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Sonic the Hedgehog is turning 30 years old in 2021, and SEGA is slowly starting to detail how it intends to celebrate.

Yesterday we heard about the new Sonic the Hedgehog Encyclo-speed-ia. Other merchandise is planned, including toys, collectibles, apparel, and much more.

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An Amazon listing has revealed Sonic the Hedgehog Encyclo-speed-ia, an upcoming book coming from Dark Horse Books. Ian Flynn, the head writer for the IDW Publishing Sonic the Hedgehog comic series, is the author.

Those that pick up the Sonic the Hedgehog Encyclo-speed-ia can expect “a full-color hardcover historical retrospective that explores nearly every one of the blue speedster’s video game appearances”. Amazon’s listing provides the following overview:

It was previously announced that Ninjala Season 2 will feature a collaboration with Sonic the Hedgehog. Today, GungHo shared details on what players can expect.

The collaboration will offer costumes based on Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles. Players can also look forward to Sonic-themed IPPON Decorations, Gum Utsusemis, and Stickers. Everything goes live on September 23.

Today’s news was delivered in the latest Ninjala developer diary, which also covers the upcoming addition of Featured Battle mode in October. We have the full overview of future content below.

Sonic the Hedgehog is about to celebrate a big milestone. The series will have been around for 30 years in 2021, and it looks like SEGA has big plans in store.

Tails Channel spotted an interesting advertisement included in Licencing Source Book Europe. SEGA is planning “new games, digital content, events, major announcements, and a tailored licensing program.”

Sonic the Hedgehog has collected over $6 billion in franchise revenue to date. There have also been over 920 million games sold. The recent movie brought in over $300 million worldwide.

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Ninjala is getting a collaboration with Sonic the Hedgehog, GungHo has revealed. This was first outed as part of a datamine for the game back in April. Details of the collaboration haven’t been shared just yet, but the datamine indicated that we’ll be seeing cosmetic items involving Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles at the very least. The collaboration will be featured in Ninjala Season 2.

GungHo shared other information about Ninjala today as well. The next anime episode is planned for early September and will star Jane, a hacker for the WNA’s Info-Communications Division.

Before a movie goes into full production, it can be accompanied by a previsualization video. Concept shots and footage are created before any real work is done. For animated films, it can give animators and directors a better idea as to how certain scenes will actually turn out.

Artist Ellery Ortiz has now uploaded a video showing off previsualization work for the Sonic the Hedgehog movie. She said of her work on Vimeo:

Paramount has set a release date for its Sonic the Hedgehog movie sequel. It’ll be debuting in theaters on April 8, 2020, the company has announced.

Specifics about the movie have not yet been shared. However, we do know that Jeff Fowler is returning as director while Pat Casey and Josh Miller are writing the script.

Plans for a follow-up to the Sonic movie were announced at the end of May.

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Sonic the Hedgehog has two very different types of gameplay styles. There’s the classic 2D titles that have been around since the franchise’s early days, but a bunch of 3D entries have also been put out over the years. Fortunately, both versions of Sonic will be considered carefully going forward.

During a recent interview with Otaquest, Sonic Team head Takashi Iizuka was asked if the popularity of Sonic Mania has affected the way in which the studio approaches the handling of the franchise. Iizuka said in response:

Sonic the Hedgehog celebrated its latest anniversary this week. On June 23, the series turned 29 years old. SEGA is hosting its latest eShop sale to celebrate.

The typical Sonic games have been discounted on Switch and 3DS, including Sonic Mania, Team Sonic Racing, and more. We have a look at the full set of titles on sale below.

Ivo Gerscovich, chief brand officer for Sonic Studio at SEGA of America, recently held a Reddit AMA. Gerscovich addressed several questions from fans regarding the IP’s future and more.

One important note concerns the status of Sonic Boom. The days of the Wii U and 3DS games are long gone, though a show had been airing through the end of 2017. With a lack of news over the past couple of years, it’s unsurprising that the show appears to be over. Gerscovich said “there are no plans for a new Sonic Boom specific TV series or game.” Some fans believe that the comment leaves the door open to more episodes in the future, but executive producer Bill Freiberger has been putting out tweets indicating that the show is finished.

Elsewhere in the AMA, Gerscovich was asked about the future of the Sonic brand. Gerscovich said SEGA will be focusing on “respecting the past while looking to evolve the brand and its characters and storylines for the future across all content, products, and platforms.” He also stressed the importance of releasing “high quality content”.

Here’s a full roundup of the important bits from the AMA: