Sega also revealed special stages.
Sonic Mania is a collaboration between Headcannon, PagodaWest Games, SEGA, and Christian Whitehead offering new levels and updated favorites based on the iconic 2D Sonic the Hedgehog games. These rings transport players to another dimension with a third-person perspective reminiscent of Sonic CD. A Gold Medallion is awarded to those who manage to collect all the blue spheres and rings. Player's must chase down enemy UFOs to secure a Chaos Emerald, whilst collecting blue spheres along the way. In the Bonus Stages, Blue Spheres will be littered throughout the stage. If players collect all the blue balls, they'll earn a special award. As in Sonic CD, you'll see a hovering UFO in the distance - but for Sonic Mania, it's all alone rather than one of many, clearly carrying a Chaos Emerald in its robotic arm. Basically, you have to prove you're the fastest and the best of the best.
Time Attack is activated by hitting a specific box with a blue ring within the stage.
Sonic Mania's special stages were first revealed during San Diego Comic-Con during a panel by SEGA.
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Last but not least, Time Attack mode lets you race through the game at top speed, setting a time against the game's global leaderboard. The best part is, should you take a wrong turn or flub a spin dash, you can restart your run in the blink of an eye: simply hold Y/Triangle, and you'll be whisked back to the starting line, no menu visits necessary.
Sonic Mania will come to the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC on August 15, 2017.
The first new element Sega revealed were the Bonus stages.