Takashi Iizuka suggests Sonic release in 2022 will be a “breakthrough” from modern Sonic games
In May, Sega hosted a Sonic Central special for Blue Blur’s 30th anniversary. The live stream came out with a brief teaser of the next main entry in the series.
While details are still scarce, in an interview with Game Informer recently, Sonic Team Leader Takashi Iizuka noted how much the team has given to thinking about what the gaming experience should be like. modern day for a Sonic title, as well as the way forward for the next decade.
While he can’t say much about the upcoming 2022 entry just yet, he believes it will likely be a “breakthrough” for modern Sonic games and what they “can be”:
“There’s a lot that I can’t say about the title just yet, but I think we’ll see some progress in what a modern Sonic game can be. Of course, we won’t deny the high-speed action that was the hallmark of the previous Modern Sonic. Games like Sonic Generations or Sonic Forces, instead we’re going to create a title that our current game fans and new players alike will enjoy. “
Iizuka mentions that a “key point” in the history of the series has been the transition from 2D gameplay to 3D gameplay, so how can Sega take another step forward to really advance the modern version of Sonic?
If recent rumors are to be trusted, the next Sonic game (which Sega’s PR would have called Sonic rangers) will be an open world adventure drawing inspiration The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
In the brief trailer we’ve got so far, we can see Sonic running through a forest environment – so who knows how tall he might be …
Do you think an open world adventure could be the next step for modern Sonic the Hedgehog games? How else do you think Sega could take its longtime mascot to new heights after 30 years? Leave your thoughts below.