Everything evolves over time, but sometimes going back to basics is what’s needed. That’s what SEGA appear to have concluded as they return to what made Sonic The Hedgehog a classic on this, his 25th anniversary year.
There were four key announcements concerning the little blue speed-freak at San Diego Comic-Con this year including mobile and console gaming updates that centre firmly around the introduction of ‘Classic Sonic’. This is the term SEGA are using to identify Sonic as he appeared in the original ‘Sonic The Hedgehog’ games for Megadrive, Master System and Game Gear 25 years ago.
Getting the ‘Classic Sonic’ character ‘inclusion’ are two very different games. First of all there’s the mobile and tablet infinite runner, ‘Sonic Dash’.
Next up there’s the inclusion of Sonic in the ‘LEGO Dimensions’ game from Autumn this year. As is standard you’ll need the ‘LEGO Dimensions’ starter pack to get going, then can buy expansion packs in the form of small LEGO sets, like this Sonic one to expand the game. LEGO Dimensions is available on all major consoles.
The biggest news out of SDCC 2016 from SEGA, however, is the announcement of two new Sonic the Hedgehog games. Sadly neither appear to be reaching market in time for the actual 25th anniversary celebrations of Sonic. The approach is somewhat different for each.
The first, and for me, the least exciting, is ‘Project Sonic’. Despite startling similarities, reports suggest that ‘Project Sonic’ is not a sequel or continuation of the much criticised ‘Sonic Generations’. It is instead a brand new game that will feature the current vision of the character alongside that ‘Classic Sonic’. The game adopts the style of gameplay found in other recent Sonic titles.
Where SEGA have really created buzz is the second all new game announced at SDCC, ‘Sonic Mania’. Although it will be late to the party the game is meant to celebrate 25 years of Sonic by getting back to the roots of what made the original game a classic. ‘Sonic Mania’ is a brand new 2D, high-speed platformer that expands on original zones and introduces new ones too. Sonic won’t be alone as the game will also feature Tails and Knuckles too. Exciting news indeed for those of us whose formative gaming years coincided with the 16-bit era.
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