SEGA Teaming up with Tesla to Port Sonic the Hedgehog to Cars
Older titles getting rereleased is nothing new, however, the novelty of playing a familiar game on a console that it’s not normally present on is worth looking into. Consider the port of Resident Evil 4 VR. Despite the game’s removal of seemingly innocuous material, Resident Evil 4 VR provides a way to experience the games in a brand new way.
However, one of these older titles has had an interesting run of rereleases: Sonic the Hedgehog. This comes down to the many versions of the game. However, the most definitive version of the original game comes from a modder by the name of Christian Whitehead, better known by the Sonic community as Taxman. The “Taxman Ports” of Sonic 1 and 2 have been considered the definitive way to play the original Genesis titles. These versions of the game come included with mobile support and some other quality of life improvements such as the ability to spin dash in the first title, enabling Tails and Knuckles as unlockable characters if certain conditions are met, and adding a time attack mode.
The only problem with the Taxman ports of the game is that they’re restricted to mobile devices, meaning that the best way to play the original Sonic titles is by connecting a controller to a mobile phone. While they have been released on Apple TV and Android consoles, there’s no official way to play these remasters on consoles or PC.
However, they might be coming to another, even stranger device soon: Tesla cars.
SEGA and Tesla Partnership
Sega has announced that Sonic the Hedgehog is going to be coming to all Tesla vehicles through a partnership with the car company and its Arcade platform. With seemingly all Tesla cars coming with the massive screen on the dash, it’s no surprise that games would be added to it. As of now, players can enjoy titles like Cuphead and Witcher 3 if they’re driving The Model S or the Model X vehicles.
The press release from Sega is as follows, “Get ready, Sonic fans! SEGA has just announced a partnership with Tesla to bring Sonic the Hedgehog 1, the game that started it all, to Tesla’s in-car gaming console for both existing and new models. Passengers turn into players as they race at lightning speed across classic zones to defeat enemies on a mission to save the world from the evil Dr. Eggman, all in the comfort of their own car!”
It’s mentioned that the game is going to be able to be played using the USB ports on the car’s dash, as it’s only going to be playable via a controller. This would mean that passengers could take on Sonic and play the entirety of the game from the comfort of the Tesla cars. However, it’s not mentioned in the press release whether or not the car is going to be able to play the game while driving. Cuphead is able to be played while the car is in park, or while charging, but the game isn’t available to be played while the car is in motion. It’s recommended that players who do partake in playing the title strap their seatbelts on and are only sitting in the passenger seat while someone else takes the wheel.
The only question remaining about the game is if the version of the game ported to the Tesla cars is going to be the Taxman port of the game, and not an emulated version of the original title that’s on both consoles and Steam. The press release doesn’t mention which version of the title is coming to the Teslas, but one can only hope that the version coming is one that fans are going to want.
There’s no solid release date for the game to come out on the Tesla Arcade, but for those who don’t own a Tesla, you canpick up the version on mobile or Apple TV.