Now that the SXSW Sonic the Hedgehog panel has passed, George and Barry discuss what we learned regarding Sonic Mania and Sonic Forces. We talk about Sonic Mania‘s delay, Flying Battery Zone being announced, new official Sonic Mania artwork, the Sonic Mania soundtrack vinyl, the first real life look at the Sonic Mania Collector’s Edition, our thoughts on the Sonic Forces title, first details revolving around Sonic Forces‘ gameplay and other predictions based on what we have seen so far. Our Sonic Forces video is above and after the break, check out our Sonic Mania video. Continue Reading
2017 promises to be a big year for Sonic the Hedgehog. With not one but two major game releases slated to come out, excitement and speculation has been running wild. Since being announced last July, both Sonic Mania and “Project Sonic 2017” have been shrouded in mystery, with only scant pieces of information being released on either title since their grand unveiling.
Though there’s nothing wrong with keeping things close to the chest, SEGA has promised to reveal some new details on both games at this year’s SXSW Conference in Austin, Texas. To get the hype train rolling, the official Sonic the Hedgehog Twitter has been teasing some of what’s to come, especially for Sonic’s return to form in the 2D platforming landscape.
The SXSW 2017 schedule has confirmed that Sega will hold an official Sonic the Hedgehog panel at the event this year. The panel will feature Aaron Webber (PR), Mike Pollock (voice of Eggman), Roger Craig Smith (voice of Sonic), and Takashi Iizuka (producer) as speakers, and promises to give a behind-the-scenes look at the upcoming Sonic Mania and Project Sonic 2017. The full panel description:
Dive into the world of Sonic the Hedgehog in this exclusive behind-the-scenes look at both Sonic Mania and the upcoming Sonic 2017! With presenters from SEGA and Sonic Team’s Takashi Iizuka, this panel will answer questions about both games, showcase a new reveal for each title, and will discuss Sonic’s resurgence in the world of gaming since the reveal of both games. Of course, with Sonic involved, who knows what other surprises might be in store?
The panel will be held on March 16th from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM. And while previously SXSW Gaming was free to attend, tickets will be required for this year’s event. While last year’s Sonic panel at SXSW was live streamed, Sega has not yet announced whether or not they’ll do a live stream again this year.
In addition, the Switch version also has a collector’s edition available for pre-order, at least in America.
Thought to be missing the jump to the new system, Sonic Mania was confirmed by Nintendo’s YouTube and new Switch website and will be coming to the new system this Spring. Alongside Sonic Mania, Puyo Puyo Tetris is finally getting a release outside of Japan, both on the Nintendo Switch and the PlayStation 4. Hit the jump to check out the trailer for Puyo Puyo Tetris. Continue Reading
That swanky looking Sonic Mania collector’s edition is coming to Europe, Sega announced today. It’s exactly the same package that North America is getting, but there are a couple of caveats.
The first being that some might find it a bit overpriced. While the CE retails for $69.99 in the US, it costs a whopping £79.99 in the UK and €89.99 in the rest of Europe. So really you might not be paying much less than if you’d be importing the thing from the US. Secondly, it appears that it’s only available for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, with the PC version being left out. Which is a bit weird seeing how Sega Europe usually tends to put most of their focus on PC games.
Aside from that, you’re still getting everything the US is getting here. The collector’s edition is now available for pre-order exclusively on Amazon… or at least it was, but it appears to have gone out of stock everywhere except for in Germany while I was writing this article. Seriously:
Welp. Anyway, here are the links to the Amazon store pages in case the CE becomes available again.
Hot on the heels of the announcement of a Sonic Mania Collector’s Edition for PS4, Xbox One, and PC, Barry and George share their excitement and opinions on the set in a new SEGA News Bits. What’s included? What’s not? Will fans in Europe be seeing it? These questions and more are discussed! The elephant in the room – that being the lack of a physical disc release – is also discussed. What are your thoughts on the Sonic Mania Collector’s Edition? Which platform are you going for? Sound off in the comments below.
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