SEGA Announces Sonic Mania Plus With New Characters, Physical Release

The physical release will be available for PS4, Xbox One, and Switch, and includes a holographic slip cover, a reversible Genesis sleeve (which will be appropriately Mega-Drive-themed in Europe), plus a 32-page Sonic Mania Art Book.

Players will also be able to play through Sonic Mania as two new characters, Mighty the Armadillo and Ray the Flying Squirrel. The physical release will bring Sonic Mania to the gaming consoles, building on the foundation set with the 2D game released past year. Five episodes are coming this year, and you can see a peek below. Sonic Mania Plus will feature some new gameplay modes called "Encore Mode" and a expanded 4p competition mode.

That Encore mode wasn't fully detailed, with SEGA simply saying that players will have a new way to explore the various acts in Sonic Mania, and it includes some graphics changes. Are we going to be playing exclusively Sonic characters, or will Sega's glorious roster of properties be opened to us once again? Previous owners will able to be receive Sonic Mania Plus via an upgrade patch, but it is now unknown if it will come at an additional cost. "No further details were given on the possible Sonic Racing game, only that it has appeared on the Sonic Twitter account labeled as "[TOP SECRET]".

During the panel, SEGA also revealed that a short animation series based on the Sonic Mania opening. This kart racing video game came out in 2010 and featured characters from the SEGA franchises.


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