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Sonic the Hedgehog's Way Past Cool Panel (Comic-Con '18) News on upcoming games and surprise announcements. July 19.

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View Post360, on 12 July 2018 - 04:00 PM, said:

Also the Sonic film just started production so I'd say news on that, particularly in terms of casting confirmation, is likely to be there given Comic Con is notable as an event to announce film news. I wouldn't put it past them to announce a video game tie-in for the film or something like that.

I feel like I've read somewhere that they already confirmed there wouldn't be movie news. Either way since they make no mention of movie stuff in the panel's description I wouldn't expect anything. And I definitely wouldn't expect them to officially show anything from the movie since they only just started filming. And again, it's really best not to get your hopes up for anything other than comic stuff since this panel mostly has IDW folks.
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The name makes me cringe.

Regarding whether or not they'll be announcing anything new, "discuss comics and upcoming games, make some surprise announcements, and more!" does heavily imply that they will.
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Should we not expect a game announcement of some sort though? Unless someone made a typo, the panel references upcoming games. And isn't Team Sonic Racing the only currently announced game?

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View PostBlue Spikeball, on 12 July 2018 - 04:38 PM, said:

Regarding whether or not they'll be announcing anything new, "discuss comics and upcoming games, make some surprise announcements, and more!" does heavily imply that they will.


View Postsaintminya, on 12 July 2018 - 05:27 PM, said:

Should we not expect a game announcement of some sort though? Unless someone made a typo, the panel references upcoming games. And isn't Team Sonic Racing the only currently announced game?


Yeah you guys are both on-point. They've heavily implied - if not outright stated - that there will be new announcements. And those announcements will be concerning an unannounced game or games disconnected from Team Sonic Racing (their only announced game) hence the use of the plural when stating videogames in the promo. Whether those announcements will be of any magnitude is unknown. But there will be announcements and some will be video game-related. Comics being a focus is a given. And film news may be too early. But we should see some video game stuff we don't know about yet.

Point is it's worth keeping an eye on this. SXSW had some awesome announcements no-one expected so I'm hoping this'll be the same.
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They probably used plural cause they'll be going "hey Sonic Mania Plus is out now". It's also possible that whoever wrote the description just messed up.

Again, it's mainly IDW folks, it's best not to expect this to be a place for new game announcements. It could happen, sure, but going in expecting them to announce any big new video game thing is likely just setting yourself up for disappointment. And really it'd be weird if they'd spend much time talking about stuff most of the panellists aren't involved with.
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In that "new games" department I'd bet for some mobile game or a minor F2P title for any other platform. They're enough for an announcement without being really a shocking reveal. If it's really a new title of the main series, I wouldn't expect it to be a better reveal than the one for sonic project 2017.

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They don't need to confirm a new game explicitly. A fan asking if there will be a full Mania/Forces followup would be enough to give us at least a possible answer worth chewing on.

"We're not taking a sequel to Mania and/or Forces off the table just yet." For example.

Panels like these are the perfect place to get a general idea of what the marketing team is considering, or heck, even implant ideas in their mind with audience reactions they haven't considered. I've seen it happen before at other comic con events (franchise creators hear an audience reaction and at least partially take it into account for a future decision.)

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View PostHEDGESMFG, on 12 July 2018 - 10:07 PM, said:

They don't need to confirm a new game explicitly. A fan asking if there will be a full Mania/Forces followup would be enough to give us at least a possible answer worth chewing on.

"We're not taking a sequel to Mania and/or Forces off the table just yet." For example.

Panels like these are the perfect place to get a general idea of what the marketing team is considering, or heck, even implant ideas in their mind with audience reactions they haven't considered. I've seen it happen before at other comic con events (franchise creators hear an audience reaction and at least partially take it into account for a future decision.)


Awesome thought HEDGESMFG and agree a hundred percent. Last time at SXSW we got a massive indication as to the future of the series via all the out of left field Mania announcements (I mean, they basically turned Mania in to a sub-franchise there and then at the event) and also in responding to a question asked by a fan Aaron basically outright confirmed Sega intends to work with Christian Whitehead again so it was quite the enlightening crystal ball in to the future of the series. It's highly likely we'll see what the future holds this time too. Even if it's just an off-hand comment.

That said, they have outright stated they'll be making some announcements so there should be something there to get excited about. We'll find out soon enough. Less than a week now.
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A new main game probably wouldn't be released until Xmas 2019, so I hope they don't announce it until May 2019 at the earliest. It's just frustrating when a game is announced too early.

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That said, they have outright stated they'll be making some announcements so there should be something there to get excited about.

After the whole Sonic R non-tease, I am wary of excitement when it comes to sega.

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The movie comes out November 2019. There's most certainly going to be a tie-in game or two released along with the movie. Going by the past decade plus of Sonic announcements and releases, games are typically announced in Spring and then released in Fall of the same year (Unleashed, Colors, Generations, Lost World, Team Sonic Racing). Forces was announced earlier in the Summer of 2016, but no real news came out until Spring 2017, and then it was released in November of 2017.

Based on the Forces announcement we can assume a tease at what's to come, but chances are they're gonna be throwing their weight behind Team Sonic Racing since that's launching this year. There wasn't a game coming out the year Forces was announced, but at the same time TSR is a spin-off title so it wouldn't be unheard of to make an announcement for the future. If Sega's smart they'll put a Boom-sized or bigger marketing push behind the Sonic franchise in 2019 regardless of the quality of the movie, the movie itself will put the Sonic franchise back in the thoughts of the public and even if it stinks a good game can still reap the rewards of that publicity.

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View Postbig smile, on 13 July 2018 - 01:42 AM, said:

After the whole Sonic R non-tease, I am wary of excitement when it comes to sega.


Whilst this is true - and we should probably temper expectations - all the Mania stuff they showed last time was awesome and exciting and God knows what they've been working on silently behind the scenes these last few months. Their momentum last time indicated a huge focus on Mania and Mania-related projects so I'm optimistic about what they could potentially announce this time.

I'm mostly interested in getting some news on their current direction for Sonic's future so hopefully this panel will provide that insight.

View PostKail, on 14 July 2018 - 10:09 AM, said:

The movie comes out November 2019. There's most certainly going to be a tie-in game or two released along with the movie.


Yeah Sega's CEO has outright stated that they have a lot of hope for (and thus will probably dedicate focus to) the Sonic film so a tie-in game is pretty much an inevitably at this point. What I'm interested in is whether the game will be a standalone, creatively free product like something like Colours - or whether they'll go the disastrous route of literally trying to make a movie-game - as in something that's heavily aligned with the film and its story itself. God I hope they don't do that and just try and produce something that's creatively good.

It'll be interesting to see what their strategy is. A good game to conincide with the film would be great - but the game has to actually be decent.
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View Post360, on 14 July 2018 - 12:07 PM, said:

I'm mostly interested in getting some news on their current direction for Sonic's future so hopefully this panel will provide that insight.


I doubt they'll give much away.

It doesn't look like another Mania project is in the works yet (because the team were looking for work), so unless they've just started something, there'll be nothing to announce on that front.

Sonic Team are unlikely to be releasing an main Sonic game until 2019 at the earliest, so there will be nothing to announce for that (True, they announced Forces well in advance, but that was only because they had been teasing it so heavily and it seemed to have slipped behind it's original 2016 release date).

In fact, with the Sonic movie coming out in 2019, there's a good chance that there will be a game to go with it. So Sonic Team might not release their next main game until 2020, possibly even 2021 so they can tie it in to the 30th Anniversary.

I think the most we will get is an update on the racing game, and Sonic 1 for Switch. It'd be neat if they announced ports of the remasters, but with M2's Sonic 1 coming to Switch, it looks like the remasters will be staying on mobile.
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View Postbig smile, on 15 July 2018 - 02:24 AM, said:

I doubt they'll give much away.

It doesn't look like another Mania project is in the works yet (because the team were looking for work), so unless they've just started something, there'll be nothing to announce on that front.


Yeah there probably won't be anything major or megaton-worthy - given we're in-between game releases - but they are definitely making announcements and some of those announcements should be video game-related. So even if a mainline game or sequel to Mania might be a long shot I'm still interested to see what's going to happen. We'll know more soon as the panel's only three days away now.

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Just a reminder everyone that the panel is just under 24 hours from now at 2pm tomorrow Pacific. That converts to 10pm BST for us Brits. 11pm CET for those in Europe.

We should probably expect comic book announcements to be dominant here - but we should also see an ember of something video game-related. And there's those surprise announcements they've teased too so who knows what's coming. No word on a livestream as of yet. Though if anyone could chime in there it'd be appreciated. See you guys around this time tomorrow.
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It's a bit late now, but live twitter updates are happening at TSSZ on twitter.
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