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Sonic Ready to Take 2018 by Storm at SXSW 2018 News on Mania, Forces and potentially the next game

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Posted 01 February 2018 - 03:44 AM

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Sonic is back, and ready to take 2018 by storm. Join the official team from SEGA who are building Sonic's future as they give you an update on last year's strong performance of Sonic Mania and Sonic Forces, as well as the world-exclusive first look at what comes next for the fastest blue hedgehog. Speakers include Sonic Team head Takashi Iizuka, Sonic PD Director Austin Keys, Sonic Mania Animation Director Tyson Hesse, and Sonic Social Media Manager Aaron Webber. You won't want to miss this!


Source: https://schedule.sxs.../events/PP99104
ResetERA thread: https://www.resetera...xsw-2018.20360/

March 16 2018. Looks like we'll finally be getting the long-awaited sales performance update on both Mania and Forces, and by the sounds of it, news on whatever is coming next for the blue blur. They're heavily implying a new game announcement, teasing a potential preview and "world-exclusive first look" at presumably the next game. The potential new game announcement here is super early and surprising given Mania and Forces just came out and are both recent releases. Sega announcing something new this soon? God I hope it's Sonic Mania 2 or something close to it.

Thought this was thread worthy and wanted to give you guys a heads up. Major news coming in March.
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I want to believe it's a game announcement but maybe it's something related to the comic instead? It will make sense since it will be a month before the debut of it and having Tyson there is just the perfect icing on the cake.

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Well, we got two months to speculate.
Anybody want to play bingo ?

Spoiler


(but for real though I'm kinda curious :v:)
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The presence of Tyson makes me think it's a new animated series made by the studio who made Mania's intro. I can dream. =P

But I hope for a Sonic Mania sequel.

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On ResetERA there's an interesting discussion going on about how this might be a Colours/Generations scenario where Sonic Team had two games in development in tandem - so Forces and another - indicating a new game from them this year. I'd say that's possible, but to be honest highly unlikely. The most super interesting thing about this news is that whatever is being announced is supposedly set for 2018. So that substantially narrows down our guesses at least. However much I'd love - and I mean love - Sonic Mania 2 to be announced, I'd say it's way more probable we're looking at Project Plus being unveiled as potential DLC and/or an enhanced Sonic Mania re-release including the new content and possibly the long-awaited physical version.

I'm just thinking development timeframes here. A vertical slice of Sonic Mania 2 is possible (similar to Studiopolis being shown off in 2016) but also a Sonic Mania sequel releasing in 2018 which is the release timeframe they're heavily implying here? Surely that isn't enough time for a sequel even at the incredible speed Taxman and Stealth can work at. I'm going with Sonic Mania: Enhanced Edition as far as likely game announcements go. It'd be super surprising if a new mainline Sonic Team game is shown off - I think we'd all have a heart attack what with Forces being like, two months ago. So predictions are as follows:

Optimistic/Hopeful prediction: Sonic Mania 2
Realistic prediction: Sonic Mania: Enhanced Edition
Heart Attack mode: New mainline Sonic Team game that actually looks excellent

Also one thing to note - I'm seeing those "Sonic Heroes remake" rumours everywhere as though they're gospel and came from a legit source. The source is /v/ on 4chan meaning it's automatically going to be bullshit and in addition to that, Aaron shot it down on Twitter when he was also shooting down the Sonic Racing sequel by Sumo - so at the very least we can put that baseless rumour to rest.

In summation, I'm hoping of anything Mania-related - the more substantial the better. Speculation here in the run up to the event is going to be fun.
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View Post360, on 01 February 2018 - 03:44 AM, said:

"... as well as the world-exclusive first look at what comes next for the fastest blue hedgehog."

Reminder that they have had a movie in the works for several years now and that the big reveal could be that.

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I actually want it to be the Sonic Heroes remake more than any sane person should.

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View Postgold lightning, on 01 February 2018 - 09:44 AM, said:

Reminder that they have had a movie in the works for several years now and that the big reveal could be that.


You could be right - though last time I checked the movie was scheduled for 2019 (recently delayed I think) and whatever they're announcing is set for 2018. So I think that rules out the movie.

View PostJayextee, on 01 February 2018 - 09:47 AM, said:

I actually want it to be the Sonic Heroes remake more than any sane person should.


It's really surprising how that rumour caught fire and achieved momentum so fast. I'm still seeing it everywhere. Guess everyone has fond memories of Heroes.

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View Post360, on 01 February 2018 - 10:22 AM, said:

It's really surprising how that rumour caught fire and achieved momentum so fast. I'm still seeing it everywhere. Guess everyone has fond memories of Heroes.


It's strange as hell that it has. I watched about a dozen YouTube videos on the subject (mostly to hear commentary on it, not for one moment thinking it real despite my hopes and dreams :v: ) and people seem to fall into one of two camps with it: either "why bother remaking such a shit game?" and "I love Sonic Heroes, it's one of the best games ever, they shouldn't remake it cuz they'll ruin it".

Literally nobody (except me, heh) even wants this, I've no idea why such a rumour caught fire.

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View Post360, on 01 February 2018 - 09:36 AM, said:

On ResetERA there's an interesting discussion going on about how this might be a Colours/Generations scenario where Sonic Team had two games in development in tandem - so Forces and another - indicating a new game from them this year. I'd say that's possible, but to be honest highly unlikely.

I've been suggesting something similar since Forces' pricepoint was unveiled. I always had a feeling Forces wasn't the main dish somehow, and seeing how it turned out, I sure hope it wasn't.
I guess we'll see in two months, but I agree, the most likely reveal will be Project Plus.

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Knowing SonicTeam, they're gonna shat out Sonic Forces 2.

But I actually doubt any game will be announced at this.

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What's the usual gap between game release and next game announcement for Sonic titles (not counting the large gap prior to 2016)? I feel it's a bit too soon for a new game unless it's more content for Mania, or something Mania Team have been working hard on outside of Sonic Team and Sega's own crew.

Either way, I'm glad the Sonic momentum is still going as it would've been a shame for Forces' reception to send the series into another gap for years to come.

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View PostTurbohog, on 01 February 2018 - 12:28 PM, said:

Knowing SonicTeam, they're gonna shat out Sonic Forces 2.

Actually I bet they wouldn't. They might make something similar but Sonic Team's not one for numbered sequels these days (the last one they made was Sonic Adventure 2).

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As badly as Forces was received, I will be impressed if they continue down that road.

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I'm willing to believe the Sonic Team split up into 2 games thing, because what happened to all of the level designers/technical staff that worked on Unleashed and Generations? They didn't leave right? It wouldn't surprise me if Sonic Forces was more like a tech demo made by newbies to demonstrate the new Hedgehog Engine 2.0, while this year would be the Unleashed/Generations people revealing their game with the new engine. Sonic Mania DLC also seems about as likely, so whatever happens should be alright.
EDIT: one thing is for sure though, if this does happen to be a new Sonic Team 3D game, it better be just one fucking Sonic. No more Classic/Modern bs until the 30th anniversary at the least.
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