Aficionados of second tier holidays might recognize February 2 as Groundhog Day, the day each year where people across America cower in fear as a rodent dictates the weather patterns for the next month and a half. However, longtime Sonic fans might recognize the date by its slightly less terrifying moniker: “Hedgehog Day.” Not only was this the day that the classic Sonic 3 was released for the Genesis way back in the dark ages, it has also more recently become the day where SEGA teases news or releases some goodies for Sonic games. And, if the people over at The Sonic Stadium are to be believed, this is a tradition that looks to continue this year.
Sources close to SEGA indicate the company is primed to announce a new Sonic title that should be released on both current and next-gen consoles. This new title will supposedly follow in the footsteps of the more recent, less terrible Sonic games like Sonic Colors and Sonic Generations. The main difference this time around will be the inclusion of around 10 of Sonic’s cast of friends, and different level exits that are only accessible to characters with certain abilities. While this sounds like an interesting concept, it is typically true that the quality of a Sonic game is inversely proportional to how many of his friends decide to crash the party.
Hopefully we’ll have more concrete news to report in a week or so and can officially eliminate Big the Cat from the list of possibly playable characters.