Sega has announced a new 2D Sonic the Hedgehog game.
Sonic Superstars let players control either Sonic, Tails, Knuckles or Amy Rose, and for the first time in a Sonic game, there will also be co-op support for up to four players.
A trailer was also shown for the game, highlighting the game’s new 2.5D visual style. Sonic’s original character designer Naoto Ohshima has returned to help with the game’s look, and has created “a new character that Sonic and his friends will have to face”.
According to Sega’s press blurb: “Sonic and his friends’ journey starts on the beautiful North Star Islands, a mystical place offering never-before-seen environments, as well as a mysterious story waiting to unfold.
“Enormous creatures, exhilarating adventures, and evil plans from Dr Eggman await Sonic and his friends, who can now obtain brand-new abilities known as the Emerald Powers when Chaos Emeralds are collected.”
Get ready for Sonic Superstars, arriving Fall 2023! pic.twitter.com/u3xsiuYtA2
— Sonic the Hedgehog (@sonic_hedgehog) June 8, 2023
These new abilities include creating clones, climbing waterfalls and powering up.
Fang the Sniper, an old enemy from Game Gear title Sonic Triple Trouble, also returns to help out Eggman.
According to Sega, “2D classic Sonic platforming has been reimagined for current-generation platforms with new zones, music, gameplay, and modern UHD visuals only possible with 3D graphics.
“Sonic’s movements, physics, and controls feel familiar and appeal to recent and legacy fans alike.”