Comic-Con is going on and developers and publishers alike are taking advantage of this week to celebrate gaming characters' anniversaries, give fans more information about upcoming titles or announce a new game. In the case of Sonic the Hedgehog
, we got all three. In celebration of Sonic's 25th anniversary, SEGA has revealed two new Sonic games for 2017.
The first of the bunch is Sonic Mania
, the one we currently know the most about. SEGA says they have combined all of the best elements of the original Sonic
games into one title. Sonic Mania
is a 2D platformer like the classic games and even features the same pixel-style art. It will contain fresh takes on zones from Sonic The Hedgehog (Arcade)
, Sonic The Hedgehog 2
, Sonic CD
and Sonic & Knuckles
, while at the same time adding new zones and bosses. SEGA has already released a trailer to get gamers in the mood for goin' fast.
The pixel art can be seen in the screenshots below, which clearly harkens back to the original Sonic
games. According to Takashi Iizuka, the head of Sonic Team, "Sonic Mania
was born out of our fans’ love of the classic Sonic 2D platform games" and is a "passion project for the entire team."Sonic Mania
was already in a playable state last night and the players who got to experience it are already screaming "Shut up and take my money!" Though there isn't a release date yet, Sonic Mania is expected to take your money sometime in 2017.
The second title revealed is an unnamed game currently being referred to as "Project Sonic
," this one a more modernized version of the Sonic
formula that could easily draw comparisons to Sonic Generations
. Which is fitting since Sonic Team, the group developing Project Sonic, is the same team that made Generations
as well as the Wii and DS title Sonic Colors
. Both are some of the best-received Sonic
games in recent years. Though it's not much to go on, a trailer was released.
Players will have to wait well over a year for Project Sonic
, as it is currently scheduled for holiday 2017. Sonic Mania
is on track for a spring 2017 release. Both titles are coming to Xbox One. We already know there are quite a few people on the site excited for a new Sonic
game — our suggestion box was filled to the brim with Sonic
news tips when we got back to the (metaphorical) TrueAchievements news office this morning. Thank you to several members of the community for suggesting this article.