Sonic Forces screenshot from the cinematic trailer

Back in July Sega announced that we will be getting two new Sonic games in 2017: one inspired by the original classic, and the other a modern 3D game. The first game turned out to be Sonic Mania, and if all of the recent preview trailers are any judge its going to be one hell of a Sonic game given how closely it emulates what made the original so good.

As for the 3D Sonic game, it has now finally received an official title alongside its very first gameplay trailer. So if you're interested in seeing what Sonic Forces is all about, here's the recently posted teaser video showcasing what I can only assume is the first level:

I won't be quick to judge given that this is still an early version of Sonic Forces, but this trailer embodies the same issue I have with all other 3D Sonic games - where is the gameplay? Once you get passed all of the spectacle the only thing the presenter really does is hold forward while occasionally jumping. There are no side-routes and no tricky obstacles to pass, its just a straight run from one setpiece to another. Obviously, this is footage from an early level and things are bound to become more complex later on, but I really do hope the developers will manage to find some way to bring control back into the players hands.

As for the release date, the only thing I can tell you is that Sonic Forces will be coming this holiday season to the PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Switch.