Remember that Modern and Classic Sonic game that was revealed as Project Sonic last year? Well, now it has a name and some gameplay footage. And it looks incredible.
Sonic Forces is the project's official name, and it's coming out during the holiday season for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC. The official gameplay video, which clocks in at 41 seconds, shows a city being ravaged by Death Egg Robot sentinels and Modern Sonic running around fighting them.
Of course, Sonic Forces is going to feature a mixture of Classic Sonic and Modern Sonic, so the gameplay footage shown only features the Modern Sonic segments from Sonic Forces. But what we've seen so far looks great. There's high speed dashing through set pieces similar to Sonic Adventure 2, along with his spin dash and homing attack returning. Oh, and a ton of enemies to destroy are featured in the clip, too. We're in.
Sonic Forces is being developed by Sonic Team, too, straight from SEGA. So unlike Sonic Boom, there's a lot of strong experience and history coming into this game.
What Else Can We Expect From Sonic Forces?
As amazing as that first gameplay excerpt was, there's still a lot of unanswered questions about Sonic Forces. Like, what 90% of the game will look like. And if there will be any major revamps or changes to Classic Sonic. Luckily, context clues help us fill in the gaps between what was shown and what will feature in the rest of the game.
For one, Sonic Forces definitely seems to be following in the footsteps of Sonic Generations, which also featured a mixture of 3D, Sonic Adventure-esque Sonic with 2.5D levels featuring Classic Sonic. Not to mention, with Sonic Mania on the way, it makes a lot of sense that Sonic Forces would also feature a good chunk of Classic Sonic levels to play through and explore.
We can definitely expect more enormous set pieces, too. With the game planned for the Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, all four of those platforms are capable of some serious graphical rendering. Plus, Sonic Forces seems to be relying on this theme of "resistance," and resistance is, well, pretty violent. It only makes sense that chaos, mayhem, and disorder will appear throughout the game, as both Modern and Classic Sonic are forced to team up in order to protect the world from Eggman.
Questions Going Forward
Now that we know a bit more about Sonic Forces, we still have a lot of questions to ask about the game. Even though the holiday season is far away, here's what we want to know as the year goes on:
- Will Classic Sonic levels play differently from the way Classic Sonic worked in Sonic Generations?
- What other characters will feature in Sonic Forces? Will Knuckles return? Or perhaps some of the Archie characters, seeing how "resistance" was such a huge theme in the comics?
- The Nintendo Switch is going to be getting Sonic Forces, too. Will the Switch version be different from the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC versions? Will there be any use of the HD Rumble or the gyroscope?
Sadly, SEGA still has yet to reveal a lot about Sonic Forces, so it's hard to say what the final game will be like this early on. Still, more gameplay footage is sure to be shared as 2017 continues. So if you're just as curious as we are, keep an eye out as more information is revealed in the coming months ahead.
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