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Sonic Mania delayed to summer

But here’s a look at a new level to soothe the pain

Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

Sonic the Hedgehog fans will have to wait a little longer for the character’s next 2D adventure. Sega announced at SXSW today that Sonic Mania has been delayed from its spring release window to sometime this summer.

While that may be bad news for impatient Sonic enthusiasts, it will likely result in a better product. And to dull the pain of the delay, Sega revealed a new stage for Sonic Mania, Flying Battery Zone, in a brief gameplay trailer.

Flying Battery Zone appeared previously in Sonic & Knuckles and Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles.

Sonic Mania, which is being developed by Headcannon and PagodaWest Games in collaboration with Sega and Christian Whitehead, is coming to Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One.

For a look at why Sonic Mania is one of Nick Robinson’s most anticipated games, check out the video below.

Additionally, Sega announced that the game previously referred to as Project Sonic or Sonic 2017 is actually titled Sonic Forces. That game, which is a 3D adventure starring the sleeker, modern version of Sonic the Hedgehog and the classic rounder Sonic, is coming to Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One.

Sega promises “first gameplay footage of Modern Sonic” is coming on Friday, March 17. In the meantime, here’s a look at Sonic Forces’ logo.

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