Sega is remastering Sonic Colors, the beloved Sonic the Hedgehog game originally released in 2010 for Nintendo DS and Wii, for modern platforms. A remastered version of that game is coming to Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Xbox One on Sept. 7, under the name Sonic Colors: Ultimate.
Sonic Colors: Ultimate will include upscaled visuals, a new game mode, refined controls, and other upgrades, Sega announced during a presentation Thursday called Sonic Central. The game will be playable on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X through backward compatibility.
Blind Squirrel Games is developing the remaster. The studio’s previous work includes BioShock: The Collection and Mass Effect Legendary Edition.
Like the original Sonic Colors, the Ultimate re-release sees Sonic the Hedgehog visiting an interstellar amusement park built by Dr. Eggman (aka Robotnik). Eggman’s delightful amusement park has a sinister power source; the bad doctor has captured an alien race known as Wisps to fuel his park, and it’s up to Sonic to free them. The color-coded Wisps each have their own special powers, which they can imbue on Sonic. Using the Wisps’ abilities, Sonic can transform into a fireball, a drill, a hovercraft, a wall-climbing spiked ball, and more as he navigates a colorful 3D world.
Sonic Colors: Ultimate costs $39.99 physically and digitally. A $44.99 Digital Deluxe edition will include bonus cosmetic items, extra game music remixes, and an earlier release date: Sept. 3.
Sega also plans to release a two-part animated series called Sonic Colors: Rise of the Wisps, which will see the return of Sonic voice actor Roger Craig Smith.