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Sonic Forces will let players make their own character

Posted on May 16, 2017 by (@NE_Brian) in News, Switch

SEGA is giving players more control with Sonic Forces. For the first time in the series’ history, players will be able to create and play as their own custom character.

SEGA revealed today that Sonic Forces’ third gameplay style is a powerful gadget touting customizable character. You’ll be able to fully customize how it plays and looks.

Here’s what you need to know:

“In this just announced gameplay style, players will be equipping their custom Hero Character with one of a variety of powerful unique gadgets called Wispons. Wispons are an evolution of the Color Powers from Sonic Colors and double as both offensive abilities and as a way to platform through levels quickly. Along with the Wispon, the Hero Character will have a grappling hook they can utilize to quickly traverse across zones. Players can also customize the Hero Character’s looks by choosing and swapping between hundreds of accessories and outfit options to change the character’s appearance as they play through the game.”

Sonic Forces features seven base animal types that players can select from, each with varying special abilities:

Wolf – Automatically draws in rings when near them
Rabbit – Has longer invincible time after receiving damage
Cat – Keeps one ring after being hit
Dog – Restarts with five rings after the player dies
Bear – Blows away enemies with a homing attack
Bird – Flies high with double jump abilities
Hedgehog – Collects rings when getting damaged

SEGA says that the character players create “will be a key part of the story, appearing not only in cutscenes, but by being a crucial element in helping Sonic reclaim the world from Eggman’s domination.”

Two new videos for Sonic Forces are attached below.

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  • ToonAddict1

    (awaits the number of Sonic AM fans who will try to model their customized character after Bunnie Rabbot)

    • Foxeh Shihōin

      CURSES! FOILED AGAIN!

    • Hidden Flare

      Honestly I can see Sally being worked into this, though I don’t think her species is listed.

      • Sadly, I don’t think there is an option for a chipmunk or a squirrel. :/

    • That’d be kinda cool, Bunnie is awesome.

  • Jamalc

    HERE COMES SONICHU!!

  • Kid X

    I’m gonna make Busby because why not

    • Reggie

      Please take a screenshot when you do.

      • Kid X

        I’ll post it on my Twitter and inform everyone once the game comes out.

    • what could possibly go wrong?

    • Reginaldo, the Revoltsman, Wes

      That’ll be awesome

  • Lucciano Bartolini

    There are so many ways this could blow up.

    • Hidden Flare

      Good way or bad way?

      • Tlink7

        In the good way ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

      • Lucciano Bartolini

        Both.

  • Jade

    I had a feeling they would go the xenoverse route

    • Desperate times requires desperate measures……..at least for the 3D Sonic franchise

  • nemo37

    Well…I was certainly not expecting this. This is a much better differentiating point than something like the Warehog. BTW, if there are birds that can fly through the stage and do a double jump, what is preventing Sonic Team from adding Tails as an optional character.

    I can see this being a dream come true for some Deviant Art people I know that like to create their own fan Sonic characters.

  • awng781

    Sanic time

  • Coonfoot

    Gadgets? Grappling hook? The third mode pretty much IS Sonic Boom, after all!

    • Hidden Flare

      Except you know, more interpreted with the orginal sonic style instead of a beat em up. Also some of Tails’s own games had you use gadgets too so sonic boom isn’t the first time… And wasn’t it a whip not a hook?

      • Coonfoot

        The Enerbeam had a lot of uses, one of the most frequent being a grappling hook. Anyway, I admit there are some clear differences between this and Boom, but I can’t help but notice the similarities.

        • Hidden Flare

          Hmmm true I suppose, I just never played boom (the wii u gives me no reason, though 3ds games look ok, maybe for a discount one day).

          Yeah I do feel they are trying to be unique with it, heck you can play with fire. So it may have some cool functions and abilities you can use.

  • Blue

    Let the Sonic OCs roam free

  • Hidden Flare

    Looks like I was right when the fan idea of custom character will come true. I am interested in what they are going for, though legit question are they all going to not wear clothes? Ehh don’t get me wrong it would be weird for like a male character to run around in jeans or what not but most sonic females wear clothes. Meh whatever, the gameplay still looks cool and I am much more interested seeing it does look a bit different then what we are used to, especially compared to just playing as sonic.

    • Natalie Molnar

      It sounds like it’ll be up to the player–different articles of clothing probably fall under the category of customization

      If they required female custom characters to wear a minimum amount of clothing (ie, how the player character in Pokemon Sun/Moon can’t run around without a shirt, shoes, and pants/skirt), male characters would fall under the same requirement. Which would be a bit weird to have considering that most of the male cast wears accessories and that’s it.

      As for why the female characters wear clothing while the males don’t, to paraphrase TV Tropes it comes down to social conditioning (http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/PantslessMalesFullyDressedFemales). We are trained to view any exposure of female skin as more sexualized than those of males. I watched a documentary once about someone transitioning from male to female, and during a surgical scene they showed the breast implants being, well, implanted. Right when they inserted them they started censoring her nipples, despite them being the same exact nipples they hadn’t censored seconds beforehand.

      Personally, I’m a-okay with female custom characters not needing to clothes. They’re animals. They have fur. Sure, I like to put my cat in halloween outfits as much as the next weirdo, but she’s quite comfortable in fur alone.

      I definitely agree that it looks cool! Not sure what to think about the customized characters quite yet, but it definitely seems like something a lot of people will enjoy so that’s enough for me, really. Hopefully the game itself will follow through. 🙂

      • Hidden Flare

        I did actually mention this in the next sonic news article on the site, the one with images. Yeah they could just not give them much clothes and their fur could cover whatever (doubt they will include any option for adult stuff such as a breast growth thing, just makes sense for this type of game not to have it). I do think the system looks cool and that you can make some cool looking characters with it.

  • Reggie

    I am beside myself in laughter. This is the great thing ever,

  • Puffdaddy

    Well…not gonna lie…was definitely not expecting that…

  • Stuart

    Did they just…made Deviantart canon? O.o

    Coldsteel is coming…

  • TimG57867

    Sonic Original Characters have now infiltrated the actual games. Well, this makes me feel much better about the new hero. If the new character had fixed design fans all over would be feuding with each other over it. Good call on Sega’s part

  • anthony

    … Ok, I don’t want to sound like a whiny Sonic fan, but why is this being added in? Why would a Sonic game need to have a character creator? It just seems ridiculous for a game like this to have one.

    *sighs* At least, this confirms this game isn’t another Solo-Sonica game.

    • the Ocs are now canon

    • Hidden Flare

      Whats wrong with custom characters exactly? It worked for other games such as dragon ball xenoverse, pokemon, and a few others.

      • Tlink7

        Because Sonic isn’t an RPG, which is why it seems rather pointless to me

        • Hidden Flare

          Want something other then RPGs? Animal crossing, most wrestling and a good amount of fighting games, oh I think shooting games too. While I can see there isn’t much platforms with this idea I can think it can be done well. Also its possible you can just focus on sonic’s gameplay if you want that.

          • Tlink7

            What does Animal Crossing even count as? O.o genre-wise I mean.
            Forgive me for being so dismissive of the idea of player characters, but I want the next Sonic game to be good and OC’s are either hit or incredibly miss

          • It’s basically a life sim. So life sims and RPG, and while the two should be the same based on “definition,” I’m sure plenty of us are familiar with how different they work in gaming. x’D

            I agree with you though~.

          • Tlink7

            Ah thanks! I’d say OC’s fit AC (lol) rather well then

          • Haha, yeah, they’re perfect for it.

        • So literally only rpgs are allowed to have OCs? That’s some great logic ya got there buddy.

          • Tlink7

            I really don’t see the point of OC’s in anything that isn’t an RPG

  • sonic OC creator, sonics dreeam collection is coming to life

  • KnightWonder

    Not going to lie, this is pretty cool.

  • Jacob Groves

    Look terrible and bored. I believe another shovelware Sonic game once again. Maybe surprise game is good when it’s come out but for right now is a NO.

  • O.H. X-1990

    I can create my own character? What is this, Dragon Ball Xenoverse 1 and 2?

    • Hidden Flare

      I suppose… That an issue?

      • O.H. X-1990

        This is just another part of this new Sonic game that’s ruined. First Green Hill Zone (stage and music), and now this.

        • Hidden Flare

          RUINED FOREVER!!!…. Sorry couldn’t resist.

          • O.H. X-1990

            That’s okay, Sonic Mania is already better anyway.

        • Blake Good

          Well, Sonic is the “Family Guy” of video games, after all.

          • O.H. X-1990

            FYI, Sonic ain’t fat or stupid like Peter Griffin, so your “Family Guy” argument is irrelevant and invalid, kid.

          • Blake Good

            I mean it by how they both were once great and now have gone downhill since, okay. Jesus, I didn’t say Sonic is like Family Guy, because of the main characters and humor. It’s comparison lies in how it has gone downhill like FG. Colors and Generations were great, but sadly that’s not enough to repair the series reputation.

          • Hidden Flare

            I… never heard of that comparison? Family guy is a show (to me) that relies on being very controversial and have some mostly bad adult humor. Sonic just made a few things to be controversial, some by mistake or out of the series power (like the bad recolor ocs). It doesn’t use that much adult humor either, so I do not get this comparison?

          • Blake Good

            Sonic is still kinda a bad series. I mean some games have been good like Generations, but Sonic is still in the same “quality” as Family Guy, but judged by gameplay, instead of writing and humor.

          • Hidden Flare

            Ehh family guy isn’t a good comparison. If you had to make one, I think modern spongebob would fit better. A long running series thats having trouble catching with its past self. While it can produce really good stuff, its hard to make it too much better then the older things… Though I do think Sonic has it better in quality, it makes a better comparison then family guy. Also helps Sonic will be getting a real movie just like spongebob has two… three soon.

  • Cassy Casandra Evelyn

    I was never really a big Sonic OC-making kind of person, but with a tool like this… I might have to make some Sonic OCs in/for this game…

  • Rafael Bueno

    this is so awesome i don’t have enough words for it

  • Yolkghost

    Oh god Sega actually went and did it.m. this is quite the can of worms but I can’t wait to see what people create. Not gonna lie though, I kinda want to play around in the Creator and see if I can make some of my super old sonic OCs. The gameplay doesn’t interest me though.

  • Masso

    I will just make a Dog or a Wolf based on my real life pet dog, Jack the Jack Russell Terrier, creative name, I know.

    • Hidden Flare

      Ha that actually sounds pretty nice. I may consider it.

  • TheWeasel

    ORIGINAL CHARACTER!! DO NOT STEAL!!!!11

  • Mourilho

    It just catched my interest. I WANT IT

  • Mark

    I have never been excited for a Sonic game before, but I am genuinely excited for this now. What an awesome idea. Pity that there isn’t greater diversity in special abilities; other than Bear and Bird, it’s just all about taking damage and keeping rings.

  • Maxo

    lmao, sonichu will finally be real

  • I can finally make Coldsteel The Hedgeheg. I will sleep good tonight.

  • KnickKnackMyWack

    Oh boy…

  • Tlink7

    Yes, this will surely save Sonic xD at least SEGA realised the popularity of Sonic OC’s

    Now, excuse me whilst I go die of laughter

  • I’m so looking forward to this. The game already looked interesting but it looks so much cooler now. My only reservation is that there’s no squirrel option, which was expected, so I’ll just pick either a cat or a rabbit. Still looks so awesome.

    • Addy

      Why not both a cat and a rabbit?

      • Hidden Flare

        Because its not possible to combine animals…?

        • Addy

          If fans can create OCs that are hybrds, why can’t Sega allow it?

          • Hidden Flare

            Cause it would be pretty difficult, if you look at the next article you’ll see certain animals have a special power to use. And there has to be a limit on creditable characters. Its like in a fantasy game, you can’t be an goblin and an elf at once.

      • It’s not possible. Plus, honestly that’s just taking it too far anyways. The presets here are basic and likely easy to model and put into to multiple environments while adding the option to merge species would just be weird and not really add much, at least imo.

    • Hidden Flare

      Yeah one of the only things I see a fair complaint is that they could of used more animals. I think why squirrels and focus aren’t options is because the Tails may be an issue.

      • Yeah, it’s probably way easier for animals like cats or rabbits as their tails are really simple to model. A squirrel would unfortunately be too much to model, and come to think of it, I don’t think there are that many sonic squirrel characters. I wonder if that’s the issue as to why ones never been made. Still, I agree that I wish there was more animals to pick from.

        • Hidden Flare

          Well they can’t have all animals, only need so much. Spin off properties such as the cartoons or anime can add some but it seems the main series were not interested in it.

        • ToonAddict1

          In reply to the lack of squirrel characters in Sonic, all I have to say is this: Sally from the Archie Comics and Sonic AM.

          • As far as I know, Sally is a chimpmunk/squirrel hybrid (as weird as that is) as she’s never been drawn with a very large tail. Her father on the other hand, King Acorn, is typically drawn with a large squirrel tail so…I don’t know. I guess there’s also Ray the Flying Squirrel, but he might as well not exist anymore due to how Sega treats him.

  • Addy

    It’s every DeviantArt users’ dream.

  • R.Z.

    They have opened the gates of hell.

    • Addy

      No, sites like DeviantArt and FurAffinity already opened the gates, Sonic Forces just blew the doors off.

      • R.Z.

        It’s one thing to have this stuff contained in some isolated communities (no matter how big), but to have them exist in an official publisher sanctioned game … that’s the beginning of the end !

  • Addy

    There, I made one. Give it a name because I couldn’t be bothered too, or come up with one.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/47e279e3edbc66ac556df083fa22456bf068e8a765d3adf05d868d76e31a7180.png

    • FrozenFenrir

      Brownie McBlueshirt the…Cabbit(?)

      • Addy

        Ditch the last name and we’re good. And yet it’s a cabbit.

  • MarcelDG88

    well that was a let down….

    custom characters is not a gameplay style sega… it litterally a new character in new sonic stages..

  • Bap

    My interest in this game, gone.

  • Locky Mavo

    O-kay?…

  • spacefan1993

    Heck, if Sega can add an option in their major franchises to include custom made characters, why can’t Nintendo? God knows I would love to have a custom character in Zelda, Star Fox, Metroid, or F-Zero.

  • Needs echidnas

  • Kendall Raine

    Makes sense they wouldn’t let you be an echidna since I think Knuckles is supposed to be the last one…but why not foxes?

  • Ok……….now I’m really interested

  • Blake Good

    Every Sonic fanboy’s wet dream has became a reality, LOL!

  • Panik64

    “Sonic Fandom: the Game”

    it feels like Sega have just accepted their fate at this point.

  • Cmagik

    Oh, this actually looks interesting.

  • GizmoRyda

    What the sound track gonna be? So I can download it all