At the SXSW Sonic panel, Sonic Team head Takashi Iizuka announced a new release of Sonic Mania with two new characters.
In addition to Sonic Mania’s playable characters of Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles, Mighty the Armadillo and Ray the Flying Squirrel are being added. A competitive four-player mode and an encore mode, which has not been detailed yet. The release, which is set for this summer, comes out this summer with a physical release on Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and PS4. The cover is reversible for a Genesis or Mega-Drive sleeve, as well as including a 32-page art book for the game.
Additionally, Sega plans to produce five animated shorts in the style of the Sonic Mania intro and release them on their Youtube channel.
I’m really excited about the shorts and I hope the level design supports the new characters and whatever new abilities they have.