• A recent tweet seems to hint at something big developing around Sonic the Hedgehog
  • With his 30th anniversary looming, a new game starring Sonic for next-gen consoles could follow
  • The last game Sonic starred in was 2017's "Sonic Mania"

With Sonic the Hedgehog getting ready to celebrate his 30th anniversary next year, a new image shared by Sega could be hinting at something big from the furry, blue blur.

Since his arrival on the 16-bit Sega Genesis in 1991, Sonic has been a global superstar who has starred in several video games, served as Sega’s mascot, been in three cartoon series voiced by Jaleel “Steve Urkel” White, and just last year, starred in a motion picture opposite Jim Carrey as Dr. Robotnik.

But for Sonic's 30th anniversary, Sega is surely cooking something up to honor the icon the way he deserves. A new game or two as well as several announcements are expected on that front, but for now, everyone will have to be content with analyzing a post from his official Twitter account.

The image shows a golden Sonic (or “Super Sonic”) with several shapes overlayed and is captioned, “Mathematically speaking, Sonic is aesthetically pleasing.” Some fans, however, found a number “3” on Sonic’s cheek when they zoomed in on the image.

This was followed by Mike Pollock, the voice actor for Dr. Eggman in the 2014 “Sonic Boom” animated series, posting a link to a “Schoolhouse Rock” video about three being a magic number. Thus, there may be a connection between these two.

To bring Sonic the Hedgehog back to his gaming roots is almost imperative though as the last time he starred in his own title was in 2017’s “Sonic Mania,” which was released for the Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Windows.

Prior to that, Sonic co-starred with former rival Mario in “Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games” for the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U.

In this era of 4K resolutions and incredibly fast frame rates, one can only imagine what a full-blown, full-speed and three-dimensional Sonic would look like, particularly for the coming PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X.

That “3” on the Sonic image is causing enough buzz that some are suspecting a remastered “Sonic Adventure 3” or “Sonic the Hedgehog 3,” according to Screen Rant. It may also simply be a hint that since it is Sonic’s 30th anniversary, the time has indeed come for an entirely new title to mark this milestone.

Sega announced two new Sonic games that will release in 2017. Here, a "Sonic the Hedgehog" balloon floats around Columbus Circle during the 85th annual Macy's Thanksgiving day parade in New York, Nov, 24, 2011. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton