It may (or may not) surprise you to find out that Sonic, our little blue hedgehog friend from the 1990s, turns 25 this year. Despite a number of rocky releases in recent years, the Blue Blur is still kicking and shows no signs of slowing down, as Sonic Team lead Takashi Iizuka has teased a new game to go along with the character’s 25th anniversary.
Obviously, there aren’t many details about this new title yet, but Iizuka did say that the game won’t be out until next year and it will be related to Sonic’s milestone birthday. Details are apparently going to follow at San Diego Comic-Con on July 22nd, where Sega will be holding an anniversary event for Sonic. If you can’t make it out to Comic-Con next month, you’ll still be able to catch the announcement because Sega plans to live stream the event.
One of the biggest questions as we get closer to this reveal is whether or not this new game will be part of the Sonic Boom series. Sonic Boom is one of the character’s more recent games – the first in a planned series from Sega – and it didn’t do so well upon launch, from strange glitches to weird writing to game-breaking exploits that allowed players to skip large swathes of the game. Sonic Boom was critically panned, and though its 3DS sequel, Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal, fared a little better with critics, it wasn’t by much.
Keep in mind, however, that the last time Sonic celebrated such a milestone, we received Sonic Generations, a solid platformer that didn’t do too poorly with critics and fans alike. Most notable in that release was a return to the 2D platforming that made Sonic famous back in the ’90s. Could Sega be plotting something similar for Sonic’s 25th? We’ll have to wait and see.