Sonic Mania Plus Adds Characters, Modes On Switch, PS4, And Xbox One
It's a big day for Sonic news.
Sonic had arguably been in a down period for some time, but last year's Sonic Mania was widely regarded as a return to form for the hedgehog. That digital-only game is finally set to get a physical release, but not just for the existing game. Sega has announced Sonic Mania Plus, a physical re-release of Mania that introduces some new content and features.
Among the additions are two new playable characters, Mighty and Ray. There's also a new Encore mode and an expanded version of the four-player competition mode where you go head-to-head with other players. This was all shared during a Sonic panel at SXSW and then teased on Twitter, so we don't yet know all the details.
Sonic Mania Plus will be available in a physical package this summer for Switch, PS4, and Xbox One. That's notable, as the only physical version of Mania was the Collector's edition (which came with a digital copy of the game itself). This new Plus version includes holographic packaging, a 32-page art book, and a reversible cover that makes the game look like it's for Genesis.
Sonic Mania goes packaged with Sonic Mania Plus! Mighty and Ray join as playable characters, new Encore mode, 4P Competition mode, Holographic packaging, 32-page art book, and more. Summer 2018. pic.twitter.com/4U74kJ7xuG— Sonic the Hedgehog (@sonic_hedgehog) March 16, 2018
Other news that is sure to excite Sonic fans is a partnership with PUMA to sell Sonic-inspired sneakers and--more notably--a teaser for something related to Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing. Whether this turns out to be a remaster, a full-on sequel, or something else remains to be seen.
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