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Sonic Mania Plus SPOILER THREAD with UNMARKED spoilers! ALERT: contains UNMARKED SPOILERS. Beware of spoilers! (Spoilers)

#1 User is offline Hinchy 

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THIS THREAD CONTAINS UNMARKED SPOILERS FOR SONIC MANIA PLUS AND THE UPCOMING SONIC MANIA PATCH. IF YOU DON'T WANT SONIC MANIA PLUS OR PATCH 1.04 SPOILERS, LEAVE THIS TOPIC NOW!

With the release of Famitsu's images, the PS4 update leak, and the full Famitsu article and the first trailer coming tomorrow, the current main Sonic Mania Plus topic is a wasteland of nothing but full posts in spoiler tags. It seems to me like it's the right time for a SPOILER THREAD.

I'm going to proceed to add a bunch of blank space here. Seriously, this is your last warning - don't scroll down if you don't want Sonic Mania Plus / patch 1.04 spoilers.

























































































OK. Let's talk Sonic Mania Plus!

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Famitsu released this extremely low-res image of the Sonic Mania Plus feature they are running in the issue releasing April 26th in Japan (tomorrow).
It seems to confirm Angel Island to be playable in some form (second picture in the lower left shows a full HUD in Angel Island).
Other levels are shown with altered palettes; GHZ is set at sunset, and what looks to be a nighttime Mirage Saloon in the 4-player competition mode (top right) seems to suggest at least some Encore Mode levels will be available for multiplayer.

It also looks like mix-and-match partners are MAYBE a thing? Some pictures look like they have 2 life icons, and Sonic and Ray are together in this other image Famitsu tweeted, that seems to possibly depict the Encore Mode intro?
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For anyone who missed it, a seemingly incomplete version of the 1.04 patch that will enable access to the DLC leaked on PSN in Europe.
In addition to the needed preparations to allow the purchase of the DLC, it also, for free, contains all the missing level transitions (though some are seemingly only partially finished),
as well as a CRAZY new boss fight with Metal Sonic paying homage to Chaotix.
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Also in the patch:
- a fancy new menu.
- new special game option: you can disable the level time limit.
- special game options can now be enabled even on save files.
- continues have been added back into save files.
- Time Attack has a new in-game results screen.
- Competition Mode can now be played at a normal aspect ratio with black bars on the sides.
- Super Sonic has a complete sprite set now, as well as a new idle animation.
- more?
- Hyperkinetic Studios, a co-developer of the update and DLC, has been added to the splash screen.

We should get more details on at least some of this stuff (including a release date!) in the trailer releasing tomorrow...!
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EDIT: Oh boy! I just found this in someone's 1.04 patch playthrough. Maybe someone said this before me, but I didn't know yet.
For anyone who doesn't know, though! In case you were worried about Mania Plus being "farmed out"...
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This is in a separate section below the main Sonic Mania Development Team section of the credits.
It's missing some credits from the previous section as well, so it's clearly not just double-counting people who already contributed to Mania.
For example, the sole level designer for Sonic Mania Plus appears to be Brad Flick (makes sense that Encore Mode would need less level designers).
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Thank for the little recap on the news, they where a few things I didn't know yet
I don't know what time it is in America but I think the trailer should drop in a few hours now…though I wonder if we'll have to talk about it here or in the other thread since it's gonna be official information and not a leak

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It's a good thing I recorded the end-credits in my playthroughs of the 1.04 version because I knew you guys would want to look at them.

I'm thinking (and hoping) Mania Plus will have 13 fully playable zones. Obviously the original 12 but will some visual and level-design changes. Also, with Angel Island being a playable zone with two full acts.

I hope today's trailer shows off Angel Island. I'm so happy to see it appearing again in Mania. Especially with a Sonic 3 Remaster not happening at the moment, more Sonic 3 content being included is always welcome!
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View PostOcelotBot, on 25 April 2018 - 03:39 AM, said:

It's a good thing I recorded the end-credits in my playthroughs of the 1.04 version because I knew you guys would want to look at them.

Yes, thank you! My screen grab is from your video.

Also, that one news site, you know the one, is reporting on Twitter that the Famitsu article says the Plus DLC will release on July 19th for 500yen (suggesting a $5 USD price point). No sources cited, so take it with a small grain of salt, but I buy it. That's the price I was expecting, and that Famitsu issue is about to release, so the detas would be getting out.

We'll probably know for sure by the time I wake up tomorrow anyway, considering I'm still up at 3 AM!

EDIT: https://gematsu.com/...uly-19-in-japan
It seems like Famitsu is specifically saying that date is for PS4 and Switch. Odd...

EDIT 2: oh wait I get it that's for the physical release. Makes sense that Japan isn't getting Xbox One physical.
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$5 is a totally reasonable and honestly expected price point for this extra content. You get 2 new characters, possibly a new level, a whole new game plus mode, which I'm very excited for btw because almost no Sonic games outside of oddly Sonic Heroes and Shadow (Kind of SA2 if you count hard mode levels) have a similar post game feature, and potentially more goodies like the ability to pick whatever partner you want (Some of those famitsu pics look like they have two character icons in the life slot, suggesting you can either switch back and forth or it's there to just show you who you're playing as. Either way some shots you can see Sonic following Ray and some you see Mighty following Sonic and possibly there's one of Sonic following Mighty (that scan is fucking awful), so something's up).

I really hope you're able to make whatever teams you want. That way every save file can be slightly different. But I love some of these quality of life improvements. The ability for the options menu to extend to save files, the ability to disable the time limit, showing your best time trial time in level instead of having a score tally pop up for no reason. I just can't get over how much I love that Sonic Mania Plus is a thing. It's Sonic Mania as you truly imagined it :v:

Btw any confirmation if they fixed that annoying Press Garden Act 2 music bug?

EDIT: Oh another change they made that I noticed while watching some videos of the most recent patch. The boss music for Hydrocity Act 1 now continues to play during the part after the cutscene when Sonic has to go through the collapsing platforms to reach the boss area.
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TRAILER IS LIVE:

https://www.youtube....h?v=BUhuOwwD4n8

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Trailer is out :
https://www.youtube....h?v=BUhuOwwD4n8

omg that scene at the end was so cute, someone need to make a wallpaper of it
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New screenshots

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Are those mountains behind angel island ?
I don't think these are clouds...
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View PostSuperSnoopy, on 25 April 2018 - 10:15 AM, said:

Are those mountains behind angel island ?
I don't think these are clouds...

No those are clouds

Also thank god Ray's (and Mighty's) sprites don't look like shit.
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View PostFelik, on 25 April 2018 - 10:16 AM, said:

View PostSuperSnoopy, on 25 April 2018 - 10:15 AM, said:

Are those mountains behind angel island ?
I don't think these are clouds...

No those are clouds

But they're not here in Sonic 3
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And it look like they're into the water, instead of floating above it
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Are the "visual changes" to Encore stages just palette swaps? Admittedly they do look cool, but it almost looks like we're regressing from Official Lovingly Crafted Fangame to Official Baby's First ROM Hack...

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They are from Angel Island intro cutscene.


View PostApocalypticSalad, on 25 April 2018 - 10:21 AM, said:

Are the "visual changes" to Encore stages just palette swaps?

Most likely. They seem to be doing the whole "inspired by chaotix" thing.
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View PostFelik, on 25 April 2018 - 10:24 AM, said:

They are from Angel island intro cutscenes.


View PostApocalypticSalad, on 25 April 2018 - 10:21 AM, said:

Are the "visual changes" to Encore stages just palette swaps?

Most likely. They seem to be doing the whole "inspired by chaotix" thing.

Yeah I'm not sure either, we have no idea. We've seen so little that I can't tell what's different beyond the palettes. They look REALLY nice though, for what it's worth.

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Awwwww I love how Knuckles and Mighty are like so happy to see each other again. Nice touch Tyson.

And so much goodness, I love the sprite work and I love how those moves look. Super Mario World Cape is a very nice idea for Ray, and Mighty's move honestly was completely unexpected, I thought for sure they'd of given him the wall jump from Chaotix.

Anyway, I love this, and July 17th isn't too far in the future. I can wait 2 1/2 months. As far as the palette swaps go though I mean what did you expect? Too drastic and it'd look weird, but if they did nothing it'd be boring. I think it's nice honestly, particularly for the older levels that we've seen in their exact form 1000 times. Although I'll admit Green Hill at Sunset has been done to death, even officially (Hi Splash Hill Zone and Sunset Hill in Sonic Advance 3).

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