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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
A huge bombshell just got dropped for Sonic Mania! We got a brand new trailer showing off the brand new Special Stages, as well as the Special Stages from Sonic 3 & Knuckles making a comeback! Not only did we get this, we also got a glimpse of Studiopolis Zone Act 2 and a brand new mode being the Time Attack mode! All of this and more is discussed in this video today! Sonic Mania releases on PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch on August 15th!
Hardware developers aren’t the only ones riding a new wave of enthusiasm for retro gaming.
Matt Phillips, a U.K. game developer, has spent the last five years coding his new game Tanglewood on original Sega hardware. According to a Kickstarter campaign for the project launched this week, the 2D platformer follows the adventures of a fox-like created named Nymn after he’s separated from his pack in a creepy forest.
The game will include fast-paced action as well as traps and puzzles. It’ll be reminiscent of classic titles like The Lion King and Sonic the Hedgehog, with elements borrowed from modern games Ori and the Blind Forest and Abe’s Oddysee.
What makes the project especially interesting is that Phillips plans to release the game in November 2017 on cartridge (as well as a download for PC, Mac, and Linux). Sega fans can dust off their old consoles (or fire up their reissue of Mega Drive) and relive the excitement of loading up a brand new title.
“I’ve wanted to do something like this since I was 9 years old and got the Sega Mega Drive,” Phillips told Motherboard on Monday. “I want this to be the real thing, and I’m following as many original processes as I can.”
According to Motherboard, it took Phillips a year to fix up the original ’90s development hardware he purchased for the project, and even longer to figure out the retro coding tools.
Phillips has so far earned more than $15,000 of his $60,000 crowdfunding goal, with 33 days to go in the campaign. You can download and try a prototype of the game from the Kickstarter page.