Sonic the Hedgehog is a name full of nostalgia for a lot of 20-something year-olds. Well, he is back, and he’s kept his glorious 16-bit form.
Sega announced Sonic Mania during a panel at San Diego Comic-Con, and the fresh 2D Sonic game could make some fans shed a tear or two.
Simon Thomley and Christian Whitehead have collaborated with developer Sega of America and PagodaWest Games, and the result of this fantastic partnership will ease any concerns fans may have.
On one hand, game developer PagodaWest has been awarded multiple times for his popular mobile game Major Magnet. On the other hand, there’s Whitehead, which successfully remastered Sonic 1, Sonic 2, and Sonic CD for mobile and console.
According to a recent press release, Takashi Iizuka, Head of Sonic Team, said that “Sonic Mania was born out of our fans’ love of the classic Sonic 2D platform games.”
A lot of today’s young adult gamers have first started on 2D games, which means they will probably wait with bated breath for the release of Sonic Mania.
Iizuka added that “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.”
It was the developing team’s desire to have a playable game ready for the excited audience at SDCC, but the release date had to be pushed back due to several factors.
The past few Sonic games have been less-than-stellar, so much so that Sega had to apologize to the fans for disappointing them. Therefore, the company had to make a complete turnaround and start focusing again on delivering quality content.
Now, Sega seems to be more transparent and straightforward with the fans of the little blue guy. This is most obvious in the company’s Sonic the Hedgehog Twitter account, which offers a uniquely self-aware stance of the current situation and what will come to be.
The latest and most critical commercial flop of Sonic Boom is what caused the publisher to start doing it right by fans. Sonic Mania, the first good step, will release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC sometime in 2017.
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