Developer Christian Whitehead, PagodaWest, Headcannon Publisher Sega Format PC, PS4, Xbox One Origin Aus, US Release 2017
Wait, come back! Improbable is it may seem, this one might actually be OK. Sega has finally realised it is no longer the safest pair of hands for its own mascot. At the helm of SonicMania is Christian Whitehead, an Australian developer behind hobbyist, and then official, mobile ports of the first two Sonics; his LA-based collaborator Headcannon; and Portland studio PagodaWest, developer of the thoroughly Sonic- like MajorMagnet. Mania stitches together redesigned levels from the first three Sonic games with some brand-new creations. Series fans are a forgiving bunch, but for once their optimism appears justified.