Yesterday, we broke the news that Project Sonic 2017, initially introduced last year during a Sega event at San Diego Comic-Con, would now be known as Sonic Forces, with a holiday 2017 release date for various consoles. Well, today, we got a closer look at just what that title entails, as Sega has released a new gameplay video that showcases just what kind of action we’re in for.
In the clip, Sonic finds himself running through a city that’s being laid to ruin by Dr. Robotnik and his fellow Death Egg Robot sentinels, as he runs his way through exploding streets and robotic forces while trying to get out in one piece. Sonic seems to be back up to signature speed in the clip, and some items from previous games – like zip lines, red coins and the jump-bop ability, where he homes in on enemies – appear to be intact for the sequel.
It’s a little too soon to tell just yet since there’s only so much gameplay footage to watch here, but Sonic Forces definitely looks like it’s on track to being a spiritual successor to Sonic Generations, one of the best games in the series. Generations previously came out for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC, combining classic 2D gameplay stages with 3D adventure stages, based on the best levels from the series, like Chemical Plant and Sky Sanctuary. Sonic Forces appears to be taking a more original approach, but with familiar gameplay from the Generations saga.
So far, Sonic Team looks to be doing a pretty terrific job with the game’s visuals, with much bigger level design than previous Sonic games, and extraordinary detail with not only the surroundings, but the enemies – the robots appear to be a bit more realistic this time around, instead of the usual Dr. Robotnik creations we’ve come to expect. But, again, we’ve only gotten just a glimpse – chances are some familiar enemies could show up in the final product.