Although Sonic Forces' most recent trailer unveiled a more "modern" experience with the Blue Blur, fans of the franchise may be excited to learn that the release's newest piece of footage also promises that the title will contain some "classic" action by providing side-scrolling gameplay with the series' famous Green Hill Zone level. This builds upon previously revealed information that the upcoming game will allow players to take on the role of both a 3D and 2D version of Sonic the Hedgehog.
As seen below in the newest trailer for Sonic Forces released today, the developers have created a more polished and glossier take on the Green Hill Zone stage, and even though it looks shinier, and more refined, the level ought to be recognizable to practically anyone who's played the original games in the series on SEGA Genesis. Not to mention, the music retains the familiar poppy and upbeat elements of the retro chip tune era, while also having smoother instrumentation and production aspects in the composition for a more updated and palatable sound.
With Sonic Forces being one of two new games on the way for the once SEGA mascot–Sonic Mania is in the works, as well–there's no doubt that die-hard fans of the franchise have a lot to look forward to as they await what are to be the followups to Sonic Generations, Sonic Colors, and Sonic Lost World. Of course, Sonic Mania will likely slake their thirst first, as it has a release date set for this summer, while Sonic Forces is slated to drop during the holidays later this year.
Although Sonic the Hedgehog has a couple of titles set for release this year, it's difficult to deny the skepticism that many fans of the series have expressed in regards to the quality of the titles put out since 2011's Sonic Generations. With this being the case, it's more important than ever for the Blue Blur's upcoming games to be well-received and sell well in the marketplace.
Truthfully, Sonic Forces and Sonic Mania need to have a successful 2017 just to keep fans engaged with the franchise. So, one can only hope that the most recent piece of footage is evidence of the developers at Sonic Team looking to build additional goodwill with the player base by creating more captivating gameplay.
Sonic Forces is set to release sometime in holiday 2017 for Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
Source: SEGA Europe – YouTube