After celebrating the 25th anniversary of Sonic the Hedgehog at the Comic-Con in San Diego on Friday, game maker Sega announced on Saturday that it will launch two new Sonic titles in 2017. Both the games will be available across PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 console platforms.
One of the titles, Sonic Mania, will be a retro-style 2D game “with nostalgic pixel-style art and core classic gameplay by reimagining iconic Zones and Acts from Sonic The Hedgehog, Sonic The Hedgehog 2, Sonic CD and Sonic The Hedgehog 3 and Knuckles, and adding in completely new Zones with all-new Acts, and bosses into the mix.”
The game will allow players to choose from one of three playable characters. Other than the blue hedgehog, there are also Tails and Knuckles. There is also a new drop-dash move that is being introduced to add speed to the game.
The title is being developed by Sega of America, in collaboration with PagodaWest Games, and also Christian Whitehead and Simon Thomley who were responsible for the Sonic mobile ports.
“Sonic Mania was born out of our fans' love of the classic Sonic 2D platform games. This type of collaboration is a first for SEGA and we hope everyone will be both surprised and delighted by this title,” Takashi Iizuka, head of Sonic team, said in the announcement.
Sega provided very little information about the other title it announced, which still doesn’t have a name. However, this game, being developed by the Sonic team, will be available on the Nintendo NX platform as well. And Gamespot reported that this game will feature both “classic and modern versions of Sonic in a new adventure against Eggman.”
Sonic Mania will be available digitally, while the unnamed title will be available both digitally and in retail stores.