Your own Sonic the Hedgehog fanfic characters will soon be able to actually go on adventures with Sonic. Sega have announced that the upcoming Sonic Forces [official site] will support custom characters, letting you design your own wicked rad animal pal. If you want to run and jump as a pink dog with a sailor hat and a padlock necklace, you absolutely can. I can’t promise your dog will get to pash Tails but running around, sure, that’s in. Have a look in this trailer:
Forces, to remind you, is the third-person hogger which mixes side-on and 3D bits much as Sonic Generations did. It’ll star Old Sonic and New Sonic, as well as a ‘Hero Character’ of the player’s creation.
The game will pack seven different types of animal — cat, dog, bear, bird, hedgehog, rabbit, and wolf — who each have a minor unique ability, like a double-jump or automatically sucking in nearby rings. Then here are cosmetic options like skin colour, gloves, hats, garments, footwear, and everything else you need to make a totally radical Sonicfriend to the max.
Hero Characters also have a choice of gadgets called Wispons, which Sega say “are an evolution of the Color Powers from Sonic Colors and double as both offensive abilities and as a way to platform through levels quickly.” Oh, and you get a grappling hook. That’s good: my original characters always have grappling hooks. I only hope Forces has the cigarettes and snarl that mark her as a real hardnut.
Sonic Forces is due some time this ‘holiday season’, which I guess means November-ish. America, maaan. Before then, the 2D Sonic Forces is coming this summer.