One of the new game modes in Sonic Forces allows you to create your own hero in the style of Sonic the Hedgehog. You've got a variety of options for the species of your hero, each with their own special abilities. SEGA made the announcement of custom designed heroes back in May, but finally we've gotten some screen shots showing off just what players will be able to do when custom designing their heroes.
This is the first time in Sonic history that players can design their own character to use in game, and the Hero Character mode should prove to be an interesting addition. It's a bit more baffling in comparison to the Modern Sonic and Classic Sonic modes that will be included in Sonic Forces, but I guess there are only so many ways to keep a hedgehog-themed platformer fresh after thirty-odd years.
In Hero Character mode, players will be equipping their custom character with one of a variety of powerful gadgets called Wispons. Wispons are an evolution of the Color Powers from Sonic Colors and double as both offensive abilities and as a way to platform through levels quickly. Along with the Wispon, the Hero Character will have a grappling hook they can utilize to quickly traverse across zones. Players can also customize the Hero Character's looks by choosing and swapping between hundreds of accessories and outfit options to change the character's appearance as they play through the game.
Those various species and special abilities I mentioned earlier are as follows:
- Wolf – Automatically draws in rings when near them
- Rabbit – Has longer invincible time after receiving damage
- Cat – Keeps one ring after being hit
- Dog – Restarts with five rings after the player dies
- Bear – Blows away enemies with a homing attack
- Bird – Flies high with double jump abilities
- Hedgehog – Collects rings when getting damaged
So if all you've ever wanted to do was play a Sonic game as a bird, you are absolutely covered. You can take a look at some of the character options in the screenshots revealed today.
Sonic Forces will release on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC, and the Nintendo Switch in time for the Holidays.