Alongside new Zones, Sonic Mania is set to host a variety of reimagined classics from the Blue Blur’s earliest adventures. Three of these remixed stages have already been confirmed—Green Hill from Sonic 1, an obvious choice; Flying Battery from Sonic & Knuckles, revealed at SXSW 2017; Stardust Speedway from Sonic CD, as seen in the preorder trailer—and now it’s time to add the labyrinthine Chemical Plant from Sonic 2 to the lineup.
This won’t be the same Chemical Plant Zone classic fans remember, however. Just as Act 1 eases players back into old territory, Act 2 will completely upend familiarity with new hazards and stage gimmicks. See for yourself in the brand new footage below!
Act 2 brings Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles deeper into the inner laboratories of the Chemical Plant with “caustic chemicals and strange gelatinous pads.” The scaling pads allow the player to stick to walls and ceilings upon contact, and the refurbished pipe system now takes cues from Carnival Night (Sonic 3) and Metallic Madness (Sonic CD) when it comes to traveling from one part of the map to another. There are also DNA-like double helix lifts peppered into the level and springy pools of slime that bounce the player higher into new reaches of the stage when more green fluid gets injected into it. Of course, the remixed Act comes with a remixed theme from Mania composer Tee Lopes, and it sounds fantastic.
One other surprise reveal is the return of a familiar boss to cap off Green Hill Act 2. Since some might want to remain surprised, the screenshot has been omitted from the included gallery, but you can click here to see it should you choose to.
Sonic Mania launches on August 15 for Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
Source: SEGA PR, Venture Beat