SEGA® unveiled its San Diego Comic-Con plans, putting Sonic the Hedgehog front and center of all the action. During the 5-day span of Comic-Con, Sonic the Hedgehog can be enjoyed and experienced at a number of events and in a number of ways including a behind-the-scenes panel on Sonic Mania, a “Sounds of Sonic” music extravaganza, Sonic Mania and Sonic Forces game demos on the show floor, an exciting Sonic “Ring Jump” contest, an immersive Sonic Boom viewing experience on a 360 dome, and an exclusive Sonic Mania autograph session.
If you’re looking to learn more about Sonic Mania, then the “Sonic Mania: Behind the Scenes” panel is where you’ll want to be! The panel will take place on Saturday, July 22nd from 7:30pm to 8:30pm in Convention Center Room 24ABC and will feature Takashi Iizuka (head of Sonic Team), Christian Whitehead (developer for Sonic Mania), Simon Thomley (programmer for Sonic Mania), Tom Fry (artist for Sonic Mania), and Tee Lopes (composer for Sonic Mania). Moderated by Aaron Webber (social media manager for Sonic), the panelists will discuss the road to development behind Sonic Mania and share new insights about the game releasing on August 15th.
GAMES (ALL DAYS)
Urge to play the Sonic games coming out later this year? Visit SEGA’s SDCC Booth #437 and try out a demo of Sonic Mania and Sonic Forces. If you’re lucky, you may be able to get your hands on the limited-edition Sonic giveaway posters!
FREE “SOUNDS OF SONIC” MUSIC EXTRAVAGANZA (THURSDAY)
Those looking to unwind on a Thursday at night can enjoy a performance of music from certain Sonic games arranged by master-producer, composer, and guitarist Shota Nakama with a special band. Legendary Sonic sound director and guitarist, Jun Senoue , will perform with them. This spellbinding experience will feature video footage as well as special arrangements of both classic and new Sonic themes and is sure to delight audiences of all ages. The first come, first serve live Sonic music extravaganza will be held at the Indigo Ballroom in the Hilton San Diego Bayfront at 6pm. Come early Comic-Con badge holders, as this will be sure to fill up quick!
“RING JUMP” CONTEST (ALL DAYS)
If you’re feeling competitive, test your ‘platforming’ abilities at SEGA’s hit “Jump for the Gold Ring” contest. First seen during this year’s E3, the jump will make its return at Comic-Con. Hosted at the nearby Omni Hotel at the Futurism & Tech Pavilion (Grand Ballroom CDE, 4th floor) each day of the show, fans can come challenge their skills by bouncing on the Sonic trampoline for a chance to win $1,000 and also get themselves embedded in Sonic Mania and Sonic Forces videos to post on their social. Come #SonicRingJump and get free Sonic swag after (while supplies last)!
Also at the Futurism & Tech Pavilion, experience the Sonic 360 dome on Saturday, July 22nd from 9:30am to 7pm. At 4pm, “Robots from the Sky”, a special four-part story from Sonic Boom, will unfold. Space is limited.
AUTOGRAPH SESSION (SUNDAY)
It’s an autograph session with Sonic Team head Takashi Iizuka and some of the Sonic Mania dev team members! The autograph session will take place in the Autograph Area on the Upper Level in the Sails Pavilion on Sunday from 11am to 12pm. Come get the Limited Edition Sonic giveaway item and have it signed by the team!
This year is truly the one Sonic will take over Comic-Con. Be sure to print out a copy of the ‘Sanic’ Survival Guide to make sure you don’t miss any of the Sonic activities.