At the South by Southwest Sonic Panel, SEGA has announced some new projects coming soon, Sonic Mania Plus and a new Sonic R game.
First, Sonic Team Takashi Iizuka announced a new release of Sonic Manic titled Sonic Mania Plus.
SEGA has detailed some features coming to the new edition. In addition to Sonic Mania’s playable characters of Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles; Mighty the Armadillo, and Ray the Flying Squirrel are being added to the roster. In addition to new characters, Sonic Mania Plus will also expand the game’s competition mode to support up to four players. Sonic Mania Plus will also include an all-new Encore Mode, which offers “new ways to explore each of the game’s acts and will come with some unspecified visual changes”.
Unlike the original Sonic Mania, which only released digitally, Sonic Mania Plus will get a physical release. This release will feature a holographic slip cover and a reversible sleeve designed to mimic a SEGA Genesis/Mega Drive box, as well as include a 32-page art book for the game.
Sonic Mania Plus will retail for $29.99 and will be releasing on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. SEGA has said that a digital update for the original game will be released at the same time, though pricing for that upgrade will be announced later.
Additionally, SEGA plans to produce five animated shorts in the style of Sonic Mania’s intro and release them on their YouTube channel.
Not only did SEGA announce this new edition of Sonic Mania, SEGA also teased what appears to be a new Sonic racing game. In the form of a 22-second teaser, the ”Top Secret” video consists of some car engines revving and the silhouette of a logo. A stylized R – the same R from the logo for Sonic R – is highlighted, and that’s about it.
It seems like this new Sonic racing game will be some form of sequel or reboot of the Sonic R game, but instead of on-foot racing, will be a kart racer, like the Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing series. SEGA has not announced when the next details for the game will be released.
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