Last month, the internet was abuzz about a clip of Sonic Forces from a Nintendo Direct presentation that teased a third playable character, viewed only via silhouette. Speculations soon popped up, with even rumors getting started that the character would turn out to be Bubsy the Bobcat, of all people. But today, Sega has officially revealed who the mysterious third character in the next major Sonic the Hedgehog game is, and it turns out that character is…YOU.
Or to be more accurate, it’s a character you create. Yes, after years and years of people crafting their own Sonic fan characters, players will now have the chance to actually whip up their own fully playable custom character, representing Sonic Forces’ third gameplay style after Classic Sonic and Modern Sonic. The Hero Character, as they’re known, will be equipped with their choice of Wispon, described as an evolution of the Color Powers from Sonic Colors, which will grant various abilities. In addition, the hero character will have a grappling hook to help them quickly get across various levels.
To make their own Hero Character, players will select from one of seven animal bases – wolf, rabbit, cat, dog, bear, bird, or hedgehog (of course) – each with their own built-in special ability, then deck them out with hundreds of accessories and outfit options. And according to Sega, this isn’t just for appearances, as the Hero Character will play a key part in Sonic Forces’ story and appear in the cutscenes. Enjoy these screenshots of potential creations in action along with the trailer below.