New Sonic Forces Trailer Introduces the Villains

Sega has released a new trailer for Sonic Forces.

Featured above, the new trailer introduces the games playable characters, as well as its roster of villains.

Here’s the game’s key art, featuring the entire roster of characters:

The villains featured in the game include:

  • Doctor Ivo “Eggman” Robotnik: The original Mad Genius Doctor, and Sonic’s nemesis. After countless failed attempts, his plan to take over the world seems to finally be succeeding.
  • Chaos: An ancient power thought to have been quelled after the events of Sonic Adventure. His return is a mystery.
  • Shadow: Once called “The Ultimate Life Form,” Shadow fights for his own reasons. He appeared in Sonic Adventure 2.
  • Metal Sonic: One of the evil doctor’s most powerful creations, Metal Sonic first appeared in Sonic CD, and has returned at a few key moments since.
  • Zavok: The leader of a group known as The Zeti, Zavok is a powerful warrior who was first seen in Sonic Lost World.

Sonic Forces is being developed by Sonic Team and is coming out this Holiday season for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC.

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  • Jack

    Edge, Edge, and Edgy

  • Uncle Ocelot

    Chaos is back? Crazy. That new villain’s edginess makes Shadow look Sesame Street. The game looks cool though.

  • Mr0303

    Why is Shadow a dick again? Is it because of MARIAAAA!?

  • Uncle Ocelot

    He’s always been a dick that switches from hero to villain when he feels like it. That was basically the point of his game.

  • AuraMaster DX (austin9568)
  • [Your Unoriginal Name Here]™

    Huh? I thought Shadow was an anti-hero though? Did Eggman bribe him or just a personal vendetta with Sonic?

    So Sonic Forces is basically Generations 2, still Im glad to see all of them (except for the red one since I havent played Lost World yet) and we get to beat their asses with our own furry characters :D

  • No_Good_Names_Ever

    All the big bads returning along with that ascended edgefest while being able to make your OC and have it fight alongside Sonic makes me think something made a deal with the devil.

  • Nagato

    I feel like Sonic Team realized that with Mania being a thing, their reason d’etre and livelihood is at risk, so they’re just throwing all the fanfic elements into one game now in the hopes that it’ll stick.

  • gwadahunter2222

    Brainwashing again

  • chaoguy

    Never occurred to me that Sonic Team could “fear” the 2D team.
    I’d have figured Sega would keep both to appeal to different demographics. But when seeing how much Sonic Team’s _net_ profit is compared to Manias…

  • Fenrir007

    Ow The Edgehog

  • tccboss

    how am I supposed to take this trailer seriously?

  • Personaknight

    Because he came back due to fan appeal kinda making his journey through SA2 a disappointment. He now relegated to just being jealous that sonic has friends (atleast in boom.)

  • Personaknight

    Looks like something out of the comics. Dr. Finitevus or Enerjak epsically with the demi-god look, floating, and, energy powers. I’ll reserve judgment until we see what they go for with this.

  • Personaknight

    Sonic the Hedgehog. You either just go with it or think it’s incredibly cringle or mix of both if you like torturing yourself.

  • OldPalpy

    The only place the deadly six should have been reappearing is in a swallow grave along with all of Lost World’s other “invocations”.

  • OldPalpy

    Unless you’re Sonic Mania

  • OldPalpy

    They for sure either fear or hate classic 2D Sonic, see Sonic 4, Forces not improving classic’s physics which looks like a total joke when you’ve got Mania doing it perfectly. Mania is a license to print money and bring in people who hadn’t given a shit about Sonic for decades while Sonic Team keeps doubling down on what drove those people way in the first place so I can why Iizuka would view it as a threat and wants it treated like a oneoff.

  • Personaknight

    I mean there are many facets to sonic fan base so they have a lot of specific types of fans to appeal to. I’m sure there are plenty that find Mania a disappointment despite it’s wonderful presentation.

  • Fear Me I Am Free

    I don’t see Shadow randomly joining Eggman again just because he wants to be evil again.

  • OldPalpy

    The people that find Mania a disappointment are the ones who claim that Sonic 06 did nothing wrong.

  • Fenrir007

    There are people that like 06???

  • OldPalpy

    Yes they’re are some utterly insane people out there I’d compare them to those that enjoy smashing their balls with a hammer.

  • Personaknight

    It’s really annoying considering that they keep pushing characters who’s story should have just been contained to their first game. Now because they keep getting brought back it takes impact from those games and reduces them to Edgehog, robot clone, mindless ancient beast, and yeti.

  • OSad

    I enjoy it, but from a developer standpoint more than anything. Knowing that the team working on it was downsized twice and the original director on the project was allocated to make Sonic and the Secret Rings in the middle of 06’s development makes it a fascinating subject on how to mismanage your IP’s in a colossal way.

    06 paints a very wide picture of what-ifs and what could have been’s. People begrudge the crap out of it but I always think “What if Sega had given this area or this boss one more year? Would it be radically different? Would it be better?”. It’s a bit of a soft spot for wasted potential I have after going through most of a university course which teaches you about professional tools and management skills used in the gaming industry.

    The feeling of pure melancholy I get when I look at games like it and reflect back to their development cycles and what the developers were possibly going through at the time, is the reason I like Sonic 06. Plus, I know it turned out horrible, but surely there was some heart behind it to make a game that would celebrate Sonic’s anniversary in a big way, and that’s just something I can’t bring myself to hate on.

    Basically I’ve developed stockholm syndrome for Sonic 06 and crappy games in general. And I have no balls anymore.

  • OldPalpy

    I can think of some bad games to get melancholy over but 06 isn’t it, it was the third trash game in a row from Sonic Team that failed to even play half as good as SA2’s speed stages. Sonic Adventure was their first 3D game and was rushed to high hell and managed to be more polished and fun to play than 06 so I only that excuse going so far. I also don’t see how it was celebrating Sonic’s anniversary, I see it as celebrating their poor understanding of what people liked about the first two Adventure games while going balls deep on being realistic and edgy.

    Forces has had 4 years in development and so far it doesn’t look like there is much refinement if at all to Modern and Classic Sonic from Generations and is bringing back annoying shit like constant voice acting during gameplay and weapon based combat in the original the character stages. For the time being Forces looks like the Anti-Generations to me.

  • OSad

    Ehh, I’m ready to admit I’m wrong on this. I meant to say that, regardless of what Sega told them to do, the team behind Sonic 06 would have wanted Sonic to do good on his anniversary, so they were probably trying their best to put something respectable out.

    The modern Sonic games are pretty indefensible, and I agree, it doesn’t look like Forces is shaping up to be anything more special than its predecessors. I personally liked Lost World though I think I’m in a shrinking minority when it comes to that, but I just don’t get Sega’s fetishism with this style of modern Sonic while their other IP’s are just sitting there getting progressively thicker layers of dust.

    I just want to tell them it’s going to be okay and hand them a copy of Bonanza Bros or something similar.

  • A Loli de 42 ‘OCs’ do Sonic

    YOOO! he really DOES kinda look like Enerjak. kind of a mix between Enerjak and Mephiles.

  • OldPalpy

    Does seem like a massive waste, they have so many classic studios like AM2 that haven’t put out anything but ports in years. Their old IPs is perfect for small digital games, Double Dragon shouldn’t be getting more action lately than Streets of fucking Rage. This is also the same Sega that doesn’t see the demand for PSO2 in the west.

  • A Loli de 42 ‘OCs’ do Sonic

    that would be me when Mania was first announced;

    I was watching the event live (it was 2AM in Brazil at the time) and, having grown up with the 3D games (I don’t mind the Classic 2D ones, but I like Sonic because of the 3D ones SA1, SA2, Heroes, Shadow, etc.) all I wanted out of that event was a Sonic game that went back to being more serious (I HATE what Colors, Generations, and Lost World did to the characters, that overly childish comedy only got worse with each game after colors), So when they made a big announcement and it was a 2D game with 16-bit sprites and obviously no story, I was really disappointed, I kept watching hoping for something else but the whole event just kept me feeling sad, thankfully, Forces was announced right at the end, and so far, THAT is the game I’m excited for, Eggman seem like a legit threat again (he was pathetic in Colors, Generations and LW), Sonic doesn’t seem to have the horrible dialogue that plagued the last 3 games, Vocal themes are back, and they seem to be putting more emphasis on the plot. (though Classic Sonic, the Wisps, and Zavok’s presence REALLY irk me, specially that last one, I just want to forget that attrocity of a game he was inever existed).

    I’m happy for the fans who are excited for Mania (except when they are assholes and sh*t on Forces, though this doesn’t happen on this site too much), but I’m completely indiferent towards it. nothing I’ve seen about it excites me in the least. (mostly because I like the characters and wanna see them in a cool story and I know Mania has no intention of delivering on that front).

  • A Loli de 42 ‘OCs’ do Sonic

    I like it, there’s TONS of problems with it but I still manage to find enjoyment in a few aspects.

  • A Loli de 42 ‘OCs’ do Sonic

    probably bribe or brainwash, Shadow wouldn’t just turn evil for no reason

  • A Loli de 42 ‘OCs’ do Sonic

    Let’s not bring Boom into the subject.

    In fact, NONE of those guys (except for maybe Metal Sonic) have any reason to join Eggman, Shadow made peace with his Past at the End of Shadow the Hedgehog and joined G.U.N. to protect the world, Chaos’s hatred was purified by Super Sonic and he accended with Tikal, even in Sonic Battle, he showed up but didn’t do anything evil, Zavok was used and abused by Eggman and Hates his ass, and Even Metal Sonic betrayed the Doctor a few times.

    I think they will have a reason to have them all come together.

  • A Loli de 42 ‘OCs’ do Sonic

    and Bootleg Bowser.

  • JellyfishMonarch

    well there is past sonic. robotnik did have the time travel thing go on and maybe he decided “you know what. why don’t i get everyone in on this” looks to the future. “that guy looks evil. he’s hired!”

  • JellyfishMonarch

    3 questions

    Why are the Anti-spiral invading sonics universe?

    Why is sonic team using the Mass Effect soundtrack?

    …why is original the character Indiana Jones?

  • Cubed Grapes

    Someone shattered the Master Emerald again…again.

  • Bigfatdane

    Its mind control, good old mind control thanks to the god/demon/mystical beast that will overthrow Eggman in the end and lead to a QTE boss battle in a donut styled boss arena.

  • Fenrir007

    >Basically I’ve developed stockholm syndrome for Sonic 06 and crappy games in general.

    You are an M, my friend.

  • Fenrir007

    That’s quite admirable.

  • A Loli de 42 ‘OCs’ do Sonic

    to be honest, I doubt it’s mind control. if it was it would have been made more obvious in the trailer

  • No_Good_Names_Ever

    Well this is the OC pandering game so it’s totally understandable since that crowd would shit gold bricks to fight all the final bosses with their donuts.

  • KotCR

    Yeah, at this point that’s the only explanation for Shadow going all evil-eyed again that could work IMO. Infinite promising Shadow that, if Shadow works for him and Eggman, he’ll bring Maria back and cure her illness. No other explanation could work, Shadow has received too much character development at this point.

    As for Chaos deciding to go all evil again…erm, maybe he’s just pissed at Knuckles (leader of the resistance?) for forgetting to guard the Master Emerald for the past decade or something? lol
    I dunno. Probably harder to explain Chaos going all evil again that it is for Shadow, seriously.

    I seriously hope they don’t go the Mind Control route again though. That’d be such a cop-out (and if Infinite is capable of that, why not just mind control everyone, including Robotnik? If that was the case only Metal Sonic would be independent, not having a biological mind and all).