Sonic Team boss Takashi Iizuka is hoping to create a brand new game as influential as the original Sonic Adventure, with a 2022 release in their midst.
According to an interview by Iizuka, he’s looking to lay the foundation for future Sonic titles. To do so, he wants to create a new game that will be on the same impact as Sonic Adventure, which is the quintessential Sonic game.
Sonic boss Iizuka looking to build on initial title
Sega released a teaser recently, with the upcoming game coming out in 2022. This new Sonic title will be a part of the mainline Sonic games, teased within the Sonic Colors trailer. The title will be available across all platforms, from PC to consoles.
In an interview, Iizuka is looking to build a legacy. He notes that he wants the best step for the Sonic franchise that they can build on for years to come.
“The new title in development is progressing towards a 2022 release, so I can’t really call it an Anniversary title,” Iizuka said to Sonic Stadium.
“However, Sonic Adventure laid the foundation for 20 years of Sonic titles after its release, so in the same way I really hope that this new title releasing in 2022 lays the foundation for the following future Sonic titles – that is the idea behind the challenge for the team.”
No info on upcoming mainline Sonic title yet
Iizuka is looking to help hype the upcoming title to the magnitude of Sonic Adventure. Even then, the game is still in the middle of development. Even though he wants to, he notes that there are zero details to reveal.
“Since this title is still mid-development there is nothing I can speak to, but I did want to say that the development team has been spending their time to do something new and challenging,” noted Iizuka.
“Through a lot of trial and error the team is looking to present to everyone a new Sonic game, and I hope your warm support of their work can motivate them to really deliver against that challenge.”
The Sonic series is celebrating its anniversary this year. The first 16-bit Sonic The Hedgehog video game came out June 23, 1991, with the game going 30 this year. Adventure itself came out in 1998 and received critical acclaim.
Adventure was the first 3D title for the franchise and was the definitive 3D Sonic. The current team is trying to catch the same lightning in a bottle from Sonic Adventure. Whether they catch it or not is only a matter of time.
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