During today's South By Southwest "Gotta Go Fast" panel, Sonic Team head Takashi Iizuka announced that the Sonic Mania development team needs a bit more time to deliver the game they want to make. Originally scheduled to release spring 2017, Sonic Mania will now launch this summer.

Sonic Mania delivers classic-style gameplay, visuals, and sound. For more on Sonic Mania, check out our recent hands-on preview.

Sonic Mania is now set to launch on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC this summer.

 

Our Take
Sega has recently shifted away from its previous strict approach to deadlines. We most recently saw that with Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice, which seemed to benefit from its yearlong delay, seeing as how it was a much better experience than the two previous Sonic Boom games. This appears to be another example of Sega's new approach to striving for quality over a timely delivery.