Working on ideas for a Sonic fighting game. “Sonic Clash”

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So I’ve had this idea in mind for a while for a 2D arcade-style Sonic the Hedgehog fighting game called “Sonic Clash” and I wanted to share and discuss what I had.

Sometime after the events of Sonic Forces, Sonic and his friends (as well as a few familiar faces) participate in a fighting tournament. While the heroes are distracted (either set up or just seizing an existing opportunity), Dr. Eggman, taking note of the Phantom Ruby almost leading him to victory, completes a massive machine that taps into the power of the Warp/Special Zone to connect to other dimensions and timelines in hopes of finding more outside forces that could take down Sonic.

Sonic, Tails, Amy and Knuckles catch wind of Eggman’s plans thanks to Tails picking up strange readings within the zone and drop out of the tournament to take down Eggman. One of the rings open up the apparently separate classic universe where Classic Eggman goes through and confronts his counterpart about the whereabouts of the Phantom Ruby, Classic believes he squandered its potential and demands the Ruby returned, attacking his current counterpart over it.

The machine gets damaged when Sonic intervenes and the Zone’s energy becomes unstable, shattering the Warp Rings, causing them to mix with one another and splicing the areas within them. Characters and eras from all over the Sonic series are brought in and tensions rise among the cast as the unstable energy will cause multiple dimensions to collapse as they fights to get back into the Warp Zone to fix the machine and return the dimensions back to normal.
Characters I want to mainly focus on:
Sonic the Hedgehog
Miles “Tails” Prowler
Amy Rose
Knuckles the Echidna
Dr. Eggman/Eggman Nega (alt. character)
Metal Sonic
Cream the Rabbit (Tikal the Echidna as a potential assist for story reasons)
Shadow the Hedgehog
Rouge the Bat
E-123 Omega
Vector the Crocodile & Charmy the Bee
Espio the Chameleon
Blaze the Cat
Silver the Hedgehog
Classic Sonic
Sticks the Badger
Big the Cat
Honey the Cat
E-102 Gamma
Chaos
Emerl (Gemerl as an alt. character)
Mephiles the Dark
Erazor Djinn
Sonic the Werehog
Merlina
Zavok (assisted by the rest of the Deadly Six)
Heavy King (assisted by the rest of the Hard-Boiled Heavies)
Infinite
Classic Eggman
Fang the Sniper/Nack the Weasel
Bean the Dynamite
Bark the Polar Bear
Mighty the Armadillo/Ray the Flying Squirrel

Other potential characters
Captain Whisker/Johnny
D-Fekt
Dark Chao Walker
Void
Tangle the Lemur
Whisper the Wolf

Potential Guests
NiGHTS
Akira Yuki
Segata Sanshiro
Joker
Mega Man
So the stages would be spliced together through story reasons, and I'm trying to figure out which combinations would be visually/musically interesting...

(Sonic 1) Green Hill, Star Light
(Sonic 2) Chemical Plant, Casino Night, Metropolis, Death Egg
(Sonic CD) Stardust Speedway, Metallic Madness, Collision Chaos
(Sonic 3) Angel Island, Hydrocity, Ice Cap
(Sonic & Knuckles) Mushroom Hill, Flying Battery, Sandopolis, Sky Sanctuary, Lava Reef
(Sonic the Fighters) Aurora Icefield, Dynamite Plant
(Sonic Adventure) Station Square, Emerald Coast, Windy Valley, Speed Highway, Sand Hill
(Sonic Advance series) Chaos Angel, Sky Canyon
(Sonic Adventure 2) City Escape, Radical Highway, Pyramid Cave, Green Forest
(Sonic Heroes) Seaside Hill, Casino Park, Grand Metropolis, Mystic Mansion
(Sonic Battle) Emerald Coast
(Sonic Rush series) Water Palace, Dead Line, Blizzard Peaks
(Sonic 06) Crisis City, Kingdom Valley, Aquatic Base
(Sonic and the Secret Rings) Night Palace, Evil Foundry
(Sonic Unleashed) Rooftop Run, Windmill Isle, Cool Edge, Dragon Road
(Sonic and the Black Knight) Misty Lake, Shrouded Forest
(Sonic 4 series) Lost Labyrinth
(Sonic Colors) Sweet Mountain, Starlight Carnival, Aquarium Park, Planet Wisp
(Sonic Lost World) Windy Hill, Honeycomb Highway, Sky Road
(Sonic Boom series) Bygone Island
(Sonic Mania) Studiopolis, Mirage Saloon, Press Garden
(Sonic Forces) Sunset Heights, Capital City, Mystic Jungle

I’ve been brainstorming ideas for potential character arcs as well...

Feel free to ask any questions and share your thoughts.
 
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I'd be interested in making a TV Tropes page about this once it's fleshed out more.
 
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I made a very similar roster a couple years ago for a Fighters 2 after I got the idea from an old Deviantart artwork I had seen 12 years ago. Another user made a roster for a Sonic Fighting game too, I’ll probably tag them when I find their post.

Sometime after the events of Sonic Forces, Sonic and his friends (as well as a few familiar faces) participate in a fighting tournament. While the heroes are distracted (either set up or just seizing an existing opportunity), Dr. Eggman, taking note of the Phantom Ruby almost leading him to victory, completes a massive machine that taps into the power of the Warp/Special Zone to connect to other dimensions and timelines in hopes of finding more outside forces that could take down Sonic.

Sonic, Tails, Amy and Knuckles catch wind of Eggman’s plans thanks to Tails picking up strange readings within the zone and drop out of the tournament to take down Eggman. One of the rings open up the apparently separate classic universe where Classic Eggman goes through and confronts his counterpart about the whereabouts of the Phantom Ruby, Classic believes he squandered its potential and demands the Ruby returned, attacking his current counterpart over it.

The machine gets damaged when Sonic intervenes and the Zone’s energy becomes unstable, shattering the Warp Rings, causing them to mix with one another and splicing the areas within them. Characters and eras from all over the Sonic series are brought in and tensions rise among the cast as the unstable energy will cause multiple dimensions to collapse as they fights to get back into the Warp Zone to fix the machine and return the dimensions back to normal.
Characters I want to mainly focus on:
Sonic the Hedgehog
Miles “Tails” Prowler
Amy Rose
Knuckles the Echidna
Dr. Eggman/ Eggman Nega (alt. character)
Metal Sonic
Cream the Rabbit & Tikal the Echidna potentially as an assist for story reasons
Shadow the Hedgehog
Rouge the Bat
E-123 Omega
Vector the Crocodile & Charmy the Bee
Espio the Chameleon
Blaze the Cat
Silver the Hedgehog
Classic Sonic
Sticks the Badger
Big the Cat
Honey the Cat
E-102 Gamma
Chaos
Emerl
Mephiles the Dark
Erazor Djinn
Sonic the Werehog
Merlina
Zavok
Heavy King
Infinite
Classic Eggman
Fang the Sniper/Nack the Weasel
Bean the Dynamite
Bark the Polar Bear

Other potential characters
Ray the Armadillo/Ray the Flying Squirrel
Captain Whisker/Johnny
D-Fekt
Dark Chao Walker
Void
Tangle the Lemur

Potential Guests
NiGHTS
Akira Yuki
Segata Sanshiro
Joker
Mega Man
So the stages would be spliced together through story reasons, and I'm trying to figure out which combinations would be visually/musically interesting...

(Sonic 1) Green Hill, Star Light
(Sonic 2) Chemical Plant, Casino Night, Metropolis, Death Egg
(Sonic CD) Stardust Speedway, Metallic Madness, Collision Chaos
(Sonic 3) Angel Island, Hydrocity, Ice Cap
(Sonic & Knuckles) Mushroom Hill, Flying Battery, Sandopolis, Sky Sanctuary, Lava Reef
(Sonic the Fighters) Aurora Icefield, Dynamite Plant
(Sonic Adventure) Station Square, Emerald Coast, Windy Valley, Speed Highway, Sand Hill
(Sonic Advance series) Chaos Angel, Sky Canyon
(Sonic Adventure 2) City Escape, Radical Highway, Pyramid Cave, Green Forest
(Sonic Heroes) Seaside Hill, Casino Park, Grand Metropolis, Mystic Mansion
(Sonic Battle) Emerald Coast
(Sonic Rush series) Water Palace, Dead Line, Blizzard Peaks
(Sonic 06) Crisis City, Kingdom Valley, Aquatic Base
(Sonic and the Secret Rings) Night Palace, Evil Foundry
(Sonic Unleashed) Rooftop Run, Windmill Isle, Cool Edge, Dragon Road
(Sonic and the Black Knight) Misty Lake, Shrouded Forest
(Sonic 4 series) Lost Labyrinth
(Sonic Colors) Sweet Mountain, Starlight Carnival, Aquarium Park, Planet Wisp
(Sonic Lost World) Windy Hill, Honeycomb Highway, Sky Road
(Sonic Boom series) Bygone Island
(Sonic Mania) Studiopolis, Mirage Saloon, Press Garden
(Sonic Forces) Sunset Heights, Capital City, Mystic Jungle

I’ve been brainstorming ideas for potential character arcs as well...

Feel free to ask any questions and share your thoughts.
Everyone’s in for story purposes? So by having Sticks in the game are you establishing that Boom is a separate dimension? There’s nothing really stopping her from showing up in a main series title as a new character since she does have Sonic Channel artwork and makes appearances in the Sonic Channel official comics literally as just one of Amy’s friends.

If Merlina (Dark Queen form?) and Erazor Jinn are in then Mighty and Ray should 100% be in. I barely even remember Erazor. Void would be an interesting choice. If you had included Lumina Flowlight as well you could have made NiGHTS an alt like in Sonic Shuffle.

Vector & Charmy? You mean together like a tag team?
Including Mephiles kinda muddy’s things a bit based on Iizuka’s comment at Sonic Boom 2012. He was asked about whether Blaze was from the future like in 06 or the Soul Dimension in an interview and answers Silver and Eggman Nega are from the future, and Blaze is from an alternate dimension.

https://www.sonicstadium.org/2012/07/sonic-boom-live-blog/

06 already reset itself by the end of the story but Iizuka’s comment just seems to like... erase its existence. She also clearly doesn’t know Sonic in 06, doesn’t even interact with him. Is 06 a separate timeline here or is Mephiles just a pseudo new character (canon first appearance) like Silver was for Sonic Rivals?

Would Emerl be G-merl or just regular Emerl? He was G-merl the last time we saw him. He also lives at Cream and Vanilla’s.




Does he switch between the two designs via alt costumes? Also, Tangle? I’m guessing she’s like a new character. Throw in Whisper too. The cool thing about these two is that Uekawa’s made artwork with them. He’s never done that for an Archie character.


Also would there be elements from Battle and Fighters worked in? What are the mechanics like?
 
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Pretty good roster on your end.

Everyone’s in for story purposes? So by having Sticks in the game are you establishing that Boom is a separate dimension? There’s nothing really stopping her from showing up in a main series title as a new character since she does have Sonic Channel artwork and makes appearances in the Sonic Channel official comics literally as just one of Amy’s friends.
I think at least for this story they’d remain separate universes for consistency reasons and I did want to make mention of the main characters Boom counterparts within the story, Also it would show the extent of the damage Eggman’s machine has started causing to dimensions close to the main continuity.

Another story beat I had in mind at the beginning is Eggman testing out his machine by traveling to the Boom dimension in an attempt to recruit their Eggman, but doesn’t consider him helpful and ends up either stealing or copying the technology on his wrist which combined with a mini Eggmobile at the end of his hand would be utilized as the main mechanic in Eggman’s moveset as it summons attacks from his Eggmobile as well has parts from his mechs (For the record Classic Eggman would be fighting in a mech)

If Merlina (Dark Queen form?) and Erazor Jinn are in then Mighty and Ray should 100% be in. I barely even remember Erazor. Void would be an interesting choice. If you had included Lumina Flowlight as well you could have made NiGHTS an alt like in Sonic Shuffle.
The only thing that was keeping me from putting Mighty and Ray was I was unsure if they’d have enough between them for an interesting moveset but I think they’d work pretty well now that I think about it.

Yeah a Lumina costume/alt. character would work if both Void and NiGHTS make the cut.

Vector & Charmy? You mean together like a tag team?
Yes, even though I don’t have a full moveset for each character I want to at least have a good idea of how they’d play and I’m having trouble seeing how they’d work on their own (well more so Charmy) And maybe the two could represent some of the combo moves performed in Heroes.

Including Mephiles kinda muddy’s things a bit based on Iizuka’s comment at Sonic Boom 2012. He was asked about whether Blaze was from the future like in 06 or the Soul Dimension in an interview and answers Silver and Eggman Nega are from the future, and Blaze is from an alternate dimension.

https://www.sonicstadium.org/2012/07/sonic-boom-live-blog/

06 already reset itself by the end of the story but Iizuka’s comment just seems to like... erase its existence. She also clearly doesn’t know Sonic in 06, doesn’t even interact with him. Is 06 a separate timeline here or is Mephiles just a pseudo new character (canon first appearance) like Silver was for Sonic Rivals?
I’m imagining Mephiles existing as some sort of anomaly between time and space, brought back to the main continuity through the destabilization of the dimensional rifts and either the Sonic cast would not know who he is yet have a sense of familiarity or the rift breaking down would cause those memories to surface, potentially disappearing once the rift is fixed.

Would Emerl be G-merl or just regular Emerl? He was G-merl the last time we saw him. He also lives at Cream and Vanilla’s.




Does he switch between the two designs via alt costumes? Also, Tangle? I’m guessing she’s like a new character. Throw in Whisper too. The cool thing about these two is that Uekawa’s made artwork with them. He’s never done that for an Archie character.
Yes, I’m thinking default Emerl with Gemerl as a costume or alt. character. Maybe Eggman would summon him and other robots like Gamma at the beginning to keep Sonic and his friends busy while they’re in the Warp Zone.

I mean I don’t know the possibility of a non video game Sonic character getting into a game like this but if they’d be open to it, I think they could take that opportunity. And yeah I think I’ll put in Whisper as well alongside Tangle as I now see her potential as well with her weapon.

Also would there be elements from Battle and Fighters worked in? What are the mechanics like?
I’m still trying to figure out what exact mechanics would be present but at the very least the movesets of the characters would have moves pulled/inspired from those games like Classic Sonic using Fighters moves and Modern Sonic using Battle moves.
 
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