This year marks the 25th anniversary of the release of Sonic the Hedgehog on the Sega Genesis. It was the Mario alternative Sega needed — an iconic hero in a platformer, but with a totally different style. The original and the following two games perfected the high-speed 2D platforming genre, and fond memories were made.
This year also marks the 10th anniversary of, as it’s called, Sonic the Hedgehog ’06. That game, released in celebration of Sonic’s 15th anniversary, was transcendentally bad. So, Sonic’s been from the top of the mountain to the bottom of the valley, and fortunately, a handful of his games released since ’06 have been pretty good — Sonic Colors was great, and the episodic Sonic the Hedgehog 4 was a pretty good time.
Notable clunkers aside, Sonic’s never had an especially good 3D game. So, we’re not sure if we should get our hopes up for the game they’ll be announcing soon, but we’re at least going to hear them out. Word started getting out earlier this year at SXSW, when Sega announced they were throwing a Sonic 25th anniversary event on July 22 to coincide with San Diego Comic-Con, a party that will be held at — wait for it — the House of Blues (yeah, tickets are already sold out).
Sega teased that a major announcement will take place at that event, and while that was probably enough to all but confirm a new major release, things got a little more clear this week. Soah City, a Sonic fansite, is in the process of translating an interview between Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu and developers from Sonic Team. During the interview, director Takashi Iizuka said they were working on a completely new game. If that’s not the major announcement slated for July, then that’s an awful tease. And, while we’re pretty sure Sega wouldn’t bring shame to Sonic’s 25th anniversary with a vicious bait and switch, we’re not sure we can totally rule it out. Fingers crossed!