Wanna feel old? Sonic the Hedgehog turns 30 years old this year. To celebrate, Sega released a special Sonic Central video, showcasing new Sonic-related games and events, including announcing a remaster to Sonic Colors releasing later this year. We’ve compiled all the big news below.
Unannounced Sonic Game coming in 2022
The 12-minute Sonic Central video ended with a mysterious tease. A realistic 3D Sonic is running through a forest, spelling out a weird symbol, or group of symbols as they glow and become a title card with the alien letters. And that’s it! The game is coming next year for all platforms, and is being developed by Team Sonic (Sonic Forces).
Sonic Colors: Ultimate
Sonic Colors: Ultimate is a remaster of the 2010 platformer that originally launched on Nintendo Wii. Colors switches between third-person and side-scrolling platforming action. It introduces wisps, aliens who have been captured by Dr. Eggman in his Interstellar Amusement Park. Sonic can free wisps and use them to active new powers, like drilling through walls, sticking to ceilings, and hovering in the air.
The remaster features upscaled visuals and a new game mode, in addition to “additional features and enhanced gameplay.”
The Digital Deluxe Edition includes early access, exclusive music and player icons, and a Sonic Movie Boost.
Sonic Colors Ultimate will launch on PC (Epic Games), PlayStation 4, Switch, and Xbox One on September 7. It’s rated E for Everyone with Cartoon Violence.
The Sonic Central video teased a Sonic compilation game called Sonic Origins. It will include the classic 90s platformers Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic 2, Sonic 3, Sonic & Knuckles, and Sonic CD. The compilations will add new content and features and be released on modern platforms. Unfortunately it’s not coming until next year.
Sonic Colors: Rise of the Wisps
Rise of the Wisps is a series of animated shorts that tie into the world of Sonic Colors, featuring the full Sonic voice cast. Episode 1 will air later this summer.
Sonic Prime is a full-length, 24-episode animated series coming to Netflix in 2022. The announcement was made by Joe Kelly, one of several writers and creators that make up the creative team at Man of Action, best known for creating Ben 10 for Cartoon Network.
“Sonic will be thrust into a high-speed adventure in the strange and mysterious Shadowverse. It’s up to Sonic to save the universe and along the wya, experience moments of self-discovery and redemption.” The video also teased a Dr. Eggman logo.
Sonic Prime will premiere in 2022 on Netflix.
Virtual Sonic Concert
A virtual concert will mark Sonic’s official birthday on June 23, 2021. The musical feature will include a full symphony orchestra playing Sonic tunes, as well as rock band Crush 40, and DJ and composer Tomoya Ohtani.
Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 Official Video Game
Due to the pandemic, the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Summer Games were postponed, as was the official tie-in video game. But that also means it’s getting a crossover event with Sonic the Hedgehog. You’ll be able to dress up as a giant costumed Sonic and compete in the games, which would probably be a bit distracting and restrictive in the actual Olympic Games.
Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 the Video Game will release on PC, PlayStation 4, Switch, Stadia, and Xbox One on June 22, 2021.
Two Point Hospital DLC
Humorous hospital sim Two Point Hospital was published by Sega, making this crossover slightly less than shocking. The Sonic Pack DLC will add Sonic-themed items and skins, such as a Sega arcade cabinet. It also replaces your doctors and other staff with giant Sonic characters, which would be legitimately terrifying in an actual hospital.
The Sonic Pack will release on July 30 as free in-game items. Two Point Hospital is available on PC (Steam), PlayStation, Switch, and Xbox.