Sonic Mania is indeed out this August, and here's a new trailer

A few days ago, a Steam store page listing appeared to reveal the release date for Sonic Mania, Christian Whitehead and co's promising remix of the early, good Sonic games. Well, turns out it was correct, as the game is releasing, as suggested, on August 15. Here's a new trailer that a) reveals the launch date, and b) wants you to pre-order the game, in exchange for a 10% pre-release discount and, seemingly, nowt else.

Pre-order or no pre-order, that is one lovely trailer—just look at that crisp, colourful pixel art.

Sonic Mania was originally due this Spring, before being delayed to Summer a few months ago. It'll be accompanied this year by Sonic Forces, the 2D-meets-3D platformer that uses 3D models, and is seemingly modelled after the moderately well received Sonic Generations.

Tom Sykes

Tom loves exploring in games, whether it’s going the wrong way in a platformer or burgling an apartment in Deus Ex. His favourite game worlds—Stalker, Dark Souls, Thief—have an atmosphere you could wallop with a blackjack. He enjoys horror, adventure, puzzle games and RPGs, and played the Japanese version of Final Fantasy VIII with a translated script he printed off from the internet. Tom has been writing about free games for PC Gamer since 2012. If he were packing for a desert island, he’d take his giant Columbo boxset and a laptop stuffed with PuzzleScript games.