To celebrate Sonic the Hedgehog’s 25th Anniversary, Sega announced two new games, Sonic Mania and a second untitled game, which looks a lot like 2011’s Sonic Generations. The former takes a look back at Sonic’s most iconic levels over the years, ever since 1991. The latter showcases both a classic and modern Sonic the Hedgehog as he looks to star in his latest adventure against none other than Dr. Eggman.
Sonic Mania is being developed by Sega, in collaboration with Christian Whitehead, Headcannon games and PagodaWest Games. The game is a 2D platformer that features many of the zones and acts from Sonic The Hedgehog, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Sonic the Hedgehog 3, Sonic CD, Sonic & Knuckles – all revamped and remade. New stages will also be introduced, according to the trailer.
Over the last decade, fans have had mixed feelings regarding the Sonic games that rolled out. Many of them were unpopular, such as Sonic Unleashed or Sonic Colors, while a select few were met with welcoming praise, such as Sonic Generations. However, Sega looks to have taken a step forward – by going backwards, into the roots of the franchise. Sonic Mania looks to please fans, invoking a sense of nostalgia, as players will be taking control of Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles, as they revisit the original stages that made the Sonic games so popular in the first place.
Sonic Team head Takashi Iizuka says:
“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. 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.”
The second game, as mentioned above, looks a lot like Sonic Generations, and looks to be featuring both classic and modern versions of Sonic.
Both ‘Project Sonic’ and Sonic Mania will be released in 2017. The former will be out for PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo NX, while the latter will be out for PS4, Xbox One and PC.