We’ve gotten a few glimpses of Sonic Forces, this year’s modern Sonic the Hedgehog game, but it hasn’t been entirely clear how exactly the game will play. We know both modern Sonic and classic Sonic are in it, but does that mean the game will be a direct successor to their last team-up, Sonic Generations?
The answer, according to some new footage posted to the Japanese Sonic the Hedgehog YouTube channel (via Destructoid), appears to be “probably.”
First up is a video that sells itself as the “first modern Sonic gameplay” from Forces, though it’s apparently just an extended version of some (very short) footage that appeared during the during the most recent Nintendo Direct. Still, it’s a much lengthier look than anything we’ve seen previously, and what’s on display is quite similar to other recent 3D Sonic games, Generations included.
Given that the 2.5D classic Sonic gameplay in the Nintendo Direct closely resembled the other half of Generations, it seems safe to say Sonic Forces won’t be taking any huge gambles on that game’s fairly well-received formula.
Next up is a very brief story trailer. Helpfully, it’s got English text and no voice acting whatsoever. Unhelpfully, it doesn’t give us more to go on than the basic premise: Eggman has dragged the world into some post-apocalyptic hellscape, and both Sonics need to team up to stop him.
Finally, Sega uploaded an instrumental version of the game’s title theme, which definitely sounds like Sonic music—the sort of hard-rocking guitar-filled jam that would have been right at home in the ’90s but now seems way too dated for its own good. I expect and welcome the hate mail from all you people with Amy Rose body pillows.
Sonic Forces releases holiday 2017 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC.