Sonic Mania will be launching later this week for the Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. However, it won't be launching this week on PC. Why? It has been delayed so that the developers could address a few issues before releasing the game on Steam.
The tweet about the delay was posted up over on the official Sonic The Hedgehog Twitter account. The account briefly mentions that Sonic Mania will still launch on August 15th for the other home consoles, but the PC version is being delayed to August 29th.
In the extended letter image on the Sonic post, it explains that during the quality assurance testing phase on PC, the team ran into some issues that required some tender, love and care. It was decided to delay the game to the 29th so that those issues could be addressed and polished up for the PC release.
The post then goes on to say that for everyone who pre-ordered the PC collector's edition of Sonic Mania will be eligible to receive a free digital, emulated copy of Sonic The Hedgehog from the original Sega Genesis, starting August 15th. If you already own the game on your Steam account, you will automatically receive a free giftable version of the game that you can give to a friend or family member.
The letter rounds out with a "thank you" from Sega for everyone being patient as the game goes through the delay so that it can be properly fixed.
The news had originally gone out during a live-stream that the Sega team held, which covered some of the gameplay for Sonic Mania, along with an unboxing of the special, limited collector's edition for the game that comes with the Sonic statue sitting atop the Genesis replica plinth. Unfortunately, the Genesis doesn't actually turn on and work, but it's a nice little something-something for collectors.
Surprisingly, the news about the delay for Sonic Mania on PC was actually quite well received... well, not on the Twitter feed. On the Twitter feed a lot of people were frustrated about the delay and some opted for saying that they would just get the game on the Nintendo Switch, a version that some are thinking will end up being the definitive version of the 2D side-scroller.
However, across other forums and gaming communities, people were glad that Sega decided to take the time to actually enact some quality control over the product so that it turns out decent and the way that it was intended to.
Some rumors also popped up that the delay was so that the PC version could have some form of DRM added to it. Hopefully, that doesn't turn out to be true because that would be a huge setback in the goodwill that Sega has been building up with PC gamers lately, especially with releases such as Bayonetta and Vanquish being properly ported to PC recently.