Last year SEGA went back to basics with the Sonic franchise to create a spiritual successor to the original trilogy (and Knuckles) on Genesis. The result was Sonic Mania, a critically-acclaimed masterpiece that has eclipsed 1 million sales. The next task for the Mania team is the launch of Sonic Mania Plus, a physical version of the game packed with extra content.
Once the work on Plus is all wrapped up, many fans are hoping and expecting that SEGA will capitalize on classic Sonic‘s rebirth by greenlighting a Mania sequel. Unfortunately, it seems there are no plans for such a follow-up, at least at this time. This revelation comes courtesy of Sonic producer Takashi Iizuka in a recent Famitsu interview. Iizuka told Famitsu that Plus makes the Mania experience complete, but he hasn’t even begun thinking about what will come next.
Given Mania‘s success, I’d be shocked if SEGA didn’t return to that classic formula again soon. Until then, we’ve got Plus and the Sonic Mania Adventures YouTube series.