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Get EPISODE SHADOW to uncover the untold story of the new villain, Infinite, and rediscover three updated stages playing as Shadow. Plus, play as Shadow in over 10 Modern Sonic based stages! Experience the full story behind the new villain's rise to power and as you find renewed replayablity across Modern Sonic stages. The fate of Sonic the Hedgehog's world is in your hands – Join the Uprising.

So basically, it's a three-stage ministory about Shadow and Infinite that also unlocks presumably non-canon Shadow playability in Modern Sonic stages.  Doubtless the story of how Shadow ended up joining the villains' side.

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I'm pretty neutral on it, I don't care strongly for Shadow character- or gameplay-wise (especially the latter seeing as how functionally speaking, he's just another Sonic) but it's cool for people who want to play as him. What I do have a problem with is how it seems to be on-disc DLC, which I tend to be against. It was dumb when Sega restricted the Casino Night table for Generations to pre-orders (except for Steam owners) and it's dumb here.

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Hey, here's a thought.
A popular theory on why Shadow and the rest are evil again is because Infinite took them from their original timelines when they were still evil.
Now we get 3 levels with Shadow based on his backstory.... Which would take place during Sonic adventure 2.

Then remembeing that Sonic Forces seems to be repeating the same levels from Sonic Generations again like Green Hill, and (Very likely) Chemical plant and Sky Sanctuary, I suppose that means Shadow's levels take place in City escape.

 

...And now I'm wondering if Shadow's the only playable villain....
Are we going to get a Chaos DLC storyline?
Pfft, that'd be funny. I suppose Metal Sonic and Shadow can easily copy Classic and Modern Sonic's gameplay, but Chaos and Zavok will be harder to place.
Maybe they get the Tag team levels. Yay, Zavok and Chaos fistbumping each other.

All this stuff is probably unlikely, but it's fun to think about it regardless.

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On one hand, super excited. I'm a huge Shadow fan and would love to play as him again. On the other, what's the catch? Do I have to preorder this from somewhere in particular? Is it available for everyone? I don't think anyone wants a "Bonus edition is the only one with the DLC" problem again.

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8 minutes ago, Roger_van_der_weide said:

3 new stages!
Awesome!
So far, all the stages we've seen take about 2 minutes to finish, so that's 6 minutes of extra gameplay!
Nice.


....Also, now real Shadow has been confirmed, anyone still care to dress up their OC as lame fake Shadow?

Plus 10 more stages.

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3 minutes ago, Sean said:

Out of curiosity, did any major preview/review outlets complain about Mania having multiple playable characters?


I'm not particularly happy nor upset by this, but it is suspicious to me that "the first non-Sonic playable character in 10 years" is, on a purely functional level, another Sonic. I think it's more of a testament to how limiting the boost gameplay is than it is of Sega's reluctance to include other characters due to fear of critical backlash.

If they're gonna include multiple characters I'd want them to function similarly to Sonic yes. Even Tails and Knuckles in Mania are like this to an extent. So I don't think it really speaks to the boost's restrictiveness, more just shows how easy it is to integrate him with the style and they should've done it years ago 

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