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Sonic Forces latest rumours: Release date, UK pricing, trailers & gameplay

Sonic Forces was originally announced as Project Sonic 2017 at a SEGA event during San Diego Comic Con in July 2016. Fast forward to today and Project Sonic 2017 is now Sonic Forces, a brand new Sonic game being developed by Sonic Team due for release later on this year.

But when exactly will Sonic Forces be released? And what can we expect in terms of gameplay? While Nintendo had no new information on a release date at E3 2017, the company did showcase a new trailer[1] which can be seen below. 

Here, we discuss the possible Sonic Forces release date, UK pricing, platforms, the latest trailers and what to expect from the game.

Interested in other games coming out this year? Take a look at our list of the best upcoming games of 2017[2]

When will Sonic Forces be released in the UK?

We can exclusively reveal that Sonic Forces will be released on 7 November. We chatted to the team at Gamescom where we picked up the release date, which looks to be a global.

Read next: Best PS4 games of 2017[3]

Which platforms will Sonic Forces be available on?

While a handful of games in the Sonic series in the past have been platform exclusives (2013’s Sonic Lost World was a Nintendo exclusive for two years before coming to PC), SEGA has confirmed that Sonic Forces will not only be coming to the Nintendo Switch, but also the likes of the Xbox One, PS4 and PC.

How much will Sonic Forces cost?

It’s clear that the upcoming Sonic Forces is a AAA title, so it’s safe to assume that the pricing will reflect that. With that being said, GAME is currently offering pre-orders of Sonic Forces[4] for a (rather expensive) £59.99.

It’s currently one of the only places that gamers can pre-order the game, but we expect the likes of Amazon to offer it at a lower price once a release date has been announced. GAME has also noted that interested buyers will pay the lowest price[5] and not the full £60 if the game drops in price before release.

Once other retailers offer pre-orders of Sonic Forces and price adjustments are made, we imagine it’ll cost somewhere in the region of £40-55 depending on platform and where it’s purchased. We’ll update this section with more pricing and pre-order details as they become available, so make sure you head back here recently to find out the latest pre-order news.

What can I expect from Sonic Forces?

Sonic Forces is being developed by Sonic Team and utilises “Hedgehog Engine 2” which the company says is a more refined version of the engine used in Sonic Unleashed. In terms of the storyline, the game is said to be set in a world where Sonic’s nemesis, Doctor Eggman, has taken over the world with his robot army destroying cities across the globe.

Of course, it’s up to the two Sonics to defeat Doctor Eggman and end his reign of terror. Yes, that’s right. As is shown in the trailer at the top of the page, ‘old’ Sonic teams up with ‘young’ Sonic (as they did in Sonic Generations) to take down the series antagonist. While there is said to be appearances from the likes of Tails, Knuckles, Amy and Chaotix, they will be non-playable and will offer support and advice via radio communication.

Instead, players will be able to create their own animal hero to run alongside the infamous blue hedgehog. First announced via a trailer that can be seen below, Sonic Forces will include a character creation tool that allows you to create your own character.

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There will be seven different types of animal to choose from, each with specific abilities to help you along your way:

  • Hedgehog: Collects rings while taking damage
  • Dog: Starts with five rings after dying
  • Wolf: Magnet-like effect drawing in rings in close proximity
  • Bird: Touch the sky with double jump abilities
  • Rabbit: Stays invincible for a longer period of time following damage
  • Bear: Destroys enemies with a homing attack
  • Cat: Keeps a single ring after being hit

Some had initially assumed that the game was a sequel to Sonic Generations but series producer Takashi Iizuka later confirmed that it was a separate title. Although like Sonic Generations, Sonic Forces is also comprised of two variants of Sonic: the modern three-dimensional form first introduced in Sonic Adventure and the classic platformer form from early Sonic games.

In terms of gameplay, there’s not much available at the moment – but that’s not to say there’s nothing. Below, you can see a 42 second clip of ‘Modern’ Sonic gameplay. While it’s brief, it gives us a glimpse at the exciting fast paced gameplay available in Sonic Forces.

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Along with the clip of Modern Sonic Forces gameplay, below is a (slightly longer) clip of Classic Sonic taking a leisurely stroll through the iconic Green Hill Zone.  

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More recently, Nintendo gave us a glimpse at Sonic Forces during its E3 2017 media showcase in the form of a new trailer. The trailer gives a good look at characters both new and old, from Sonic, Shadow and Dr. Eggman to a new Matrix-y foe named Infinite, and can be found below:

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Read next: Best HTC Vive games of 2017[6]

References

  1. ^ showcase a new trailer (www.techadvisor.co.uk)
  2. ^ best upcoming games of 2017 (www.techadvisor.co.uk)
  3. ^ Best PS4 games of 2017 (www.techadvisor.co.uk)
  4. ^ pre-orders of Sonic Forces (www.game.co.uk)
  5. ^ pay the lowest price (help.game.co.uk)
  6. ^ Best HTC Vive games of 2017 (www.techadvisor.co.uk)
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Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro rumours

Samsung may be about to unveil a new wearable to the world alongside the Galaxy Note 8[1] at its Unpacked event this week, or the week after at IFA in Berlin.

The release of the device was confirmed on 23 August when Samsung’s product page for the device[2] went live.

Instead, we will be treated to the Gear Fit 2 Pro, an update on last year’s Gear Fit 2 activity tracker.

When will it go on sale?

We don’t yet have a date for when you’ll be able to buy the Gear Fit 2 Pro, but you’ll find out the facts when Samsung officially announces the device at its Unpacked Event on 23 August, or on 30 August at IFA.

Unpacked will be in New York, but you’ll be able to watch the live stream[3] at 4pm BST (UK time), which is 8am PDT/11am EDT/5pm CEST/11pm HKT/midnight KST/1am 24 August AEST.

What are the features?

According to Pocket Lint[4], Samsung confirmed a new wearable in a survey it sent to members of its SmartLab Plus[5] “interactive online space”.

If it’s the same device that other sites are claiming to be the Fit 2 Pro, then it will be a slim wristband that has interchangeable straps, evidenced by the leaked images on Samsung’s own site:

That’s not too surprising: this would be a mere ‘upgrade’ of the Gear Fit 2[6] which is already on sale for £179.99 at retailers including Argos[7]

It’s waterproof so it can track your swims, has built-in GPS and the new device can supposedly also track your weight and calorie intake (probably via the companion app rather than directly) and includes a heart rate monitor.

It can talk to apps UA Record, MapMyRun, MyFitnessPal and Endomondo as well as Samsung’s own S Health.

The eagle-eyed will have also spotted the change from the Fit 2’s clasp to a traditional watch-like buckle.

As it’s not a smartwatch like the Gear S3, it is unlikely to run Android Wear but rather Samsung’s own Tizen operating system.

Judging by the leaked images, which look just like the Gear Fit 2, it will have a screen that’s large enough to show your daily progress at a glance and will have activity reminders when you’re idle for too long.

Samsung Fit 2 Pro rumours

Samsung Fit 2 Pro rumours

The Fit 2 Pro will also let you listen to music via your Spotify subscription (but offline) and sync with the Speedo On app – image via Venture Beat.[8]

According to Evan Blass, it will cost US$199.99, and since the Gear Fit 2 costs US$179.99, it’s easy to predict it will be £199.99 in the UK.

Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro pricing at a big box retailer in the U.S… pic.twitter.com/u9xNUKV8Zl[9]

— Evan Blass (@evleaks) 20 August 2017[10]

Samsung Gear Sport rumours

While some appear confident that Samsung will officially launch the Gear Fit 2 Pro at Unpacked, others think we could see another model added to the Gear S3[11] range, called the “Gear S3 Sport”.

This is fuelled by a new device filing at the FCC, the US equivalent of the European CE certification, which shows a circular gadget with a heart-rate monitor and the part number SM-R600.

That’s different to the SM-R360 (the Gear Fit 2) and supposed SM-R365 (Gear Fit 2 Pro).

Samsung Gear Sport FCC SM-R600

Samsung Gear Sport FCC SM-R600

Beyond this image, however, there are no other details about the smartwatch.

In fact, the FCC filing doesn’t call it a smartwatch but instead a “wrist device”.

We’ll all just have to wait and see what transpires at Unpacked on Wednesday…

References

  1. ^ Galaxy Note 8 (www.techadvisor.co.uk)
  2. ^ Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro (www.samsung.com)
  3. ^ watch the live stream (www.techadvisor.co.uk)
  4. ^ Pocket Lint (www.pocket-lint.com)
  5. ^ SmartLab Plus (www.smartlabplus.co.uk)
  6. ^ Gear Fit 2 (www.techadvisor.co.uk)
  7. ^ Argos (www.anrdoezrs.net)
  8. ^ Venture Beat. (venturebeat.com)
  9. ^ pic.twitter.com/u9xNUKV8Zl (t.co)
  10. ^ 20 August 2017 (twitter.com)
  11. ^ Gear S3 (www.techadvisor.co.uk)
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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 vs iPhone 8 Plus: Battle of the palm-stretchers

Samsung has lifted the lid on the Galaxy Note 8, giving the Korean company a couple of weeks before Apple’s smartphone machine lumbers into gear and releases the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. The latter in particular, with its larger form factor, will be of particular interest to Samsung as it gauges sales of the Note 8 in months to come.

Seeing as the iPhone 8 Plus doesn’t yet exist, it’s hard to be certain about how the competing flagships will measure up to each other. We can, however, make a few educated guesses based on the Galaxy Note 8 and what has surfaced so far about Apple’s plans for the iPhone 8.

Galaxy Note 8 vs iPhone 8 Plus: Design and screen

Samsung has excelled in the aesthetics department for the past couple of years, and the Galaxy Note 8 is no exception. The “infinity display” design of the Galaxy S8; peeling back the side bezels with a screen that fills almost the entire face of the phone, is used to even stronger effect in the Note 8. The result is a 6.3in QHD+ display, with image quality like no other thanks to Samsung’s Super AMOLED technology.

The iPhone 8 is widely rumoured to be adopting a similar approach to its screen, with an edge-to-edge display and tiny bezels. While this would mean the removal of the Touch ID home button, there are even reports that Apple may do away with fingerprint recognition altogether ­– opting instead for speedy facial recognition.

READ NEXT: Best smartphones 2017[1]

Whether or not Apple “does a Samsung” with its design, one thing that the Korean will have as an edge is its screen quality. Unless Apple pull it out of the bag in terms of display, the Note 8 is likely to be the sharper option.

Galaxy Note 8 vs iPhone 8 Plus: Specs and camera

The Note 8 innards are similar to the Galaxy S8, with a 10nm CPU, 6GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage, expandable by up to 256GB via microSD. Depending on what region you’re in, the Note 8 will either come with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835) or Samsung’s own Exynos 8835 chip.

The iPhone 8 is rumoured to come with Apple’s A11 chipset, although there’s little known so far about what this will entail in terms of performance. There’s talk about wireless charging support, and face-scanning technology, but it is hard to make any real judgement about how the iPhone 8 Plus’ specs size up against the Note 8’s. Samsung’s flagship is certainly no slouch, though.

In terms of camera, the Note 8 boasts a dual-sensor arrangement, with a wide-angle 12-megapixel f/1.7 camera, and a f/2.4 telephoto lens with 10x optical zoom. Both of these come with optical image stabilisation (OIS) for seriously stable shots. For comparison, a number of reports have pointed to the iPhone 8 also adopting a dual-camera setup – but arranged vertically instead of horizontally on the rear of the device. Camera quality has been one of Apple’s big advertising drives in the past, so expect it to make much of image quality in the iPhone 8 – especially considering the device’s larger, bezel-less display.

Galaxy Note 8 vs iPhone 8 Plus: Verdict

The main question you’ll have is: should I opt for a Samsung Note 8, or wait to see what Apple has in store for the iPhone 8 Plus? Given that the latter device’s launch is only around the corner, it wouldn’t hurt to hold on for a few more weeks to see what Apple is planning with its Plus-sized handset.

On the other hand, our experience with the Note 8 so far has been stupendous, and the iPhone 8 Plus will have a serious struggle to compete in terms of performance and aesthetics. With a stellar design, outstanding screen and industry-leading performance, the Note 8 is a very strong handset indeed. If Apple reveals something special it could take the crown, but for now it sits firmly on Samsung’s head.

References

  1. ^ Best smartphones 2017 (www.expertreviews.co.uk)
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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 live stream

Watch Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 live launch right here. We count down to the event, and tell you exactly what to expect.

When is the Note 8 launch?

Samsung will unveil the Galaxy Note 8 in an Unpacked event at 4pm BST on Wednesday 23 August.

Will there be a Note 8 live stream?

Yes. We have embedded it at the top of this page.

What should I expect from the Galaxy Note 8?

We’re summarising here, with full details available in our Galaxy Note 8 rumour round-up[1].

In essence, on Wednesday you’ll see the first Samsung flagship with a dual-camera. Also differentiating it from the only slightly smaller Galaxy S8 Plus is an S Pen digital stylus.

Key specifications will almost certainly include the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (Exynos 8895 in the UK), 6GB of RAM, 64GB of storage (with microSD support), a 6.3in Quad-HD Infinity Display and a 3,300mAh battery. This IP68-rated smartphone will also support fast wired- and wireless charging.

Expect the Galaxy Note 8 to look very much like this (via @evleaks):

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Read next: Best new phones coming in 2017 & 2018[2]

Follow Marie Black on Twitter[3]

References

  1. ^ Galaxy Note 8 rumour round-up (www.techadvisor.co.uk)
  2. ^ Best new phones coming in 2017 & 2018 (www.techadvisor.co.uk)
  3. ^ Follow Marie Black on Twitter (www.twitter.com)
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Raiden and Hellboy Heading to Injustice 2

The Right Hand of Doom joins the fight.

By AlexGilyadov[1]

Hellboy, Raiden, and Black Manta are coming to Injustice 2[2] as part of the game’s second Fighter Pack.

Fighter Pack 2 will be available for purchase starting September 12, at which point the first character from the bunch will be available for early access. Check out the trailer below for a sneak peek at the new trio of upcoming characters.

No word yet on when each of the characters will be released, but NetherRealm Studios will offer a first look at Black Manta gameplay this coming Sunday, August 27.

The three new fighters are included as part of the $100 USD Injustice 2 Ultimate Edition, which features a total of nine DLC characters, as well as three Premiere Skins and two exclusive Gear Shaders. If you purchased the standard edition of the game, you can still get all of the same content via the $40 USD Ultimate Pack.

For more on Injustice 2, read IGN’s review[3] and check out every character confirmed[4] for the fighting game so far.

Alex Gilyadov is a freelance writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter[5]

References

  1. ^ AlexGilyadov (people.ign.com)
  2. ^ Injustice 2 (uk.ign.com)
  3. ^ read IGN’s review (www.ign.com)
  4. ^ check out every character confirmed (www.ign.com)
  5. ^ Twitter (twitter.com)