As seen in the recently leaked concept art, a Sonic the Hedgehog will travel to strange new worlds in Netflix’s upcoming Sonic Prime series and battle a quartet of Robotniks during his high-octane adventures. This indicates the existence of alternate dimensions within the show, a whole new Sonic Netflix Multiverse.
The Sonic Netflix concept art offers indications of a compelling premise explored in recent cinema and television releases – the existence of a multiverse, as reported by the Polygon. Of course, we had some idea of Sonic visiting strange new worlds. He’s done so in the video games over the years, as the franchise’s entire premise relies on interdimensional travel. However, the show’s leaked concept art now offers a more precise picture at Sonic Prime‘s multiverse, called Shatterverse. According to the showrunners, Sonic will have to save the universe and experience moments of self-discovery and redemption along the way.
It’s worth noting that the leaked artwork, though bountiful in detail, was probably shared by accident on environment artist Patrick Horan’s now-deleted portfolio on ArtStation. Luckily, the art was spotted by a Sonic fansite community called Tail’s Channel, which saved and shared the images online. Still, despite offering insight into alternate versions of different Sonic Netflix characters, like Tails with nine tails and a jacket, the information doesn’t really spoil the premise of the show. Instead, it only states the obvious – we’ll see the blue blur racing to save the multiverse.
The Sonic Netflix offering, Sonic Prime is still in development, scheduled to release sometime in 2022. The family-friendly show will consist of 24 episodes in its debut seasons, featuring many of the gaming franchise’s recognizable characters, like Amy Rose, Tails, Eggman, Old Man Ivo, and of course, our titular hero. It was officially announced in February this year, despite the last year’s teaser Tweets from Netflix, as part of Netflix’s new strategy to adapt as much of video gaming IPs as possible. Mass Effect, Assassin’s Creed, Far Cry, Tomb Raider, Resident Evil, and many other gaming IPs are in different stages of development at Netflix in the company’s attempt to broaden its repertoire.
This Sonic Netflix show is based on Sonic the Hedgehog, Sega’s flagship media franchise, which follows an anthropomorphic blue hedgehog, through various adventures and battles with the evil Doctor ‘Eggman’ Robotnik. The franchise incorporates over 50 video games released on different platforms over the past three decades, printed media, animations, merchandise, and a 2020 feature film with a purported sequel in the works. Sonic the Hedgehog is one of the best-selling gaming franchises globally, with over 140 million units by 2016 and grossing over $6 billion as of 2020. During the 90’s Sonic was more recognizable to children ages 6 to 11 than Disney’s Mickey Mouse. In this way, a Sonic Netflix offering will bring it to a newer generation.
These fresh bits of information provide insight into the developing Sonic Netflix series set to release sometime in 2022. Hopefully, the concept art does the final product justice, and we get to see more than one version of the blue blur in the upcoming Sonic Prime show.