Sonic 2017 is Now Called Sonic Forces – Here’s Some Gameplay and Details

We finally had the lid blown off the Sonic 2017 project coming to Nintendo Switch. We now know the game is called Sonic Forces and we learned a slew of details about the game thanks to a big panel at SXSW. Before we get down into a breakdown of select details from that event, here’s our first off screen look at the game in action:

Here’s ma rundown of information we’ve had come to light throughout the day:

  • Is an evolution of Sonic Colors and Sonic Generations
  • 3 unique gameplay styles will be included, including “modern Sonic” & “classic Sonic”
  • Built with a new engine called Hedgehog Engine 2, which is a massive evolution of their old engine
  • Global illumination, physical rendering, and other new enhancements are being added into some of their older visual designs
  • SEGA’s Shun Nakamura is the game’s producer

Source: Nintendo Everything (1, 2)

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  • As someone who thoroughly enjoyed Sonic Generations, I’m excited for Sonic Forces. The modern and classic play styles seem like a no-brainer, but I’m curious to find out what the third style will be like. Sonic certainly has had a few rough patches in the past decade, but I’m hopeful Sega can find a sweet spot going forward.

  • Max Aaron

    It also looks like it has elements of the Sonic Dash series. Maybe they have found a great medium for Sonic moving forward.