SEGA releases the first Sonic Runners teaser trailer, gameplay details and more

Sonic Runners is going to be Sonic Team’s big Sonic the Hedgehog mobile developed game and SEGA has finally released the first teaser trailer. You can watch it above. The trailer basically goes through the history of Sonic Team developed Sonic games and starts off with a counter, counting down the years to 2015…

Something to note: The trailer only shows off the retro series and Sonic the Hedgehog 4 (if you count that as part of the retro series). Could this game be more influenced by older retro style Sonic games instead of the recent games?

SEGA also launched a site for the game which revealed that the game will be released in 2015 in Japan for free with premium items available. The game will be available for iPhone 4S and above, iPad 2 or later running iOS 7.0 or above. If you are on Android, you will have to be running OS 2.3 or later (Which means almost any Android phone released can play it.)

The site features an image of Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles running through Sonic Lost World‘s Windy Hill with Chao and the Mother Wisp from Sonic Colors DS floating above. Could the classic clips and Sonic 4 indicate that Sonic Team sees Sonic Runners as a successor to the originals, or hint toward a gameplay style? What’s with the Chao and Wisps?

UPDATE: An interview between Iizuka and Famitsu lists a end of February release for the game in Japan. From what we can understand from the interview, characters will run forward on their own and Eggman will make appearances during stages which there appears to be 50 of at first (if we are reading the translation correctly). Tails and Knuckles are also playable, but Sonic is the only character initially available. Famitsu also went hands-on with the game, mentioning a cutscene featuring Sonic, Tails, and Eggman. Jumping appears to vary based on where you tap on the screen, possibly indicating that you tap on enemies to homing attack. The Eggman boss battle appears to have Sonic throwing or knocking back Eggman’s projectiles to defeat him.

What are your thoughts?

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12 responses to “SEGA releases the first Sonic Runners teaser trailer, gameplay details and more

  1. JJ says:

    Absolutly disgusting. What I mean by that is how big this title is getting introduced with the flow of classic titles, made by sonicteam, for a muthafaqin mobile game

    The death of sonic is nigh

  2. bertodecosta says:

    50 stages? For a runner game? Wow.

  3. landman says:

    So you just tap to jump? then it’s just a typical mobile game like dash and jump.

  4. wiz says:

    So this is the 2015 Sonic, what a JOKE.

  5. Nothing implies that this is the only Sonic game releasing this year. The dates are just indicating Sonic’s 2D games, which in my opinion is a stupid tie-in with Runners. Runners could be enjoyable, but no way in hell is this the successor to the classics, or even a follow-up to Sonic 4. Really, I wouldn’t put much stock in the whole dates thing or use it as a sign that this is “the 2015 Sonic”.

  6. wiz says:

    I hope you’re right, but it seems Sonic Team is pushing Runners like it will be a main title.

  7. @Keeppassingcars says:

    I hope it doesn’t suck. The last thing we need is yet another Sonic game that fails to live up to expectation. I wish SEGA would A) take their time to get the formulae right, or B) concentrate on creating new IP or resurrecting an old one.

  8. SkyBlue says:

    Given their announcement of no longer being able to market in the retail space (or packaged goods), this could well be where Sonic will be headed.

  9. Daniel says:

    I can’t say I’m upset at all. All of their other Sonic smartphone games have been really great so far. If it keeps with that trend, while having gameplay that’s more like the originals, what’s not to like? Don’t like the fact that it’s on rails? A lot of Sonic games, even the precious classics, have on rails moments and levels. Not for the full game, but you get the point. This isn’t unprecedented for Sega to do with Sonic. Sonic 1 Chaos Emerald Challenge levels were constantly moving with little you could do with Sonic himself, same for Sonic 2 and 3. You could direct Sonic but not “truly” control him. So I don’t see what the big deal is.

  10. Anonymous says:

    STOP MAKING SONIC GAMES! WE WANT OLD PORT GAMES!

  11. Arache says:

    I’m sorry sonic fans, but the there right. The game sucks. I thought sonic runners would finally step up to the plate and bring the sonic mobile games back to life but.it’s just like S. Dash. Also, silver should have telekinetic powers, not the ability to jump 3 times. SEGA, WHAT HAVE YOU DONE!!?

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