In the same way that ageing rockers prove they’ve still got ‘it’ by collaborating with hip young pop musicmen, Sonic the Hedgehog is getting re-re-remixed. As part of his 25th birthday celebrations, Sega have announced Sonic Mania, a new 2D platformer with a 16-bit style and zones inspired by ye olde Sonic games from the Mega Drive. It looks pretty interesting!
To prove that Sonic’s new material is still really good and powerful and as good as he ever was, okay, Sega also announced a yet-unnamed new 3D Sonic game.
Sonic Mania is due this spring. Sega say that it’ll be “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.” Have a look and see what you recognise:
Sure, I’d give that a go, especially as Sega have brought in some serious Sonicheads. Sonic Mania’s being made by Sega of America together with Major Magnet developers PagodaWest Games and the duo of Christian Whitehead and Simon Thomley. You might know those two for their Sega-sanctioned remastered versions of the first two Sonics, and their petition to have Sega support their update of the third. I guess they caught Sega’s eye all right.
As for the other new Sonic game, that’s due around the 2017 holiday season. All Sega have to say for now it is that it’s made by Sonic Team, the studio behind Sonic Colors and Sonic Generations. All they have to show for now is this teaser trailer: