Had enough of Sonic Boom? Well, you're in luck because in celebration of Sonic The Hedgehog's 25th anniversary, the Sonic dev has just announced a new "passion project" that could make fans of the classic Sonic games very, very happy.
Meet Sonic Mania. The game's idea grew out of Sonic fans' love for the classic renditions of Sonic The Hedgehog in the 2D platformers. You can check out the reveal trailer below.
For those diehard Sonic The Hedgehog fans, it certainly looks like it's up to par with the sturdy foundation that the classics once came from. While Sonic Mania pays tribute to the classic style of Sonic The Hedgehog games, Sega will also be introducing a new ability and new levels to play.
As seen in recent Sonic The Hedgehog games like Sonic Boom, whenever Sega tries to do something new with Sonic, it turns out absolutely horrible. So it's a little unnerving that they want to add new levels and a new ability, but the trailer looks good enough that just maybe this is exactly what true Sonic The Hedgehog fans have been waiting for.
As in the earlier Sonic games, you'll be able to play as Sonic, Tails or Knuckles in Sonic Mania, so it's obvious they are trying to get back to the feel of classic Sonic. The game will be developed by Christian Whitehead, Headcannon and PagodaWest Games and will be coming to PS4, Xbox One and PC.
I grew up playing classic Sonic The Hedgehog games with my favorite being Sonic The Hedgehog 2 so of course I'm going to be overly critical of something like this claiming to feel like the classic games I grew up with. But from what I've seen of this reveal trailer, I have really high hopes for this game. It's interesting that Sega is reigniting a Sonic game like this, but really not surprising. It seems lately a trend in gaming has been to reboot classic games like Crash Bandicoot and Ratchet And Clank, so it seems Sega has finally decided that maybe they should jump on this trend along for the ride as well. Seeing how much of a dedicated fanbase Sonic The Hedgehog has, I can imagine fans are going to go crazy for this game, me included. I mean this is what Sonic The Hedgehog is supposed to be. This is the game we've all been waiting for. It's so nice to see the classic graphics with a bit of an upgrade along with that reminiscent feel of the gameplay and level style.
Sonic Mania won't be releasing until Spring of 2017, but it really seems like it'll be worth the wait.
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