Following a brief detour with the likes of Lost World and Boom, the Sonic franchise thankfully appears to be on the path to recovery once again. However, while we’ll have to wait and see if the two games set for release next year can truly deliever on the hype, that doesn’t mean that fans of the hedgehog are bankrupt in terms of content that will satisfy them for the time being. And as it turns out, Sonic Utopia just so happens to be that.
Having been revealed as the big mystery project of 2016’s SAGE (for those who are unaware, it’s an internet convention for Sonic fan games), Utopia aims to bring the style of the original Genesis/Mega Drive trilogy and CD into an open-world 3D format while also expanding upon the groundbreaking formula that they brought to the platforming genre. In essence, it’s a bit like Sonic Robo Blast 2 in terms of concept, but it still manages to be its’ own unique thing at the same time. There isn’t a release date set for the project, and there probably won’t be for a long, long time, but there’s a demo available if you want to try it for yourselves. If you ask me, this could really be something special – and this is coming from someone who doesn’t even like most of the Sonic games outside of the original games! Not only are the music and art style beautifully nostalgic, but it also succeeds in bringing the charm of the originals into a third-dimensional format. You know, given how the ports of the originals and Mania have actual longtime fans of the franchise attached to them, something tells me it won’t be long until Sega tries to get in contact with these guys as well.
What are your thoughts on this valiant effort to bring the hedgehog’s most cherished outings into a fresh new light? Be sure to leave your thoughts and opinions in the comments section below.