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2021-06-02

Sonic the Hedgehog celebrates his 30th birthday this year, and a new digital showcase coming Thursday, May 27, will reveal the future of Sega¨s enduring mascot. Sonic Central, described as a virtual event focused on the famous hedgehog, will feature appearances from Sega¨s Sonic Team and unannounced special guests.

In a news release Tuesday, Sega promised to reveal ^a plethora of upcoming projects, partnerships and events spanning the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise and beyond ̄ during the livestream. Sonic Central will stream at 12 p.m. EDT/9 a.m. PDT on May 27, on the official Sonic the Hedgehog YouTube and Twitch channels.

Sonic the Hedgehog¨s most recent game releases were a pair of spinoffs, in the form of 2019¨s Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 and Team Sonic Racing. The blue blur¨s most recent core games, 3D platformer Sonic Forces and 2D platformer Sonic Mania, were released back in 2017.

Sega has a sequel to its Sonic the Hedgehog movie in development at Paramount Pictures, with a release date of April 8, 2022. A handful of rumored collections and remasters, including a rerelease of Wii game Sonic Colors, have leaked via retail listings.

To further celebrate Sonic¨s anniversary, Sega collaborated with creative agency Liquid+ Arcade for a new ^Unstoppable ̄ promotional campaign that highlights fans¨ long relationship with the Sega Genesis-era mascot. You can see Sonic¨s new nostalgia-tinged video below.

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