Sonic Mania has been an undeniable hit for Sega and the Sonic franchise, making the possibility of a sequel seem inevitable. However, the team behind the long-running series has no plans to make a successor to Mania—for now.
In a recent interview with Famitsu (via PlayStation Lifestyle), Sonic series producer Takashi Iizuka revealed Sonic Team and Sega don’t have any current plans to make a sequel to Sonic Mania. Instead, Iizuka urged fans of last year’s 2D side-scroller to enjoy the upcoming expanded edition, Sonic Mania Plus.
While the door seems closed for now on a new adventure in the Mania-style, it’s likely Sega won’t keep it shut forever. Mania was a standout critically and commercially, especially compared to the publisher’s 2017 companion Sonic release, Sonic Forces. Also, Sega was confident enough in Mania‘s success to announce Mania Plus, which will be a physical release of the game with new content, including two new playable characters.
Apart from Sonic’s Genesis era-style adventures, Sega recently teased another game in the Sonic universe is in the works. During a 2018 SXSW panel, it was revealed a new racing title starring Sonic will be coming down the line. It’s unclear if the new racer will be a follow-up to Sumo Digital’s Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed or an entirely new Sonic racing experience.
Sonic Mania Plus releases on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC on July 17th.
Source: PlayStation Lifestyle