SEGA announced today a brand new 2D Sonic the Hedgehog title, Sonic Superstars, which will hit consoles later in the year. According to the press release:
Sonic Superstars™, an all-new Sonic the Hedgehog game bringing a new standard of play to classic high-speed 2D Sonic platforming. In Sonic Superstars, Sonic and his friends’ journey starts on the beautiful North Star Islands, a mystical place offering never-before-seen environments, as well as a mysterious story waiting to unfold.
Check out the trailer below...
...and then read on for everything you need to know about the game!
Ohshima is Back!
That's right, our favourite Sonic the Hedgehog co-creator is back at the helm on this new Sonic title! Who could be better than Sonic's dad to be at the helm?
Ohshima-san is overseeing the fresh new 3D look of this platformer.
Fang the Sniper is Also Back!
We were a bit giddy at this news (especially Adam - Fang is his fave!), but the purple peril will be armed with his cork-gun and undoubtedly causing trouble for our heroes!
You'll have to wait until the end of the trailer to see him (unless you really have eagle-eyes!) but it is well worth it - he even arrives in his own vehicle, the Marvellous Queen!
A Whole New World
Sonic and his friends will be travelling to the new environment of North Star Islands, a "mystical place offering never-before-seen environments, as well as a mysterious story waiting to unfold".
The Number of Characters
That's right! FOUR CHARACTERS in the initial roster. From the teaser trailer, it looks like players will be able to take control of Amy Rose, alongside our regular trio.
In addition to this, it looks like as a first for a 2D Sonic title, you can play as all characters simultaneously! Awesome (but I still get to be Sonic, you can be Tails).
New Abilities Ahoy!
Sonic and pals will be making full use of some pseudo-3D features, such as wall running and waterfall climbing in this new instalment. Undoubtedly each character looks to have some unique abilities - such as an ability to clone!
Special Stages on Steroids
We get a brief glimpse at the new Special Stages in Sonic Superstars, that look to take notes from some of the original rotating zones from the original title.
In addition to that, it looks as though there will also be 3D environments in some special stages through which the player must navigate dangers.
While the new game will make use of 3D models and assets, the game will also give nods back to the classic 16-bit look as well.
Oddly, we also see our heroes transform into jellyfish characters, vaguely reminiscent of the ghosts from Pac Man. Why do they transform? We are yet to find out!
Let's Get Physical
The game will be released both digitally and Physically across all major platforms for the RRP of $59.99, so those of you looking to invest in a hard copy won't have to wait for, say, Sonic Superstars Plus!
Are you folks excited? We certainly are!