First revealed on July 22, 2016 under the codename "Project Sonic 2017," Sonic Forces was officially unveiled at SXSW in March 2017.
Sonic Forces takes place in a world on the brink of destruction at the hands of Dr. Eggman. Sonic and his friends fight a losing battle to save the world until Classic Sonic mysteriously resurfaces once again from Sonic's past to aid in the rebellion.
The gameplay in Sonic Forces is broken up in to three styles. The first two are very similar to Sonic Generations; Modern Sonic is controlled from a behind-the-back viewpoint, where players use boost to smash through obstacles and run at high speed. Classic Sonic is more similar to the original Sega Genesis games, with a side-scrolling viewpoint and a greater focus on jumping around on platforms.
The third gameplay style in Sonic Forces is for the game's create-a-character. Players can build their own anthropomorphic animal to join Sonic's rebellion, armed with a variety of different gadgets and abilities.
Character Creator Species
The following species have been revealed for Sonic Forces' character creator. Each species comes with their own unique trait:
Wolf — Automatically draws in rings when near them
Rabbit — Has longer invincible time after receiving damage
Cat — Keeps one ring after being hit
Dog — Restarts with five rings after the player dies
Bear — Blows away enemies with a homing attack
Bird — Flies high with double jump abilities
Hedgehog — Collects rings when getting damaged