Sega has revealed gameplay footage for Sonic Forces, reintroducing the beloved hedgehog in the new teaser. The game is scheduled for release during the holiday season. The footage reassures fans that it is by far the best-looking Sonic game, and it could revive the franchisee that has faded overtime.

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Image Source: YouTube/SonicForces (screenshot)

What’s new in the game?

Sonic Forces, previously dubbed “Project Sonic 2017,” was released by Sega during SXSW, and the Sonic Team’s Takashi Iizuka claimed it to be an “evolution of Sonic Colors and Sonic Generations.” Sonic also showed one of the game levels. The game will come in three gameplay styles, modern and classic, while the third one is yet to be revealed, University Herald.

The new game looks similar to 3D games that players and fans have seen before. Features such as those in Sonic Colors, which was released on the Wii and Nintendo DS in 2010, are reflected in the current game as well, notes Polygon. The camera is the center of attraction as the hedgehog races through the city street. A player needs to be steady on the analog stick, using the jumping feature occasionally.

There are challenges such as death egg robot sentinels. The giant death egg will not just destroy the whole city but is also capable of exploding Sonic by shooting death balls. The hedgehog can run, spin dash and do various other such moves to save him from the death egg.

Will Sonic Forces meet players’ expectations?

Sonic Forces will have two versions of the Sonic character, similar to 2011’s Sonic Generations. One of the Sonic characters is quite similar to its cartoony 2D origins, whereas the other is a more advanced 3D character from the game in this millennium, notes Polygon.

Siliconera reported, Sonic Forces will be based on a new game engine called “Hedgehog Engine 2.

Fans of Sonic will agree that getting excited about the game never worked well, as previous spins on the game have disappointed almost every time. However, Sonic Mania was an exception, as it was a retro 2D game developed by fans and not by a Sega developer. The newest version appears to be quite exciting, at least from the teaser. But whether the game will meet the expectations of gamers is something that we will have to wait to find out. The game is scheduled to be released this holiday season on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Nintendo Switch.