Whether or not due to its easy however iconic fashion, or as a result of it marked the second that Sonic the Hedgehog actually exploded in recognition, Sonic 2‘s unique boxart stays lodged in gaming’s collective consciousness even right this moment, 30 years after its unique launch.
Apparently conscious of this, the upcoming Sonic 2 film has launched yet one more poster, this one geared toward squarely at followers who nonetheless have fond reminiscences of the beloved sequel. Voice actor Ben Schwartz, who will reprise his function as Sonic within the upcoming movie, shared the brand new poster on Twitter.
The poster is a transparent homage to the unique boxart, with Jim Carrey’s Dr. Robotnik grinning over an enormous quantity denoting the sequel. The tagline — “Welcome to the Subsequent Stage” — is a reference to the traditional Sega Genesis advert marketing campaign from the early 90s.
However whereas it is similar to the unique boxart, it additionally differs in some methods. Sonic and Tails nonetheless take middle stage, however they’re standing back-to-back on this model. As a substitute of a clean background, there is a fantastical waterfall. All in all it is extra dynamic, however maybe not as clear as the unique.
The poster was launched within the run-up to the discharge of Sonic 2, which is due subsequent month. Earlier right this moment, Paramount additionally launched the film’s ultimate trailer, which prominently options Idris Elba’s Knuckles.
Paramount and Sega have massive plans for Sonic. Along with the upcoming film, a Knuckles spin-off collection starring Elba is within the works for Paramount Plus. Sega additionally has a brand new game in improvement.
Within the meantime, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is ready to premiere on April 8. Whilst you wait, try our Sonic 2 panel dialogue, which initially premiered throughout IGN Fan Fest 2022.
Kat Bailey is a Senior Information Editor at IGN in addition to co-host of Nintendo Voice Chat. Have a tip? Ship her a DM at @the_katbot.