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Two New Sonic Games Announced, Both Coming in 2017

July 23, 2016 / 11:41 AM

By: Matthew Gibson

Sonic the Hedgehog has kind of lost his touch in recent years, with the Sonic Boom brand seeing to take the forefront and the last ‘proper’ Sonic game being Sonic Lost World back in 2013 (and even then it was met with a mixed reception). But it seems the blue blur will be getting his chance to shine once again next year; with two games. To celebrate Sonic’s 25th anniversary, there was a livestream celebrating the franchise and two new titles were shown off.

The first of which is Sonic Mania, which seems to be a return to its 2D platforming roots. However, it is more than just that, as it will be adopting a style reminiscent of the originals on the Sega Genesis, in addition to the return of Classic Sonic. The game will feature returning stages as well as new zones. Plus, you can play as Sonic, Tails, or Knuckles (although the latter two weren’t shown off), and there’s a new mechanic called the Drop Dash, which is quite self-explanatory. Sonic Mania will be coming to Playstation 4, Xbox One, and PC Spring 2017.

The second is currently known as ‘Project Sonic 2017’. Details are rather limited, however, this will be developed by Sonic Team (responsible for the most recent Sonic games (excluding Sonic Boom)) and will include both Sonics, the Modern and Classic incarnations as seen in Sonic Generations. But what is of note is a hint of a bigger story. The town the hedgehog is speeding through seems to be at the mercy of giant robots, with the environment engulfed in flames and smoke covering the sky. What’s more intriguing is the tagline at the trailer’s end: ‘Join the Resistance’. This new Sonic game will be racing onto all major platforms Holiday of next year, which will be the PS4, Xbox One, PC, and even the Nintendo NX.

Make sure to leave your comments on the new Sonic games down below. Do you think they can return the franchise to glory, or will it be another downfall for the beloved character? Only time will tell.

About the author /

Like many other game writers, Matthew was brought into the gaming world from a young age. He aspires to be a games journalist in the future. Oh, and he's from the UK, so there's that. He also does Nintendo Podcast System, just in case there isn't enough Nintendo on this site.

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