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Sonic Panel Showcases Sonic Mania Plus, New Racing Game

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A slew of new content for Sonic fans, such as Sonic Mania Plus, was highlighted and hinted at during yesterday’s Sonic-focused panel at South by Southwest.

The event was scheduled as part of SXSW Gaming’s presentations and was strongly advertised on social media, hinting at some possibly big news.

What was unexpected, though, was the announcement of Sonic Mania Plus, a deluxe version of last year’s Sonic Mania to come out of the blue. The game, set for a Summer 2018 release, will boast a DLC pack’s worth of new content, which includes a four-player competition mode and a new Encore Mode that will provide a new way to play the game. Additionally, Mania Plus will offer two new playable characters who are nods to old-school fans familiar with 1993’s SegaSonic the Hedgehog: Mighty the Armadillo and Ray the Flying Squirrel.

To help beef up the announcement, the game will hit store shelves with a physical release starting at USD$29.99. Physical copies of Sonic Mania Plus will ship with a Sega Genesis-esque reversible cover, holographic packaging, and a 32-page art book.

The team from Sega was not done with its announcements yet. It would go on within the hour to reveal some other smaller bits of news, such as a new Sonic Mania Adventures 5-episode show and a strange collaboration with Puma. At the end of the day, Sonic is a video game, so the panel left fans with one final teaser:

The video features close ups of headlights with engines revving. Then, to the surprise of many, a silhouetted logo appeared with only a bright red ‘R’ being lit up. Hardcore fans will recognize the font and singled out letter as what may be a hint toward a reboot or sequel to 1997’s divisive Sonic R.

However,  Sonic R almost exclusively saw the Blue Blur and friends racing on foot, not in cars or go-karts. This fact did not stop fans from speculating and pulling together clues though, especially since this short teaser was all that was shown of the project.

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Report: Game of Thrones Creator Collaborating With FromSoftware

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The writer of A Song of Ice and Fire, the book series behind the popular television show Game of Thrones, has reportedly been consulting on a FromSoftware title.

In a blog post on his official website, George R. R. Martin stated that he has “consulted on a video game out of Japan.”

Gematsu has reported that a contact familiar with FromSoftware—the Japanese development studio known for Dark SoulsBloodborne, and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice—has shared that Martin is working with the studio on a project known internally as “GR.”

According to Gematsu‘s contact, the project, which has been in development for three years, is an open-world game and will feature horse riding. The player will be able to visit several kingdoms and obtain ability by killing their leaders. Hidetaka Miyazaki, director of some of FromSoftware’s most acclaimed titles, is reportedly working on the game.

Gematsu reports that the title will be officially announced at Microsoft’s E3 press conference later this year.

YouTube channel Spawn Wave reported in March about a rumour regarding a potential collaboration between Martin and FromSoftware, so this recent report gives even more validity to the speculation. However, without any official word, the news should be taken with a grain of salt.

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