Sonic Forces’ mobile counterpart by SEGA’s Hardlight Studios is very much alive and well, and we’re about to see a new level added to the roster: Golden Bay Zone… but hang on, is this based off of Sonic Adventure 2, or the Sonic Movie?
— SEGA HARDlight (@SEGAHARDlight) January 19, 2020
Going off of the initial Tweet and flavour text, it would seem to be a pretty straight-forward reference to the beloved opening action stage, but it’s not quite that simple as we know that San Francisco is a major setting in the upcoming Sonic movie.
Even the first teaser poster showcased the titular “Golden Bay” Bridge in the scenery. Given the naming of the stage and the fact that the movie is premiering very soon, this could very well be a promotional tie-in with Sonic Forces: Speed Battle.
Either way, City Escape was based off of the city of San Francisco’s steep city streets and open bay area, so whether or not this is a reference to the film or Sonic Adventure 2 may not matter, this is still familiar territory for our blue hero!
What do you think this is a reference to? Movie, game or both? Please speculate in the comments below! We’re curious to know what you think.