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The City (市街地 Shigaichi?) is a location that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. It is an urban center that was rampaged by the Eggman Empire and the mass-produced Death Egg Robots. It served as one of the major battlefields between the Eggman Empire and the Resistance.

The City serves as the location backdrop for Ghost Town, Park Avenue, Sunset Heights, Red Gate Bridge, and Enemy Territory in Sonic Forces.

Concept and creation

The City was designed with the atmosphere of European-style buildings and lighting in mind.[1]


The City is a decently-sized quaint town built in a blocky hill landscape with layered soil, colored in different shades of brown and green grass on top of the hills (similar to Green Hill Zone). The City is placed alongside a lake or river, with multiple islands housing several buildings near the main city area. There is also a long, narrow bridge colored red (which resembles the Golden Gate Bridge) that goes all across the city, helping pave roads to get to other islands inaccessible by walking on land.

Following Eggman's devastation on the City, the location was turned into an all-out warzone, with various Death Egg Robots and Badniks scattered throughout the City, running amok. Property damage is seen no matter what section of the City is shown, with patches of fire randomly spread in the City and brimstone crashing down.



After receiving word from Rouge about a strangely positioned Eggman base, Shadow traveled through an Eggman Empire-occupied section of the City on his way to his rendezvous point with E-123 Omega. As Shadow was progressing through the CIty, he heard via intercom that Omega was being attacked by an elusive enemy, Infinite, somewhere near the location.

Sonic Forces

In Sonic Forces, when Eggman finally began his plan to take over the world with the help of Infinite, he began his conquest by attacking the City. Tails, along with several civilians, were among those who were cornered by Eggman and several Egg Pawns before Sonic arrived to fight back against Eggman. However, Infinite, alongside Phantom Copies of friends and foes of Sonic's managed to subdue Sonic, leaving a void in the world that allowed Eggman to conquer the planet.

Tails and Classic Sonic in the City.

Several months of warfare in the City would pass before the Avatar, after an attempt to fight back against a powerful Infinite, would flee from the City, which led to them joining the Resistance a couple of months later. About six months after Sonic's defeat, Tails was repairing a broken down-Omega among the ruins of the City when he was ambushed by a Chaos Phantom Copy. However, Classic Sonic arrived through a portal from another dimension to save Tails, who was relieved that another Sonic was present to help fight against Eggman.

Eventually, the Resistance needed someone to go inside the City to rescue civilians when the Eggman Empire broke into Park Avenue, but with the majority of the Resistance's fighters preoccupied with other fights across the globe, Knuckles was forced to send in the Avatar to help turn the tide and save the civilians, to which the Avatar was successful at doing so. Later, Sonic would return to this location after hearing word that Shadow was leading Eggman's army against the Resistance in the City. Wanting to get to the bottom of why Shadow had aligned himself with Eggman, he encountered Shadow while the Eggman Army continued its attack on the City, only for it to be revealed as a Phantom Copy created by Infinite after the real Shadow arrived and defeated the imposter. Amy Rose would later report that Metal Sonic was spotted nearby the City, to which Sonic and the Avatar joined forces to travel to the location and fight the metallic menace, who was also revealed to be a Phantom Copy.

After Eggman and his empire was defeated, Sonic and the Avatar returned to the City, admiring the view and contemplating on what they were going to do now. Sonic, like always, decided to go on his own way, giving one last fist bump to the Avatar before departing.

Other game appearances

Sonic Forces: Speed Battle

In Sonic Forces: Speed Battle, the City appears as one of the six main areas in the game, along with Sky Sanctuary, Green Hill, Mystic Jungle, Golden Bay and Planet Wisp. The tracks that take place in the City are as follows:

Icon Track Tier Requirement Difficulty
SFSB Sunset Bridge.png
Sunset Bridge
(100 Trophies)
SFSB Splash Highway.png
Splash Highway
(500 Trophies)
SFSB Viaduct Valley.png
Viaduct Valley
(1500 Trophies)
SFSB Red Gate Bay.png
Red Gate Bay
(2250 Trophies)

The following City tracks are not currently available in the game:

Icon Track Tier Requirement Difficulty
SFSB Red Gate Ruins.png
Red Gate Ruins
(3000 Trophies)
SFSB Splash Highway.png
Splash Highway R
(3000 Trophies)
SFSB Red Gate Bay.png
Red Gate Bay R
(4000 Trophies)

Points of interest


  • The City was the first location that appeared in Sonic Forces, predating back to the the game's announcement trailer during the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con.


  1. 絵と音から魅力を紐解く『ソニックフォース』:設定画公開編(2018年2月号より) (Japanese). Nintendo Dream (24 November 2019). Archived from the original on 25 September 2020. Retrieved on 4 October 2020.

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