Sega and Sonic Team held a Sonic Central stream to showcase projects the companies have in the works to celebrate the Sonic the Hedgehog 30th anniversary. If you missed the show, you can catch the archived stream right here. For everyone who can’t stop and watch, check out our recap below:
Sega is putting on a digital concert featuring an orchestra playing songs from the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise, rock band Crush 40, and composer Tomoya Ohtani on June 23.
Weird crossovers of Sonic in places he shouldn’t be
Sonic and friends are making appearances in a handful of games this year. A Sonic skin will be available in Olympics Games Tokyo 2020: The Official Video Game so he can compete in all the sporting events. If you want to add Sonic and friends to the horrifying realities of the American healthcare system, Sonic skins and cosmetic items are coming to Two Point Hospital on July 30. And lastly, Sonic The Fighters will be a playable arcade game in Lost Judgement when it launches on September 24.
Sonic Colors Ultimate
As previously leaked, Sonic Colors is coming to modern systems as Sonic Colors Ultimate. The previously-Wii-exclusive game launched back in 2010 and has been stranded on that system since. Now, with Sonic Colors Ultimate, it will be available on PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch on September 7.
Sonic Colors animation shorts
Looks like there’s a new series of animated shorts coming in celebration of Sonic Colors Ultimate called Sonic Colors Rise of the Wisps. There was a brief preview of the shorts in the stream, and it looks gorgeous. Episode 1 will be coming out this summer.
Sega is repackaging a handful of classic Sonic the Hedgehog games as Sonic Origins. The compilation contains Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Sonic the Hedgehog 3, Sonic & Knuckles, and Sonic CD.
PlayStation Now and Luna
Sonic Forces, Team Sonic Racing, and Sonic Mania are all coming to game streaming services PlayStation Now and Luna.
The Sonic mobile games are hosting some limited-time events soon. Sonic Dash is having a pirate-themed event, which will include pirate skins for Sonic and objectively superior hedgehog Shadow. The mobile version of Sonic Forces will also be seeing new content as Super Sonic joins the roster of playable characters. Later this year, the game will also allow players to set up private races with friends, but it sounds like this will be a limited-time event. Also, Sonic’s werehog form will be coming to both games.
Closing out the mobile announcements, Sonic Racing on Apple Arcade will be getting Classic Sonic as a playable character.
Joe Kelly, the showrunner behind the upcoming Netflix animated series Sonic Prime, talked a bit about the show set to premiere in 2022. The 24-episode series will follow Sonic in a new story separate from any of the games.
Sega has partnered with several manufacturers to create new Sonic merchandise. Jakks Pacific has created an Eggman Robot playset. King Ice has collaborated with Sega to make jewelry featuring Sonic, Knuckles, Tails, and Shadow’s likenesses. Dark Horse is releasing a physical encyclopedia of the franchise’s 30 years of history. And lastly, Apmex is creating silver and gold coins branded for the series’ 30th anniversary.
While that’s a lot of old stuff, Sega and Sonic Team are also working on a new mainline game in the series. It’s coming in 2022. And we know literally fucking nothing about it beyond a teaser of Sonic running about and that it’s coming to PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and Nintendo Switch.