This last Saturday (July 22, 2017) at San Diego Comic Con, SEGA have announced that Special Stages will be in the upcoming Sonic Mania.
This was told to fans at the wildly popularÂ Sonic Mania:Â Behind the ScenesÂ panel, which had some new insight fromÂ Takashi IizukaÂ (head of Sonic Team),Â Christian WhiteheadÂ (developer forÂ Sonic Mania),Â Simon ThomleyÂ (programmer),Â Tom FryÂ (artist), andÂ Tee LopesÂ (composer), all of whom are working on Sonic Mania at the moment.
Moderated byÂ Aaron Webber, who is the social media manager for Sonic, the panelists discussed the road to development behind the new game, prior to the release date of August 15, 2017. Other highlights from the panel includedÂ background on the origins ofÂ the game, anecdotes about the development process, the art behind the game, and additional details of theÂ Sonic ManiaÂ vinyl, which you can preorder over here.
Sonic Mania will releaseÂ for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and PC on August 15, 2017, with both a regular and limited edition.Â