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Sonic the Hedgehog wasn’t always the character that we know of today. Originally, series artist Naoto Ohshima came up with a design and concept that was more dark and aggressive.

SEGA America ended up pushing for a change over concerns about Sonic being unable to connect with a global audience. Because of this, Sonic lost his fangs, his girlfriend Madonna, and his band. However, SEGA Japan was apparently dissatisfied with Sonic’s updated design and pushed back when possible.

Speaking with Polygon,

“[I] think they resented the fact that we changed him from being aggressive, and having fangs and [a] very sharp personality – and to some degree a menacing personality – to being soft and friendly. I think they resented that. But I don’t know [if] I’d carry it so far as to why they didn’t do the things that should have been done. I think it might have been part of it, however.”

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The first gameplay video for Sonic Forces issued this week offered about 30 seconds of footage from one of the game’s levels. However, Game Informer was given an extended look.

The site says that characters from the Sonic series will be present, but they won’t be playable. In the first stage SEGA has shown, you’ll hear side-characters such as Knuckles, Amy, and members of the Chaotix communicate with Sonic via radio. They’ll basically be reporting on what they’re seeing during the assault.

The only other notable detail from Game Informer’s preview is that, at one point in the stage, “Sonic lands on a platform and the camera shifts to a side-perspective to deliver the modern gameplay with a side-scrolling twist that we’ve seen in prior games.” Keep in mind that this is separate from the Classic Sonic levels.

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SEGA has followed up on news shared at its Sonic SXSW panel yesterday with a couple of new images for Sonic Mania.

First, shown above, is an official look at one of the new art pieces that debuted. It looks like a boxart image, but SEGA is simply calling it “key art”.

Below is an image teasing the Hard-Boiled Heavies bosses in Sonic Mania with a silhouette. Only one has been revealed thus far – that being Heavy Gunner.

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SEGA finally gave fans a first look at gameplay from Sonic Forces during a panel at SXSW yesterday. What we had at the time was an off-screen look, but an official video has now been published. Have a look at the official direct-feed upload below.

At SXSW, SEGA had a poster on hand for Sonic Mania featuring brand new art of the game. Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles are all present in the image. Have a look at it above.

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On his personal Twitter page, SEGA’s Shun Nakamura announced that he is the producer of Sonic Forces. Let’s talk about his previous roles at the company.

Most will likely attach Nakamura to the very disappointing Sonic the Hedgehog title from 2006, as he was the game’s director. He’s done much more than that, however. Nakamura was also the director of Samba de Amigo, Rhythm Thief & the Emperor’s Treasure, and Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg. Nakamura was involved with a number of previous Sonic games as well.

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At the SXSW Sonic panel, SEGA debuted the first music from Sonic Forces by issuing the game’s main theme. What we have below is the instrumental version as composed by Tomoya Ohtani. In the final version, vocals will be added.

It’s been a long wait for actual details on Sonic Forces, formally known as Project Sonic 2017. SEGA finally lifted the curtain at a SXSW panel today by sharing a bit of gameplay and details.

Sonic Team head Takashi Iizuka called Sonic Forces an “evolution of Sonic Colors and Sonic Generations”. New concepts will be included. Three unique gameplay styles are planned, one of which was shown in the footage – modern Sonic.

SEGA aired a trailer for Project Sonic 2017 at its panel for the series at SXSW today. It was the same video from last summer, but with something new at the end: an actual name.

Project Sonic 2017 is now known as Sonic Forces. The game will launch this holiday. SEGA said that the game will have heroes as well as forces of evil fighting it out for control.

There’s also a logo:


SEGA shared a new reveal for Sonic Mania at the series’ SXSW panel just a few moments ago. The company gave a first look at Flying Battery Zone with a few seconds of footage. Originally, the area appeared in Sonic & Knuckles.

Here’s a video of it in action:

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