2017 promises to be a big year for Sonic the Hedgehog. With not one but two major game releases slated to come out, excitement and speculation has been running wild. Since being announced last July, both Sonic Mania and “Project Sonic 2017” have been shrouded in mystery, with only scant pieces of information being released on either title since their grand unveiling.
Though there’s nothing wrong with keeping things close to the chest, SEGA has promised to reveal some new details on both games at this year’s SXSW Conference in Austin, Texas. To get the hype train rolling, the official Sonic the Hedgehog Twitter has been teasing some of what’s to come, especially for Sonic’s return to form in the 2D platforming landscape.
The SXSW 2017 schedule has confirmed that Sega will hold an official Sonic the Hedgehog panel at the event this year. The panel will feature Aaron Webber (PR), Mike Pollock (voice of Eggman), Roger Craig Smith (voice of Sonic), and Takashi Iizuka (producer) as speakers, and promises to give a behind-the-scenes look at the upcoming Sonic Mania and Project Sonic 2017. The full panel description:
Dive into the world of Sonic the Hedgehog in this exclusive behind-the-scenes look at both Sonic Mania and the upcoming Sonic 2017! With presenters from SEGA and Sonic Team’s Takashi Iizuka, this panel will answer questions about both games, showcase a new reveal for each title, and will discuss Sonic’s resurgence in the world of gaming since the reveal of both games. Of course, with Sonic involved, who knows what other surprises might be in store?
The panel will be held on March 16th from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM. And while previously SXSW Gaming was free to attend, tickets will be required for this year’s event. While last year’s Sonic panel at SXSW was live streamed, Sega has not yet announced whether or not they’ll do a live stream again this year.