Sonic Central Event Reveals New Title and More
Sonic seems to have been on a losing streak since the release of Sonic Forces. With a series focus on reminding fans of the past, fans cite one of the only good things to come out of the sonic series since 2017 was the release of Sonic Mania. However, it seems like Sonic is starting to get his act back together, with the Sonic movie doing exceptionally well and Sega’s attempts to globalize the series starting to come along. Sonic has been adding to the promising future of his series with the Sonic Central event that live-streamed earlier today, showcasing multiple new collaborations and some projects that will be coming within the next two years.
Fans who tuned into the stream before it launched had the Sonic YouTube account talking to fans throughout the night until the premiere of the Sonic Central broadcast, which, while only 12 minutes, unveiled a lot of new information about the future of Sonic the Hedgehog.
After introducing the broadcast commemorating Sonic’s 30 years in gaming, many things were announced to the public regarding the series’ future.
A musical orchestra will be playing music from the 30 years of sonic titles, and while fans can’t see it in person due to pandemic restrictions, the show will be shown live online for free, allowing all fans to listen to the sounds of Sonic’s music. The orchestra will also not be the only performance during the event as Crush40, the band behind tracks from Sonic Adventure, and more will also make an appearance.
Sonic will be jumping from his main series and making an appearance in multiple other titles published by Sega. With the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympics tie-in game coming from Sega this year, players avatars can dress up in a Sonic mascot costume and compete in every event in the Olympics, all dolled up like the blue blur. Sonic is also making his way into the game Two-Point Hospital, with furniture and custom uniforms for all characters to dress up as, turning player’s hospital into a Sonic-themed medical center. The Yakuza spin-off series Judgement is also getting a playable version of Sonic in their Sega Arcades when the game launches.
Sonic Colors Ultimate
While being speculated on by the community due to leaks, Sega confirmed Sonic Colors getting a remaster in 2021. Sonic Colors ultimate is the story of Sonic infiltrating Eggman’s space amusement park to save the enslaved aliens known as the-wisps. The game has been remastered for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Series S|X and switch and PC (on Epic Games Store). The game also comes with Early Access for the digital deluxe edition and some other goodies for players to have.
Sonic Colors is also getting a 2 part animation called, Sonic Colors: Rise of the Wisps, which is coming later this year, featuring the voices of the sonic cast, which was not done for any of the previous short-form animations by Sega. Roger Craig Smith also arrived to announce the project, as he returned the day before voice Sonic once again after seemingly quitting in January.
Sonic Origins Collection
Sonic is getting yet another compilation title, this time for mainline consoles and PC. Entitled the Sonic Origins Collection, players can experience the beginning of the series with an enhanced version of Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Sonic 3 & Knuckles, and Sonic CD, all with new features and enhancements. Sonic is also making his way to new platforms, like Sonic Mania and Team Sonic Racing on Amazon’s cloud gaming service, Amazon Luna. The two previously mentioned titles, plus Sonic Forces, will be added to PlayStation Now, Playstation’s Answer to Backwards Compatibility, and Xbox’s Game Pass.
Sonic Mobile Events
Players who enjoy sonic on their mobile devices will be happy to know that Sonic Dash and Sonic Forces are getting events in their respective mobile games. Sonic Dash is gaining a pirate-themed event, allowing players to unlock Captain Shadow and Pirate Sonic, as well as Sonic Forces Mobile getting private races and Super Sonic as a playable character in the game. Players of the Apple Arcade title Sonic Racing also got the addition of Classic Sonic and three new tracks inspired by the original Green Hill Zone.
Revealed in December of 2020, Sonic Prime is a show being produced by Netflix and animated by Man of Action, The team behind shows like Ben 10 and Generator Rex. The showrunner, Joe Kelly, spoke about the show, stating that Sonic Prime is about Sonic and his friends traveling to an alternate universe, where Sonic goes on a journey of self-discovery and redemption. Behind him was an Eggman insignia from the show. He mentioned that Sonic Prime will be released in 2022 and will span 24 episodes in total.
Physical Sonic Media Collaborations
Sonic continued their broadcast, stating that Sonic would have 30th-anniversary merchandise to be bought and sold for fans to enjoy. Some of these items included a toy set depicting the first boss fight in Sonic 2 by Jakks Pacific. Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, and Shadow-themed necklaces from the company King Ice, a massive encyclopedia published by Dark Horse, and commemorative gold and silver coins from APMEX.
The Next Mainline Sonic Game
In a classic “One more thing” move, Sega played a teaser for their next mainline Sonic game. The teaser shows Sonic running through a forest, which looks nothing like anything from the sonic universe. Rather it looks more like the real world. Sonic is also glowing a light blue and emitting a digital effect trail. Sonic