Sonic SXSW 2017: Sonic Forces – Wisps Are For Boost Bar & Next “Interesting Info” Coming In Next Couple Of Months

Sonic SXSW 2017: Sonic Forces – Wisps Are For Boost Bar & Next “Interesting Info” Coming In Next Couple Of Months

by March 17, 2017 18 comments

We’re still looking at the panel for any missed details, and sure enough, we found more. Thanks to Iizuka, we can elaborate more on what the Wisps will do. At about the 56:50 mark, we are told that “like Colors and Generations, Sonic can pick up Wisps to fill the boost meter”. At no point does Iizuka mention the Wisps being power-ups. It is just something to power up the boost bar.

However, the 58:00 mark may grab your attention even more. This is because we learn when the next batch of news on the game will be revealed. Iizuka says that “in the next couple of months”, they will have “more interesting information” to share on the game. Among this ‘interesting information” will be the other two gameplay styles that will be in the game, including Classic Sonic’s.

18 Comments so far

  1. sonicgalaxy27
    #1 sonicgalaxy27 17 March, 2017, 04:23

    They didn’t mention about the new character that is gonna be in the game.

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  2. Blue Bobo
    #2 Blue Bobo 17 March, 2017, 05:23

    from what i saw, i think the boost is not something you can spam anymore with wisps being limited.
    that makes the game much more challenging for speed runners to figure out how to use their boost.

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  3. 'XaDos
    #3 'XaDos 17 March, 2017, 05:44

    “like Colors and Generations, Sonic can pick up Wisps to fill the boost meter”

    Whoever said this didn’t play Sonic Generations. You fill boost by collecting rings, not Wisps.

    That said, there goes any expectative I had for this. Not hyped.

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  4. MetaRyan
    #4 MetaRyan 17 March, 2017, 05:49

    Saying ‘in the next couple months’ implies that it’ll be between now and the end of May, which is good because that means we’ll get another big reveal before E3 (and then another big reveal at E3, hopefully).
    On a related note, it’s a good sign that we saw gameplay this early. That means the game is getting close to completion and won’t be delayed.

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  5. TailsDoll
    #5 TailsDoll 17 March, 2017, 06:01

    I’ve listened to it awhile before the mark and after and while they refer to Wisps and also enemies refilling boost, I’m not hearing the definitive fact Wisps aren’t for anything else that this article is stating.

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  6. Ryborg
    #6 Ryborg 17 March, 2017, 07:06

    The new character is either going to be Future Sonic or Inter-dimensional Sonic.

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    • *SOS
      *SOS 17 March, 2017, 09:29

      So blaze then?

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      • Dr. Egguman
        Dr. Egguman 17 March, 2017, 09:37

        I really hope there’s no new Sonic for this one.

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      • Raw
        Raw 17 March, 2017, 10:00


        At this point I would rather have Blaze than more Sonics, but hopefully each gameplay style has more than just Sonic as a playable character, I don’t think they ever mentioned specifically that there will be only 3 playable characters, also this would fall in line with the “Forces” concept as in:

        Classic Sonic Forces:
        -Classic Sonic
        -Classic Knuckles
        -Classic Tails
        -Maybe even Classic Amy

        Modern Sonic Forces:

        And then we have the third component, which could be something like Sonic from the future (in this case Silver may fit better in these Forces).

        Then again the third style could be Eggman and his “evil Forces”, including Metal Sonic and maybe other past villains like Chaos and Zavok (since this is a world were Sonic didn’t win it would make sense).

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        • *SOS
          *SOS 17 March, 2017, 11:16

          I like blaze so no complaints here. Was just pointing out that blaze is the inter-dimentional sonic/future sonic according to the rush games and 06.

  7. Stobbit
    #7 Stobbit 17 March, 2017, 08:50

    Wisps again? Seriously?

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  8. Dr. Egguman
    #8 Dr. Egguman 17 March, 2017, 09:36

    I don’t know why people still saying things like “there’s no sense wisps on this game”. It’s an alternative universe who Eggman was finally won, so… remember when Sonic saved wisps on Sonic Colors? never happened. (at least, I think this game don’t consider other Sonic victory)

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    • Dom Greer
      Dom Greer 17 March, 2017, 10:33

      I didn’t hear them say anything about this game being an “alternate universe” where did they say that?

      I figured it was just a sequel to Generations where Sonic failed to defeat Eggman.

      As for the Wisps, people like the Wisps, but they’re mad because they think the Wisps will just be there with no explanation in the story like they were in Sonic Lost World!

      In Sonic Lost World the Wisps made no sense and were there for no reason… the story didn’t explain anything on why they were there.

      I can remember before people knew any information on Sonic Lost World, when the Wisps were announced people speculated that the Deadly Six were somehow mutated Wisps that became Evil!

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    • Raw
      Raw 17 March, 2017, 10:42

      Who is saying that? I just have heard disappointment for the wisps gameplay-wise, and I agree, I feel they are just gimmicks that break the flow of the main game and force you into a mini-game, power-ups should grant you extra abilities to use in the main game, like the elemental force shields of Sonic 3 & Knuckles or the permanent power-ups of Sonic Adventure 2.

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  9. RobotHobo64
    #9 RobotHobo64 17 March, 2017, 12:37

    Now just make sure it STAYS like that.
    The last thing any of us want is more of those asinine to control, 4 second “power-ups” that leave you more disoriented than actually being helpful.

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    • Axx
      Axx 17 March, 2017, 16:37

      That was only in Lost World. lol

      Honestly, everyone loved the wisps at first saying how they were optional
      but also fun and not pace-breaking. Now everyone’s hating.

      I get hating them always coming back but it wasn’t that bad originally. Shit. Fans acting like IGN all the time.

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      • RobotHobo64
        RobotHobo64 17 March, 2017, 21:20

        I never liked the wisps, even in Colors. I really don’t see the appeal to them yet the lam-blasting of other characters. Also, “optional”, yeah, tell that to the hundreds of times the Drill Wisp is needed.

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  10. chibiknux
    #10 chibiknux 17 March, 2017, 22:01

    Tssz should roll a poll then something like “how did the inclusion of wisps affect your opinion towards Sonic Forces? a) negatively b) positively c) neutral”

    i hated the wisps even in colors, they didn’t bother me as much in colors however because it was 2010 and we were all begging for a tradicional 3D sonic only game so we eat them up.And after generations nobody thought they would need them again.

    Now if this information is true and they will serve only to fill the boost gauge then why don’t use a regular capsule with some icon, i dunno, instead of having Sonic Forces his fucking aliens down our throats?

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