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Sonic the Hedgehog

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:

The Sonic the Hedgehog movie opens with a pretty action-packed sequence. The first few seconds show the Blue Blur being chased by Dr. Robotnik in the present across the streets of San Francisco. On top of that, we see that Baby Sonic was forced to escape to Earth.

It seems that the Sonic film could have opened in a very different way. Now that the movie’s Blu-ray release is here, deleted scenes are popping up online, including an alternate opening. The scene features Green Hills, Montana resident Crazy Carl, who hopes to catch Sonic by setting up traps – but ultimately fails.

Here’s a look at the clip:

Similar to previous years, SEGA intended to host a Sonic panel at SXSW 2020. But after the event was cancelled, those plans were forced to change. SEGA was last planning on sharing news from its SXSW panel in a new format sometime this month, but it looks like that’ll no longer be happening.

The official Sonic Twitter account shared the following statement a short while ago:

You won’t have to wait much longer for Sonic the Hedgehog’s digital release. In light of the coronavirus pandemic and movie theaters closing, Paramount Pictures will be offering the film online starting March 31. That’s just 46 days after the debut in theaters.

Sonic the Hedgehog will also be made available on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD, and rental on demand or disc starting May 19.

Here’s some information about bonus features and more:

Since SXSW 2020 has been cancelled, that has affected SEGA’s plans for the show. The company was originally planning on hosting a panel, which was teased to have some announcements.

Although that panel will no longer be happening, SEGA is changing up how it’ll be doing things. Content from that event will now be presented “in a new format”. We don’t have the specifics yet, but this is on track for April.

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Tying in with the new Sonic the Hedgehog movie, a new plushie is available on Build-A-Bear. There’s an online set featuring the stuffed animal, gold ring, and signature shoes.

You can order the Sonic Build-A-Bear on the official website here. Pricing is set at $46.

Sonic the Hedgehog and SXSW seem to go hand and hand. SEGA has held annual panels at the expo, and that will be the case once again this year. Also keeping in line with tradition, it sounds like we could be getting some announcements.

Here’s an official description of the panel: