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Welcome to Sonic HQ Version 8

The site might look a little different to you today. This is because we thought it might be time to give it a massiver UI overhaul. As you can see it gets a lot of cues from Sonic Mania.

You can toggle the comics listing on the main page by clicking the 2 column icon in the top blue bar. (Looks like this)

The comics section now allows for the future offerings from IDW. Placeholders for now. The Sonic Forces comic will also now appear there as well under "Other"

We also now officially have a new forum! Sonic Blast! This replaces the half baked forum that was here before.

There may still be some bugs. They will get squashed.

Sega releases Sonic Forces comic as prelude to the game

Looks like we are getting a Sonic Forces comic after what seemed like a joke at the town hall earlier this week. Starting today, we'll be getting a 4 part digital comic series leading up to the release of Sonic Forces. Ian Flynn is also writing it! It's also free!

Today, SEGA® released the first chapter of a new Sonic the Hedgehog™ digital comic series that is based on the highly-anticipated video game, Sonic Forces™. The four-part comic series is scripted by fan-favorite writer, Ian Flynn, and serves as a prequel to the video game counterpart. Chapter 1 titled “Moment of Truth” features Sonic Forces’ Custom Hero Character and the Chaotix as they prepare for battle against Dr. Eggman’s sinister robot army.

Chapter 2 should be released later this month.

A look at Sonic 3D Blast's built in level editor

When you don't like the tools that's there, what do you do?

Build your own!

As revealed by GameHut on YouTube, Director of Traveller's Tales for 29 years, we're treated to how levels were contrued using the game's built in editor.

It's likely you're only able to use this in a beta version of the game.

Ian Flynn returns to write for IDW Sonic comic

IDW hosted a town hall today at the panel and they announced that Ian Flynn will be reprising his role as the writer for IDW's Sonic series. Many people attending asked about if certain characters would return or be featured (including the freedom fighters) to which they were not able to answer and to stay tuned. Sonic Megadrive and the other unreleased Archie Sonic comics will not be released. They weren't able to elaborate. Emphasis was placed more on the future stories they will have and that great story telling is priority.

Some other tidbits:

  • They will restart the numbering at issue 1
  • Issue 1 will release April 4 2018
  • Issue 2: April 11 2018
  • Issue 3: April 18 2018
  • Issue 4: April 25 2018
  • The comic will then become a monthly series thereafter
  • Promotional art done by Tyson Hesse was also shown.

IDW's blog post

Ian Flynn also tweeted, continuing his #knowingsmile saying that more was still to come this week.

Special thanks to TSSZ for streaming the event! Have a lot of thoughts about this? Please feel free to discuss at our forums!

Sonic Forces Details in Famitsu Interview

SEGA has published a batch of new information on Sonic Forces that introduces more details to Wispon(the weapon gadget powered by Wisps), which is used by the player-created Avatar. Japanese magazine Famitsu also has a new interview with Sonic Forces producer Shun Nakamura and Sonic series producer Takashi Iizuka, which gives more insight to the game’s storyline and music. The interview has now been translated, click to read the full interview!

Sonic Forces Action Figure Pack coming soon!

Gamestop listed Sonic Forces figures on their online store today, it will be a pack of four figures, featuring Modern Sonic, Tails and Knuckles, as well as Classic Sonic for $24.99. It also comes with 4 lithographs. The release date is listed as November 21st, right before black Friday.

These are Tomy's first ever Classic and Modern Sonic action figures. They've been focusing on Boom exclusively since 2014.

GameStop Listing

 

Sonic 2 HD Demo 2.0 now available

After a long hiatus and a sudden surprise return a new demo for Sonic 2 HD is now available. This demo 2.0 includes playable Emerald Hill Zone, Chemical Plant Zone, and Hill Top Zone.

Visit the Sonic 2 HD Website to download and enjoy!

The First Official Sonic The Hedgehog/IDW Town Hall

In a blog post on IDW's site, IDW announced a date and time for their event with Sonic at the New York Comic Con.

Attention convention goers, IDW and Sega are bringing the once and only Sonic The Hedgehog to New York Comic Con! 

The First Official Sonic The Hedgehog/IDW Town Hall

October 08, 2017, 12:45 PM – 1:45 PM

1A02, Javits Center

At SDCC, IDW announced they were taking over the Sonic the Hedgehog comic license. The comic isn’t being released til 2018 but this is the first official chance for fans to get in front of the editors to get to know them, hear some hints about what’s to come, share your own history with Sonic, and generally have an informal meet-and-greet with IDW CCO Chris Ryall, Editor Joe Hughes, and just maybe a special guest or two! Everyone in attendance will also leave with a special Sonic something, too! Join us on the ground floor of an all-new adventure with Sonic, won’t you?, won’t you?

Speakers: Joe Hughes, Chris Ryall

Sounds like those who attend will get a little swag as well. It's likely we'll learn the direction for the comic and maybe who'll be at the helm writing it. Ian has been teasingly saying "Knowing smile" on Twitter. Could he be the writer? Hopefully we'll find out Oct 8!

Casino Forest Gameplay

Finally, for the first time in months we get a glimpse at a new level in Sonic Forces. Up till now it has been variations of the same two levels. This level combines your typical casino level with a forest-twist!

Sonic Mania ver. 1.03 patch out today!

Sonic Mania received an update today, bringing the game up to version 1.03 and bringing with it a tiny amount of changes. The most notable change is that there is now a separate command for turning into Super Sonic. Triangle for PS4, Y for Xbox, and X for Switch Example. Also included are:

  • Leaderboards no longer crash the game on PS4.
  • Using the Bubble Shield bounce as the second act of a zone started no longer crashes the game.
  • The game no longer saves your score after finishing a game file. Starting on any level from a finished game file resets the score to 0.
  • When recording on PS4, a Sega copyright logo would be plastered onto the bottom right hand corner of the screen. It's now been removed.
  • Some general bug fixes such as glitching into Knuckles' section in Green Hill with Sonic.
  • The Dunkey easter egg was removed.
  • Switch home delay has been fixed

If you haven’t gotten around to checking the game out yet, make sure to check out our review for Sonic Mania.