The director behind Sonic Colors and Sonic Lost World will be taking the helm once more for Sonic Forces, it has been revealed – and if you were hoping for that ‘third playable character’ to be Boom-universe Sonic, prepare to be disappointed.
Sonic Team head Takashi Iizuka confirmed in an interview with Famitsu that Morio Kishimoto will be assuming directing duties for the new 3D action game, which features Classic Sonic and Modern Sonic teaming up once again to defeat a mutual evil. He also added that, while Sonic Boom won’t be getting any representation in Sonic Forces, the third character will be “unexpected,” will “play an important role in the story, and embodies the overall features of the game.” Whatever that means.
Some levels in Sonic Forces will, of course, involve simply reaching the goal, while others will require a stage to be beaten under a time limit. Just like Sonic Generations before it, Classic Sonic stages will be 2D side-scrolling affairs, but this time they will feature a “twist”. We also have bits regarding the story – only that Eggman has taken over “99%” of the world, and Sonic and the “Resistance” are fighting before another Sonic appears.
It’s also been told that Sonic Forces actually started development in 2013, after work on Sonic Lost World wrapped up. ‘Forces’ was the chosen subtitle because of the themes of “power” and “army”, with two strong forces (Sonic and company versus Eggman) facing off one another in the game.
Despite what’s been presented so far, the game won’t apparently be so dark and gloomy, with more colourful stages featuring. It’s also said that 2017, with the release of Sonic Forces and Sonic Mania, will be a “continuation” of Sonic’s 25th anniversary. Finally, the game will be at E3, as some might’ve expected.
You can see the scans of Sonic Forces, as well as the interview below:
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