Over the weekend, SEGA confirmed that two new Sonic the Hedgehog games were in the works for the franchise’s 25th anniversary, and don’t look now! They actually look really good!
Mostly because SEGA is digging in the right places for inspiration.
First up is Sonic Mania, a pixelated 2D-2D platformers that pays tribute to the 16-bit days of the series. Players will control Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles in this game, and yeah. I can get behind this. It looks genuinely great, loaded with familiar settings and enough original ideas to garner a download. Here is SEGA’s official description.
Sonic Mania brings fans back into the 2D world of platform games 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.
Developed by SEGA of America and in collaboration with PagodaWest Games along with Christian Whitehead and Simon Thomley, the game will be available for digital release in Spring 2017.
SEGA’s other new game takes inspiration from the recent fan-favorite entry in the series, Sonic Generations. Project Sonic 2017 will star both the modern and the classic incarnations of the character, and it will be released for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, NX, and PC.
When things look their darkest, even heroes need a helping hand.
This epic title is being created by the Sonic Team, the same team that brought fans Sonic Colors and Sonic Generations. Available at retail and digital stores for Holiday 2017. Additional information will be revealed at a later date.
Sonic Mania will be released in Sprint 2017. Project Sonic 2017 does not yet have a release date. If they turn out decent, maybe the Sonic the Hedgehog Twitter account will finally have the legroom to poke fun at other franchises.