SEGA recently hosted a panel at SXSW, where they detailed some of the upcoming celebrations for Sonic’s 25th anniversary. One of the biggest announcements made at the panel was the release of an official launch date for Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice, which will come out on September 27th.
Sonic Team announced that they will be hosting massive celebrations for the 25th anniversary on July 22nd, at the House of Blues in Los Angeles. This celebration will include a live performance from Crush 40 and Hyper Potions, the rock bands who record much of the soundtrack for
Sonic games. Sonic Team has also teased that they will be revealing a new Sonic game at the event. They will also be handing out limited-edition Sonic merchandise to all who attend (the price for the merchandise is included in the cost of the ticket).
SEGA has released this statement about the event, telling fans what they should expect:
If you’re a Sonic fan, this should be the party to go to. The event will have “very special announcements,” and SEGA’s Aaron Webber also teased: “… if you are looking forward to a game announcement, I’m not saying there’s going to be a game announcement at this party, but you should totally come to this party.”
Celebrate 25 years of Sonic the Hedgehog at our official party at the House of Blues, during San Diego Comic-con! Special guests, musical performances by Crush 40 and Hyper Potions, exclusive 25th Anniversary merchandise and more await!
Food is provided by the venue, and your ticket price also covers limited edition merchandise we’ll be giving away at the show.
Join us as we celebrate the past, and give you the exclusive first look at the future of Sonic!
Tickets for the event can be purchased
here, for a price of $25. As mentioned in the quote above, this celebration will take place during this year’s San Diego Comic Con, so it’d be easy for big gaming fans to attend both events.
The fact that the press release chooses to focus on the “future of the Sonic” is very significant. The Sonic franchise has gone through several different themes through the past ten years, with games like Sonic Unleashed, Sonic and the Secret Rings, and Sonic Colors, but it still hasn’t produced many games that could be considered widely successful. Hopefully, whatever game Sonic Team announces will establish a more stable and beloved theme for the future of the franchise. We can only wait and see if it will be more successful than Sonic‘s 15th Anniversary ten years ago; we shouldn’t forget that very similar things were said in anticipation of Sonic 2006.
What do you think? Will you be attending this event? Personally, I’d love to go if I lived in the area or attended Comic Con. It’s only $25, and it looks like it’ll be a great celebration.
Source: Nintendo Everything
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