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Never Before Seen Concept Art of Sonic Characters Shown

Sega held a party for Sonic’s 25th anniversary at one of their Joypolis parks in Japan earlier today, which they live streamed online. There they showed new gameplay of Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice and announced that the next main Sonic game will be released in 2017.

But the coolest thing that was shown was the original concept art of various Sonic characters. While a bunch of it has been shown before (and can be found on our wiki), we also get to see never before seen design sketches of characters like Shadow the Hedgehog, E-102 Gamma and Big the Cat for the first time. You can see all of the concept art that was shown above.

[Source: The Video Game Art Archive]

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    Big’s concept art looked better than Big.

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    Wow. Some of those Big and Gamma designs are creepy as hell.

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    Kinda like some of those early designs for Jet. Gave him a much stronger aviator look to him.

    Wonder when and why Sega decided to make him a hawk…

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      I’m glad he turned into a hawk. Sonic already has enough furry friends (aside from Chaotix) I’m glad they mixed it up.

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        Me too, and I think making him a hawk played into “flight” themes of the character nicely. But I’m still curious what Sega’s line of thinking was that caused them to make that jump.

        I’m probably overthinking it though; for all I know, it was probably for the exact reasons we’ve both just stated. 😛

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    Cool!

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    The last is for Sonic X, I read “Terebi Tokyo”. So not a concept art for an original character, rather a port to another media. Well, you could say the same with Sonic Adventure going 3D, although some changes were more radical.

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      Yep, the Sonic X one is more of a model sheet for the animators.

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    Turns out Shadow’s final design was actually toned _down_ from something even more crazy.
    And all that Gamma concept art reminds me just how much I like his design and character… I wish they’d do more robots. Robots fit the Sonic ethos so much better than whatever the hell Shadow is.

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    Looking at Big’s concept art… He’s literally Totoro.

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