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Sonic Mania is getting new content and a physical release in the form of Sonic Mania Plus, Sega has announced. Plus, it appears rumors of a new Sonic racing title are about to get a lot more official.

Sonic Mania Plus will bring the 2017 sidescroller onto discs (and cartridges) for the first time, along with a 32-page art book, holographic packaging, and a special reversible cover inspired by classic Sega Genesis box art. As for the new gameplay additions, Plus will add two new playable characters, Mighty the Armadillo and Ray the Flying Squirrel, to the game.

Might and Ray aren’t brand new characters, but they’re certainly deep cuts from the Sonic universe. Both characters debuted in the 1993 arcade title SegaSonic the Hedgehog and have only occasionally shown up since, usually just for cameos. There’s no word yet on how these new characters will mix up gameplay, but given how Mania handled its existing roster, they should be more than just palette swaps.

In addition, Sonic Mania Plus also introduces an Encore Mode, which offers remixed versions of stages, and an expanded four-player competition mode.

All the content in Sonic Mania Plus will also be available to download for anyone who owns the original game, though Sega has yet to disclose how much that will cost.

In addition, the SXSW panel closed out with a tease for something many fans have been expecting: A new racing game set in the Sonic universe. We’ve heard rumors for a long time that Sumo Digital, the studio behind the surprisingly great Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing and Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, is hard at work on a follow-up to those games, and now we have a big hint that it’s true in the form of a short teaser video.

Sure, it’s just a shot at some headlights, some engine noises, and a blacked-out logo, but it’s enough to whet our appetites.

Curiously enough, the only part of the logo that’s highlighted is the letter R. Yes, it’s almost certainly the first letter in the word “racing,” but it’s also quite similar to the font for Sonic R, a Sega Saturn racing game that featured Sonic characters rounding tracks on foot. Unless the cars are just a red herring, this definitely doesn’t appear to be a direct successor to that game, but it may still be a source of inspiration.

One possible interpretation is that the game will be completely focused on Sonic characters, rather than a hodgepodge of other Sega characters and random guest stars from Wreck-It Ralph and Team Fortress 2. That’s in line what the rumors swirling around Sumo’s next game, but it would be a little disappointing. I’d hate to play a Sonic racing game without a poorly rendered Danica Patrick behind the wheel.

Expect to hear more on this mystery racing game soon.

As for Sonic Mania Plus, the game launches on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Switch this summer. Pre-orders will open March 19th. No word yet on a PC version.

Source: Sonic the Hedgehog on Twitter

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Sonic Mania Plus announced, new Sonic racing game teased

Sonic's retro-inspired return to form is going physical—and adding new content to the mix.

By Josh Harmon | 03/19/2018 10:30 AM PT

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Sonic Mania is getting new content and a physical release in the form of Sonic Mania Plus, Sega has announced. Plus, it appears rumors of a new Sonic racing title are about to get a lot more official.

Sonic Mania Plus will bring the 2017 sidescroller onto discs (and cartridges) for the first time, along with a 32-page art book, holographic packaging, and a special reversible cover inspired by classic Sega Genesis box art. As for the new gameplay additions, Plus will add two new playable characters, Mighty the Armadillo and Ray the Flying Squirrel, to the game.

Might and Ray aren’t brand new characters, but they’re certainly deep cuts from the Sonic universe. Both characters debuted in the 1993 arcade title SegaSonic the Hedgehog and have only occasionally shown up since, usually just for cameos. There’s no word yet on how these new characters will mix up gameplay, but given how Mania handled its existing roster, they should be more than just palette swaps.

In addition, Sonic Mania Plus also introduces an Encore Mode, which offers remixed versions of stages, and an expanded four-player competition mode.

All the content in Sonic Mania Plus will also be available to download for anyone who owns the original game, though Sega has yet to disclose how much that will cost.

In addition, the SXSW panel closed out with a tease for something many fans have been expecting: A new racing game set in the Sonic universe. We’ve heard rumors for a long time that Sumo Digital, the studio behind the surprisingly great Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing and Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, is hard at work on a follow-up to those games, and now we have a big hint that it’s true in the form of a short teaser video.

Sure, it’s just a shot at some headlights, some engine noises, and a blacked-out logo, but it’s enough to whet our appetites.

Curiously enough, the only part of the logo that’s highlighted is the letter R. Yes, it’s almost certainly the first letter in the word “racing,” but it’s also quite similar to the font for Sonic R, a Sega Saturn racing game that featured Sonic characters rounding tracks on foot. Unless the cars are just a red herring, this definitely doesn’t appear to be a direct successor to that game, but it may still be a source of inspiration.

One possible interpretation is that the game will be completely focused on Sonic characters, rather than a hodgepodge of other Sega characters and random guest stars from Wreck-It Ralph and Team Fortress 2. That’s in line what the rumors swirling around Sumo’s next game, but it would be a little disappointing. I’d hate to play a Sonic racing game without a poorly rendered Danica Patrick behind the wheel.

Expect to hear more on this mystery racing game soon.

As for Sonic Mania Plus, the game launches on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Switch this summer. Pre-orders will open March 19th. No word yet on a PC version.

Source: Sonic the Hedgehog on Twitter

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About Josh Harmon

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Josh picked up a controller when he was 3 years old—and he hasn’t looked back since. This has made him particularly vulnerable to attacks from behind. He joined EGM as an intern following a brief-but-storied career on a number of small gaming blogs across the Internet. Find him on Twitter @jorshy