Iizuka Confirms Second Wave of Sonic Content in 2023, Beyond Frontiers DLC

Every year, Famitsu published brief interviews with various video game developers on their hopes and plans for the coming year. This year, Sonic Team’s Takashi Iizuka was among the 141 devs interviewed, who hinted at what would be in store for Sonic in 2023:

“This past year was the biggest year in Sonic history, including the release of the movie sequel, new titles Sonic Origins and Sonic Frontiers, and the Netflix animation Sonic Prime. We are preparing a second wave to keep the fans happy and maintain that momentum going into 2023. We already announced additional content for Sonic Frontiers, but there is a lot more outside of that, so please look forward to it.”

So it sounds like there is a lot of unannounced Sonic stuff planned for 2023! We already know about a mobile Sonic game currently in development over at SEGA Hardlight. If anything else is coming this year, we’ll know soon enough.

Translation via Gematsu

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Darkspine Sonic Event Now Running in Sonic Forces Mobile

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.

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New “Narrative Driven” Mobile Sonic Game in Development at SEGA Hardlight

It looks like we’ve got a new mobile Sonic game incoming from SEGA Hardlight, if a new job listing on Gameindustry.biz’s jobs board is any indication. The job listing is for a lead artist, who will work on a “new Sonic game,” who will, among other things, need to be ready to “push the limits mobile gaming to near-console levels.” While not technically an official confirmation, it might as well be.

The job listing also includes another interesting detail: this new mobile title will be apparently be an “ambitious” narrative driven platforming game. This would be new for a Sonic mobile game, which typically focus on very arcade-y game play (such as autorunners or racing games), that only occasionally have a story mode, and have never tackled traditional platforming. Beyond this detail, little else is currently known about the project.

You can find the job listing here.

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Month-long Sonic 2 Movie Event Heading to Sonic Forces Mobile

With Sonic the Hedgehog 2’s premiere mere days away, we finally have some info on what the Sonic Forces mobile game will be doing for the movie. Today, SEGA Hardlight confirmed a month of Sonic 2 events for the game, which appear to be focusing on Movie Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles. It seems likely Movie Tails and Knuckles will join the roster. The game’s previous movie event brought three new characters and a brand new race course, so we may get something similar here.

The event will run from April 1 to May 1, and further information will be revealed via the in-game newsfeed. You can find the graphic released alongside the announcement below:

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SEGA Hardlight Hiring Game Designers

SEGA Hardlight, the company behind many of Sonic’s mobile games (including Sonic Dash & Sonic Forces) is now hiring. According to Hardlight game designer Antony Lavelle, the company is looking for both an experienced and an entry level UK-based game designer.

If you meet those criteria and want to work for the studio, check out their website here.

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Classic Sonic Joins Sonic Racing on Apple Arcade

If you’re looking for some true Sonic drift.

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What Could SEGA Announce At Sonic’s 30th Anniversary Livestream Event?

Finally. We’ve all waited nearly six months for a morsel of information on what SEGA may be planning to celebrate Sonic the Hedgehog’s 30th Anniversary. For a character best known for his lightning-fast speed, updates have been almost-controversially slow. But yesterday, SEGA revealed a special livestream taking place on May 27th focusing on Sonic announcements and news. So, what could they have lined up?

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Zazz and Vector Groove Out Their Difference in Sonic Forces Event

Rock on! Everyone’s favorite tertiary Sonic character and Zazz appear in new musical garb for Sonic Forces Mobile!

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Vector the Crocodile Takes the Case in Sonic Dash 2

Well… this was unexpected! After a long, long while without any sort of meaningful update, Sonic Dash 2, also known as Sonic Boom Mobile, has gotten a major addition to it’s roster: Vector the Crocodile!

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SEGA HARDlight Reassures Fans That Sonic Forces Mobile is Not Shutting Down

SEGA’s Sonic Mobile game developer, HARDlight, has moved quickly to dampen fears that Sonic Forces: Speed Battle is getting cancelled, reassuring fans that there is a whole heap of content and support coming over the next year and beyond.

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Sonic Forces Mobile Community Launches Unofficial Player Survey Amidst Continuing Balancing Issues

A number of fans that represent the Sonic Forces: Speed Battle mobile game community have set up an unofficial survey asking fellow players to assess the state of the HARDlight multiplayer – fearing that the developer may soon shelve the game.

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Amy Gets Holiday Makeover in New Sonic Forces Events

Sonic Forces’ mobile version will have a whopping three holiday events this year, as well as a brand new holiday-themed runner, Jingle Belle Amy. 

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Sonic Forces Mobile Gets Spooky With Return of Halloween Character Runners

SEGA HARDlight is getting seasonal again for the year’s creepiest holiday! Players who missed out on past Halloween events for Sonic Forces: Speed Battle will get another chance to obtain some limited edition characters between now and the end of the month.

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The Next Special Sonic Dash Character is Elite Agent Rouge

Did you manage to get the OVA-tastic Treasure Hunting Knuckles in Sonic Dash, hat and all? Well, if you just missed out, maybe this will help take the sting out. HARDlight has announced that starting today you can work to unlock the next special character, Elite Agent Rouge. Continue reading The Next Special Sonic Dash Character is Elite Agent Rouge

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My Hat’s On Fire! Treasure Hunter Knuckles Arrives as new Sonic Dash Collectible Character

Knock knock it’s Knuckles (again)! But this time SEGA HARDlight has revealed a new version of the porcupine on the block with the buff chest – along with a buff hat. That’s right, Treasure Hunter Knuckles is coming to Sonic Dash and Sonic Forces Mobile, in a nod to the fan favourite Sonic the Movie OVA. Continue reading My Hat’s On Fire! Treasure Hunter Knuckles Arrives as new Sonic Dash Collectible Character

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Sonic Dash Generates Nearly $11m, More Than Last Five Sonic Mobile Games Combined

Even after seven years, Sonic Dash is still getting significant content and character updates. And with this latest news it’s clear to see why – SEGA Hardlight’s mobile auto-runner is a huge cash cow, earning nearly $11 million since its initial release – reportedly more revenue than the last five Sonic mobile games combined. Continue reading Sonic Dash Generates Nearly $11m, More Than Last Five Sonic Mobile Games Combined

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Tangle & Whisper Uncovered in Sonic Dash Datamine!

Sonic’s mobile games have been focused on making more Sonic characters playable for years now, making deeper and deeper cuts into the game canon. Now, Hardlight seems to be mining Sonic’s IDW comics for new characters, according to data uncovered by Twitter user Bluwolfboy. He dug into the latest build of the Android version of Sonic Dash, and uncovered two new characters: Tangle the Lemur and Whisper the Wolf! These two characters were introduced early on in Sonic’s IDW run, and became so popular the soon got their own four-part mini series!

Bluwolfboy uncovered fully 3D models and character icons. They also posted proof that the characters are in the data, and Tails Channel was able to independently verify it themselves.

This is a major milestone, not just for IDW Sonic, but for Sonic comics in general. Aside from the Freedom Fighter’s cameos in Sonic Spinball, and a few canceled games, this marks the first time Sonic comics characters have been present in a game! That said, we’re probably still a long way off from any members of the Archie cast popping up in anything.

You can check out Tangle and Whisper’s game assets below. If you want access to the actual models, check out the source at the bottom of the page! Obviously, it is currently not known when these characters will be available, but given they are in the data we probably won’t be waiting too long!

via Twitter

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Tikal to Join the Race in Sonic Forces Mobile

Tikal, the ancient echidna spirit from Sonic Adventure, will be joining the Sonic Forces mobile roster soon. SEGA Hardlight announced her on their Twitter account, with the image posted below.

This will be only the third time Tikal has ever been playable. There is currently no word on when she will be available, or how difficult she will be to unlock. Be sure to check Sonic Stadium for more details in the future!

via Twitter

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Sonic Dash Slugger Series Continues With All-Star Amy Up For Grabs

As part of SEGA HARDlight’s 400 million download celebrations for Sonic Dash, this first week of May sees a new character enter the endless-runner fray; All-Star Amy Rose, who you may recognise from SEGA HARDlight’s other mobile title, Sonic Forces. Continue reading Sonic Dash Slugger Series Continues With All-Star Amy Up For Grabs

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Sonic Dash hits 400 MILLION Downloads, More Content to Come

Sonic Dash, SEGA’s best selling mobile game, and one of the more popular mobile games available, reaches 400,000,000 downloads!

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Sonic Forces ‘Grim Gala’ Begins, Reaper Metal Sonic Up For Grabs

What’s hedgehog-shaped, utterly heartless and absolutely terrifying? Metal Sonic dressed up like the Grim Reaper, of course. And boy, does he look more menacing than ever. This version of Sonic’s robotic doppelgänger is now available to unlock in SEGA Hardlight’s Sonic Forces mobile app, as part of the game’s ‘Grim Gala’ festivities. Continue reading Sonic Forces ‘Grim Gala’ Begins, Reaper Metal Sonic Up For Grabs

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See Sonic Racing and Chu Chu Rocket! Universe in Action Here!

So, with Apple Arcade launching today, we’re finally getting our first in-depth looks at both Sonic Racing and Chu Chu Rocket! Universe. With no official footage being released, we decided to record our own footage of these games.

It should be noted that both of these games are being recorded off of an iPhone 7, which could only achieve medium graphical quality for either game. This footage is not representative of how the games will look on more advanced hardware.

For Sonic Racing, I recorded the tutorial and a few races in the default vertical orientation, before later recording some footage horizontally. Check them out below:

I actually found it more difficult to play this game with the landscape orientation. Here’s hoping the Apple TV version has controller support:

For Chu Chu Rocket! Universe, I recorded the opening minutes of the game, including some bits of story mode, then recorded another puzzle separately to show off how arrows are selected (and because it was the first puzzle I had some trouble with).

You’ll find those recordings below:

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Celebrate Team Sonic’s Rivals League Win With Epic Sonic Forces Fan Art

The Sonic Forces Speed Battle ‘Rivals League’ event has finished, and there can only be one winner. Turns out, Team Sonic took the crown with 13,000 points over Team Rose’s 12,532. So close. But we think the real prizes we won in this tournament were the epic fan art pieces that the community created along the way. Continue reading Celebrate Team Sonic’s Rivals League Win With Epic Sonic Forces Fan Art

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Sonic Dash celebrates Sonic’s Birthday with Metal Sonic and more!

SEGA’s most downloaded mobile game just won’t quit! Sonic Dash has been the most frequently updated Sonic game on mobile devices, and that’s not changing anytime soon, as SEGA HARDlight announced on Twitter that they’re planning on celebrating Sonic’s Birthday, and a certain popular villain will be making an appearance!

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Sonic Forces Speed Battle Launches Season Six With Vampire Shadow

Continuing the spirit of the spooky season that SEGA Hardlight kicked off last week, the Sonic Forces Speed Battle mobile app has been updated with a brand new special event, a new stage and some gameplay adjustments. Continue reading Sonic Forces Speed Battle Launches Season Six With Vampire Shadow

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Sonic Dash Team Takes Part In Twin Town Challenge Charity Race

SEGA HARDlight will be revving their engines this weekend!

A team from the company behind the mobile app Sonic Dash will be taking part in the Twin Town Challenge 2018 using their Sonic Dash car, a refurbished 1999 BMW 528i.

The race sees 100 cars, comprised entirely from suped-up “bangers” purchased for £500 or less, drive from Oxfordshire in the UK to Le Touquet, France, all the way taking part in challenges.

All competitors raise money for SpecialEffect, a charity who specialise in developing gaming technologies for disabled children.

More details of the race can be found on the Twin Town Challenge website.

You can support the team by making a donation via their Just Giving donation link…and if you’d love to own the “Dash-mobile”, the car will be auctioned after the race with the proceeds also going to charity!

Check out the gallery below for some images of the car and the team before they set off on this wacky race!

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Sega Officially Announces Sonic Dash for iOS

Sega has officially announced Sonic Dash for all iOS devices and is coming “soon”. Hardlight Studios, the team behind Sonic Jump, is once again at the helm of this Sonic game (so expect micro transactions.) Not many details have been mentioned so far, but it sounds very much like a 3D infinite runner not unlike Temple Run and it’s expected to include leaderboards as well. Read on for Sega’s full press release. Continue reading Sega Officially Announces Sonic Dash for iOS

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Sonic Jumps into iOS Devices This Thursday

Sega has announced on Sonic’s Facebook page, the first screenshot and launch date of Sonic’s first iOS game “Sonic Jump”. The game will be available this Thursday, Oct 18th for $1.99 US, £1.49 Europe. Continue reading Sonic Jumps into iOS Devices This Thursday

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