Sonic Mania, and its follow up re-release Sonic Mania Plus, are considered to be two of the shiniest gems of the Sonic the Hedgehog video game series. This isn’t too surprising when the franchise consists of Sonic Heroes, Sonic Boom, and – worst of all – Sonic The Hedgehog (2006). The developers responsible for two of Sega's best Sonic games have now started their own studio to work on what’s next.
As reported by Game Informer, the new studio is based in Los Angeles and is called Evening Star. It features a number of talented names from Sonic Mania’s development, and their official website states that they are a “boutique” game studio that intends to develop in a more free-form manner.
"For Evening Star, being a “boutique” game studio has a specific meaning. Every member pursues a goal to make their own great games. By encouraging strong technical foundations in every discipline, members are given a voice and latitude to impact games in unique ways. By reinvigorating gaming history's more cunning techniques, the team boldly explores directions long since left behind. With that driving approach, and a proprietary engine and tool set, Evening Star has developed an innovative workflow which minimizes the barriers between ideas and execution.
Creating games that shine bright... Evening Star casts a light into the future."
Of course, fans of Sonic the Hedgehog will want them to create a Sonic Mania 2. With the blue rodent having plans to star in what is bound to be a horrendous go at comedy, it's no surprise fans will want Evening Star to spare the franchise from being tarnished by Sega and scarves even more.