In the new Sonic Mania gameplay video today, SEGA shows off Green Hill Zone Act 2, which “presents an all-new area exclusive to Sonic Mania, expanding upon the tropical setting of Act 1, now with new mechanics, obstacles, and secrets to uncover.”
If you want to see a narrated playthrough of Act 1 that goes directly into Act 2 (beginning at 2:04), check out this video:
SEGA also teased that you can use fire in Act 2 to burn log bridges and collect rings and power-ups, and the boss in Act 2 is “notably different from the original,” but they didn’t spoil anything today.
The Hard-Boiled Heavies are a series of new bosses in Sonic Mania, and the first of these, Heavy Gunner, appears at the end of Studiopolis Act 1:
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Here’s the description for Sonic Mania:
Sonic Mania is the ultimate celebration of past and future, blending Genesis-era Sonic platforming with New Zones, Powerful Bosses, and 3 Playable Characters, all presented at a gorgeous 60fps. In the span of 25 years, Sonic has collected countless rings across various Zones, and Sonic Mania revisits what it was that first made Sonic great, all while building upon that foundation and giving old and new fans alike an experience that will leave them smiling.
Sonic Mania releases digitally in spring 2017 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC.
Expect more details on Sonic Mania, as well as Project Sonic 2017, on March 16 at SXSW.