If you’re a Switch owner who’s been wanting to try out the upcoming Sonic Forces game, today is your lucky day: SEGA has released a demo on the system’s Japanese eShop.
While the demo is currently only available on the Japanese shop, any Switch owner can play it. The Switch has the ability to allow users from across the globe to make a Japanese account and access the Japanese eShop from there. Nintendolife has posted a tutorial to show users how to access the eShop from different regions.
The demo features Green Hill Zone with Modern Sonic, Space Port with the Avatar, and the Egg Dragoon boss with Classic Sonic. However, each of these stages have a one-minute time limit, after which the player will be booted back to the level select screen.
Sonic Forces will be released on Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam on November 7th, 2017 in NA and EU, and in Japan on November 9th.
UPDATE: The Sonic Forces demo is now up on the PSN store. In terms of content, its essentially the same demo, but a lot prettier. The demo also still has a 60-second time limit for each stage.There is one other notable difference: the entire demo is in English, including the voice acting.
Like the Switch, the PS4 is region free, but also like the Switch, you’ll need a Japanese account. Unfortunately, setting one up on the PS4 is a tad more complicated, though there’s a guide you can check out here. Finding the demo is also more complicated, since the store is a bit difficult to navigate in Japanese. In order to find it, scroll down the tab on the left side, until you reach the section below the bit that says Playstation Plus. Click that and a new tab on the left will pop up. Scroll down again, until you reach the section just above the solid white line. You’ll find the Sonic Forces demo there.