At the Sonic the Hedgehog Birthday Celebration — which I’m required to write to further perpetuate the notion that The PractitioNERD secretly operates as a Sonic Fan Site — that happened at San Diego ComicCon 2016 this past week (which not only included celebrating the character’s 25th anniversary, sing-a-longs, a God-awful livestream — contrary to the better live experience on-location — and a merchandising crossover between Sonic the Hedgehog and Sanrio characters, like Hello Kitty), two new Sonic video games were officially announced. The first game that will celebrate the 25-year-old franchise will be Sonic Mania, in which the above trailer starts with an awesome remix of the end theme to the Genesis version of Sonic 3D Blast, and is slated for release in Spring 2017 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC.
The 2D adventure is reminiscent to the Sega Genesis games, and features three playable characters — Sonic the Hedgehog (’cause DUHHHHH), Miles “Tails” Prower and Knuckles the Echidna — and includes new abilities and worlds to explore. According the members of Sega, Sonic Mania will also include classic stages featuring “new twists,” and the game was playable at the event itself. The other game announce is tentatively called Project Sonic 2017, which appears to be a sequel to the AWESOME Sonic Generations from 2012, but Sega insists that it’s not a sequel (which I don’t believe; I just want to play back-and-forth as Modern Sonic and Classic Sonic again). Project Sonic 2017 — a.k.a., the game Sega doesn’t want to call Sonic Generations 2 — is scheduled for a Holiday 2017 release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, NX and Windows PC.
Whatever Sega; I’M CALLING IT SONIC GENERATIONS 2! WHAT’CHA GONNA DO?!?