Sega has unveiled Sonic Mania Plus, an updated, expanded version of last year's excellent retro-inspired Sonic Mania. It's due out this summer on Switch, PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

Sonic Mania Plus was revealed during Sega's snappily titled Gotta Go Fast: The Official Sonic the Hedgehog Panel at SXSW Gaming, along with a full run-down of its brand-new features.

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First up, Sonic Mania Plus will introduce two classic series stars as playable characters: Mighty the Armadillo and Ray the Flying Squirrel. Both debuted in the 1993 isometric arcade spin-off, SegaSonic the Hedgehog, and most recently had a cameos in Sonic Generations.

Sonic Mania Plus also adds a new "Encore Mode", which freshens up existing levels with visuals changes, alongside "new ways to play, and new ways to explore". Lastly, Sonic Mania's split-screen multiplayer racing mode, known as Competition Mode, will be expanded to accommodate four, rather than the current two, players.

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Sonic Mania Plus will launch this summer in digital and physical forms. The physical release will be available for PS4, Xbox One, and Switch, and includes a holographic slip cover, a reversible Genesis sleeve (which will be appropriately Mega-Drive-themed in Europe), plus a 32-page Sonic Mania Art Book. All for $29.99 USD (about 21).

The digital version, meanwhile, will be available as a standalone download, and existing owners of the original Sonic Mania will be able to upgrade to Plus, with pricing information to be announced at a later date.

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