Sega?s iconic blue character, Sonic the Hedgehog, turned 25 last June and, in celebration of its anniversary, the company announced two new games at the San Diego Comic-Con.
The first is a new 2D game called Sonic Mania which arrives in Spring 2017. The game brings back the gamers into the 2D world platform reminiscent of the 90?s era. The game revamps zones and acts from Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Sonic CD, Sonic the Hedgehog 3 and Sonic & Knuckles, in addition to completely new Zones with all-new acts and bosses. Players who attended the Sonic event got to try the game for themselves.
?Sonic Mania was born out of our fans? love of the classic Sonic 2D platform games,? said Sonic team head Takashi Iizuka. ?This type of collaboration is a first for Sega and we hope everyone will be both surprised and delighted by this title. Sonic Mania has been a passion project for the entire team and we look forward to sharing more details about it later this year. Having the game actually playable at the event itself tonight was testament to the dedication of the team behind it.?
The second untitled game is dubbed as Project Sonic, a 3-D game that appears to be a sequel to Sonic Generations. According to the game?s teaser trailer, Project Sonic, will feature two variations–Sonic the Hedgehog: Original Portly Sonic and Revamped Dreamcast Sonic.?It is still in production and being created by the team behind Sonic Generations and Sonic Colors.
The trailer doesn?t reveal much specifics other than calling the game?s setting as ?the darkest of times? and Sonic is seen sprinting through a rather ruinous world apparently destroyed by robots. The trailer encourages players to “join the resistance” and earmarks Project Sonic for the 2017 holiday.
Project Sonic is coming to PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One. It’s also bound for Nintendo NX, the next-generation gaming platform that is expected to be released next year.
Sega also made two additional Comic-Con announcements. The company revealed that their hit mobile game Sonic Dash has been downloaded over 200 million times so it will receive a special in-game event that adds the Green Hill Zone and Classic Sonic as a playable character.
The event lasts only one week but can unlock the Green Hill Zone and Classic Sonic to continue to play afterwards. The game is free to play with optional in-app purchases, and is available on the App Store, Google Play, Amazon Underground and Windows Phones.
Lastly, Sonic Boom, the hit animated television series, now airing in over 100 countries, was announced for Season 2. Attendees at the event were treated to a sneak peek at what?s to come for the new season.