For weeks now, we’ve been talking about Sonic Mania’s, Sega’s long-awaited return to 16-bit form for the iconic hero. The game, being developed by Christian Whitehead (the man behind Sonic CD’s revival) and company, was supposed to release sometime this spring for PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch, promising to take many fans back to the “good ol’ days” of franchise.
Sadly, we’ll have to wait a little bit longer. During an SXSW stream today, the team confirmed that the game will no longer meet its spring 2017 release date. Instead, we’ll be waiting for its arrival this summer, as the team applies more polish to the game so that it runs more efficiently on all platforms, across the board.
This news is likely to come as a disappointment to some, especially to those who played the game previously at trade events like the PlayStation Experience or the recently completed PAX East. However, keep in mind that a lot of Sonic games were rushed out in the past, and didn’t fare well on the market as a result.
For instance, Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric, which was released for the Wii U some time ago, was rushed to make it out in time for a holiday release, and to cash in on the success of the cartoon that was making the rounds at the time. However, the plan backfired against Sega, as the game was critically shut down, and game sales didn’t match what Sega was expecting.
As a result, the publisher has decided to “go back to basics” with the franchise, first introducing Sonic Mania during San Diego Comic-Con last year (for a then spring 2017 release), and also hinting that a much bigger time – Project Sonic 2017 – was also headed for a winter 2017 release. That title hasn’t been fully revealed yet, so it’s likely to still come out sometime this year, though we’ll likely have to wait until E3 to get the full details on it.
So, yes, gamers, we’re bummed too, but that’s just going to make Sonic Mania that much sweeter when it arrives sometime this summer. Fingers crossed!
In the meantime, though, a new trailer for the game has emerged, featuring the classic Flying Battery Zone! You can view it below.