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The official Sega account has released the official 25th anniversary image for Sonic the Hedgehog. The image will mark the year of Sonic and we can expect that Sega will have plenty of surprises in store for fans of the speedy blue hedgehog. The image was released right at the end of 2015, the start of the new year.
The image was posted over on the official Sega Twitter feed and has been well received across the gaming community, as noted by Go Nintendo.
The tweet came at the end of a chain of others that Sega sent out indicating that they were the final tweets of 2015. It was all part of a celebration of the new year and a celebration of Sonic's 25th anniversary since coming onto the scene back in 1991.
One of the tweets included a collage of fan art, depicting Sonic and his friends engaged in various sorts of Japanese activities. The feed also included photos from a live event where cosplayers and musicians came to celebrate the special live event for Sonic Runners, the free-to-play endless runner game for mobile devices.
Gamers and fans of Sonic came piling into the feed to talk about what they enjoyed most about Sonic, as well as what they are hoping to see through 2016 from Sega. One of the most retweeted comments is asking Sega for a new sequel in the Sonic Adventure series, as well as the long-rumored release of the Dreamcast 2.
There are some fan groups attempting to revive pseudo Dreamcast 2 of sorts for the express purpose of giving gamers an opportunity to play Sega's old catalog of games on a newer device. The Gaming Ground recently reported on the “Project Dream” initiative where they plan on making a PC hybrid console that can play games from the Dreamcast and many of Sega's other IPs.
It's an ambitious project and it could pave a way for a new generation of gamers to experience Sega's classic titles, but most people aren't holding their breath given that Sega has been out of the hardware game for 15 years and they don't seem to show any signs of getting back into it.
Even without any hardware plans. it appears Sega will have special surprises for the Sonic game franchise. What exactly they have planned I don't know, but a sequel to Sonic Generations would be absolutely amazing!
At this point, Sega has had more missteps with Sonic titles than surefire hits. So most people are just hoping that they deliver something closer to Sonic Colors as opposed to Sonic Lost World. The 25th anniversary picture seems to point to something more retro, and I doubt anyone will be disappointed if Sega made another 2D, side-scrolling platformer.