The first episode of the two-part animation short is now available to watch.
In anticipation of the upcoming release of Sonic Colors: Ultimate, a tie-in animation short called Sonic Colors: Rise of the Wisps has debuted its first part onto YouTube and Twitter.
In the first instalment, which is over six minutes long, we witness a Jade Wisp escape the clutches of Dr Eggman and his robot henchmen. Since fleeing from Eggman’s facilities, the Jade Wisp encounters Sonic and Tails, and the trio now begins their quest to stop Dr Eggman’s next nefarious plot.
Roger Craig Smith, well-known for the voiceover for Sonic the Hedgehog, has returned for Sonic Colors: Rise of the Wisps. This within itself is an interesting development. At the beginning of this year, Roger Craig Smith vacated the role as the voice of Sonic the Hedgehog, only to u-turn that decision at a later date.
Smith’s performance as Sonic in the animated short is fantastic and has many comedic lines that only add to Sonic’s fiery attitude. He will also be voicing the character in Sonic Colors: Ultimate, which will come out next month. Smith has voiced the famous red sneakers for over ten years, and his appearances include the original Sonic Colours, Team Sonic Racing and the TV series Sonic Boom.
Sonic Colors: Rise of the Wisps was initially announced at Sonic Central 30th Anniversary Livestream several months ago. Alongside the announcement of Sonic Colors: Ultimate, Sonic Origins was unveiled, a collection of the early Sonic the Hedgehog games. Bringing the original 16-bit games to the latest platforms will provide a new opportunity for younger gamers to be acquainted with sonic’s roots.
In addition, a new mainline Sonic the Hedgehog game was also confirmed, but not many details have emerged so far besides a 2022 release date is expected. Furthermore, a free Sonic DLC pack was also announced for the game Two Point Hospital and is available right now.
The release date for the second part of Sonic Colors: Rise of the Wisps is not clear, although one would imagine it wouldn’t be too long as Sonic Colors: Ultimate is less than three weeks away.
Sonic Colors: Ultimate is a remaster of the original game released on the Wii back in 2010. The game will bring the experience to modern consoles with improved graphics, new game modes and much more. Sonic Colors: Ultimate will release on September 7th for PS4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC. It will also be playable on PS5 and Xbox Series X|S via backwards compatibility.