For the first time in series history, Sonic Forces will allow fans to create and play as a customised character, alongside the Classic and Modern versions of The Blue Blur.
In creating the character, players will be able to choose from one of seven animals, including a wolf, rabbit, bird, and bear, each of which features a unique ability to alter gameplay, and outfit them from a selection of hundreds of cosmetic items. Meanwhile, unique gadgets called “Wispons” will have a tangible effect on gameplay, offering both offensive and passive buffs to help players make it through each level.
The customised character is more than a simple gimmick, however, and will appear as a key figure in both the individual cutscenes and the overarching story, helping the duo of Classic and Modern Sonic to overcome Dr Robotnik’s latest scheme.
To highlight this new feature, Sega released a new trailer, which also shows off the stunning graphics and apocalyptic atmosphere that Sonic Forces will contain:
The new character will add an extra layer to the gameplay, as the trailer above shows the customised hero progressing through both 2D and 3D environments using bespoke abilities. These gameplay segments will come in addition to the standard 2D platforming of Classic Sonic and the high-speed 3D antics of Modern Sonic.
Sonic Forces is a continuation of the era-spanning subseries that began with 2011’s Sonic Generations, and appears to be one of the most impressive series entries to date. Sega also has another Sonic game in production, Sonic Mania, which is a clear throwback to the character’s earliest outings, with gameplay mechanics and a graphical style drawn heavily from the Master System classics.
Sonic Forces is currently targeting a Holiday 2017 release date for PC, PlayStation 4, Switch, and Xbox One.