Via Treasure Hunting Sonic comes news that a new Sonic product from Numskull is on the way just in time for Christmas: a Sonic the Hedgehog Advent calendar! Each day in December, leading up to Christmas, fans will open doors to reveal pieces of a buildable statue featuring classic Sonic riding a snowboard straight out of Sonic the Hedgehog 3‘s Ice Cap Zone. The product is currently up for pre-order on GameStop for $49.99. Will you be building a Sonic this holiday season?
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Its been over half a decade since SEGA teamed up Christian Whitehead and the crew to develop Sonic Mania. About two years ago, most of the ex-developers went on to form Evening Star Studios.
Earlier today, Evening Star posted on Twitter that they were hiring for their new upcoming title and checking their website under games, you see them teasing their new upcoming original game.
Let’s break down what we know:
- New Publisher (not SEGA)
- Debuting Star Engine game
- 3D Action platformer
- Character seems to use Yo-Yo as a weapon
- Puffy pants, puffy gloves and puffy shoes?
- Shadow features peach and purple gradient (possible colors for the main character?)
What do you guys think of the developers creating a brand new, 3D action platformer?
Capcom has just announced not only that Monster Hunter Rise is coming to PC (January 12, 2022) and that they have a new expansion called Sunbreak (coming Summer 2022) but that they also announced they will be doing a collaboration with Ghost ‘n Goblins: Resurrection and Sonic the Hedgehog!
This is what Capcom said in the press release:
“Finally, and also first revealed today, Monster Hunter is teaming up with Sega to celebrate Sonic the Hedgehog‘s 30th anniversary in Monster Hunter Rise. More details on this exciting new collaboration will be shared soon, prior to the Event Quest’s release in November.”
So stay tuned as Capcom will eventually show what these items will look like and what Sonic characters will be included in the event. I just want a Chao pet, to be honest!
SEGA has released the second – and FINAL – Sonic Colors Ultimate Rise of the Wisps animated web short, which promises more Metal Sonic, more Jade Ghost wisp and a resolution to the story kicked off in part 1. Instead of spoiling the plot, I’d ask you to watch the video above! Here’s hoping SEGA produces more animated web shorts to promote their upcoming Sonic games, and uses this animation style for future projects.
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To celebrate Sonic the Hedgehog’s 30th Anniversary, roll around puzzling world and collect rings as Sonic the Hedgehog and Miles “Tails” Prower in their classic iterations from the Sega Genesis (Sega Mega Drive) days by unlocking them in Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania for free on all platforms through normal gameplay when the game launches for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Steam, Xbox One, and Xbox Series S|X on October 5, 2021!
SEGA has released a 30+ minute video celebrating Sonic the Hedgehog’s 30th anniversary by spotlighting those in the fan community who have a passion for and, in many cases, contributed to the legacy of the character through events, interviews, videos and more. At 12 minutes and 20 seconds, yours truly appears sharing memories of Sonic and looking ahead to the future. Also featured, at 33 minutes and 38 seconds, is SEGAbits contributor and longtime community member Kori-Maru. Check the video out for yourself, and after the break you can see the fullscreen video of our own contribution.
Thank you to SEGA for highlighting the community and fan sites and please, please do more of this stuff!
The official Japanese website for Sonic Colors Ultimate has been updated with descriptions on the new modes and features that will be included in the upcoming remaster which were also shared on the spotlight video that was uploaded by the official Sonic the Hedgehog YouTube Channel. Hit the jump for screenshots and descriptions on each mode and features coming to Sonic Colors Ultimate.
If you are a hybrid Sonic and Minecraft fan, SEGA and Microsoft have a big announcement for you! It looks like you’ll be able to get stage decorations for both Green Hill Zone and Chemical Plant Zone. It also seems like you’ll be joined by Sonic’s friends including Tails, Knuckles and Knuckles.
Check out the screenshots to see more. It also seems that Microsoft will have a special server event for Sonic’s birthday, which is set to last two weeks! With something special happening one of those weekends.
If you own Fist of the North Star LEGENDS ReVIVE for IOS and Android devices, there will be a collaboration event held on June 19th and will feature Sonic the Hedgehog as a playable character to celebrate the Sonic series 30th anniversary. In order to have him in your team, you would need to obtain Sonic the Hedgehog Fragments during the event to earn the collaboration character UR, “Sonic the Hedgehog”.
This will be one of Sonic’s few appearances in Mature rated games starting with Phantasy Star Online 2 and Lost Judgment which will feature Sonic the Fighters as an arcade minigame. Check below for artwork and in game screenshots of Sonic the Hedgehog.
Sonic the Hedgehog turns 30 this month, and we jump all the way back to November 1992 when Archie kicked off their long running Sonic comic series on this SEGA Talk! Those early years were very different from the days of the notorious Ken Penders and the reboot artist Ian Flynn. Learn about the inception of the comics, the original mini-series and highlights from the first 38 issues.
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The Sonic Central stream detailed a new playset from Jakks Pacific, the Sonic The Hedgehog Eggman Battle Set, and no sooner did the stream end did the toy show up for pre-order on various sites. You can pre-order the set now from sites like Big Bad Toy Store for $44.99 and it is sure to appear in retail shops. Expected release is June 2021.
Sonic Central announced that in celebration of Sonic’s 30th anniversary, there will be free in game items coming to Two Point Hospital. The items include Sonic costumes, SEGA arcade machines and more! Also revealed, the upcoming Tokyo 2020 video game will feature Sonic as a playable costume. But not just any Sonic, the body costume seen at live events! Check out a screenshot after the break.
Back in January, we shared the sad news that Roger Craig Smith was leaving the role of Sonic the Hedgehog. Today, on May 26th, Roger Craig Smith announced that he will be returning to the role. Something seemed up when yesterday’s Unstoppable trailer featured the familiar voice of Roger, without the Sonic inflection, as the narrator. Said Roger in a Tweet: “I can’t fully express my gratitude for the @sonic_hedgehog
crew and community. I hope to honor your support and passion as I’m officially back voicing #SonicTheHedgehog in games. Can’t wait for ya to see what we have planned! THANK YOU…from the bottom of my blue heart.”
While the fanbase will no doubt debate why Roger left and returned, this is great news for fans of his portrayal and a great decision by SEGA and Sonic Team as we enter the 30th anniversary. Welcome back, Roger!
SEGA has kicked off Sonic the Hedgehog’s 30th anniversary with a new trailer, titled Unstoppable, as well as the announcement of an online event. The trailer showcases Sonic’s impact on kids over the past 30 years, and how those kids grew up to be influenced by the franchise. Nothing real meaty is revealed, but it’s very well produced and a nice way to start the celebrations.
If you want spicy news, look no further than Sonic Central, a digital event planned for May 27th, 2021 at 9am PT, 12pm ET. The event takes place on the Sonic the Hedgehog YouTube and Twitch channels featuring SEGA’s Sonic Team joined by special guests to reveal upcoming projects, partnerships and events spanning the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise and beyond.