Sonic Mania, the upcoming pseudo-sequel to the franchise’s original Mega Drive series, has today received three minutes of in-game footage.
The new video showcases the game’s retro-styled action, which represents a clear love letter to the history of the franchise. Taking place in the classic Green Hill Zone, the footage shows a multiplayer session, with two players taking the role of Sonic and Tails and working together to make it through. The true highlight of the footage, however, is the revelation of how closely Sonic Mania hews to the visuals, audio, and core gameplay of the Mega Drive classics, a fact that has acted as the drawcard for the game since its announcement last year.
Although originally set for release in early 2017, Sonic Mania was recently delayed to later in the year to give developers Headcannon and PagodaWest Games more time to polish the game.
Sonic Mania will be the first in the franchise since 2012’s Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II to be a fully-2D sidescroller. While that game was intended as an entirely new entry, however, Sonic Mania is being developed by teams outside of Sega, and will remix older levels, as well as incorporating original ones. In addition to Sonic and Tails, players will also be able to control another series regular, Knuckles the Echidna throughout the adventure, with all three characters having different abilities.
Sega is also currently working on Sonic Forces, a continuation of the series that, since 2011’s Sonic Generations, has allowed players to take control of both a classic and modern version of the eponymous character in 2D and 3D environments respectively. That game is currently slated for release at the end of 2017.
Sonic Mania is scheduled for release on PC, PS4, Switch, and Xbox One.