During the Sonic the Hedgehog panel at South by Southwest (SXSW) 2018, Sega unveiled a teaser trailer for what appears to be a new Sonic racing game. The trailer has since been uploaded to the official Sonic the Hedgehog YouTube page under the title [ TOP SECRET ].

Admittedly, the trailer doesn’t show much. However, it does feature cars, as well as an incomplete logo for the game, with the only clear portion being the illuminated letter “R”. However, it’s clear from the glow, as well as the outline of the logo, that the word at the bottom is “Racing“. And given the context of this teaser, it’s rather safe to assume the top portion says “Sonic”.

What’s caught most people’s attention, however, is the fact that the aforementioned letter “R” in the new game’s logo is styled exactly the same way as it is in the logo of the racing game Sonic R, which was released for the Sega Saturn in 1997. This seems to imply that this new game is a spiritual successor, if not an outright sequel, to that one.

For those unaware, Sonic R was met with a fair amount of praise when it first launched just over two decades ago. However, contemporary reviews for the game have been much more harsh, criticizing its gameplay, visuals, and music.

If this new Sonic racing game is, in fact, meant as a sequel, it seems as though Sega feels confident in their ability to redeem the Sonic R name with modern game programming. Plus, Sega has released plenty of Sonic racing games since Sonic R, so they’ve definitely had time to work out the kinks.

As of yet, however, the game does now have an official name or a release window. Sega will likely release more information in the coming months as to what fans can expect from the latest addition to their Sonic racing game lineup.

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Noah Dominguez
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A lifelong gamer who got his start playing Spyro the Dragon, Trap Gunner, and Medievil II on the original PlayStation (and has been impatiently awaiting Medievil III ever since), as well as Sonic the Hedgehog on the Sega Genesis. Now has a penchant for games with compelling stories, but still spends way more time playing Tony Hawk games than any one person should and could listen to their soundtracks all day long if need be. Has worked as an online writer since late 2016, giving his take on video games, movies, television shows, comic books, and the like. Currently waiting to be cast in a 21 Jump Street revival TV series.