Sonic Mania is a 2D side-scrolling platformer developed by a group of indie studios (composed of project lead Christian Whitehead, programmer Headcannon, and some designers and composers of PagodaWest) and published digitally by Sega for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch on August 15, 2017. It was later released for the PC on August 29, 2017.
Developed as an official collaborative effort between creators previously known for Sonic the Hedgehog fanwork (including the enhanced ports of Sonic CD, Sonic the Hedgehog, and Sonic the Hedgehog 2), Sonic Mania is heavily stylized on the series's original early-'90s Genesis-based platformers. Along with Sonic Forces, it was announced in commemoration of the series's 25th anniversary.
Players control one of three playable heroes (Sonic, Tails, or Knuckles), each with their own unique abilities, as they navigate their way through the hostile robotic forces of Dr. Eggman, who is harnessing the power of a mysterious gemstone. Along with remastered versions of classic levels from the series, the game features a variety of new locales (each with their own unique obstacles and puzzles).
The game later received a paid "Encore" DLC on July 17, 2018, adding two new characters (Mighty the Armadillo and Ray the Flying Squirrel, each with their own unique abilities), an alternate Story Mode (known as "Encore Mode", featuring an expanded "buddy" mechanic), and an expanded Competition Mode (with four-player split-screen support). The XONE, PS4, and Switch versions received a retail release, titled Sonic Mania Plus, at the same date with the DLC added (along with a bonus reversible cover, art book, and holographic sleeve).
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