Mighty the Armadillo finally shows up to save Ray the Flying Squirrel—just in the nick of time—as he’s ambushed by Metal Sonic in this fourth episode in the Sonic Mania Adventures mini-series.
Mighty and Ray are two characters that have been missing since the early 90s and have not shown up in a game since. There’s even a running joke that has Missing posters of them posted throughout the City Escape level of Sonic Generations—alluding that Sega was well aware of not having used the characters in a while.
The good news is that they are no longer missing as this new episode for Sonic Mania Adventures has Mighty and Ray battling Metal Sonic. This episode also serves as an introduction to the characters prior to their debut in Sonic Mania Plus, which will finally feature them as playable characters.
Might the Armadillo and Ray the Flying Squirrel will be available as free downloadable content for people who already own Sonic Mania, and will be included with Sonic Mania Plus when the game releases—both physically and digitally—on the 17th of July.
When creating Sonic Mania Plus, the game started out as a digital-only title, but requests from both inside and outside the company made Sonic Team release it physically as well. Because it would be difficult to sell the physical version with the same price as the digital, however, the producers added extra elements to compensate the price hike, like new characters and Encore Mode. When it came to deciding the additional features, Sonic Team followed Sonic Mania‘s way of giving a stimulus to fans’ curiosities and expectations by adding Ray and Mighty, two highly requested characters, to the game, despite the two characters being considered “sealed characters” by Takashi Iizuka. When the team had to decide on Mighty and Ray’s special actions, Mighty received his “Hammer Drop” after the team reflected on his “strong guy” setting and hard shell, while Ray received his “Air Glide” as a callback to his species