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Sonic the Hedgehog celebrates 25th anniversary with SXSW livestream event

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Sega will host a panel at this year's SXSW Interactive event dedicated to Sonic the Hedgehog's 25th birthday, the company announced in a press release. The retrospective will take place on Saturday, March 19 at 3:30 p.m. CT, and will be free and open to the public. Twitch will also host a livestream of the event for those unable to make it to Austin, Texas in time.

The panel will commemorate Sonic's long history, as well as hint at what's to come for the blue speedster this year, according to the release. The original Sonic the Hedgehog game launched on Sega Genesis in June of 1991, with the franchise developing into a multimedia brand since that release.

Taking part in the discussion of Sonic's past, present and future include creator Yuji Naka, current Sonic Team head Takashi Iizaka and Sega of America's director of product development Austin Keys. They'll be joined by Roger Craig Smith and Mike Pollack, the current voices of Sonic and Dr. Eggman (née Robotnik) respectively.

Moderating the panel is Aaron Webber, best known as the social media manager who runs the series' ... unique Twitter account. Using the Sonic the Hedgehog Twitter handle, Webber has pulled quirky stunts like one in which Dr. Eggman called out other Twitter users, including Polygon.