The Eggman Empire Fortress (エッグマン帝国要塞 Eguman-Teikoku Yōsai?) is a location that appears in Sonic Forces. It is a colossal fortification on Earth that serves as the Eggman Empire's supreme military headquarters. Near the end of the War to Take Back the Planet, the Eggman Empire Fortress served as the site for the final confrontation between the Resistance and the Eggman Army.
The Eggman Empire Fortress serves as the location backdrop for the final stages in Sonic Forces.
The Eggman Empire Fortress is located in a barren gray wasteland that has similar-looking mountains surrounding it. In the center of this region lies the Eggman Empire Fortress itself. This high-tech fortification is located in the middle of a deep crater whose edges are surrounded by high walls. These walls extend into the depths of the crater, forming staircase-like levels, and the paths around the fortress consist of bridges through metallic canyons that are fortified with lasers, missile launchers, and robots. Rising up from the center of the crater is the Imperial Tower, a massive high-tech tower with tall metallic pieces forming hoops circling around it. The fortress also has several floating platforms.
In the innermost part of the fortress, below the Central Tower, lies the main reactor for the Phantom Ruby, powered by three Phantom Ruby prototypes. This reactor is hidden behind a defense system too tough to be broken through by normal means.
At some point, Dr. Eggman conducted experiments on Infinite in the Eggman Empire Fortress. These experiments resulted in Infinite being fused with the finalized prototype of the Phantom Ruby, giving Eggman a servant that allowed him to conquer over 99% of the world.
Eventually, the Resistance launched an all-out attack on the Eggman Empire Fortress in an effort to reach the power source for the Phantom Ruby that was located in the fortress' reactor. Upon their arrival, the Resistance met the Eggman Army, consisting of hundreds of replicas, led by Infinite. What followed next was a massive battle, with the Resistance's infantry fighting the replicas on the ground, and the Resistance's air fleet engaging the Eggman Fleet in the sky. When Infinite grew annoyed by the opposition, he went through with Eggman's plan: using his powers, he created a virtual sun above the planet that would crash down and destroy the entire Resistance in one fell swoop. However, using a forgotten Phantom Ruby prototype, the Avatar neutralized the sun. With that, the Resistance and the Eggman Army resumed their battle.
As the battle raged on, Sonic and the others broke into the Eggman Empire Fortress to defeat Infinite while he was weak from creating the sun. The Resistance fleet did what they could to cover the heroes, but eventually had to retreat. In the end though, only Sonic got to confront Infinite. Just as Infinite regained his full power however, the Avatar came to Sonic's aid. Together, the two heroes beat Infinite, who faded away after his Phantom Ruby was pulled into the fortress' reactor. After that, Classic Sonic helped the Resistance locate a way into the fortress. Using this passage, Sonic and the Avatar found the fortress' reactor and destroyed it, seemingly ending the Phantom Ruby. However, Eggman soon after reappeared in a Death Egg Robot and revealed that the fortress' reactor was just a decoy; the real Phantom Ruby had been incorporated into his Death Egg Robot, which was now producing thousands of replicas, which were overwhelming the Resistance. However, Sonic, Classic Sonic and the Avatar were able to destroy the Death Egg Robot. This made all the replicas fade away, ensuring the Resistance's victory over the Eggman Empire. In the aftermath at the Eggman Empire Fortress, the Resistance bid farewell to Classic Sonic as he returned to his own world, before setting out to clean up the mess Eggman had left the world in.
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In the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by IDW Publishing, the Eggman Empire Fortress is a location on Sonic's world. Its past is virtually identical to its game counterpart's, up until after the events of Sonic Forces. It was mentioned by Tails as the site of the final battle between the Resistance and the Eggman Empire during the Eggman War.
- While the nature of the reactor is not stated in the final game, it was called nuclear in the early script.
- The same source also revealed that Eggman would have created replicas of Mephiles the Dark to guard the fortress.
- This is the only location in Sonic Forces to not have a stage be seen in any capacity in pre-release promotional material.
- Sonic Team (November 7, 2017). Sonic Forces. Nintendo Switch. Area/Level: Final Judgement. "Tails: The Phantom Ruby's signal is headed for the reactor. You have to hurry! / Amy: The reactor is in the innermost part of the fortress. But the defense system is too tough to break through by normal means."
- Sonic Team (November 7, 2017). Sonic Forces. Nintendo Switch. Area/Level: Final Judgement. "Tails: So this is where Eggman built Infinite. / Amy: It's so sad. What a lonely place to be brought into the world."
- Sonic Team (November 7, 2017). Sonic Forces. Nintendo Switch. Area/Level: World Map. "Knuckles: Listen up! We just got word that Eggman's forces are undermanned at his headquarters in Metropolis! / Espio: They're probably staging somewhere else as part of Eggman's plan. This could be our only chance to take the city."
- Sonic Team (November 7, 2017). Sonic Forces. Nintendo Switch. Area/Level: World Map. "Knuckles: We've got less than an hour before Eggman's plan goes down. / Shadow: There's no more time. We have to break into the fortress now. / Silver: Indeed, this is it-- our last opprotunity to bring peace back into the world."
- Sonic Team (November 7, 2017). Sonic Forces. Nintendo Switch. Area/Level: Mortar Canyon. "Tails: That must have used up a ton of energy. The Phantom Ruby should be weaker now! This is our only chance to defeat Infinite! / Knuckles: All ships, provide backup to Sonic and the others! Draw the enemy's attention and shield them from damage!"
- Unofficial English translation of early script (15 January 2016). Retrieved on 19 June 2018.