It was Sonic’s 30th Birthday yesterday (Happy Belated Birthday, Sonic!) and while there was no new game released, there is a recreation of the original Megadrive games in Minecraft!
It may only be a DLC pack, but this one actually looks great (so great, infact, that it makes me, who is not really interested in Minecraft at all, to give it a go). It looks like a pretty substantial DLC pack too – it includes the usual skins for Sonic and his friends, but also procedurally-generated maps inspired by specific Sonic levels such as Green Hill Zone and Chemical Plant Zone. The levels work similarly to the real thing, including rings you can collect and robot enemies who are out to get you. Sonic’s friends all have their own unique abilities too, such as Tails who can fly and Knuckles who can glide. It certainly seems like alot of effort has been put into this one to celebrate the Blue Spiky One’s birthday.
Although it has missed yesterday’s anniversary, a new Sonic game is in development right now. It’s rumoured to be a big open world adventure called Sonic Rangers. We won’t go into that one right now, as not much is known, apart from Sonic Team’s boss, Takashi Iizuka, suggesting it will be a milestone for the series. But we’ll ignore that right now too until we see some evidence of that – as Sonic Team have let us down alot over the years. And Iizuka is hardly going to say “It’s an ok game, but much better than Sonic the Hedgehog from the Xbox 360 and PS3 era”, is he? (Wouldn’t it be great if sometimes people in the Hype Machine would actually just be honest about their games?)
Rather strangely, it seems 23rd June 2021 was a big day for anniversaries. Along with Sonic’s 30th, it was also the 25th anniversary of Super Mario 64, the N64 and Quake too. No official commemorative announcements have been made for any of these facts by all involved (apart from quick mentions on Twitter). I am 100% blaming the Coronavirus for this one! Damn you Covid, damn you to hell!
Have a look at the trailer below for the Sonic Minecraft DLC and let us know what you think in the comments section.