A screenshot from a visual novel game showing a dead Sonic the Hedgehog, Amy the Hedgehog looking shocked, and Tails looking shocked as an old-timey investigator.

Sonic the Hedgehog is dead and it's up to you to find out who murdered him! That's the basic premise behind the newly released, free game called The Murder of Sonic the Hedgehog. This is a real game that SEGA officially released on Steam today. Did I mention it's free? A free official SEGA game where they kill off Sonic the Hedgehog.

Sometimes, I really like April Fools when companies go out of their way on a "real" joke. This is one such instance.

Here is what the Steam page description says about The Murder of Sonic the Hedgehog.

It's Amy Rose's birthday, and she's hosting a murder mystery party on the Mirage Express! When Sonic the Hedgehog becomes the game's victim, everyone is off to get to the bottom of things. However, something feels a bit off - is this really an innocent game or is something more sinister afoot?

Join the colorful cast of the Sonic the Hedgehog series in an exciting new adventure!

New & familiar faces
Interrogate some of your favorite characters as you figure out what happened to Sonic. Play as a new character who is starting their first day working on the Mirage Express, and meet the kind Conductor who is finally retiring from his long run with the train!

All aboard!
Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of the Mirage Express, featuring fully hand-drawn landscapes and characters.

Canon or Headcanon?
You know what they say: everything is canon*.

*This is not a Sonic Team title, but we strongly believe in the power of headcanon!‚Äč
The Murder of Sonic the Hedgehog is presented as a visual novel with point and click elements. Simply head on over to Steam to download it or add it to your account to keep forever.

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