It’s always wise to question anything that appears on the Internet on April 1st–even in a time where the most elaborate ruse may not be well received.
It’s why, understandably, there was some skepticism yesterday when Hardlight announced it would be adding Sonic movie staple Longclaw to its large roster of characters in Sonic Forces: Speed Battle for mobile:
— SEGA HARDlight (@SEGAHARDlight) April 1, 2020
Today, Hardlight confirmed it’s not a joke:
UPDATE: Today we can officially say that Bird Mom is REAL and will join Stage 3 and 4 in our Marathon of #SonicMovie Events!
— SEGA HARDlight (@SEGAHARDlight) April 2, 2020
Longclaw will join Teen Sonic and Baby Sonic for a two week movie-themed event, almost certainly tied to the film’s digital release earlier this week.
To be sure, a staff member at Hardlight shared her creative contribution to the project:
Hey so, I did the concept art to translate Longclaw from the movie into our game 😀 https://t.co/7T8UmwEIDj
— Rebecca Thompson (@bunzerker) April 2, 2020