Sonic Team just opened up Pandora’s Box.
Have you ever played the “Your Name, The Hedgehog Game”? It’s very simple, all you have to do is type in your name (or any name really) into Google, followed by “the hedgehog”. Now marvel at the vast amounts of “original character” fan art from the Sonic the Hedgehog series, mostly originating from DeviantArt. Try it for yourself and be humbled before the wonders of the Sonic fandom!
Now it seems Sega themselves are in on the joke, with the upcoming Sonic Forces game revealing that your very own Coldsteel the Hedgehog can fight along both past and present Sonic to take down Eggman. Along with being able to choose from seven different woodland critters – each with their own unique abilities – players can customize their characters’ individual looks, clothes, and special gadgets. Want to play as a wolf wearing a trenchcoat and scouter, armed with a grappling hook? Sonic Forces can make your dreams a reality.
Surprisingly, what could have been a throwaway gimmick actually looks to be a fairly robust system. Sonic Team seems to be pulling all the stops to make Sonic Forces a game truly worthy of their fans’ praise. Customizable characters may be either the worst or best decision ever made for the series, and I am very excited to see how it pans out.