SEGA releasing two new Sonic the Hedgehog games in 2017

Sonic Mania

2017 is shaping up to be the year of Sonic.

At an event during San Diego Comic-Con over the weekend to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Sonic the Hedgehog, SEGA announced two new games are coming in 2017 featuring the speedy blue creature.

First up is the 2D retro-style platform game Sonic Mania, which uses re-imagined Zones and Acts from Sonic The Hedgehog, Sonic The Hedgehog 2, Sonic CD and Sonic The Hedgehog 3 and Knuckles. To keep it interesting, it also adds new Zones, Acts and bosses.

BELOW: Watch the Sonic Mania debut trailer

Sonic Mania was born out of our fans’ love of the classic Sonic 2D platform games,” Takashi Iizuka, Head of Sonic Team, said in a statement. “This type of collaboration is a first for SEGA and we hope everyone will be both surprised and delighted by this title.”

Sonic Mania will be available digitally for the PlayStation 4, XBOX One and PC spring 2017.

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The bigger announcement, however, was the brand new game dubbed “Project Sonic”. Produced by the team that made Sonic Colors and Sonic Generations, it’s coming for the PlayStation 4, XBOX One, PC and Nintendo’s next-gen system, the Nintendo NX. It will be released holiday 2017 and looks absolutely epic!

BELOW: Watch the Project Sonic debut trailer

For Sonic fans that want a new game sooner, Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice hits the Nintendo 3DS in the U.S. and Canada on Sept. 27. The game is directly based off the popular Sonic Boom animated series.

SEGA also revealed that Sonic Dash mobile players can unlock Green Hill Zone and Classic Sonic with special in-game events this week. The game is free for iOS and Android devices as well as Windows Phones.

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