Last year, during the company’s annual Sonic the Hedgehog celebration at San Diego Comic-Con, Sega revealed not one but two brand new Sonic games that were on the slate for 2017. The first, Sonic Mania, recently got delayed to summer, but is sure to work its retro magic onto our hearts in just a few months’ time.
But then there’s the second, the cryptic Project Sonic 2017, with a teaser trailer that seemed to include both the regular Sonic the Hedgehog character (from current games) and the classic form character from the 16-bit era, hinting that we could be looking at a follow-up to the hit game Sonic Generations, which previously released on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 several years ago.
We haven’t heard too much from Project Sonic 2017 since, but Sega seemed to let the official name of the game slip during an SXSW live stream today, and now we know what it’ll officially be called when it debuts this winter – Sonic Forces.
That’s really all we know about the game thus far, as Sega just showed the same game trailer that came about last year, which you can find below. No new story details were revealed, and we’re still not quite sure how the two Sonic characters connect, or if you can swap out between them like you could in Generations.
But this is still progress, as we can officially call the game by its name instead of just Project Sonic 2017. And Sonic Forces seems to fit in with the name of other subsequent Sonic games that came out over the past few years, including Sonic Colors, Sonic Heroes, Sonic Generations and Sonic: Lost World. It has that kind of adventurous zing to it.
Roger Craig Smith, the voice of Sonic, recently tweeted out the official logo for the project -- and it's damn sweet!
Now, of course, we’re wondering other things about the game, like if we’ll see new characters introduced for it (it’s not just two Heroes, is it?), and if it will, in fact, be a spiritual successor or straight-up sequel to Generations. We’re likely to find out more in just a few months;’ time at E3, when Sega is likely to officially unveil Forces’ gameplay for all to see.