Sonic Superstars’ likely release date has been leaked by GameStop, with its recently published store page saying that Sega’s upcoming platformer will be available on October 17. The listing was discovered shortly after the Japanese developer acknowledged that Sonic Superstars’ multiplayer features are severely limited.
The new Sonic the Hedgehog co-op game was first shown in early June at the 2023 Summer Game Fest. After showing some gameplay footage, the announcement film concluded with the revelation that Sonic Superstars will be released in the fall of 2023.
The October 17 launch date claimed by GameStop fits that official time frame, and while it could easily be a placeholder, it doesn’t appear to be a typical tentative date used by retailers; distributors usually play it safe with placeholders by choosing the last day of whatever month or quarter a given game is officially targeting. Sonic Superstars is set to be released on December 31, 2023, according to Target, Walmart, and Canadian VGP.
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Sonic Superstars releases Oct 17th according to GameStop and Target https://t.co/W6sXUr6ARB
— Wario64 (@Wario64) June 23, 2023
Compared to those conservative projections, GameStop’s street date for Sonic Superstars appears relatively solid. However, that’s not to say it should be taken at face value, not least because retail listings have historically been an unreliable source of game release date leaks.
Another factor casting doubt on GameStop’s listing is the fact that Sega held Sonic Central 2023 today, an annual event dedicated to Sonic the Hedgehog news that would have been an ideal opportunity for the company to confirm that Sonic Superstars will be released in less than four months.
Moreover, even though the game was showcased during the 30-minute live webcast, the developer only restated its fall 2023 launch timeframe at the event. While some fans expected a local co-op experience in the manner of the upcoming platformer to be reasonably priced, Sega has already revealed that Sonic Superstars is relatively expensive, with the base version starting at $59.99.
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Another factor that could hinder its distribution is GameStop’s stated release date of October 17, which falls only three days before Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 and Super Mario Bros.
While the former isn’t aimed at the same audience, Nintendo’s upcoming 2D Super Mario platformer could eat into Sonic Superstars’ sales, mainly because that game is also confirmed to have local co-op multiplayer.
An October 17 release date for Sonic Superstars appears speculative at best. Sonic Superstars will be available in the fall of 2023 for PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.If you are a gamer, you may visit our website American Tech Journal to read more content linked to gaming.