For the first time in a very long time Sega is eating up the press spotlight with all the attention they've been receiving regarding Sonic Mania, the upcoming 2D redo of the classic 16-bit Sonic games from PagodaWest Games. Well, they've finally cemented a release date and price into the ground for all those wondering about it. It looks like August 15 will see the game arrive for under $30 in the U.S. and Canada.
In a press release sent out to major and minor outlets alike, Sega announced that Sonic Mania would be set to arrive on August 15th for the Xbox One, PS4, PC and Nintendo Switch. This fits in line with the original date that was leaked before, so it proves the rumors true. You'll be able to get your hands on the game for $19.99 in America and $25.99 in Canada.
The price is actually a heck of a lot cheaper than I was expecting. PagodaWest Games took the time out to redo many of the stages from the first four major Sonic The Hedgehog titles on the Sega Genesis, including stages from Sonic: The Hedgehog, Sonic 2, Sonic 3 and Sonic & Knuckles. They've also designed completely new levels from scratch that they've only so briefly showcased to the public.
The game will allow players to take control of Sonic, Tails or Knuckles in each of the levels, along with making use of a few new abilities for the characters to utilize while also having access to their classic loadout. All of this is done with full 60 frames per second support, and HD output.
A lot of the content for Sonic Mania is being kept under wraps, as they hope to entice gamers with a bunch of surprises when the game releases this August.
Originally the game was due for release this spring, but Sega wisely seemed to have the prescience to see that the Nintendo Switch would be a blockbuster success and decided to delay the game's release so that the Nintendo Switch version launched with the other console and PC versions of Sonic Mania.
It's an extremely smart business move, because the Switch is moving product like crazy and no retailers in the United States can keep the device in stock. If they had released the game this spring they would only have had around 3 million Switch owners to sell to. However, releasing in August could give them the potentiality to reach an install base of up to 5 million, assuming the Switch continues to sell as well as it has been.
In addition to announcing the release date and price, Sega also reminded gamers about the retrotastic trailer for the limited edition pre-order bonuses. The details for the pre-order package were posted up over on their official website.
It comes with a giant box, a Sonic statue on a mock Sega Genesis console. A fake Genesis cartridge with a ring inside, and a download card that has the actual Sonic Mania game on it. It's weird that for $69.99 you don't actually get the physical copy of the game.
Anyway, we at least now know exactly when the game will be arriving for home consoles and PC. You'll only have to wait until the middle of August to get your hands on the game, so the wait isn't that bad.