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Sonic Forces

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Sonic Forces
Sonic Forces cover
Sonic Team
Windows Hardlight
Hedgehog Engine 2
Release dates
Windows November 7, 2017
Metacritic 56
OpenCritic 56
Monetization One-time game purchase
Modes Singleplayer
Perspectives Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Action, Platform
Series Sonic the Hedgehog
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Sonic Lost World 2015
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Sonic Forces is a singleplayer third-person action platform game developed by Sonic Team and published by Sega. It is part of the Sonic the Hedgehog series and was produced in commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the series.

The PC version, ported by Hardlight, was released on November 7, 2017 alongside the console versions.

General information

Bug Report - Use the Customer Service to report bugs.
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
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All versions require Steam and Denuvo Anti-Tamper DRM.[1]

DLC and expansion packs

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Name Notes
Episode Shadow Free
Shadow Costume Free
SEGA Pack Free.
Persona 5 Costume Free
Super Sonic Free
Sanic T-Shirts Free

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\savedata\GraphicsConfig.txt[Note 1]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/637100/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\savedata\<user-id>\savedata.xml[Note 1]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/637100/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud


Display settings.
Display settings.
Graphics settings.
Graphics settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
16:9 aspect ratio only. Use Sonic Forces FOV Fix or the Flawless Widescreen script.
Use Sonic Forces FOV Fix or the Flawless Widescreen script.
Use Sonic Forces FOV Fix or the Flawless Widescreen script.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Use Sonic Forces FOV Fix or the Flawless Widescreen script.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Up to 16 samples.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Double buffered.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Pre-rendered and in-game cutscenes are composed at 30 FPS.
Framerates above 60 FPS work in windowed mode on Windows, but will cause gameplay issues that prevent completion of some stages, and worsen the higher the framerate.
High dynamic range display (HDR)
Use Auto HDR or Special K.

High frame rate

The 30 FPS internal cap on in-engine cutscenes are locked to 30 regardless of settings.
QTEs and a few in-game events will still remain capped at 60 FPS both externally and internally.
Increasing the internal FPS limit will cause physics issues that progressively get worse the higher the cap is set; however, these are usually concerned with automated sequences (at 144 FPS for example, "Red Gate Bridge" initial QTE will lock the camera, but the event and the rest of the stage can be completed, "Guardian Rock" will have a similar issue but will prevent stage completion and at the end of "Metropolitan Highway" the last launch panel will break the stage. 360 FPS can potentially cause issues on "Lost Valley", "Egg Gate", "Vs. Infinite 1st", "Casino Forest" and "Network Terminal").[2]
For better overall frame pacing and to mitigate stutters, it is heavily recommended to use the in-game v-sync with the FPS cap close to refresh rate but doing so may cause micro-stuttering (these will be directly related to the internal limit and thus will not be detected with frame rate counting tools). If encountered with this issue, increase the internal limit by 1-3 frames (alternatively, externally cap the FPS by 1-3 frames at the risk causing further issues with v-sync).[2]
Modify with hex editor[2]
  1. Open the game's executable with a hex editor such as HxD.
  2. Replace the first instance of 89 88 88 3C (60 FPS) with one of the following,
    • 39 8E E3 3B for 144 FPS.
    • 89 88 88 3B for 240 FPS.
    • 61 0B 36 3B for 360 FPS.
For a custom FPS cap use Cheat Engine and attach the games process. Search for 0.016666666666 as a float in rounded (extreme) mode, while Executable, Writable and CopyOnWrite is set to Don't Care and the Fast Scan option disabled while the .exe file is selected in the memory search range .Change all viewed values to 1/FPS (e.g. 0.006944444444 for 144 FPS or to 0.002777777777 for 360 FPS. Right-Click one the changed values and select "Browse this memory region" to view the hex values. Note that changing the values inside Cheat Engine will be ineffective; the hex values must be applied to the executable afterwards.


Keyboard and mouse State Notes
One key per action.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
Full controller support
Controller remapping
Can't use duplicate controls even for non-overlapping buttons.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
Impulse Trigger vibration
DualShock 4 controllers
Through generic controller support.
Generic/other controllers
If third party controller detected during launch, enables Steam Input and Big Picture overlay.
Button prompts
Additional information
Button prompts
DualShock 4 prompts are available with a mod.
Controller hotplugging
XInput only.
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M
Steam Input
Steam Input API support
Official controller preset(s)
Steam Controller button prompts


Volume settings.
Volume settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
Brazilian Portuguese
Fan translation is available here (HedgeModManager required).

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 11
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Physics Havok

System requirements

Operating system (OS) 7 SP1
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i5-2300 2.7 GHz
AMD FX-8100 2.8 GHz
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 18 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 750 Ti
AMD Radeon R7 265
DirectX 11 compatible
Sound (audio device) DirectX 11 compatible
A 64-bit operating system is required.


  1. 1.0 1.1 When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).
  2. 2.0 2.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/637100/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (637100) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.


  1. Sonic Forces on Steam - last accessed on 2017-09-21
    "Incorporates 3rd-party DRM: Denuvo Anti-tamper"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Verified by User:Radmaxx on 2022-02-22