so Hardlight could test the game and work out the remaining bugs before the global launch.[5] The game was scheduled to have three Zones with twelve tracks for its global launch, with more Zones being planned on being developed.[6] It was revealed on 16 March 2018 that Mystic Jungle would appear as a new Zone in an upcoming update.

Gameplay

The gameplay of Sonic Forces: Speed Battle is very similar to that of Sonic Dash and Sonic Dash 2: Sonic Boom, with a competition element from Sonic Rivals added to it. Instead of an endless runner, it is a basic runner where players each choose a character and race against each other online in real-time on one of many finite tracks selected at random, based upon City, Green Hill, Sky Sanctuary, and Mystic Jungle. Characters are unlocked over time by reaching certain positions when completing races. During races, players can collect up to 100 Gold Rings (which serve to increase their movement speed) and dodge obstacles as they progress to reach the goal (represented by the "Phantom Ruby Prototype"). Getting hit by obstacles will cause the player to lose Rings and slow down momentarily. After a race, the players get to keep the Rings they have collected.

Currently, there are twenty playable characters in the game. Characters are unlocked over time by reaching certain positions when completing races.

While racing, the playable characters are always running forward automatically. At the same time, the players can use the Spin Jump and Slide to dodge obstacles and destroy enemies. They can also interact with other paths, normally utilizing rails. Each character has different levels of Speed, Acceleration and Strength stats, as well as a unique selection of power-ups that can be obtained from Item Boxes along the race courses. These items can be used for the players' own benefit or against their opponents.

At the end of the race, players can earn Battle Chests which grant a range of Cards to a particular character. In addition, the first and second place finishers receive a Victory Chest which can be unlocked to earn larger bonuses, such as a large number of Rings or Cards for multiple characters each. Red Star Rings are featured as premium currency which can be obtained from Free Chests or purchased using real money which can be used to purchase additional Rings, Chests or unlock Victory Chests that are already acquired. Free Chests are distributed to the player every four hours, and up to two of them can be stored at a time. Players can view each others' Trophies in the online leaderboards.

Collecting enough cards for a character will allow the player to level it up using Gold Rings, which improves the racer's items' effects and the number of Rings they start the race with.

Based on which position they finish the race in, players will then gain or lose Trophies, a numerical matchmaking ranking system akin to an Elo rating system in other competitive games. This matchmaking gameplay mechanic is part of the "Tier" system, which determines which courses the player can play on and the number of rewards the player can earn from Chests.

By upgrading characters, players are awarded with XP, which will increase their level:

Lv. XP
1 0
2 20
3 50
4 75
5 100
6 225
7 450
8 700
9 1,000
10 2,000
11 4,000
12 5,000
13 7,000
14 14,000
15 22,000

When a player's level increases, their Ring Boost and Resistance also increase. Ring Boost increases the maximum amount of speed the player can gain by collecting Rings in Sonic Forces: Speed Battle. The higher the player's Ring Boost is, the faster they will go. Resistance, on the other hand, decreases the effect attacks from other players have on the player's character. The higher the player's resistance is, the greater the reduction will be.

Missions

Every 8 hours, every player will be given a new random mission (up to three of which can be left uncompleted at a time) which awards Rings or Red Star Rings, and cards for upgrading characters. These missions range from tasks such as "Use Explosive Mines successfully 10 times." to "Star Runner" missions, which require playing five races with a certain character.

Seasons

Seasons are 30-day long events that take place in Sonic Forces: Speed Battle. First unlocked in tier 4, they will award a chest with a certain amount of cards at the end of the 30-day period, the number of cards increasing the higher your tier. Upon reaching the first prestige tier (tier 8) at 4,000 Trophies, any trophies earned past that number will be converted into prestige points at the end of the season and reset back to 4,000. These points are shown on a separate leaderboard, which only updates at the end of each season.

Upgrades

It is possible to make upgrades to the characters to improve their attributes and weapons when enough cards have been collected. Each character can be upgraded a total of sixteen times. The rarity of a character determines how many Cards and Rings will be required to upgrade it to the next level. The amount of XP awarded is also determined by the character's level and rarity.

Lv. Outcome Cards Required Rings Required Player XP
Common Rare Super Rare Common Rare Super Rare Common Rare Super Rare
1 Unlock 90 60 30 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
2 Boost time extended 30 10 6 100 200 400 10 20 40
3 Starting Rings: 5 50 20 8 400 900 2500 20 40 80
4 Mine effect upgraded 90 40 12 900 1,800 5,000 30 60 120
5 Starting Rings: 10 140 70 20 1,600 3,700 9,000 40 80 160
6

Offensive attack upgraded
Bashosen, Chopper Chomp, Fireball, Moto-Bug, and Whirlwind: Chance to pick up two
Lightning: Increased stun duration
Ice Wave: Covers three lanes and increased freeze effect
Steal: Increases level of stolen items
Fire Whirl, Chao Attack: Increases damage

200 120 40 2,500 6,000 16,000 50 100 200
7 Starting Rings: 15 300 200 60 3,600 9,000 24,000 70 140 280
8 Boost time extended 450 300 80 5,000 12,700 32,000 90 180 360
9 Starting Rings: 20 650 400 100 6,600 18,700 50,000 110 220 440
10 Mine effect upgraded 900 500 130 8,600 26,200 70,000 130 260 520
11 Starting Rings: 25 1,300 600 160 11,300 33,700 85,000 150 300 600
12 Offensive attack upgraded
Bashosen, Chopper Chomp, Fireball, Moto-Bug, and Whirlwind: Chance to pick up three
Lightning: Increased stun duration
Ice Wave: Increased freeze effect
Steal: Increases level of stolen items
Fire Whirl, Chao Attack: Increases damage
1,700 700 200 22,000 41,200 100,000 170 340 680
13 Starting Rings: 30 2,250 800 240 18,600 48,700 130,000 200 400 800
14 Boost time extended 2,950 900 280 23,300 60,000 160,000 240 480 960
15 Starting Rings: 35 3,700 1,000 28,000 75,000 280 560 1,120
16 Mine effect upgraded 4,600 1,100 33,300 90,000 320 640 1,280

Gimmicks and obstacles

Characters

Playable characters

Character Rarity Stats Items First available
Amy-Sonic-Forces-Speed-Battle-Artwork
Amy
Common
  • Speed: 9/10
  • Acceleration: 5/10
  • Strength: 7/10
Launch
Charmy-Sonic-Forces-Speed-Battle-Artwork
Charmy
Common
  • Speed: 7/10
  • Acceleration: 8/10
  • Strength: 4/10
Launch
ClassicSonic Speed Battle
Classic Sonic
Common
  • Speed: 9/10
  • Acceleration: 5/10
  • Strength: 6/10
v1.0.1 (1 November 2017)
Knuckles-Sonic-Forces-Speed-Battle-Artwork
Knuckles
Common
  • Speed: 7/10
  • Acceleration: 5/10
  • Strength: 9/10
Launch
Omega-Sonic-Forces-Speed-Battle-Artwork
Omega
Common
  • Speed: 8/10
  • Acceleration: 6/10
  • Strength: 7/10
Launch
SFSB Silver
Silver
Common
  • Speed: 6/10
  • Acceleration: 6/10
  • Strength: 6/10
v1.0.1 (1 November 2017)
Speed Battle Sonic
Sonic
Common
  • Speed: 10/10
  • Acceleration: 5/10
  • Strength: 3/10
Launch
Tails-Sonic-Forces-Speed-Battle-Artwork
Tails
Common
  • Speed: 8/10
  • Acceleration: 7/10
  • Strength: 3/10
Launch
BlazeSpeedBattle
Blaze
Rare
  • Speed: 9/10
  • Acceleration: 4/10
  • Strength: 8/10
v1.4.0 (17 January 2018)
CreamandCheese Speed Battle
Cream
Rare
  • Speed: 10/10
  • Acceleration: 9/10
  • Strength: 4/10
v1.5.0 (22 February 2018)
Espio-Sonic-Forces-Speed-Battle-Artwork
Espio
Rare
  • Speed: 9/10
  • Acceleration: 8/10
  • Strength: 6/10
Launch
Jet Speed Battle
Jet
Rare
  • Speed: 10/10
  • Acceleration: 5/10
  • Strength: 5/10
v2.1.0 (10 July 2018)
Rouge-Sonic-Forces-Speed-Battle-Artwork
Rouge
Rare
  • Speed: 9/10
  • Acceleration: 8/10
  • Strength: 6/10
Launch
Vector-Sonic-Forces-Speed-Battle-Artwork
Vector
Rare
  • Speed: 9/10
  • Acceleration: 8/10
  • Strength: 8/10
Launch
Wave Speed Battle
Wave
Rare
  • Speed: 9/10
  • Acceleration: 6/10
  • Strength: 7/10
v2.3.0 (6 September 2018)
Big Speed Battle
Big
Super Rare
  • Speed: 7/10
  • Acceleration: 7/10
  • Strength: 10/10
v1.8.0 (10 May 2018)
Chaos Speed Battle
Chaos
Super Rare
  • Speed: 10/10
  • Acceleration: 5/10
  • Strength: 9/10
v1.0.1 (1 November 2017)
MetalSonic Speed Battle
Metal Sonic
Super Rare
  • Speed: 9/10
  • Acceleration: 7/10
  • Strength: 7/10
v1.0.1 (1 November 2017)
Shadow Speed Battle
Shadow
Super Rare
  • Speed: 10/10
  • Acceleration: 9/10
  • Strength: 3/10
Launch
Zavok Speed Battle
Zavok
Super Rare
  • Speed: 6/10
  • Acceleration: 8/10
  • Strength: 10/10
v1.0.1 (1 November 2017)
Zazz Speed Battle
Zazz
Super Rare
  • Speed: 9/10
  • Acceleration: 9/10
  • Strength: 5/10
v2.2.0 (31 July 2018)

Enemies

Tracks

The tracks are based on known locations from Sonic Forces, such as the City and the version of Green Hill with sandy pyramid valleys. Sky Sanctuary, despite not being in Sonic Forces, is also present:

Reception

Sales

Since two weeks after its launch period, the iOS version of Sonic Forces: Speed Battle has 2 million downloads.[7] As of 16 March 2018, the game has over 12 million downloads.

Update history

  • Version 0.0.1 (12 September 2017) - Initial soft-launched release of the game.
  • Version 0.0.2 (15 September 2017) - Implemented bug fixes and gameplay refinements.
  • Version 0.0.3 (17 September 2017) - The update brought some changes and fixes including:
    • Matchmaking - fixed a lock up on loading screen after returning from a disconnection
    • In-game Rail Grinding – fixed an issue with teleporting players after landing on a rail
    • Fixed an issue with Dash Panels appearing submerged on inclines for Green Hill Zone
    • Account Login – fixed an issue with device account changes not being detected on next login
    • And many other bug fixes and refinements
  • Version 0.0.4 (25 September 2017) - The update brought the following changes:
    • Android performance improvements
    • Fixed Lightning item-related crashes that could cause all players to drop out of a race
    • Boosts and Shields now have a cooldown before the player can pick up a new item in that slot
    • Destroying Badniks now awards the player Gold Rings.
    • The Red Star Ring cost for chest unlocking will now reduce over time
    • Made balance adjustments to the Trophies awarded in the higher tiers
    • And many other bug fixes and refinements
  • Version 0.0.5 (28 September 2017) - Fixed an issue where some players will have experienced a pause at the beginning of matches, and an issue where some ads did not close properly.
  • Version 0.1.0 (12 October 2017) - The update brought the following changes:
    • Reduced the height of the wind effect on the Tornado trap to show that it can be jumped over.
    • New info dialogue explaining the Star Runner.
    • Android builds now support screen ratios up to 2:1, the Galaxy S8 and similar devices are now supported correctly
    • Bug fixes and optimisations
  • Version 1.0.0 (25 October 2017) - The update brought the following changes:
    • A new introduction to the battle races during loading times. These displays the course being played, all players' names, their chosen character, Trophies and their player and character levels.
    • Lots of gameplay and balance improvements
      • The Item slots now properly display multiple Fireballs, Tornados and Moto-Bugs Items if they were picked up.
      • The Tier level Trophy thresholds have been increased for the following Tiers: Fighter (200 → 300), Specialist (400 → 600), Veteran (700 → 1000), Leader (1000 → 1500) and Hero (1500 → 2100).
      • The Power stat has now been renamed as the Strength stat.
      • The following characters have their stat values adjusted: Shadow (Speed: 10/10 → 9/10), Rouge (Speed: 9/10 → 8/10 and Strength: 6/10 → 5/10), Omega (Speed: 5/10 → 7/10), Vector (Speed: 7/10 → 5/10), Espio (Speed: 6/10 → 7/10) and Charmy (Acceleration: 10/10 → 9/10).
      • Players can now only collect up to 100 Rings (top running speed is still capped at having 100 Rings).
      • Lightning now damages and takes Rings away from hit opponents. It also has a new visual effect.
      • Omega's Invincibility has now been replaced by the Electro Boost.
      • Fixed an issue that caused all items to be set to the level of the player using them rather than the level of the character they belong to.
  • Version 1.0.1 (1 November 2017) - The update brought the following changes:
    • The game's app icon has been changed.
    • Current players can refer the game to new players to earn additional reward chests.
    • Chaos, Classic Sonic, Metal Sonic, Silver and Zavok have been added as playable characters.
    • The Tier level Trophy thresholds have been increased for the following Tiers: Fighter (300 → 500), Specialist (500 → 1000), Veteran (1000 → 1500), Leader (1500 → 2250) and Hero (2100 → 3000).
    • The Trophy system was re-engineered to provide effective matchmaking between players, capping all players to have 3000 Trophies. Players who had over 3000 Trophies that were affected by the loss of Trophies were given an exclusive Chest as compensation.[8]
  • Version 1.0.3 (3 November 2017) - Implemented bug fixes and refinements including:
    • All Victory Chests have their unlock times increased. (Silver: 2 hours → 3 hours, Gold: 4 hours → 8 hours, Platinum: 8 hours → 12 hours, Diamond: 12 hours → 1 day/24 hours)
    • Lowered number of Gold Rings required to upgrade Common and Rare characters.
    • The amount of XP required to raise the player's level have increased for all levels.
    • Adjusted stat values of the following characters: Omega (Strength: 9/10 → 7/10), Shadow (Speed: 9/10 → 10/10), Espio (Strength: 7/10 → 6/10), Vector (Strength: 10/10 → 9/10).
  • Version 1.1.0 (15 November 2017) - This version also marked the global release of the game in Google Play. Google Play version owners were treated to an exclusive Welcome Bundle of rewards (consisting of a Tier 1 Diamond Chest, 10000 Gold Rings and 150 Red Star Rings)[7] and also made the following changes:
    • Achievements have been added.
    • The daily Battle Chest count limit now resets everyday at the same time as with the Star Runner character (8am UTC).
    • All Chests in the game have new designs.
    • The Diamond Chest has been replaced by the Emerald Chest (The Emerald Chest still provides identical rewards to that of the Diamond Chest but its unlock time is 12 hours and its maximum Red Star Ring cost is 240. The player will still retain any Diamond Chests they have acquired prior to the update and can be unlocked as normal).
    • The maximum Red Star Ring cost of unlocking Victory Chests have been increased. (Silver: 20 → 30, Gold: 40 → 80, Platinum: 80 → 120)
    • Players that finish a race in second place now also obtain Victory Chests (previously only first place finishers can earn them).
  • Version 1.1.1 (21 November 2017) - Implemented bug fixes and refinements
  • Version 1.1.3 (23 November 2017) - Implemented bug fixes and refinements
  • Version 1.1.4 (28 November 2017) - Implemented bug fixes and refinements
  • Version 1.2.0 (6 December 2017) - The update has brought the following changes:
    • The app icon has been changed.
    • The Home and initial loading screens' backgrounds have been changed to a Christmas theme.
    • The News feed has been updated and is now part of the Home screen (previously it was one of the bottom screen panels).
    • A “remove adverts” button is added to the Home screen (which takes the player over to the Red Star Rings section of the Store screen.
    • The leaderboards is now separate from the Progress screen and is relegated to a newly added Rankings screen.
    • The player can now only change their in-game name once for free. For subsequent name changes, the player must spend 100 Red Star Rings to do so.
    • All tracks in the game have received winter-themed makeovers for the season.
    • The Lightning Item has been adjusted so that it can now be avoided.
    • Booby Trap Item's visual effect when affected has been changed.
    • Implemented bug fixes and refinements.
  • Version 1.2.1 (7 December 2017) - Implemented bug fixes and refinements.
  • Version 1.2.2 (11 December 2017) - Implemented bug fixes and refinements.
  • Version 1.3.0 (4 January 2018) - Winter themes have been removed.
  • Version 1.3.0 (10 January 2018) - Implemented bug fixes and refinements.
  • Version 1.3.1 (11 January 2018) - Implemented bug fixes and refinements.
  • Version 1.4.0 (17 January 2018) - The update has brought the following changes:
    • Blaze has been added to the game as a playable character.
    • Two new items, Fire Whirl and Lava Bomb, have been added to the game.
    • Implemented bug fixes and refinements.
  • Version 1.4.2 (31 January 2018) - The update has brought the following changes:
    • Fixed a bug where the Lightning attack could become unusable.
    • Implemented bug fixes and refinements.
  • Version 1.5.0 (22 February 2018) - The update has brought the following changes:
    • Cream has been added to the game as a playable character.
    • Viaduct Valley has been added to the game as a new track, along with Triple Dash Pads.
    • Implemented bug fixes and refinements.
  • Version 1.5.2 (March 2018) - Implemented bug fixes and refinements.
  • Version 1.6.0 (3 April 2018) - The update has brought the following changes:
    • Mission system added.
    • Two new Mystic Jungle tracks added: Lambent Grove and Electric Harbor.
    • New music for Mystic Jungle tracks.
    • Implemented bug fixes and refinements.
  • Version 1.6.1 (April 2018) - Implemented bug fixes and refinements.
  • Version 1.7.0 (26 April 2018) - The update has brought the following changes:
    • It is now possible to swap out missions.
    • Sound effects have been added to the missions menu.
    • Sandy Hills added.
    • Implemented bug fixes and refinements.
  • Version 1.7.2 (May 2018) - Implemented bug fixes and refinements.
  • Version 1.8.0 (May 2018) - The update has brought the following changes:
  • Version 2.0.0 (31 May 2018) - The update has brought the following changes:
    • Seasons have been added, where players can climb prestige tiers and earn rewards.
    • Layout adjustments were made to each track.
    • The menu designs were updated.
  • Version 2.0.2 (20 June 2018) - Implemented bug fixes and refinements.
  • Version 2.0.3 (1 July 2018) - The update has brought the following changes:
    • Nearly all characters have had their base stats tweaked to level the playing field.
    • Chopper Chomp, Umbrella Boost, Illusion Boost, Booby Trap and Bubble Bomb were slightly buffed.
    • Wind Boost was given a slight nerf.
    • Traps received a slight power reduction across the board.
    • The distance from first place required for a guaranteed boost has been increased.
    • Old tracks are no longer removed from the matchmaking pool when one reaches a new Tier.
  • Version 2.1.0 (10 July 2018) - The update has brought the following changes:
  • Version 2.2.0 (31 July 2018) - The update has brought the following changes:
    • Zazz has been added to the game as a runner.
    • A new Item called the Star Trail can be used.
    • New track Dash Vegas can be unlocked at Tier 7.
  • Version 2.2.1 (6 August 2018) - The update has brought the following changes:
    • Gold Rings are now lost on a percentage basis to prevent the lead player from escaping the pack as easily.
    • The game no longer crashes if the player takes Wind damage after crossing the finishing line.
  • Version 2.3.0 (6 September 2018) - The update has brought the following changes:
    • Wave has been added to the game as a runner.
    • Two reverse tracks called Pyramid Valley R and Celestial Skyway R have been added.
    • Korean language support has been added.
    • A bug fix where the race position no longer shows incorrectly when the player crosses the finish line.

Achievements

Name Description Rewards
You're too slow! Win 10 Battles 5 pts
You think you can keep up with me? Win 50 Battles 10 pts
You think you can beat me? Win 250 Battles 25 pts
The ultimate lifeform Win 1000 Battles 50 pts
Long time no see Unlock 5 Runners 10 pts
Welcome to the next level Unlock 10 Runners 25 pts
Now we're talking! Unlock 15 Runners 50 pts
Get a load of this! Perform 10 Runner Upgrades 25 pts
The more the merrier Perform 50 Runner Upgrades 50 pts
All systems, full power! Perform 150 Runner Upgrades 100 pts
We can do this! Reach Tier 3 5 pts
This is happenin'! Reach Tier 4 10 pts
You've got this Sonic! Reach Tier 5 25 pts
One more last fist bump Reach Tier 6 50 pts
Reach for the stars Reach Tier 7 100 pts

Staff

  • Hardlight Staff: Alastair Graham, Andrew Paul, Andrew McMillan, Antony Lavelle, Ashley Khan, Billie McMillan, Chris Southall, Claire Chamielec, Claudia Farre, Daniel Darnbrough, David Foster, Dawid Esterhuizen, Gordon Theobald, Harinder Sangha, Ian Sullivan, Jacob Jensen, Jan Strajnar, James Back, Joel Atkinson, Joseph Stone, Liam Rüdel, Lisa Waldron, Louis Macan, Laura Back, Lubomir Baran, Louis McLaughlin, Lucy Lavelle, Luke Boscott, Marc-Etienne Beinio, Mark Milton, Matt Allan, Neall Jones, Neil Armstrong, Neil Topham, Nia Knibbs Vaughan, Nick Adams, Paul Twynholm, Richard Smith, Richard Sugden, Rebecca Thompson, Rob Ruck, Ryan Simpson, Scott Griffiths, Scott Orchard, Simon Foster, Shaun Lawrence, Stephanie Brooke-Harris, Stuart Grant, Tom Gaulton, Thomas Quartly, Tom Woodward, Yordan Gyurchev
  • Thanks: Adrian Klimczak, Anthony Lewis, Csaba Berenyi, Inna Slepstova, James Booth, Miklos Hajma, Oleg Salyakhov, Richard Tawn, Rick Nath, Simon Dew. Thank you to all at SEGA, our contractors and our fans.
  • Special Thanks: Iizuka Takashi
  • Presented by: SEGA
  • Developed by: HARDlight

Trivia

NewCharactersTeaser

Teaser image displaying silhouettes of Chaos, Classic Sonic, Zavok, Silver and Metal Sonic.

  • Prior to version 1.0.1, the game files as well as a teaser image posted in the in-game's news bulletin hinted that Silver, Classic Sonic, Metal Sonic, Zavok, and Chaos were going to be added as playable characters at a future date.
  • This is the first Sonic Dash-based game to not to be an endless runner title.
  • The initial main cast of the game (except for the inclusion of Amy) is the same as Sonic Runners Adventure, another mobile game released the same year.
  • The music for the levels, provided by Tomoya Ohtani, are the themes from Lost Valley and from Luminous Forest in Sonic Forces, the latter of which only plays during the Mystic Jungle stages.
  • This is the first game since Sonic Battle in which Chaos is a playable character.
  • The titles of the game's achievements are references to known phrases in the Sonic series.
    • "You're too slow" is one of Sonic's catchphrases in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
    • "You think you can keep up with me?" is one of Dr. Eggman's lines of dialogue when racing against Tails in Speed Highway from Sonic Adventure.
    • "You think you can beat me?" is derived from one of Robotnik's phrases, "Do you think you can beat me?" when playing in the two-player mode in Sonic Adventure 2.
    • "The ultimate lifeform" is a title that belongs to Shadow the Hedgehog.
    • "Long time no see" is a phrase that has been constantly used throughout the series, namely Sonic Adventure, Sonic Adventure 2, Sonic Heroes, Shadow the Hedgehog, Sonic the Hedgehog (2006), Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity, and Sonic Forces itself.
    • "Welcome to the next level" is a throwback to the tagline used in Sega commercials between 1992-1994.
      • Sonic also said this line in Shadow the Hedgehog.
    • "Now we're talking!" is a line stated by Sonic upon seeing the Black Bull in Shadow the Hedgehog.
    • "Get a load of this!" is one of the lines used by Robotnik in the Egg Walker and Egg Viper boss battles from Sonic Adventure.
    • "The more the merrier" is derived from Eggman's lines of dialogue, "You know what they say... The more the merrier!", during his boss battle in Mad Matrix from Shadow the Hedgehog.
    • "All systems, full power!" is one of the phrases Robotnik states during his Egg Hornet boss battle in Sonic Adventure.
    • "This is happenin'!" is derived from Sonic's first line of dialogue in Sonic Adventure, "Ah, yeah! This is happenin'!"
    • "You've got this Sonic!" is a line spoken by Shadow in Sonic Generations when cheering him on to fight against the Time Eater.
    • "One more last fist bump" is a line from the song "Fist Bump".
    • "Reach for the stars" is the name of the theme song for Sonic Colors.
      MysteryCharacter
  • Besides Amy, Charmy, Omega, Silver, Espio, Rouge and Vector, all other characters have their official artwork for the game derived and repurposed from existing artwork of other games in the Sonic series. In the case of Sonic, Tails, Classic Sonic, Knuckles, Shadow, Zavok, Metal Sonic and Chaos, theirs is derived from Sonic Forces itself.
  • Teaser images featuring single distorted silhouettes of potential new characters to be added in future updates were posted on the official SEGA HARDlight social media on 12 January 2018 and 17 February 2018. The first character was revealed to be Blaze the Cat on 17 January 2018 and the second was revealed to be Cream the Rabbit, along with Cheese, on 22 February 2018.[9][10] On 4 May 2018, a teaser video for another character was released and it was revealed to be Big the Cat on 10 May 2018.[11] In contrast, on 3 July 2018, Jet the Hawk was teased in a short gameplay video of the track Pinnacle Peaks.[12] Later, on 26 July 2018, a photo teasing Zazz was released.[13]
    • None of these teased characters make any sort of appearance in Sonic Forces.
      • So far, Wave is the only character that was not teased before she was added to the game.
    • Prior to Big's reveal, an update allowed players to randomly see Froggy at the end of stages. Now, Froggy only appears at the end of the stage if at least one player is playing as Big.
  • The Chest and Red Star Ring system for unlocking characters used in Sonic Forces: Speed Battle bears strong similarities to those used in Supercell mobile games, such as Clash Royale.
AaronWebberSFSB
  • As an April Fools joke in 2018, the official SEGA HARDlight Twitter made a spoof character bio for Aaron Webber.


Video

Sonic Forces- Speed Battle - First Look!

Sonic Forces- Speed Battle - First Look!

Behind the Screens Episode One

Behind the Screens Episode One

Sonic Forces Speed Battle - Behind the Screens Episode 2

Sonic Forces Speed Battle - Behind the Screens Episode 2

Sonic Forces Speed Battle - Behind the Screens Ep - 3

Sonic Forces Speed Battle - Behind the Screens Ep - 3

Sonic Forces Speed Battle - Behind the Screens Ep - 4

Sonic Forces Speed Battle - Behind the Screens Ep - 4

Sonic Forces Speed Battle - Official iOS Launch Trailer

Sonic Forces Speed Battle - Official iOS Launch Trailer


References

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