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READY, SET, GO! SONIC FORCES: SPEED BATTLE MAKES ITS GLOBAL DEBUT

San Francisco, London, November 2nd, 2017 – Today SEGA ® Networks, Inc. launches Sonic Forces: Speed Battle, the much-anticipated real-time multiplayer game that pits players against opponents from around the world in action-packed battles. Sonic Forces: Speed Battle is now available to download for free (with rewarded ads and in app purchases) from the App Store™ for iPhone™ and iPad™* – and it’s already optimized for the iPhone X™. Additionally, the game is coming to Google Play™ for Android™ devices on November 16, 2017**.

Developed by HARDlight™, the UK-based studio known for Sonic Dash™, Crazy Taxi™: City Rush, and Sonic Jump™, Sonic Forces: Speed Battle features 15 playable characters from the upcoming Sonic Forces™ console game, including fan favorites like Classic Sonic, Knuckles, Amy, and Omega, as well as lesser-seen characters like Zavok, Metal Sonic, and Chaos. At launch, the game offers 12 tracks, set across three unique environments, two of which were inspired by the Sonic Forces console game. Players can build a roster of characters, leveling up their squad in an effort to battle their way up global and regional leaderboards.

“With its fast-paced multiplayer action, Sonic Forces: Speed Battle continues our vision of bringing entertaining, high-quality titles to the mobile space,” said Takashi Iizuka, VP of Product Development of SEGA of America™. “We look forward to seeing how fans respond to the unique runner style and competitive gameplay.”

“With our combined experience making racing games and runners, in Sonic Forces: Speed Battle, we set out to make a battle racing game that is – above all things – fun to play, and we couldn’t be happier with the result.” said Chris Southall, who heads up HARDlight. “Each game sees you matched with three close rivals to compete online in fast-paced, real-time, first-across-the-line battles. Use skill and strategy to navigate the exciting arenas of play, collecting and deploying items on the track to thwart your competitor’s progress. There’s a wide variety of power-ups and characters that we are sure will keep fans delighted as over time they fight to win and rise through the ranks, accessing ever more challenging levels.”

Download Sonic Forces: Speed Battle now to satisfy your need for speed and – if you’re any good – victory!

Download all assets here and follow all Sonic Forces: Speed Battle news on Facebook, Twitter and Discord.

For those who want a double dose of Sonic Forces, the console game – a fast-paced action platformer – will launch on November 7th, 2017 for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

*Sonic Forces: Speed Battle is not currently available in Japan, Korea, or Mainland China

** Although Sonic Forces: Speed Battle is now only available on iOS, the dev team is hard at work to perfect the experience for a vast number of Android devices and will be ready to launch on the Google Play Store on November 16th, 2017.

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About SEGA Networks Inc., SEGA Game Co., Ltd.’s mobile division in the West:
SEGA’s mobile division in the West has its headquarters based in San Francisco with dedicated studios across North America and the UK. Focused on creating fun, compelling and engaging games, SEGA’s games feature iconic intellectual property as well as original innovative content for mobile and tablet devices. Since 2008, it has been a leader in the smartphone and tablet space and continues to be at the forefront of mobile gaming. SEGA Networks Inc.’s mobile studios include Hardlight™ and Demiurge Studios™. For more information, visit www.mobile.sega.com.

About HARDlight
Based in the UK and founded in 2012, HARDlight is an internal development studio owned by SEGA Games Co., Ltd. Composed of a small, dedicated team with drive, passion and creativity, HARDlight focuses on making high-quality games for mobile devices. HARDlight is behind the latest critically acclaimed adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog™ on mobile platforms: Sonic Jump, Sonic Jump Fever™, Sonic Dash and Sonic Dash 2: Sonic Boom™, as well as Crazy Taxi City Rush. For more information please visit: www.hardlightstudio.com.

© SEGA. All rights reserved. SEGA, the SEGA logo, Sonic The Hedgehog and Sonic Forces: Speed Battle are registered trademarks or trademarks of SEGA Holdings Co., Ltd. or its affiliates.

Source: Press Release

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