Sega has con­firmed that Son­ic Mania will launch August 15th for PS4, Xbox One, Nin­ten­do Switch and PC. The game can be pre-ordered on each of these plat­forms for $17.99. 

Son­ic Mania goes back to Sonic’s roots and will sim­ply use the clas­sic 2D side scrolling game­play of the orig­i­nal games. There is no gim­mick or spe­cial fea­ture in the game. The only goal is to beat the lev­el as fast as pos­si­ble. 

With that said play­ers do have the choice between three char­ac­ters. Son­ic will be the fastest char­ac­ter, Tails will be able fly, and Knuck­les can glide and climb walls. It will fea­ture clas­sic lev­els such as Green Hill Zone. There will also be new lev­els that aim to match the same look and feel of old lev­els.

Unlike recent Son­ic games, Son­ic Mania is not being made by Son­ic Team or pre­vi­ous third-par­ty devel­op­ers. Head­can­non and Pago­daWest Games are tak­ing up devel­op­ment of this title. Pre­vi­ous­ly they worked mobile ports of Son­ic The Hedge­hog 1&2 and an unof­fi­cial high-def­i­n­i­tion remas­ter of Son­ic The Hedge­hog 2. Their cur­rent work on Son­ic Mania is described as a pas­sion project that was made pos­si­ble by the ded­i­ca­tion of Son­ic fans.