It’s only been three months since the release of Sonic Frontiers – and two months since the launch of the official soundtrack on Spotify, Apple Music and other audio platforms – but the fanbase has seemingly already decided on which song from the soundtrack is the most iconic. And strangely, it’s not the game’s main theme, “I’m Here”.Continue reading It’s Official – ‘Undefeatable’ is Your Favourite Track From ‘Sonic Frontiers’
Surprise! A new set of Sonic the Hedgehog kids meal toys have found their way to select Burger King restaurants in Spain, suggesting that a new global promotion with the fast food chain is imminent. According to reports, the Spanish promotion will run from January 24th and feature five separate toys to collect.Continue reading New Burger King Sonic Toy Promotion Suddenly Begins in Spain
It only feels like last year that the Sonic the Hedgehog 2 movie graced our cinemas (editor’s note: it was last year!), but the long-awaited vinyl release of the Hollywood sequel’s soundtrack has finally gone on sale. And record label Enjoy the Ride has launched with several colourful pressings as well as a limited test pressing.Continue reading Sonic 2 Movie Vinyl Goes On Sale With Exclusive Colour and Test Pressings
Happy New Year to all our readers and everyone in our community! I hope your holiday season was full of joy and good times with family and friends. January is usually the time of year where we start looking to the near future and maybe start setting some personal goals to achieve.
The Sonic Stadium had an absolutely fantastic 2022, owing to the several-punch combo of Sonic the Hedgehog merch, games and media that released last year. The interest that you all showed in our content has been insane, and the discussion in the forums has been more active than ever! However you choose to spend your time on here, we really appreciate it and want to make sure you feel even more at home over the next year.
We definitely have a few things planned for the Sonic Stadium’s development over the course of 2023 that will hopefully excite and inspire the Sonic community. More to come on all of that soon enough. In the meantime, I want to take stock of the past year on the site, and listen to feedback on what you feel we’ve done right (and what we haven’t done quite so right) over the last 12 months.
Whether you’re a dedicated ‘Stadium user who visits and posts on the forums every day, a lurker that just pops in to check out the news and chat, or a casual Sonic fan who just likes to read the latest game information, I would really appreciate it if you could spend five minutes of your time completing our special Reader Survey. Your feedback is always valuable to me, and I take on board everything when deciding on how best to take the site forward.
Click the link above to visit the Reader Survey. It’s a Google Forms document, and you’ll need to sign into a Google account in order to complete it (don’t worry, we do not record any personal details from this survey – just your answers to the survey questions). It covers a fair range of topics that our humble site is known for, so please let us know what you think of everything.
Thank you in advance! We really take to heart the continued support from our readers and fans – it’s the reason we have been able to keep going for over 22 years! With your feedback, we will be better informed on what we’re doing right and where we need to improve.
Over the course of the next few months, you may see some strange experiments/changes take place across the Sonic News side of the site and the forums. Some may be temporary, some may be testing the waters for a more permanent fixture. Do let us know what you think of any such changes as we go on this journey together!
The end of 2022 is now upon us. And boy, what a year it has been! After spending Sonic’s 30th Anniversary mostly waiting for trailers, watching online events and experiencing strange mobile crossovers, it finally feels like this year has been the big global celebration of the blue blur that the decades-long franchise fully deserved.Continue reading Sonic Year in Review 2022: A Banner Year for a New Generation of Sonic
SEGA Japan has posted a new game job listing, seeking a developer with Unreal Engine 4 and network gaming experience to join their ranks. Interestingly, the posting suggests that the project of focus for the new recruit would be an upcoming game in the Sonic the Hedgehog series.Continue reading New ‘Sonic’ Job Listing Involves Unreal Engine, Online Game Experience
It’s that time of year once again, where we gather with our family and/or loved ones and exchange gifts and share treasured memories with one another (or, if that’s not your bag, buy presents and make new happy memories on your lonesome instead)! Where did all the time go?! From all of us at the Sonic Stadium we wish you a very Happy Holidays, a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year for 2023.
And what a year it has been for us Sonic fans! From the very beginning it has been simply banger after banger – from the hugely successful Sonic the Hedgehog movie sequel (thank the Gods for Idris Elba), to finally getting the classic collection on console we deserve in Sonic Origins, all the way to Sonic Frontiers’ critically-acclaimed reception and Sonic Prime’s incredible Netflix debut.
That’s to say nothing of all the incredible specials and storylines that have run through Sonic’s comic universe, thanks to the tireless work of the IDW crew. No matter what your niche is, it has been a great 12 months for the blue blur!
We hope this winning streak continues throughout 2023, with Sonic Frontiers’ DLC roadmap slowly unfurling, initial news on the Sonic the Hedgehog 3 movie, as well as potential new projects coming from SEGA and Sonic Team.
Whatever happens, as always, you can trust us to be right there with you as the news breaks! We’ll also be slowly transforming the site over the next year to make things more exciting and help continue to make Sonic Stadium the true online home for the Sonic online community. We’ve taken some small steps over the last year or two, but there’s more yet to come.
Take care of yourselves, and we’ll continue running with you all through the rest of 2022 and beyond! Happy Holidays!
SEGA has announced that Sonic Frontiers will be receiving a whole smorgasbord of new free DLC and story-based content throughout 2023, with a roadmap covering a laundry list of material from small features like photo mode to full-blown playable character arcs.
Via Sonic Twitter
The content will be broken up into three distinct updates, with the first two focusing on additional quality-of-life upgrades to the core Sonic Frontiers experience. Update 1 will consist of a Juke Box and Photo Mode features, with additional Challenge modes for seasoned players. Update 2 will celebrate Sonic’s birthday somehow, introduce new Koco creatures and add an intriguing ‘Open Zone Challenge’ feature.
It’s Content Update 3 that we’re very excited about though – this will apparently feature new playable characters as well as a new story to build upon the events of the core Sonic Frontiers game. We’re assuming this means that Tails, Knuckles and Amy will get their own playable experiences and challenges, but additional story elements are more than welcome too given the ending was one of the weaker elements of the game (per our Sonic Stadium review here).
Best of all, as already mentioned, all of this upcoming content will be free for existing players. To kick things off for the holiday season, SEGA will also be releasing a special free DLC costume pack on December 21st, with the blue blur donning a Christmas suit to rock while busting heads in Cyberspace.
Via Sonic Twitter
Seeing this level of post-release support for a Sonic the Hedgehog game is unheard of; SEGA has previously only dabbled with tiny morsels of DLC in the past, with the most significant being additional ‘Hard mode’ stage variants for Sonic 2006 and challenges for Sonic Unleashed. Sonic Forces offered Super Sonic and Episode Shadow DLC, but this roadmap for Frontiers seems to take things much further than any game before it.
We’re very excited to see what the future holds for the Starfall Islands – if you’ve not already played Sonic Frontiers and want to know what the deal is all about, check out our definitive review right here.
Sonic Frontiers has smashed series sales records in Japan, with today’s Famitsu charts reporting that the blue blur’s latest adventure has racked up a total of 46,276 unit sales across all platforms. It’s the highest a Sonic game has ever sold in its opening week since Sonic Adventure 2’s original release on the Dreamcast.Continue reading Japan Charts: Sonic Frontiers Becomes Fastest-Selling Mainline Game in 20 Years
Boy, it seems like people were really eager to play Sonic Frontiers! The game has reportedly smashed the record for most concurrent players for a Sonic the Hedgehog game on PC platform Steam.Continue reading Sonic Frontiers Smashes Series Record for Concurrent Players on Steam
Sonic Frontiers is finally here, and UK-based art gallery Moor Art is teaming up with SEGA to celebrate, by offering a number of limited edition set of premium wall arts featuring the game’s key artwork.Continue reading Official ‘Sonic Frontiers’ Premium Wall Art On Sale 9 November
They say that a work of art tends to be a reflection of the thoughts and feelings of the artist who made it. If that’s the case, then Sonic Team has been a studio seemingly crushed with anxiety for the last five years, because Sonic Frontiers is a game uncharacteristically drenched in melancholy, introspection and sadness.
From the wistful empty fields and abandoned temples of Kronos Island, to the hauntingly isolationist undertones of the soundtrack and even the narratives driving Sonic and his friends (no spoilers here, don’t worry), there’s something strangely unsettling about the vibe of Sonic Frontiers.Continue reading TSS REVIEW: Sonic Frontiers
The second part of the official Sonic Frontiers prologue has dropped, leaving fans with the perfect cliffhanger to excite them ahead of the release of the latest Sonic video game on November 8.Continue reading Read the Conclusion of the Sonic Frontiers: Convergence Comic
The age-old tradition of Sonic the Hedgehog game promotional cars has come back with a vengeance this year, as SEGA Japan revealed this customised Audi R8 Coupe V10 – and it’s going to go on sale later this year for some $300k USD.Continue reading SEGA and Audi Are Selling This One-of-a-Kind Sonic Frontiers Racing Car
The Classic Sonic toy series expands this Autumn with this new Egg Mobile Battle Set announced by Jakks Pacific. Available now, the mini-playset comes with 2.5″ Sonic and Eggman figures, along with a large Egg Mobile that can be customised to recreate a number of classic 16-bit Sonic the Hedgehog game boss battles.Continue reading Jakks Pacific Releases New Classic Sonic Egg Mobile Battle Set Toy
Here’s a collaboration we weren’t expecting – PC motherboard manufacturer ASRock is apparently soon to launch a Sonic the Hedgehog-branded board, which will no doubt give your Steam-purchased Sonic the Hedgehog games an extra level of speed (it won’t, but it looks like it would).Continue reading ASRock Launches Sonic the Hedgehog Themed PC Motherboard
Sonic Frontiers will be getting a special vinyl soundtrack release in December, with pre-orders going live this weekend. Titled Sonic Frontiers: The Music of Starfall Islands, the soundtrack will come in both 2LP and 4LP limited edition box sets.Continue reading Data Discs Announces Sonic Frontiers 2LP and 4LP Vinyl Soundtrack
Sonic Team’s Takashi Iizuka has revealed that he would be open to third-party collaborations with other developers to create spinoff titles to bridge the gap between mainline Sonic game releases.Continue reading Iizuka Open to Working With Third Parties to Reboot Sonic Spinoff Game Development
It only got announced last week, but already the first part of the official Sonic Frontiers prologue comic, Convergence, has been published. You can read it right here to get a sense of the journey that Sonic, Tails, Amy and Eggman take that leads to their situation at the start of the Sonic Frontiers video game.Continue reading Read the First Chapter of the Sonic Frontiers: Convergence Comic
SEGA has just announced a brand new digital comic that will be released to promote the upcoming release of Sonic Frontiers. Titled ‘Sonic Frontiers: Convergence’, the two-part comic series will begin this coming Tuesday, with the official Sonic channel revealing the ‘book’s cover art today.Continue reading Two-Part Sonic Frontiers Prologue Comic, ‘Convergence’, Releasing Digitally Next Week
It’s officially Spooky Season, and to celebrate the official SEGA Shop in UK and Europe has unleashed a new range of cool Sonic the Hedgehog merchandise so you can get in the festive mood.Continue reading SEGA Shop Launches New 2022 Halloween Merchandise Range
Ever wanted to take your style back to the 90s, but in an extremely ‘preppy’ way that recalls the day of school hallway monitors? Well, you’re in luck because SEGA of America has teamed up with fashion brand Rowing Blazers to release a ‘capsule collection’ of retro-inspired Sonic clothing.Continue reading SEGA x Rowing Blazers Collaboration Combines 1990s Sonic Art With Preppy Ivy League Fashion
Sonic Frontiers represents the biggest shake-up of the Sonic the Hedgehog game franchise for over twenty years. So naturally, there has been a lot of apprehension from fans about the project since its announcement – especially as Sonic Team has built up a reputation of switching focus with each of its mainline titles since 2001.
Everybody is desperate to finally get a series of Sonic titles that establish (and maintain) a consistent visual, gameplay and narrative design. Will Sonic Frontiers be the start of a brand new branch/generation of Sonic games? Sonic Team has gone on record to say that is their intention. After playing a brief demo of the game at Gamescom last month, I’m cautiously optimistic enough to agree. With some reservations.Continue reading TSS PREVIEW: Sonic Frontiers Impressions – Cautiously One Ok Rock-timistic
Sonic Frontiers’ director, Morio Kishimoto, has revealed in a Tokyo Game Show interview a secret goal of Sonic Team’s when developing the game – to restore the studio’s reputation and place it at the top of the gaming development world.Continue reading Kishimoto Hopes Sonic Frontiers Will Take Sonic Team to the Top of the Gaming Industry
This strange alter-ego of Sonic the Hedgehog is still pretty much an enigma since his appearance in Sonic and the Secret Rings, but this week Darkspine Sonic will be available as an unlockable playable character for a limited time in SEGA HARDlight’s Sonic Forces: Speed Battle.Continue reading Darkspine Sonic Event Now Running in Sonic Forces Mobile
This year’s Tokyo Game Show is finally upon us, and it’s promising to be a fantastic event for Japanese Sonic fans, as SEGA has gone all-out with their public booth. An absolutely HUGE Sonic balloon has taken up the show floor, ready to tackle any Titan balloons that might be hanging around.Continue reading See The Massive Sonic Balloon Towering Over Fans at TGS 2022
We knew he was going to appear at some point in the game, but SEGA has gone ahead and revealed Super Sonic in this latest Sonic Frontiers trailer. The video was released this morning to coincide with the Tokyo Game Show event in Japan, and features some cool new footage. Check it out below.Continue reading Sonic Frontiers TGS 2022 Trailer Reveals Super Sonic Gameplay
SEGA has launched an album on Spotify (and no doubt, other music streaming services) for Sonic Frontiers. At present, only two tracks are available to listen to – a short version of theme track ‘I’m Here’, and a five-minute long track featuring the theme of Starfall Islands. Give it a listen below.Continue reading Listen to Sonic Frontiers’ Starfall Islands Theme on Spotify Right Now
Since Sonic Frontiers’ first public demo at Gamescom, fans on the show floor have been able to share and capture a lot more than anyone could have expected. Despite SEGA’s time-limited preview, one cunning player managed to reveal a gameplay feature tied to Big the Cat’s appearance in the game.
Of course, it’s a fishing minigame.Continue reading Yes, You Can Go Fishing With Big in Sonic Frontiers
If you have fond memories of playing Chao Adventure on your little Dreamcast Visual Memory Unit while on the go, then you might be interested in a little product that’s being crowdfunded right now – a modern-day VMU system with microSD support, a sharper screen and multi-memory card capabilities.Continue reading Dreamcast Modder Launches Crowdfunder for Next-Gen ‘Visual Memory Unit 2’
Even though he’s way more popular in the West, Sonic the Hedgehog games continue to see exclusive special editions in SEGA’s home country, Japan. Sonic Frontiers will be no different, with a limited release of the upcoming game coming complete with an art book and a Koco charm toy.Continue reading Japanese Special Edition of Sonic Frontiers Comes With Art Book, Koco Charm
Hey. It’s been a rough week, hasn’t it? If you fancy a Sonic-themed pick-me-up to brighten your day and get that Friday Feeling, you could do far worse than this cover of Green Hill Zone by UK guitarist Miles Meakin. And he performs it all on a custom Sonic the Hedgehog-designed axe inspired by the ones used by Jun Senoue.Continue reading Watch This UK Rock Star Cover Green Hill Zone With A Custom Sonic Designed Guitar
It’s that time of year again! Pop culture statue manufacturer First4Figures has teased a brand new Sonic the Hedgehog product due for release in 2023. But, unlike previous ‘diorama’ and standard character releases, this latest statue goes a little retro in offering a PVC rendition of the classic Sonic Adventure cover art pose.Continue reading First4Figures Teases PVC Sonic Adventure Statue, Coming 2023
Just a day after SEGA revealed the ending theme to Sonic Frontiers (performed by the popular J-Rock band One Ok Rock), we now have news of the upcoming game’s main theme too.Continue reading “I’m Here” – The Main Theme of Sonic Frontiers Revealed
Ever since SEGA Japan announced the Mega Drive Mini II, we have been eagerly awaiting news of a Western version of the new microconsole. The US got theirs – the Genesis Mini II – and now finally fans in Europe can get their nostalgia fix with a region-specific branded version of the console that just… reminds us of simpler days, you know?Continue reading SEGA Mega Drive Mini II Finally Gets A Europe Edition, Pre-Orders Open
Sonic Frontiers looks to be the most ambitious entry in the game series yet – and not just in the gameplay department. While Sonic’s latest adventure does aim to reinvent the tried-and-tested format with its free-roaming ‘open zone’ concept, SEGA is also keen to use the game as a stepping stone to connect the multiple entertainment universes of Sonic the Hedgehog together in a unified way. And it all starts with Sonic Frontiers’ story, itself a collaboration between Sonic Team and IDW Sonic comic writer Ian Flynn.
We were given an opportunity to sit down with Takashi Iizuka, head of Sonic Team, for a brief five minutes, to discuss the implications of Flynn’s involvement with the game and what it could mean for other Sonic universes. We also asked about those darn cute Koco as well, don’t worry.Continue reading Takashi Iizuka Wants to ‘Connect’ the Sonic Universes and Create a ‘Unified Sonic Experience’ – Sonic Stadium Interview