At San Diego Comic-Con tonight, Sega revealed its brand-new project for Sonic the Hedgehog's 25th Anniversary. The new game is called Sonic Mania and it's very much in the style of Sonic's original adventures on Sega Genesis. The game features three playable characters - Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles - tackling not only some of the more memorable Sonic the Hedgehog stages, but also new ones.
Sega is publishing the game, but it's a collaboration between a few parties. The first is Sonic Team of course, but they're working with Christian Whitehead, a developer who not only created the fan-game Sonic Retro, but also used his own Retro Engine to remake Sonic and Sonic 2 for iOS and Android, and Sonic CD for iOS, Android, Xbox 360, PS3, and Steam. Indie developer Headcannon, who worked with Whitehead on Sonic and Sonic 2, is helping out and mobile developer PagodaWest Games forms the last piece of the puzzle.
Sonic has had many highs and low of these 25 years, with mostly lows in the past few years. Despite that, the trailer itself is almost perfect, like a look into the secret window in each Sonic fan's heart. The trailer also features some excellent music from Hyper Potions and Nitro Fun.
Sonic Mania is planned for release in Spring 2017 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
Sega also teased another title, code-named Project Sonic 2017. The brief teaser showed the twin Sonics from Sonic Generations fighting against large robots. The unnamed title is confirmed for PS4, Xbox One, PC, and NX. You read that right, the Project Sonic trailer included an NX logo at the end, unlike the Sonic Mania one. Intriguing, no?
Project Sonic 2017 is planned for a holiday 2017 release.