Gotta go slower: Sonic Mania delayed into summer

“I live my life a quarter-mile at a time,” Sonic the Hedgehog famously said. “Nothing else matters: not the mortgage, not the store, not my team and all their bullshit. For those ten seconds or less, I’m free.”

But when you look up from the asphalt, oh boy, life comes at you fast. As recently as last Friday, Sonic was telling everyone that his new throwback 2D adventure Sonic Mania [official site] would arrive in spring. And now spring is but three days away, whup! He’s pushed Sonic Mania’s release back into summer. Sonic, come on, you can’t keep living this furiously. Live fast, sure, but the fury is gonna catch you.

This delay is quietly announced in the description of a new trailer showing off Sonic Mania’s Flying Battery Zone, a rework of the airship level from Sonic & Knuckles:

Hey, better a delay than a wonky game — we’ve more than enough shoddy Sonics already, thank you. Sonic Mania is built of bits and pieces from the early Sonic games, reworked and reassembled in a new way. It’s the work of several established Sonic community creators, which is a pretty neat play by Sega.

Oh, Sega also say that today they’ll share a hunk of gameplay footage from the mysterious new 3D Sonic, now known to be named Sonic Forces. They announced that last year with a cinematic trailer but we don’t know much about it. Someone snapped a bit of it from an event yesterday but it’s wonky cameraphone-y that it’s not even worth bothering. The game’s made by the team behind Sonic Colors and Sonic Generations. Going by this old cinematic announcement trailer, it seems to be a Warhammer 40,000 spin-off pitting Sonics old and new against (Chaos?) Titan Legions:


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  2. MajorLag says:

    Sega’s relationship with Sonic fandom is interesting I think. I mean, would Nintendo allow something like Sonic Dreams Collection to exist, for instance? Or ever embark on a concept like this?

    Maybe that’s why Sonic has managed to survive things like Sonic 06?

    • welverin says:

      Nintendo would not, but then their capable of making consistently good games unlike whoever Sega throws at Sonic.

      • NetharSpinos says:

        No doubt the various Nintendo games would also lose some of their esteemed “quality” if the licenses were handed out to developers who weren’t Nintendo.

      • MajorLag says:

        True. Sega can rest assured that no fan could ever do as much damage to the brand as Sega has.

  3. iMad says:

    I wouldn’t mind waiting for years if it means finally break the dreaded ‘Sonic cycle’.

  4. buttermancan says:

    I’d rather it be delayed than released in a mess. I’m really looking forward to this old school platformer

  5. snake756 says:

    Played this one at PAX East, and I felt like I was playing the original … with more stuff. Since that’s what their goal was, good on them.