After announcing earlier this week that a brand-new Sonic the Hedgehog game is in the works, Sonic Team head Takashi Iizuka confirmed the project will launch in 2017. The news was revealed in Tokyo during a celebration for the franchise’s (Sonic) 25th anniversary (Via Gematsu).
It was also confirmed that more specifics will be shared at the San Diego’s 25th Anniversary party on July 22nd. This event, which will also include a live performances by the bands Crush 40 and Hyper Potions, will thankfully be livestreamed for all to watch.
The imminent announcement was further teased by Sonic and nemesis Doctor Eggman “themselves” on the official Sonic Twitter:
— Sonic the Hedgehog (@sonic_hedgehog) June 24, 2016
“We at Sonic Team are developing a completely new game,” Iizuka said earlier this week. “The most important thing is not the fact that the series survived for 25 years, but how many games [were] developed. Our goal [is to] add something new and overcome any potential hardships.”
While the new game won’t be out until next year, 3DS owners are getting a new installment in the Sonic Boom series, which launches on September 27 in the United States, September 30 in Europe and October 1 in Australia. In addition, the speedy blue hedgehog is headed to LEGO Dimensions in a forthcoming expansion.