This year might be Sonic the Hedgehog’s 25th birthday, but Sega just announced two new games due for release in 2017 at the San Diego Comic Con.

First up is Sonic Mania, a new 2D platformer heavily inspired by Sonic CD made in collaboration with Christian Whitehead (developer of the Sonic CD port), Headcannon (who developed the Sonic 1 and 2 mobile ports with Christian Whitehead) and PagodaWest Games (a mobile dev).

It looks a hell of a lot like what Sonic 4 should’ve been. With a load of new stages alongside some reworked classic ones and new mechanics like the ‘drop-dash’, this is probably the biggest hope for classic Sonic fans since Sonic 4 was still known as “Project Needlemouse”. It’s coming in Spring 2017 for PS4, PC and Xbox One.

The second one is currently only known as Project Sonic 2017. We don’t know a lot about how it plays or what exactly it is, but the CG teaser trailer shown suggests that this might well be Sonic Generations 2, or, at least, a spiritual successor to it.

It’s got modern Sonic boosting, it’s got classic Sonic making his “bwoop” jump noise, and it’s got a great big robot. Oh, and it’s got City Escape from Sonic Adventure 2, except it’s been totally wrecked. So that’s exciting.

Project Sonic 2017 will be launching during the 2017 holidays for PC, PS4, Xbox One and, interestingly, the NX. Over the next year and a half we’ll be given more crucial info. Like the name, hopefully…

While all of it is a year too late, as a life-long Sonic fan I’m really excited by both of these games. Sonic Mania looks a lot like the Sonic 4 people were hoping for: inspired by the original games and their physics while giving us new environments to use them in.

Project 2017 also looks really interesting. Sega has a habit of ignoring the more modern games to build on nostalgia for the Mega Drive era instead, while there’s still a lot of love for games like Generations, Colours and Unleashed out there. If this is a return to the Unleashed/Generations modern-stages format, I’ll be chuffed to bits.

2017 looks like a great year to be a Sonic fan!

Joe is LPVG’s resident hardware nerd. If it’s overpriced and has gaudy RGB lighting, he’s probably drooling over it. He loves platformers, MMOs, RPGs, hack ‘n slashers and FPS, with his favourite games being Mirror’s Edge, Left 4 Dead, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Oblivion and Dead Space. Don’t ask him about his unhealthily large Monsters Inc memorabilia collection. Seriously, just don’t ask…