Roger Craig Smith, the voice of Sonic, recently tweeted out the official logo for the project – and it’s damn sweet! Sonic Generations swapped from side-scrolling stages to forward-running levels and Sonic Forces may have similar tricks up its oversized white gloves.
As announced at the event, Sega will be releasing two new Sonic titles by the end of 2017.
Both Sonic Mania and Sonic Forces look like unbelievable games and a return to form for the franchise. Said influences were merged with the familiar style of Sonic titles mentioned in the previous paragraph as well as surprisingly enjoyable 2D platforming, making for an imperfect but ultimately sweet package. Harness Sonic’s new Drop Dash, Tails’ flight, and Knuckles’ climbing abilities to overcome the evil Dr. Eggman’s robots.
Regardless, the game appears to be running at 60 frames per second, which would definitely add to the sense of speed on the consoles. The title will apparently feature a third style, but Sega is now keeping mum on details.
I remain skeptical but hopeful for this one. The gameplay potential is there, especially in VR.
Sega should officially release the footage later today but there doesn’t seem to be any specific release date yet, just later in 2017. To compensate Sega has released the video below of Flying Battery Zone, which looks great. It’s since continued to impress and while originally scheduled to land this spring, it’s now been pushed back till summer.
Sonic Forces will be released on the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC this Christmas.