Sonic Mania for PC gamers angry with DRM, Sega responds accordingly

Sonic Mania on Steam requires an internet connection to play

Users are reporting that the Steam version of Sonic Mania needs an internet connection in order to boot.

This game should be avoided at all costs until a Denuvo-free installation is offered and independent analysis confirms that it is completely removed. The message was posted on Sonic Mania's official Steam page, under a user named Sega Dev. Predictably they offered no apologies. Users are rightly complaining that this game is presently not a purchase but a rental of unknown duration. Once the development caught wind of this backlash, they released the following statement on the matter. With no mention of the game including any form of DRM prior to release (or even on release) and now having to be played online only, Sonic Mania's PC port could be considered lesser than other systems.

While players' ire was misplaced, as Denuvo DRM turned out not to be the cause of the problem, many will see this as another win for review bombing. Sonic Mania is not the first game to have been hit with waves of negative reviews, as players seek to force change, with Dota 2 recently facing review backlash from Half-Life fans in an effort to get Valve to take notice.

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Following a two-week delay, Sega's latest hedgehog-central title Sonic Mania has now launched on PC, with one unexpected restriction - the game is only playable for Steam users who are logged in to their account, despite Sega's insistence that the game is meant to be playable offline.

Today, the team has announced the offline play bug has been fixed. "Please bear with us while we collate and investigate problems that are being brought to our attention", it added. "You just shot yourselves in the foot by turning away customers who don't want anything to do with Denuvo, and you have absolutely nothing to show for it. DRM doesn't work".

Sonic Mania came out for consoles a couple of weeks back, and it serves as an excellent reminder of the good ol' Genesis days of the speedster. Thanks for your patience and let us know if you experience any further problems.

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