A brand new Sonic the Hedgehog title is scheduled to drop next year, and while we've received some possible leaked details, we're still unsure what the game will look like. However, the Sonic Team leader and series game producer Takashi Iizuka believes it will be a title that lays the foundation for many years to come.
Speaking to Sonic Central, Iizuka says the game is "new and challenging", and compared it to having the same impact Sonic Adventure did. While he says this is not necessarily an anniversary title, it will "lay the foundation for the following future Sonic titles", as did Sonic Adventure.
“The new title in development is progressing towards a 2022 release, so I can’t really call it an Anniversary title. 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.”
He also elaborated on the challenges the team are facing with the game to ensure it's something "new and challenging", additionally mentioning that it's currently in mid-development.
“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. 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.”
Leaks have suggested the game will be called Sonic Rangers and will include an open world adventure filled with enemies, puzzles and challenges to complete. As for confirmed details, all we have so far is one teaser trailer, which didn't really give us much to go on.
As for Sonic's anniversary this year, we have a remastered version of Sonic Colors on the way, along with his appearance in multiple other SEGA titles. While it would have been great to see the new game launch this year, we're still excited to see where it goes and hopefully see more of it soon.
What do you think about SEGA delivering a "new and challenging" Sonic experience? Let us know below.
I’m thinking about memories from 2006….
I have faith that they are gonna make an amazing game. And if they have Christian whitehead involved they may be able to advance sonic while keeping everything we love about mania. Nintendo has done it with Mario, sonic is primed for a resurgence and this is gonna do it.
Cautiously optimistic. They at least seem to be taking their time with this one.
They are trying to find the right formula after Sonic Forces being streamlined but mediocre. Probably inspired by Breath of the Wild, that is inspired by Assassin's Creed and Monster Hunter, they are looking for that open world concept where they can build some kind of gameplay that matches Sonic's style. It's not easy but after many mistakes they are probably near. I am excited because I like Sonic.
"Sonic Adventure laid the foundation for 20 years of Sonic titles after its release"
I mean, objectively, that is untrue. It laid the foundation for... 8 years? From Sonic Adventure's Japanese launch in 1998 to the infamous Sonic 2006. After that though, they were all building on Sonic Unleashed/World Adventure's speed stage gameplay, really. Colors, Generations, Forces... they're all just refinements & variations of the (non-Werehog beat 'em up) game design established in Unleashed. Except for Lost World, which is an interesting design that they should've taken a second stab at. And I suppose other one off oddities like Sonic Boom, Secret Rings or LEGO Dimension's Sonic stuff of course.
At any rate, I'm just arguing semantics. Overall, I'm happy they're seeing the need to re-think the core design again. Time to shake things up and hopefully set Sonic up for a fresh slate of quality games. The racing game-style stages mixed with the 2.5D stuff from the last generation of Sonic were great but kinda wore out their welcome after Generations; Sonic needs a more open design now to really put his speed and traversal abilities to good use.
They got it right with Sonic Mania. Really wish we had seen more in that vein.
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