Sonic Forces is pretty dang close to releasing, though it still feels like I haven’t “seen” much of the game. I’ve played it at multiple events and walked away pleased, but it seems only a couple zones have been demoed — whether that was intentional or not, I’m not sure. I’m all for keeping surprises for the actual release (Hydrocity being in Mania made my day), but it’s still great to see the game in motion someplace new.

 

 
This Space Port video has a custom bird character running through Chemical Plant and using the Drill Wispon, two features revealed together via screenshots recently. The stage itself looks distinct enough from other Chemical Plant uses, and if all those rings are to be believed, it has plenty of alternate paths. Quick time events may be making a comeback for the series as well, judging by a cutscene-like interlude in the middle, though no button prompts were shown.

 

 
We also get a boss fight video against new villain Infinite, though the interesting bit is your own character. Sega’s revealed that in stages you can tag out to another player’s Custom Hero via the internet, letting you swap Wispons for a given section or scenario. No word on if these Rental Avatars can be set ahead of time, but if the game lets me share characters with a friend, it’d be an interesting way to coordinate, especially with the teamwork theme running through the game.

We should have more details soon, with Sonic Forces releasing on Switch on November 7th.

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Written by Ricky Berg

When he isn’t writing for Nintendo Wire, Ricky’s anticipating the next Kirby, Fire Emblem, or if the stars ever align, Mother 3 to be released. Till then he’ll have the warm comfort of Super Smash Bros. to keep him going.

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