It looks like the wait for a true 2D Sonic sequel will be even longer for fans playing on PC, as Sega have announced that the PC version of the upcoming nostalgia-fest has been pushed back by two weeks to 29 August. The Switch, PS4 and Xbox One versions are still on track for tomorrow’s impending release.
Mania is the lovechild of Christian Whitehead, Headcannon and PagodaWest Games, meaning it is not being made by the series’ usual frontrunner Sonic Team but instead a group of lesser-known studios with a history in Sonic fan games and modding. Christian is recognised for his stellar mobile emulations of classic Sonic titles like Sonic CD and the original Sonic the Hedgehog, which were his first forays into working with corporate giant Sega.
According the Sega the reason for the last-minute delay is to “polish and optimise” the PC version, which could mean anything from fixing bugs to tweaking gameplay. Let’s hope the extra two weeks allow the team to make the PC version as smooth as its console counterparts, which have been receiving strong reviews across the board.
To soften the blow, everyone who pre-ordered on Steam will receive a complimentary copy of Sonic the Hedgehog (don’t worry, it’s the original classic, not the infamous 2006 title). Steam users who pre-order the game also get 10% off so, all in all the slight wait doesn’t seem quite as devastating.
Sega also uploaded the game’s launch trailer to its Youtube today, which is just as colourful and energetic as you would hope. See the video below.