What is Sonic Mania?

What is Sonic Mania? We've explained exactly what the new Sonic game is in this blog, as well as providing details about its release date.

Sonic Mania is a brand new Sonic game that's planned to launch later this year. Sonic Mania will be available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and the PC. The game will first be available starting from August 15.

Sonic Mania is not the new Sonic Forces game. Instead, Sonic Mania is a celebration of 25 years of Sonic the Hedgehog - it's a throwback to the fans and it's a 2D re-imagination of the original Sonic the Hedgehog.

The graphics style for Sonic Mania is exactly what you'd expect for a retro re-imagination. The background music fits in perfectly as well, as does the gameplay. Sonic Mania is a new game, but you'll be convinced it isn't - it includes old levels from the original Sonic the Hedgehog, as well as 'remixed' versions of those same levels.

Players will be able to play as Sonic the Hedgehog, Knuckles the Echidna and Tails - players are given the ability to switch between each three characters at any point throughout gameplay.

Releasing on August 15, Sonic Mania will be available digitally for $18.99 in North America across all platforms it's getting a release for. Its price in other countries will vary slightly. A physical vinyl soundtrack will also go on sale alongside the release of Sonic Mania.