At San Diego Comic Con, Sega announced that Sonic will be returning to us with two new games. Sonic is about to turn 25 this year. These games will not only be a commemoration and celebration of the character but a way to introduce him to the new generation. A generation that has recently discovered and fallen in love with another classic with Pokemon Go.
Two Sonic games were announced. The first is “Sonic Mania”. It takes the gamer back to the retro style and feel of the first Sonic game to come out in 1991, a 2D platformer. Sonic Mania remasters the looks and feel of the original game and borrows elements from Sonic the hedgehog, Sonic the hedgehog 2, Sonic CD, Sonic the hedgehog 3 and Sonic and Knuckles. Players that were interested in trying out the game go the chance to do so at the Sonic Party at Comic Con. The game has been developed by Sega of America in collaboration with PagodaWest Games. Christian Whitehead and Simon Thomley, the gentlemen behind the remastered sonic ports on mobile devices, are also lending a hand.
The game was more of a passion project than anything else for the Sega team. It will be available for the Xbox One, the PS4 and the PC in Spring of 2017.
The second game, still in its early stages, remained unnamed. Sega just showed a trailer of present day Sonic confronting a huge egg shaped foe (wonder who that is?) and standing in front of mountains of rubble. He is joined by classic Sonic in his quest and they both zoom in to the distance as glowing, turquoise balls. The game will be available on “Holiday 2017” for the PS4, the Xbox One and the Nintendo NX.
Sega also announced that the mobile game Sonic Dash had surpassed 200 million downloads on all platforms combined. As a reward for their loyalty, customers were now getting classic Sonic as a playable character and the Greenhill Zone in a special in-game event scheduled to end in a few days, more precisely a week. The game is available on Amazon, Android, iOS and Windows Phone.
The second announcement was that the second season of the Sonic Boom series is coming. Party attendees were given a sneak peek in to the series’ future. The next Sonic Boom game is going to release this September 27th on the Nintendo 3DS.
Sonic burst on to the video game scene in 1991 in “Sonic the Hedgehog” with a unique story and characterization that kids took to immediately. 4.34 million copies were sold. It’s sequel, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, followed up with a greater count of 6.03 million copies sold in 1992. After that a series of flops and progressively less successful games followed until 2007. Sonic teamed up with Mario in “Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games” for Wii. The game sold over 8 million copies and again, Sonic went in to a slump. Now, with this opportunity and festive occasion, Sonic has a chance to capture the imagination of the public again.