The longtime dream of many Sonic the Hedgehog fans who grew up creating their own original characters has finally come true.

Rumors concerning the upcoming Sonic Forces told of a brand new character with their own unique gameplay style who would join Classic Sonic and Modern Sonic in the fight against Doctor Eggman, and while SEGA has remained tightlipped, a glimpse of this mystery arrival was teased during the recent Nintendo Direct last month. Today, the secret is out: in an unprecedented move for the Sonic series, the third playable character will in fact be the player's own custom creation!

The trailer below provides a full demonstration of the custom Avatar, showing a spectacled red wolf take down Death Egg Robot Sentinels alongside the Sonic duo in a cutscene, the character creator and customizer, and the use of a variety of Wisp-powered gadgets and a grappling hook in the newly named "Park Avenue" stage.

Players can choose between a male or female character, and there are seven different species for them to pick from, each providing their own unique ability to add variety to the gameplay. Rabbits have longer invincibility times; Wolves can automatically draw in Rings; Cats hold on to a Ring after being hit; Dogs restart with five Rings after death; Bears can take down enemies with Homing Attacks; Birds can double jump; and Hedgehogs collect more Rings when damaged. This is all on top of the retro platforming action with Classic Sonic and the high-speed Unleashed-onward thrills of Modern Sonic returning to the spotlight, altogether creating an unstoppable force that may very well free the world from Eggman's control.

Sonic Forces launches this holiday season for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

Source: SEGA PR