Our dear blue hedgehog turns 30 this year, and SEGA really wants to celebrate with us. Yesterday, they therefore arranged a broadcast on YouTube and Twitch called Sonic Central. Here, SEGA took the opportunity to announce several new projects around the franchise. For gamers, this means:
- Sonic Colors: Ultimate – a remaster of the previous Wii-exclusive game for PS4, Xbox One, Switch and PC (via Epic). The release date will be September 7 this year.
- Sonic Origins – A compilation of Sonic the Hedgehog 1–3 and Knucklesexpansion, together with Sonic CD. It is also rumored that restored parts of the originals that appeared on the mobile versions will appear here.
- New Sonic game – We do not have a name yet. Here, too, rumors speak, and they speak of a possible open world game. Varvat believes it when we see it.
- Tokyo 2020 – The official Olympic game gets special avatars from the Sonic franchise. The question is whether it is better than Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.
- Events within Sonic’s mobile games Sonic Forces: Speed Battle, Sonic Dash and Sonic Racing.
- Two Point Hospital (!) gets a bunch of Sonic-related items
For Sonic fans in general, the mascot’s 30th anniversary also means a couple of non-interactive type announcements:
Sonic Colors: Rise of the Wisps – An upcoming short film about the origin of the titular creatures, with fully voiced characters where Roger Craig Smith resumes his role as Sonic.
Sonic Prime – the upcoming Netflix series is not news, but for those who are looking forward to it, it’s nice to know that it’s still on G. Especially as the feature film Sonic the Hedgehog 2 will not appear until next year.
In addition to all this, there will also be a lot of merch during the year – including an encyclopedia from Dark Horse, a new comic book in book form and a Eggman figure from JAKKS Pacific. An event with a live orchestra will also take place on June 23, with a preview during the Summer Game Fest Kickoff. It will be interesting to see which tracklist they have come up with (if the Chemical Plant Zone is not included, it is a mockery!).