Yesterday, SEGA hosted its panel at SXSW that revealed exclusive, behind-the-scenes looks at the latest updates around Sonic Mania and Project Sonic 2017. The panel was moderated by Aaron Webber (Sonic Social Media Manager) and featured Takashi Iizuka (head of Sonic Team), Roger Craig Smith (voice of Sonic), and Mike Pollock (voice of Dr. Eggman).
Sonic Mania highlights during the panel included the first ever unboxing of the Collector’s Edition, key art, a brand-new zone teaser, Hard-boiled Heavies boss art, and revealed that the classic Sonic zone, Flying Battery, will be a reimagined zone featured in the game.
The panel also revealed Project Sonic 2017’s official title, Sonic Forces™, a sample of the theme music, and the first ever look at the game. The 30 second gameplay footage clip shown during the presentation featured an action-packed look at Modern Sonic in a destroyed city environment.
Sonic Mania will be available this Summer for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and PC while Sonic Forces™ will be available this Holiday for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and PC. The Collector’s Edition of Sonic Mania is currently available for pre-order exclusively from Amazon in Europe.
Here is the trailer for Sonic Forces and some gameplay for both Sonic games:
I tried out Sonic Mania at last years EGX event and can’t wait to pick this game up, since I played the Genesis versions to death when I was a kid. It’s a shame its been pushed back to a summer release. Sonic Forces looks interesting, though I do prefer the side strolling gameplay of Sonic, but incorporating some elements of 3D and 2D could keep old and young Sonic fans happy.
Will you be picking up either of these Sonic games?