'Sonic Mania's' release date delayed; 'Project Sonic 2017' renamed to 'Sonic Forces'

(Sega/Nintendo)A screenshot from "Sonic the Hedgehog 2"

Fans eagerly waiting for the "Sonic Mania" video game will have to wait a little bit longer.

Hosting a panel at the South by Southwest 2017 last week, titled "Gotta Go Fast: The Official Panel of Sonic the Hedgehog," Sega confirmed that the upcoming side-scrolling platform game will be pushed to summer from its initially planned release window of spring. Sonic Team head Takashi Iizuka admitted that they need more time in polishing the video game to ensure that the final output will be something that is what they really want.

Nevertheless, Sega made sure to give the public something to keep them company as they wait, teasing new opponents, a collector's edition vinyl album, and some pre-order bonuses, as well as the Flying Battery Zone, according to a report from Gamespot.

Meanwhile, another upcoming game, titled "Project Sonic 2017," was officially renamed into "Sonic Forces." The game, which runs on the new engine "The Hedgehog Engine 2," pays reference to the struggle between the good and evil forces. Moreover, the Sega panel also showcased a short clip of the actual gameplay for "Sonic Forces," showing fast-paced, third-person action. The game is slated to come out a few months after "Sonic Mania," most likely around the holiday season.

Sega first announced the two new "Sonic" games during its San Diego Comic-Con party last July of 2016 to usher in the 25th anniversary of the "Sonic" franchise. It was during the event that they first divulged the nature of "Sonic Mania," being a 2D game that features gameplay that is reminiscent of the old "Sonic" games on the Genesis platform.

"Sonic Mania was born out of our fans' love of the classic Sonic 2D platform games," said Iizuka last year. "This type of collaboration is a first for Sega and we hope everyone will be both surprised and delighted by this title," he added.