Sonic the Hedgehog: Soleanna Edition (Johnsonverse)

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Writer(s): Tim Johnson
Chloe Johnson
Producer(s): Shun Nakamura
Executive producer(s): Tim Johnson
Chloe Johnson
Designer(s): Takashi Iizuka
Composer(s): Tomoya Ohtani
Hideaki Kobayashi
Mariko Nanba
Taihei Sato
Takahito Eguchi
Artist(s): ‎Yoshitaka Miura
Sachiko Kawamura
Genre: Platformer
Platforms: PlayStation 4
Xbox One X
PC
Nintendo Switch
Macintosh
Linux
Mandatum
Chromebook
Release Date: November 14, 2021
Developer: Sonic Team
Publisher: Sega
Game Engine: Hedgehog Engine
Franchise: Sonic the Hedgehog


Sonic the Hedgehog: Soleanna Edition is an upcoming 2021 action-adventure game developed by Sonic Team and published by Sega. It will be a large-scale redo of the 2006 video game Sonic the Hedgehog, better known as Sonic '06, and will be personally supervised by Tim and Chloe Johnson.

Set to be released on the 30th anniversary of the franchise, it will be released on November 14, 2021, exactly fifteen years after the release of the original game, for Xbox One, Xbox Series X, PlayStation 4, PlayStaton 5, Nintendo Switch, PC, Linux, Macintosh, and Mandatum.

Premise

The premise will be almost completely changed from the original game.

Development

Original game

Soleanna Edition

When the Johnson twins played Sonic the Hedgehog for the first time on December 25, 2006 on their Xbox 360, they reportedly hated the game so much that they never played it for years after finishing all three campaigns and even wrote a fifty-page review; Chloe's half of the review called it "the worst Sonic game of all time, and a really bad omen for the franchise and Sega in general. It's such a shame because we've been fans all our lives, and this is how they reward us", while Tim's half was much more critical, calling it "pestilence" and "diarrhea", and saying that "if I had the means and time, I'd go back in time and prevent the idiots at Sega who forced those poor souls to rush out this unholy abomination from ever being conceived!".

On July 31, 2019, when Johnson Industries' acquisition of Sega closed, Tim pegged a large-scale redo of the game as the first project to begin development, saying that "the fans deserve a product far better than what they got about thirteen years ago, my sister and myself included". Much of the voice cast will reprise their roles such as Lacey Chabert as Princess Elise, the exceptions being Jason Griffith as Sonic, Amy Palant as Tails, Kathleen Delaney as Rouge (they had been replaced by Ryan Drummond, Colleen O'Shaughnessey, and Karen Strassman, respectively), and the late Maddie Blaustein as E-123 Omega due to her 2008 death, being replaced by Vic Mignogna. Tim estimates that "only about 15-20 percent" of the original story will remain.

Release

Reception

The game's announcement has been critically acclaimed. It became the top-trending item on social media,