Since release, there’s been subtle and not so subtle hints that the Switch version of Sonic Colors Ultimate won’t hit 60 FPS as it will on other consoles. Perhaps the final nail in the coffin is the recent Sonic Colors Ultimate HD Updates trailer, which differs ever so slightly between the official Sonic YouTube and the official Nintendo YouTube.
The absence of 4K is obvious, but it seems that the change in engine may push just a bit past what the Switch can handle at 60FPS. While unfortunate if you’re a technically-minded Switch owner, for everyone else it further emphasizes that there’s more going on under the hood than just upscaling an 11-year-old game. If you want some silver lining, the original game ran at 30 FPS on the Wii, so you’re certainly no worse off.
FPS and 4K aside, all other new features match among all platforms, such as the new Wisp power, character customization, Tails save, music remixes, etc…
The Sonic Colors content just keeps on coming! Earlier today, SEGA released the new remix for Aquarium Park Act 1’s soundtrack. The remix was done by Tomoya Ohtani, who also worked on music for the original Sonic Colors. Check it out below:
Some new footage from Sonic Colors Ultimate also appears to reveal something else: new dialogue for Tails. Tails appears to talk at times throughout the game, such as at 0:49 into the below video. Take a look:
Special thanks to Bulbasquirtle over on our Discord for the news tip!
Today, Shacknews posted a video interview with Aaron Roseman, producer of Sonic Colors: Ultimate, revealing a bit about the porting process and revealing several small details that differentiate Ultimate from the original Wii release.
Roseman notes that the Tails Save system does replace the lives system in the game. You still collect Tails Saves in the same way you collect lives, but it places you in your last safe location rather than a the beginning of a stage or mid-stage checkpoint. Another slight aid is the addition of the “Hundred Ring,” a special item that gives the player 100 rings and invincibility.
The interview also highlights the character customization elements new to this version of the game. Through gameplay, players will be able to unlock options for shoes, gloves, effect trails when Sonic boosts, and auras that surround Sonic. “You can adjust the colors in a game called Sonic Colors,” the interviewer notes.
Other details in the interview:
The game is standard controller focused. It will not use motion controls.
Cutscene videos have been updated for HD and 4K resolutions.
The game does not use all the technical features of the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5, but Roseman states it runs very well on both consoles.
This game was primarily developed during Covid quarantine, with staff working from home.
Roseman has an impressive NES collection on the shelves behind him. I’m jealous.
Shacknews also secured a full stage playthrough of Tropical Resort Act 3:
The more Sonic Colors Ultimate information that comes out, the more it becomes clear that this is not just a mere port. And now, an artist for the game has revealed that it has gold medals and Tails heads.
Just when you thought you knew everything you needed to know about Sonic Colors Ultimate, something like this shows up! Sonic’s right-hand man Tails has been spotted in some screenshots of the remastered port of Sonic Colors… sorta.
The Sonic Colors Ultimate website has a whole lot of screenshots for you to check out. One thing’s for sure: this is not just a straight port. Many assets appear to have been outright replaced. Check them out in the gallery below:
We’ve got some more info on Sonic Colors Ultimate, specifically on its developer, price, and a few other things.
It is being developed by Blind Squirrel Entertainment, a development studio more recently known for its work on BioShock: The Collection, Borderlands: Game of the Year Enhanced Edition, and Mass Effect Legendary Edition. So they have a lot of experience with this kind of project!
The game will also launch both physically and digital for $39.99. We already knew about the keychain for the physical version, but the digital version will come with its own bits of exclusive content: a Sonic “movie boost” that adds the electric sparks from the Sonic movie, and “exclusive player icons,” which are supposed to help you “stand out in a crowd,” though I’m not really sure what they actually are. Maybe those icons you could stick on your save files in the original?
There will also be a “Digital Deluxe Edition” for $44.99. This version includes “early access” which makes the game playable four days early, MORE exclusive player icons, an “ultimate cosmetic pack” which basically just gives Sonic silver or gold gloves, and an “ultimate music pack” that contains three exclusive original game remixes.
Finally, I’ve got some bad news for PC gamers who aren’t active users of the Epic Store: the PC version will be Epic Store exclusive, at least for the time being. Hopefully, it’ll hit other storefronts at a later date, but anyone who wants for PC on launch day will need to deal with the Epic storefront.
The latest Sonic animated short, “Rise of the Wisps,” will center around the world of Sonic Colors! This short will be the first of some new shorts that will feature full voice acting from the Sonic game cast. This two-part Sonic Colors short will see Sonic and Tails traveling to Sweet Mountain, where they will meet a new wisp, the “Jade Ghost wisp,” which will help them free wisps that have been captured by Dr. Eggman.
The first part of this short will debut this summer. Check out the trailer below!
It sounds like the long wait for the next Sonic game announcement may soon be over, if a statement by SEGA Chief Strategy Officer Shuji Utsumi is any indication. In a recent interview with Famitsu Magazine, he talked about SEGA and its upcoming software limit. On the subject of Sonic, he said the new an announcement for a new game “might be coming soon.” Noncommittal language aside, there are a few reasons to expect it will happen soon, since both E3 and Sonic’s anniversary are next month month, and Sonic Colors Ultimate was leaked roughly a month ago now.
In that same interview, Utsumi also commented on people pointing out that SEGA was releasing more mobile games then console games. According to him, the company has been going through an organizational shift, and that there will be more console games starting from 2022 onwards.
It’s been a long while since the last Sonic console game, Team Sonic Racing, was announced. It’s been even longer since the last console Sonic game was released. Whether its with a Sonic Colors remake, or something else, that appears likely to end soon. What are you hoping for this year? Let us know in the comments!
Strictly Necessary Cookies
Strictly Necessary Cookie should be enabled at all times so that we can save your preferences for cookie settings.
If you disable this cookie, we will not be able to save your preferences. This means that every time you visit this website you will need to enable or disable cookies again.
3rd Party Cookies
This website uses Google Analytics to collect anonymous information such as the number of visitors to the site, and the most popular pages.
Keeping this cookie enabled helps us to improve our website.
Please enable Strictly Necessary Cookies first so that we can save your preferences!