A new Sonic-themed game mode has been released as downloadable content for Minecraft Bedrock.
The DLC includes several Sonic levels remade in Minecraft’s signature blocky style. Green Hill Zone, Chemical Plant Zone, and Sky Sanctuary Zone return in three dimensions with plenty of secrets to find. Other game elements like Chaos Emeralds, springs, treadmill pads, checkpoints, and the dreaded spike pits have also been faithfully recreated.
The new Minecraft game mode is a different way to experience the classic gameplay of Sonic. Instead of the old side-scrolling perspective, the camera can follow behind your character as you make your way through a variety of levels. Sonic’s signature golden rings and secret destructible areas can be discovered along the way.
The Basement serves as a hub for the expansion. Playable characters will tinker with their vehicles next to video signs that double as tutorials. The content can also be experienced in multiplayer, though all participating accounts will need to purchase the Sonic Minecraft DLC separately.
The announcement confirms Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, Shadow, and Amy Rose as playable characters. Chaos, Dr. Robotnik, and Golden Sonic also make appearances in the official trailer. Many characters come with their signature vehicle, including Tails’ propeller plane and Shadow’s motorcycle.
The Sonic x Minecraft DLC is available now through the Minecraft Marketplace. The Character Creator portion of the DLC is completely free for anyone that owns Minecraft. The bundle costs 1,340 Minecoins, is just over the amount included in the $5.99 Minecoin package. The $9.99 package includes 1,720 Minecoins, enough to buy the Sonic DLC and save some coins for later.
While not announced as part of the celebration, the Minecraft DLC launches only a day right before Sonic’s 30th anniversary. Tons of Sonic games, comics, movies, and merchandise are being remastered or re-released to celebrate 30 years of speed. More 30th anniversary collaborations could be in the works.
Previous Minecraft crossovers include How to Train Your Dragon, Frozen, and Super Smash Bros.