Air Dash with the Fire Shield, Double Jump with the Electric Shield, and Bouncy Stomp with the Water Shield.
Along with these 3 returning shields, Sonic 5 will include an additional 6 more elemental shields.
The Neutral Shield also makes a reappearance, and while it lacks any special moves or attacks, it now protects for 2 hits, balancing it out amongst the elementals.
There are many driving forces behind Sonic 5, but these are a selection of particularly notable influences that have inspired, and continue to inspire, my work on the project:
Sonic Retro Forums, for the great ideas and enthusiasm of classic 2D. Sonic games; ShayMay, for his excellent analysis of the Sonic franchise in his Sonic Spitball YouTube series; Game Developers Conference, for hosting a plethora of insightful video game presentations on YouTube; and LakeFeperd's Sonic After The Sequel, a fantastic 2D. Sonic fan game.
I understand that this is merely a small sprinkle of information. However, this project is very large, and the final game will contain a wealth of content, so it’s absolutely vital to reveal more about Sonic 5 carefully and sparingly. Leaving plenty of things to be new during a first time play is very important to me.
Over the next 5 to 6 months, I will be documenting my project inspirations in more depth, and also releasing some concept artworks of select gimmicks.