Sonic Mania Announced for PS4, PC, and Xbox One


Sega has announced Sonic Mania for PlayStation 4, PC, and Xbox One.

The new game is developed by Christian Whitehead (known for the mobile ports of the classic Sonic games), as well as Sonic’s own Sonic Team. Featured above, you can view the game’s announcement trailer.

An entirely new game, players will be able to choose between Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles. There’s also new zones, and a new drop dash ability. There will also be classic levels, however they will be reimagined.

Sonic Mania will release sometime in the spring of next year.

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  • RockstarRepublic

    Make Sonic Great Again!

  • deadeye

    Looks better than Lost World or Boom at least.

  • Shiggy Diggy Doo

    Fucking cockamamie load of diarrhetic bullfuck

    I sat through an hour of ear shattering audio problems, stream cuts, and two sweaty chubby asians who can’t hop around like tards without going out of breathe for THIS!?

  • Heavily Augmented

    Hey, it’s better than nothing…

  • Heavily Augmented

    I guess the only way to save Sonic is to go back to its roots. Also that classic animation at the end looked pretty swell.

  • wombat

    This is hype as shit.

    Sad that the stream is bad and that the music at the start was some of the worst thing I’ve ever heard in my life… but it was worth it.

  • deadeye

    Considering how shit Sonic has been, it could’ve been much worse, I guess.

    I dunno, maybe my mind is fucking fried from the buzzing, but it looks alright.

    Also, I think there’s two big announcements, so we’ll wait and see.

  • Espio419

    Nice. A fucking rom hack.

  • sanic

    I liked generations and colors why can’t they just do that shit?

  • I think they might reveal a new 3D game. I’ll be suffering through it. At least performance by June is good..

  • Rumble Red

    It’s years overdue and they had to give it a dumb name ’cause they wasted “Sonic 4” on a turd, but this looks like it’ll probably be good, solid fun. It’s weird not to have any reservations about a Sonic game.

  • Lucky

    Looks good, surprisingly.

  • Shiggy Diggy Doo

    Wait MORE!? Okay going back in to suffer

  • Yeah the ?????? reveal is at like fucking 1 AM my time. Kind of want to kill myself

  • deadeye

    I’m sure these hours of suffering will be totally worthwhile

    Ha

  • Shiggy Diggy Doo

    What time is it in EST?

  • 1 AM ;(

  • Shiggy Diggy Doo

    OH
    NO
    FUCK MEEEEEEEEEE

  • Ninjagai

    It’s funny how new games like Call of Duty get crap for “Copying and Pasting”, but older/smaller/less complex games somehow get a pass.

  • goodbyejojo

    sometimes i wonder, why does sega even bother with sonic anymore?

  • Nagato

    Well, at least you didn’t have your girlfriend drag you into watching this as it was supposed to begin at 3AM…

    To be honest I think I might go single again by the time the morning comes.

  • JFpaes15

    I like it… the 2D gameplay looks closer to the classics than Generations and that shitfest that was 4. Old levels retweaked with newer areas, playable Tails and Knux, the animation looks very fluid, and the pixel art looks gorgeous.

    It wasn’t what I was expecting, sure, but it looks neat as hell. Wasn’t this what people were pretty much begging for years for SEGA to make?

  • OldPalpy

    It is but it sometimes get’s drowned out by people who somewhow think Sonic Adventure 3 is a good idea.

  • Guin

    But I thought this is what all Sonic games were like
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jPWrHPNekvE

  • Anon630

    BZZZZZZZZZZZZ

  • OldPalpy

    You’d think that as they follow it with a concert filled with music and footage from the worst games in the series.

  • SonicBoomChan

    4 am bitches

  • Didney Worl

    Holy shit! Now THIS is more like it. I am super excited for this.

  • Jack

    *in left ear*
    BZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

  • Uncle Slick

    Wow, that’s awesome.

    Looks just like the Sonic I played as a kid.

  • No_Good_Names_Ever

    Somewhere in the world, Chris Chan either died of a heart attack, or is clenching his jaw so tight of anger of someone touching classic areas that his gums are bleeding.

  • Uncle Slick

    Nichegamer: WE WANT A REAL SONIC GAME LIKE THE CLASSICS

    Sega: Hey! Look at this new Sonic game! Just like you remembered, right?

    Nichegamer: OMG SHITTY 2D GRAPHICS IT LOOKS LIKE A ROM HACK BUT I GUESS ITS OK

  • No_Good_Names_Ever

    Easy aussie bucks.

  • Didney Worl

    Sega going the Mega Man 9 route is a good idea as it kinda serves as a reboot of the entire series going forward. I’m pretty sure they’re gonna announce another new Sonic game later tonight. As long as Sonic Team sticks the landing, then all the buzzing and dabbing will be worth it.

  • No_Good_Names_Ever

    It’s one thing to keep reusing the same thing, it’s a whole other thing to repeatedly change the game play before going back to start for nostalgia bux.

  • No_Good_Names_Ever

    Make chocolate pudding while you wait.

  • OldPalpy

    He’ll have to start a support group for the butthurt, salt and mass triggering that this causing tonight.

  • doog

    Still pisses me off how they never brought the sonic 1/2 widescreen mobile ports to pc (only sonic cd) after all that work to remake the games in a new engine.
    Still this looks pretty good.

  • OldPalpy

    That probably has a good chance of happening now since it’s the same team as this game and Sega is finally not terrified of putting Sonic on PS4/Xbone.

  • No_Good_Names_Ever

    Nah, he’ll make a group but it’ll be a crack team of OC donuteers to break into Sega and destroy all their servers, pepper spraying anyone who sees them.

  • No_Good_Names_Ever

    I thought that was because they had a deal with Nintendo.

  • No_Good_Names_Ever

    Better now than with the following game like with Megaman.

  • Narmy

    Hey, this is exactly the kind of Sonic game I want them to make. The 3D games are all shit tbh.

  • OldPalpy

    That screwed with it at the time but it still could have happened after they shat that turd Sonic Boom out in 2014 which was the end of that deal, but if this project started last year it would have taken priority over them porting the remasters.

  • Shit, this is exactly what I WANTED out of Sonic 4. Now I can pretend Sonic 4 never existed, thank you Sega.

  • OldPalpy

    Otherwise known as the absolute pinnacle of mankind.

  • Anon630

    Suddenly nothing audible- BZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

  • Uncle Slick

    Me too. Makes me happy to see something like this in this day and age.

  • OldPalpy

    It would have been if they took to trying to just be a Genesis using the same sprites for everything rather than a Genesis game without constraints. I can’t see Sonic Team not fucking up the landing if they have anything to announce.

  • TheManWithPants

    So basically we waited 3 years for a glorified Sonic fan game made by Sonic Retro, with some input from Sonic Team. It’s like they outright admitted that they can’t make good 3D Sonic games for shit.

  • TheManWithPants

    The game is literally made by folks from Sonic Retro. It’s basically a glorified fan game.

  • orbo

    Wasn’t “trying to recapture the old sonic feel” or whatever what the sonic 4 games were?
    … Not that they succeeded.

    This looks VERY good however, and even better is that it’s not this 3d models on a 2d plane crap that all bigger companies are doing these days, actual sprite graphics are pretty much relegated to indie game makers these days.

    Very interested.

  • TheManWithPants

    All I can say is that this shit better not cost more than $15. That’s all this looks like its worth to be honest.

  • TheManWithPants

    Don’t bother man, it’s probably going to be info on the live action Sonic movie. They already mentioned that the movie’s producer would be attending the party.

  • Anon630

    Perfect chance to announce SA3 right after Jun’s performance, and the Hello Kitty joke is real instead. I am 100% convinced that game publishers are afraid of making actual decent games. Burn this industry to the ground, and don’t revive it until feminism dies along with modern game publishers.

  • OldPalpy

    That was the marketing and only the marketing as Sonic 4 didn’t play like the Genesis at all and more like a terrible flash game. This is being made by a team that actually knows the Genesis inside and out.

  • Guin

    We better have this scene in 2D

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yk6cgp7RcL8

  • OldPalpy

    In what way? Sonic Team continued to make several Sonic Adventure style games following 2 and all of them except for half of Sonic Unleashed sucked ass and made the brand into a joke.

  • TheManWithPants

    SEGA’s not even making this game. They literally hired Sonic fans from Sonic Retro to make the game for them. It’s fucking hilarious.

  • Yo, that title animation was sssssmmmmooooooooooooooth.

  • OldPalpy

    If nothing from Sonic Team is announced tonight I’m officially starting a dead pool on them and a stuck doing shitty mobile games for eternity pool.

  • FahBrah

    i started to tear up half way through the trailer

  • Uncle Ocelot

    This looks amazing.

    I also have a strange craving for some delicious stuffed nachos… :^)

  • Uncle Ocelot

    Nah there’s a 3D game too.

  • TheManWithPants

    Well they just announced a new main game… but they didn’t give a title for it yet, and instead showed a vague teaser trailer featuring Modern and Classic Sonic in a post-apocalyptic city fighting an army of Death Egg Robots from Sonic 2. So basically, it’s probably Sonic Generations 2.

  • TheManWithPants

    Yeah, just saw it. They didn’t bother to show any gameplay, so I’m not hyped.

  • Uncle Ocelot

    Well to be fair it is over a year away. I would’ve liked more than what we got though.

  • Dewey Defeats Truman

    Based Taxman making an official sonic game that isn’t just a remake? This is gonna be so good. Can’t fucking wait.

  • Casey

    I have no hope, for hope in sonic is the little death that kills me over and over. Without sonic, I die but once.

    I bring to you, the litany against sonic.

  • ThatOneGuy

    This actually looks nice. COLOR me excited

  • Darkrulershadowlord007

    Welcome back Sonic.

  • Melsatix

    Believe it or not, but some people liked Shadow the Hedgehog.

  • Melsatix

    You missed a lot when you think that Sonic gets a simple pass like this. This is how it always starts; perople see the trailer, be happy and later on, start yelling and screaming how awful the game is. Just wait and see.

  • TheManWithPants

    They’ve had 2-3 years of dev time already, and they still aren’t ready to show it yet. I’m still a bit worried.

  • Uncle Ocelot

    Well they also didn’t show off gameplay for the initial reveals for Colours and Generations iirc so who knows.
    You do have the right idea to be a little worried though, you never really know with Sonic Team unfortunately.

  • I find it very ironic that this game is not coming to a Nintendo system.

  • Mighty No 9…

  • TheManWithPants

    Yeah they’re really unpredictable, and not in a good way.

  • vonSanneck

    I guess Freedom Planet woke them up from their stupor.

  • Its simply a romhack of Sonic 1-3 it seems

  • John Smith.

    So, it’s an officially endorsed and published fan game reusing assets from Sonic 1 to 3?
    Geez, the nostalgia bait is strong with this game.

  • John Smith.

    Given that nearly all of the game assets looks to have been reused from Sonic 1 to 3 I would actually class this as a lose remake.

  • Nice. I’d still love to see a PS2>PS4 port of Sonic Mega Collection Plus and Sonic Gems Collection, though.

  • Miguel Angel Opazo Arancibia

    The GBA sonic games were great. I foresee something like it.

  • Make 2D great again!

  • sAy_YaS

    I’m crying like an anime fan on prom night.

  • sAy_YaS

    Ditto. I just hope it’s not some episodic junk like s4 was.

  • Yeah, especially since the NX is getting Project Sonic 2017. I’ll be happy if I can have it on the PC, but I assume Spring 2017 (the release date for Sonic Mania) puts it too far out to consider the Wii U relevant and a bit early for the NX?

    I do expect the NX to get it with time as little as we know though.

  • Unlikely I think, SEGA are more generous than most but the value of digital games from yesteryear has gone up with digital stores which allow them and others to sell individual games at a high price.

    It wasn’t possible back when the PS2 was out and that’s part of why Nintendo used to have free full games included with their N64 and GameCube releases like Excitebike 64 and Animal Crossing.

  • That’s almost definitely Project Sonic 2017, they even highlighted that it has the same staff for that teaser.

  • Mr0303

    I disagree. Adventure 1&2 and Heroes were pretty good.

  • Mr0303

    Looks pretty good. The drop dash could make the gameplay really fluid. Day 1 for me.

  • NukeA6

    About time the Sonic Team got their shit together. There’s been too many bad Sonic games already.

  • John Smith.

    Surprise, it’s not made by Sonicteam. Go figure.

  • Zanard Bell

    I want this to be good. Sonic has been through enough, the poor bastard.

  • AI◎BA

    Still better than any recent Sonic games

  • TheManWithPants

    A bit early to say that, since they didn’t even show off the gameplay yet. It’s just a vague CGI trailer.

  • SinkingSage

    Oh, but it’s ok when Nintendo does it? Like Zelda was announced when? 50 years ago?

  • evilmajikman

    Sega making a new proper Sonic game? DID I DIVIDE BY 0? WHAT HAPPENED?

  • Josh

    A “romhack” that contains entirely new levels, artwork and mechanics? Yeah, I guess if you consider Sonic 3 a “romhack” of Sonic 2, there can be no true sequel ever made to any of these games, huh…

  • Malcolm_Ecks

    Meh. They were good for the time but didn’t age well. They were basically less glitchy versions of Sonic 06.

  • Mr0303

    Except that they didn’t have a horrible story and the level design was much better.

  • anonemouse

    Studiopolis looks nothing like anything from Sonic 1-3.

  • Minuteworld92

    oh wow my thoughts of this being an official fangame were right.

  • AI◎BA

    being a Sonic fan is suffering but you’re right

  • Minuteworld92

    zero gravity was also good

  • Malcolm_Ecks

    I wouldn’t call the stories “good” in Sonic Adventure 1 and 2. Especially one. Sonic was never known for the story anyways.

  • Minuteworld92

    this isn’t sega’s shitty forums

  • Minuteworld92

    lakefepard’s 3 sanic fangames are probably better than this. also, check out spark the electric jester when you get the chance, it’s HYPE.

  • RetroGamer

    It’ll be HUUUGE!

  • Γεώργιος Αρχαιοκαπηλίδης

    No matter how many I love the old Sonic games, I never asked new 2D Sonic games exactly like the old ones. That’s why I also love Sonic Rush and Sonic Colors DS.

  • Γεώργιος Αρχαιοκαπηλίδης

    They are mediocre.

  • TheManWithPants

    I don’t like Nintendo, so I don’t care what they do.

  • John Smith.

    “Given that NEARLY ALL of the game assets looks to have been reused from Sonic 1 to 3” That’s what I said,
    Nearly all of the content I’ve seen from this game so far looks like it’s been reused from older games, hence I call it a remake since it can be viewed as being on the same level as other Sonic fan games built using recolored assets from old Sonic games.

  • FreshSnug

    Spark. The. Electric. Jester?

    You know I’d rather they just called him Spark The Fucking Asshole or something. I hate Jesters, and putting in electric is redundant. Hope the game is good anyway. A shame there won’t be any fan art of female characters for me to admire non-sexually.

  • FreshSnug

    Where are the female sonic characters? What are they doing right now? I’ll settle for going mildly fast if I get to be a cute girl while doing it.

  • grgspunk

    That would only happen if Sonic’s arms were blue in this game, which sadly isn’t the case.

  • Minuteworld92

    *fangame

  • Josh

    Then go play Freedom Planet.

  • Josh

    What assets are they reusing?

  • FreshSnug

    Not cute enough sadly but the games are alright. Just wish the male mc would shut it since his voice acting is god awful.

  • Josh

    Bullshit. Sonic 06 and Boom were his only games that were truly bad.

  • No_Good_Names_Ever

    This is Chris Chan we’re talking about here, one of the sick minded who latch so tightly onto an IP that they’d assault anyone who even touches their first games.

  • Uncle Slick

    Well, me and the others who loved Sonic since the first games are extremely happy.

  • Uncle Slick

    No, it’s shitty Nichegamer.

  • Didney Worl
  • Didney Worl

    And somewhere else in the world, AKnotholeResident is jizzing in his diaper.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-DMtSDDF2Do

  • Didney Worl
  • Didney Worl

    And dat soundtrack. Talk about major Sonic CD vibes.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NGR5fTO2oio

  • Thanatos

    This is it, Sonic’s last gasp. Sega’s last chance to prove they can make a good Sonic game – that is, a 2D Sonic game. Sega fucked it up with Sonic 4, and if they fuck this up too they’ll have disgraced the actually good games, leaving nothing left but to bury Sonic for good.

    No pressure guys!

  • Captain Vidya

    >this is Sega’s last chance
    Yeah, that’s not something I’ve been hearing for more than a decade.

  • Thanatos

    They never threatened that they were gonna remake Sonic2/Sonic3&K before. With this, those games will be disgraced if they fail, and that’ll be it for Sonic.

  • Captain Vidya

    I know what you’re getting at with your concerns, but where did they say they were remaking 2/3K for this? They’re “remaking” some stages as much as Generations did, and from what I’ve seen of Mania’s Green Hill, it’s pretty good.

    Call me an idiot for doing this if you want, but I have complete faith that Taxman and Stealth will give us a fantastic game with great new stages, especially if the Sonic 2 mobile port’s Hidden Palace is anything to go by. That stage was great. None of that “area after the last checkpoint is completely above a botomless pit” bullshit most Sonic games of today have.

  • FREECELL.EXE
  • Martin

    Nichegamer is just being tsundere~

  • randr01d

    Only 06 and Boom were truly bad.

    Edit: Sonic 4 was’t that great either.

  • RetroGamer

    Like what was? Hmmm…You must be talking about something that doesn’t exist.

  • Sonic Jam on the Saturn was the best Sonic game. :^)

  • Melsatix

    It was the idea that gave us Sonic Adventure… mhmmm, good times ^_^

  • Melsatix

    Rouge died of breast cancer, Amy is in jail for stalking Sonic, Cream hides herself at home from all the furries, Tikal got captured by the Ghostbusters, Elise is in jail as well because of beastiality, Sticks gets electro shock therapy, Wave got hit by a truck, Maria got exhumed byShadow and became his “special darling”, Marine got drowned by some annoyied pirates, Blaze got a burnout syndrome and shot herself and Shade is Knuckles new wife after Rouge died of breast cancer.

  • Melsatix

    We said the same of Boom and look where it lead us.

  • Melsatix

    It never happened, remember?

  • John Smith.

    Hey, I like Boom.

  • Melsatix

    The story was okay, but the game a disaster.

  • FreshSnug

    Well that sucks.

  • Neojames82

    I have no hopes for any 3D Sonic to be any good.

  • TheManWithPants

    Well yeah, modern Sonic Team pretty much can’t make good 3D Sonic games anymore; hell, they can’t even make a good 2D Sonic game anymore, which is why they had to hire some Sonic fans from the Sonic Retro community to make a 2D Sonic game for them. Most of the original Sonic Team is gone, and the current Sonic Team seems to know jack shit about what made Sonic good in the first place, so they’ll just rely on cheap gimmicks and nostalgia pandering to sell games.

  • Neojames82

    Well, at least Sega knows when to admit defeat and actually turn to fans for something at least somewhat decent. If only Nintendo followed suit.

  • Noah Howard

    Hello smooth sprites and classic gameplay!

  • Fenrir007

    Freedom Planet started as a Sonic fangame and look where it ended.

  • TheManWithPants

    Well don’t get me wrong, Freedom Planet was great, and I trust the guys behind Sonic Mania to do a good job. I just find it funny that Sonic Team basically said, ‘fuck it. Get the fans to make their own damn game.’ lol.

  • Patrick England (Shadoan)

    Sega is encouraging it’s fans to keep making fan content of their Sonic the Hedgehog Games….. As opposed to Pokemon Uranium and AM2R which were struck down by Nintendo…. I don’t know whether to be stoked or inspired.

  • Josh

    Shut the fuck up. Sonic’s been doing well for a while. Colors, Generations, All-Stars Racing Transformed were all great games. He stumbled a bit with Boom but he’s back on his feet and I’m sick of hearing about how he hasn’t had a good game since the Genesis.

  • Thanatos

    “Sonic’s been doing well for a while”

    Sonic hasn’t been doing fine for 20 years. But I’m sure your insults will magically make it so.

  • Josh

    Oh wait, you’re the same deluded autistic idiot who thinks Undertale is the second coming of christ as far as games are concerned. Nevermind, carry on being retarded.

  • Thanatos

    Yeah, I was wrong to expect an intelligent response.

  • Josh

    I know, you have to be intelligent first in order to argue on the same level. That’s a hurdle you’ll never clear..