Following its reveal during the 25th anniversary party, Sonic Mania quickly became one of this year's most anticipated platformers for bringing back the retro gameplay older fans have come to know and love. Unfortunately, word comes from SXSW 2017 that eager players will have to wait a bit longer for the classic celebration's launch.

Series director Takashi Iizuka addressed release date concerns for Mania during the official Sonic panel, stating that the game won't meet its predicted Spring 2017 release and has been pushed towards a summer launch window.

Iizuka expressed during the event that the dev team behind Sonic Mania "is working extremely hard [...] to get the game to where it needs to be" and therefore needs more time to deliver a great game and not disappoint the fans. The reason cited for the delay falls in line with SEGA CEO Haruki Satomi's prior vow for the company to focus on quality over schedules.

Concerning Sonic Mania, the panel also touched upon the new "Hard Boiled Heavies" bosses revealed last week, hinted at a possible vinyl release for the game's soundtrack, and teased a brand new Zone to be revealed at a later date. The Mania segment then capped off with the reveal of a new classic Zone, the Flying Battery airship from Sonic & Knuckles, which you can see in the trailer above!

Sonic Mania launches in Summer 2017 for the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, and preorders for the Collector's Edition are still live across various retailers. How do you feel about the delay, and what other classic stages would you like to see remixed in the game? Share your thoughts with us in the comments!

Source: SXSW 2017 (via Tails Channel)