Two new Sonic games will be released for consoles and PC in 2017, SEGA announced at Sonic’s 25th anniversary celebrations this weekend.
Sonic Mania: Promises to bring fans back into the 2D world of platform games with nostalgic pixel-style art and core classic gameplay by re-imagining iconic Zones and Acts from Sonic The Hedgehog, Sonic The Hedgehog 2, Sonic CD and Sonic The Hedgehog 3 and Knuckles. The game will also feature completely new Zones with all-new Acts, and bosses.
The game has been developed by SEGA of America in collaboration with Pagoda West Games along with Christian Whitehead and Simon Thomley.
Whitehead and Thomley are the pair behind the popular unofficial remastered versions of Sonic CD, Sonic the Hedgehog and Sonic the Hedgehog 2.
“Sonic Mania was born out of our fans’ love of the classic Sonic 2D platform games,” said Takashi Iizuka, Head of Sonic Team. “This type of collaboration is a first for SEGA and we hope everyone will be both surprised and delighted by this title. Sonic Mania has been a passion project for the entire team and we look forward to sharing more details about it later this year. Having the game actually playable at the event itself tonight was testament to the dedication of the team behind it.”
New Sonic Team Title: Described as an “epic title” from the Sonic Team, the new game is planned for release holiday season 2017.
There’s little info right now, but a trailer has been released.