Sonic the Hedgehog was killed – and for a change, not because of negative reviews. Instead, it’s the inciting event at the beginning of Killing Sonic the Hedgehog, a short free visual novel released by Sega for April Fools’ Day.

“We have heard your feedback. Yes… Everything,” the trailer begins:

It takes place during Amy’s birthday and the gang of Sonic characters, including Knuckles, Tails, and Espio, are involved in a mysterious murder party, with Sonic as the victim. “However, something seems off – is it really innocent play or something more sinister?” he asks Steam page.

He also asks if The Murder Of Sonic The Hedgehog is “canon or headcanon” and responds by stating that it’s not a Sonic Team game, but that they “firmly believe in the power of headcanon”. It’s like the developer and publisher of this game, Sega, have their own headcanon featuring Sonic is really killed

Today is April Fools’ Day, the annual event in which all the institutions you’d normally trust cut through the avalanche of misinformation on the Internet decide to throw snowballs at you instead. However, I can’t complain when game developers decide to use the date as an excuse to turn a silly idea into a legitimately interesting, fun, and free video game. Also, kudos to Sega for making the trailer as a direct response to the regular negative reviews that modern Sonic games have had – lately Sonic Frontiersthough the RPS pals enjoyed it more than most.