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Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020: Everything We Know

December 23, 2019
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Perhaps one of the most iconic characters in all of gaming, Sonic the Hedgehog is only second to Mario the bouncy plumber as far as video game mascots go. First created by Japanese video game developer Sonic Team in the early 1990s, Sonic is an anthropomorphic blue hedgehog with a predilection for collecting gold rings and the ability to run faster than sound itself.

Since then, the character has headlined countless games spanning across genres including 2D platforming, 3D platforming, racing games, arcade games, educational games and much more, the most recent of which is the ‘Team Sonic Racing’, a Sonic themed kart racing game that came out earlier this year.

Now, with Olympic season drawing closer and closer each month, a new companion Sonic game titled ‘Sonic at the Olympic Games – Tokyo 2020’ for mobile platforms is just around the corner. Read on to learn everything we know about the latest installment in the adventures of the fleet-footed blue hedgehog.

Sonic at the Olympic Games – Tokyo 2020 Gameplay

‘Sonic at the Olympic Games – Tokyo 2020’ is a sports action title that is also the official Tokyo 2020 Olympic game for mobile platforms. The game will feature a multitude of real life and fictional competitive sporting events. Some of the confirmed events include the 100 meter dash, 400 meter hurdles, Diving, Archery, Trap Shooting, Fencing, Badminton, Hammer Throw and possibly more. There will also be bonus “EX” events in the game, although not much is known about this mode yet. This is all essentially a collection of sports based mini games, each with their own Sonic twist to incorporate his lightning speed and collectible golden rings.

‘Sonic at the Olympic Games – Tokyo 2020’ will feature a number of classic Sonic characters to choose from such as Sonic’s self proclaimed girlfriend Amy Rose the hedgehog, Sonic’s nemesis Dr. Eggman, princess regent Blaze the Cat, ninja warrior Espio the Chameleon, thief leader Jet the Hawk, the last Echidna in existence Knuckles, Sonic’s evil cybernetic alter ego Metal Sonic, jewel thief and part-time spy Rouge the Bat, the artificially synthesized Shadow the Hedgehog, the futuristic Silver the Hedgehog, Sonic’s sidekick Miles Prower, head detective Vector the Crocodile and the demon leader Zavok. Other characters may also be confirmed somewhere down the line. You will also meet a number of Non Playable Characters (NPCs) such as the chicken like Cuckys, the penguin like Peckys, the pig like Pickys and Dr. Eggman’s assistant robots Cubot and Orbot.

The progression system of the game will have you select different stages and game modes from the world map which shows countless popular tourist attractions in Tokyo, each associated with a different event.

It also looks like ‘Sonic at the Olympic Games – Tokyo 2020’ will feature some sort of a competitive multiplayer element, with dedicated global leaderboards so you can compare your Olympic performance with your friends as well as strangers across the world. There are also regional leaderboards and you can choose to represent your country on the global stage. We don’t know if there will be a direct PvP competitive mode in ‘Sonic at the Olympic Games – Tokyo 2020’ yet, although it would certainly be a fantastic addition to the game and help underline the competitive spirit of the Olympics themselves.

Very appropriately, ‘Sonic at the Olympic Games – Tokyo 2020’ will support a multitude of international languages including English, Traditional Chinese, Korean, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Russian, and Dutch at launch.

Sonic at the Olympic Games – Tokyo 2020 Developers: Who Are the People Behind It?

‘Sonic at the Olympic Games – Tokyo 2020’ is being developed and published by Japanese video game veteran Sega. Sega is best known for its multi million franchises ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’, the real-time strategy series ‘Total War’ and the Japanese Role Playing Game (JRPG) ‘Yakuza’ series.

Sonic at the Olympic Games – Tokyo 2020 Release Date: When And Where Can I Play it?

According to the official webpage for the game, ‘Sonic at the Olympic Games – Tokyo 2020’ will be released sometime in Spring 2020. The game will be available exclusively on mobile platforms including iOS and Android. The base game itself will be free to play, but in-app purchases will be required to access some of the game’s exclusive content.

Sonic at the Olympic Games – Tokyo 2020 Trailer

You can watch the reveal trailer for ‘Sonic at the Olympic Games – Tokyo 2020’ right here:

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