SEGA’s upcoming passion project, Sonic Mania, has enticed followers of the Blue Blur who’re looking to return to the colorful, whimsical world portrayed in his golden days. Now, fans finally know when they can go hog wild with the side-scroller.

SONIC MANIA RELEASE DATE CONFIRMED

Surprising absolutely no one, Sonic Mania is coming on August 15. The announcement was made earlier this week via an extraordinarily charming trailer:

While I lament Sonic CD’s absence in the elevator scene, you have to appreciate how they took care to likewise omit Sonic 4. Regardless, from the initial sketch of Sonic with rabbit ears to the new gameplay footage, it’s a nostalgia-filled video.

Hyper Potions supplied the music, following up on their contribution to Mania’s reveal trailer. Tyson Hesse, a name with a familiar ring to Sonic fans, animated the video alongside two of his cohorts:

Speaking of Sonic CD, the Past version of its go-to Zone was unveiled. I wonder if CD’s time travel mechanic will return for Stardust Speedway. And we all know how strongly that Zone is associated with Metal Sonic, a favorite of mine. Will the rogue robot return for a rematch? Nevertheless, Mania‘s take on the city is incorporating a design aspect from Sonic 3 & Knuckles‘ Marble Garden Zone.

Sonic Mania will launch for the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. The game is currently available to pre-order digitally for $19.99, with a collector’s edition also obtainable for $69.99. There are still currently no plans for a physical copy of the game, however.

As you can probably tell, I’m excited for Sonic Mania. And you won’t be surprised to learn that I plan to review it.

Will you Drop Dash into the Hedgehog’s latest adventure?

Sonic in Mirage Saloon Zone, the second original environment revealed for Sonic Mania (Image: SEGA)