Sonic Mania Creator Co-Founds a New Studio

By Sam Quirke, 9 days ago
Christian Whitehead, the lead creator behind Sonic Mania, has founded a new studio. Bringing on board plenty of talent as well as retaining his proprietary engine, we can likely expect more twists on classic ideas.


According to Evening Star's new website there's job opportunities up for grabs too — an Environment Artist and a Level Designer. The studio is based in L.A. but has "operations" in London and Melbourne as well.

Christian developed the Retro Engine and Retro Software Development Kit in order to help SEGA bring Sonic CD to consoles, before creating the highly successful Sonic Mania. That technology has been rebranded as the Star Engine. It "retains its foundational retro-inspired philosophy, but opens the door to new technologies and optimizations."

Though we may not immediately see Evening Star work on further updates to classic Genesis-era titles, it seems likely that their future projects will retain a lot of the style and energy of those early experiences.

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Credit for this story goes to Saiyan Ruuku
Sam Quirke
Written by Sam Quirke
Sam has been a Newshound since 2016. He's also been gaming long enough to know what a text parser is. When not hopelessly lost in the latest open-world epic, Sam is busy devouring books and podcasts or trading Pokémon with his wife.