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Sonic Mania Plus now has a release date

Sonic Mania Plus now has a release date

Coming to PS4, Xbox One, PC, and Switch in July.

Sega has announced that its upcoming Sonic Mania Plus expansion update thing is coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Switch on July 17th.

Sonic Manic Plus is essentially a refined, extended reworking of last year's excellent Sonic Mania - what Sega is calling the "definitive version". It takes the already rock-solid retro platforming core of the original and finesses it into a blurry blue sheen.

For starters, it introduces two new, if somewhat obscure, playable characters in the form of Mighty the Armadillo and Ray the Flying Squirrel (both first seen in the 1993 isometric arcade spin-off, SegaSonic the Hedgehog), along with an intriguing new Encore mode. This, says Sega, gives "a fresh look to familiar zones" with new challenges, layouts, and visual changes.

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There's an updated, expanded version of Sonic Mania coming this summer

There's an updated, expanded version of Sonic Mania coming this summer

With Mighty the Armadillo, Ray the Flying Squirrel.

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.

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.

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Sonic the Hedgehog movie has a release date

Sega's upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog movie now has a release date: 15th November 2019.

It's a year later than expected - a vague "2018" date was whispered when the Paramount project originally got greenlit, back in February 2016.

But work on the film is now underway, Hollywood Reporter writes. There's a director and writer (no one you'll have heard of), while Deadpool director Tim Miller is executive producing.

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Steam users review-bomb Sonic Mania over unexpected DRM

Steam users review-bomb Sonic Mania over unexpected DRM

UPDATE: Sega patches offline play bug, adds Denuvo warning.

UPDATE 31st August 2017: Sega has said the offline play bug that affected the PC version of Sonic Mania has been patched.

Sega has also added a Denuvo warning to Sonic Mania's Steam page.

In a post on Facebook, Sega said it found a problem within the game code that prevented people playing offline, and denied it had anything to do with the game's controversial DRM.

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Sonic Mania is chock full of references to the blue blur's 25-year legacy, with no shortage of fan service for the most dedicated of Sega connoisseurs. Yet there's one Easter egg that's so subtle and self-deprecating that only the most ardent of aficionados will catch it. Thankfully, we have one such man on staff with the Digital Foundry's eerily perceptive John Linneman putting his Sonic knowledge to the test.

Sonic Mania release date set for August

Sonic Mania is now slated for a 15th August launch on Switch, PS4, Xbox One and PC.

Digital pre-orders are 10 per cent off on Steam, bringing the price to 13.49 / $17.99. On consoles it's the regular price of 14.99 / $19.99.

The pixelated retro sidescroller was originally planned for a spring release, but it was delayed for the developer to put on the finishing touches.

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Sonic Mania release slips to summer

UPDATE: First proper look at Sonic Forces gameplay.

UPDATE: Sega's released a gameplay video of Sonic Forces, the 3D Sonic game due out later this year on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC.

Sega announces two new Sonic games

Sega has announced two new Sonic games - one that's a retro remake of sorts and one that's completely new.

The new game is dubbed Project Sonic and is due next autumn. It's in development for NX, PC, PS4 and Xbox One. A cinematic trailer announced it and heavily suggested there will be co-op. Sonic is joined by another Sonic while he runs towards a giant Robotnik, presumably, and the video's tagline reads: "When things look their darkest, even heroes need a helping hand."

The adjoining press release doesn't add anything further - only that the game is being made by Sonic Team, which, well, what on earth else would it make?

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