SEGA Releases New Map And Music From Team Sonic Racing

Today, SEGA is headed into the cold with the reveal of a new ice stage from the upcoming team-based racing title, Team Sonic Racing. In the new track, “Frozen Junkyard,” Sonic and friends will race through a hazardous frosty junkyard and avoid treacherous obstacles, including lethal beams from a massive Death Egg Robot! Jun Senoue, the iconic Sonic series composer has teamed up with Tyler Smyth of Danger Kids, to create a new song for the track.

Following their successful collaboration on the “Infinite” theme in Sonic Forces, the duo is teaming up once again for a new track in Team Sonic Racing.

Developed by award-winning studio Sumo Digital, Team Sonic Racing is the ultimate arcade and fast-paced competitive style racing experience, featuring your favorite characters and environments from across the Sonic Universe. Race together and win together in online multiplayer or local co-op mode utilizing the dynamic team mechanics and vehicle customization features to dash across the finish line. Team Sonic Racing is set to release both physically and digitally on May 21, 2019 on Sony PlayStation®4, Microsoft Xbox® One and Nintendo Switch™, with a digital-only release on PC.

To pre-order the physical edition of Team Sonic Racing, please visit www.teamsonicracing.com. To stay current on Sonic the Hedgehog news, follow Sonic on Twitter and Instagram, like him on Facebook, and subscribe to the Twitch channel and the YouTube channel.

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Team Sonic Racing - Hidden Volcano track info and screens

We got some artwork for the Hidden Volcano track earlier today, but now we have a bunch of screens, as well as an official synopsis.

Hidden Volcano is a lava zone course hidden deep within the ice-covered Glacier Land area. This area is distinguished by its lumps of ice created by the scorching hot magma within the iceberg and complicated terrain due to lava rocks. It requires calm judgment and bold technique to conquer its slippery ice roads and varying bumpiness caused by tears in the earth. At the starting line, a lava giant towers above the track and swings its fist downward to block the racers’ path forward.

Check out more screens here

SEGA shares new Team Sonic Racing concept art

SEGA has shown off a new bit of concept art for the upcoming Team Sonic Racing. This image shows off one of the lava-filled race tracks. Not exactly the most friendly environment to race in!

RUMOR - New Sonic cartoon coming this year

Toy Fair 2019 was the place to showcase all sorts of new toys in the works, and Jakks Pacific had a huge wave of content to show off. That includes a new wave of Sonic figurines, which you see above. In the post above, which comes from toy enthusiast outlet ToyShiz, you can see that a new cartoon is mentioned in the info. The toys are indeed real and on the way, but are they really tied to a new cartoon? Is this going to be a new episode of the existing series, or something else altogether?

Thanks to Andreslop24 for the heads up!

RUMOR - Sonic the Hedgehog movie might be releasing much later in some parts of the world

The Sonic the Hedgehog movie is going to release here in the states on Nov. 8th, 2019. It's normal for movies to release slightly staggered around the world, and that seems to be the case for Europe. It seems that in various European countries, the release date is anywhere from later in November to late December.

Things get even crazier the more you look through the available information. According to IMDB, the film won't release in Japan until May 23rd, 2020, and New Zealand in July 2020! Now IMDB has certainly been a source of dubious information in the past, so we're not ready to call these release dates confirmed just yet. Let's hope we get some official information these release dates soon.

SEGA releases a Sonic Mania Adventures papercraft episode for Valentine's Day

These animated features for Sonic Mania Adventures have been so damn good. So much charm and just a lot of fun to watch. With Sonic Mania and Sonic Mania Adventures, I really feel like at least part of the Sonic franchise is back on track!

Thanks to Andreslop24 for the heads up!

SEGA & JAKKS Pacific Announce Licensing Deal for Sonic the Hedgehog

Santa Monica, Calif., - February 13, 2019— Leading U.S. toymaker JAKKS Pacific, Inc. (NASDAQ: JAKK), today announced it has entered into a multi-year, global toy licensing deal with SEGA of America, Inc. to manufacture, market, and distribute their iconic Sonic the Hedgehog video game brand. The entire line will be showcased at the International Toy Fair in New York February 16-19, 2019.

SEGA’s Sonic the Hedgehog franchise launched in 1991 and continues to be one of the most-popular gaming brands of all time with over 800M units sold or downloaded to date. With a methodical and organic approach, Sonic the Hedgehog has expanded its footprint across multiple platforms including games, mobile, TV, comics and other entertainment areas.

JAKKS will be showcasing its line of Sonic the Hedgehog action figures, playsets, plush, collectibles and novelty items. One item fans will speed to the store for is the Pinball Track Set. This set brings the iconic videogame to life with its customizable track. Fans simply pull the pinball launcher and shoot the Sonic Spheres through the loops and turns. The set comes with an exclusive Sonic Sphere and removable figure.

“We are incredibly excited to work with SEGA of America to bring this iconic property and character to life,” said Craig Drobis, SVP Marketing, JAKKS Pacific. “The JAKKS line of toys, role-play, and dress-up extends the ‘Sonic’ experience from screen-time to play-time.”

“As a best-in-class toy company that possesses an exemplary track record with legendary brands in the gaming space, it made perfect sense for us to enter into a partnership with JAKKS Pacific,” said Anoulay Tsai, Licensing Director, SEGA of America. “This is a great step forward for Sonic the Hedgehog as we endeavor to break barriers at the speed of sound in toys!”

The global launch (except Asia) of Sonic the Hedgehog toys will be available at retail this Fall for fans ages three and older with prices starting at $4.99.

Team Sonic Racing - Doctor's Mine track, and Team Eggman screens/art

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We learned about Team Eggman and the Doctor's Mine track in Team Sonic Racing not too long ago, but now we have a bunch of screens and art to go along with it. I don't know about you, but I have a feeling Eggman is going to end up on the losing side of this race...

SXSW 2019 to feature 'Gotta Go Fast: The Official Sonic the Hedgehog Panel' (with special announcements) and 'The Psychology of The Legend of Zelda'

Looks like we have two panels at the upcoming South X SouthWest event to look forward to. There will be an official SEGA panel on Sonic the Hedgehog, which is going to include some surprises, as well as a Legend of Zelda panel. Check out the details below!

The Discovery Stage is back for another year of fan-centric panels, reveals, and announcements at SXSW Gaming! The Discovery Stage is an integral part of experiencing SXSW Gaming every year as it hosts fan-favorite franchises, voice actors, filmmakers, and more, specially curated for YOU! You can expect discussions about the journey of making games, first-look revelations on top upcoming titles, and more – all at the heart of SXSW Gaming!

We’re excited to reveal the lineup for this year’s sessions and highly recommend you be a part of the fun next month!

Gotta Go Fast: The Official Sonic the Hedgehog Panel

Aaron Webber (SEGA of America), Jasmin Hernandez (SEGA of America), Jun Senoue (SEGA), Takashi Iizuka (SEGA of America)

Sonic the Hedgehog is back at SXSW! Join special guests from SEGA and Sonic Team as they talk about the latest for the blue blur and his next steps for 2019 and beyond. There’s almost always a special announcement or two to be had, so be sure to purchase your wristband to SXSW Gaming to make sure you’re there to hear it first – no spoilers here!

The Psychology of The Legend of Zelda

Dr. Anthony Bean, Dr. Emory Daniel Jr., Dr. Rachel Kowert, and Dr. Shane Tilton

The Legend of Zelda franchise has immersed players in a courageous struggle against the forces of evil for three whole decades and across 30 different games. Surprisingly, throughout all these years, the powerful psychology of this game continues to allow players to assess many varying mental health conditions and to overcome emotional trauma. From Dark Link to being an orphan, panelists discuss the varying psychological importance of why this game series Links up so well with our psyches.

The Sonic the Hedgehog panel takes place March 16th, 2019 at 1:00PM – 2:00PM, and the Legend of Zelda panel will be held on March 17th, 2019 at 2:30PM – 3:30PM.

Thanks to Andreslop24 for the heads up!

SXSW seems to be teasing something Sonic-related for tomorrow

SEGA has a recent history of announcing/revealing Sonic-related things at SXSW Gaming, and it seems like that's going to happen again tomorrow. No idea what it's going to be, but the wording definitely lends itself to Sonic. We'll keep tabs and bring you any relevant info.

Thanks to Andreslop24 for the heads up!