Back in 2017, SEGA released two new games in its most iconic franchise: Sonic Mania and Sonic Forces. While the quality between the pair wasn't exactly consistent, it was an impressive year for a series that, despite everything, continues to sell in droves. It seems as though Sonic Team might be plotting a similar approach when the hedgehog turns 30 in 2021, if new comments from Takashi Iizuka are anything to go by.
Speaking with Game Informer during E3 2019, the Sonic Team boss teased its plans for the milestone year. "2017 was a big year for Sonic. The next big year for Sonic is 2021. That’s the 30-year anniversary for Sonic. We are now preparing". Additionally, it was pointed out that Sonic Generations was released in celebration of the 20th anniversary. Asked if something akin to this is planned for the 30th, Iizuka replied, "Maybe".
So, it sounds like new games are off the table until the blue blur's 30th birthday, but hopefully Sonic Team will pull out all the stops. By pull out all the stops, we mean Sonic Mania 2, please and thank you. Anyway, the movie arrives next year to tide fans over -- let's hope it's half-way decent, eh?
Are you excited for the future of Sonic games, or is it time he was put out to pasture? Go supersonic in the comments below.
[source gameinformer.com, via dualshockers.com]
When was it ever a ''big'' year for Sonic?
am i the only person who thought Sonic Mania wasn't all that
it was fun don't get me wrong but it just served to show all the flaws and issues those older games really had, the life system, the level time limits, the wonky platforming controls and the unfair difficulty
and i say this as a life long Sonic fan who was even able to finish Sonic 06
and as much as people might think i'm mad, i had more fun with Sonic Forces than i did Mania, yeah it was short (seriously some levels were less than a minute) but it felt better to play
Mania was a love letter to the past games but at least for me that letter just made me realize the past wasn't really as great as i remember it being
i think people are looking at Mania through Rose tinted glasses so i say, forget Mania 2 and bring on the next 3D modern Sonic game take the foundation of Forces and expand upon it
but drop the custom character, that didn't add anything really
Everyone has been asking for a sequel to Sonic and the Black Knight. Make it happen Sega.Yeah, just go with Sonic Mania 2.
1991 Sonic's Debut
1992 Sonic 2 being a perfect sequel
1994 Sonic 3 and Sonic & Knuckles
1999 Sonic Adventure launching along side the Dreamcast
2011 Sonic Generations showing that 3D can work
2017 Sonic Mania and Sonic Forces
These all spring to my mind but hey I'm a fan of the character
@FullbringIchigo unfair difficulty in Mania?
I guess we'll get a Mania Sequel and another 3D game as they aren't handled by the same people, Whitehead and co. will handle the 2D side (I would imagine) and Sonic Team keep going with the 3D games
@RedMan33 i meant the curve, unlike the older games that gradually got more difficult as it went along Mania just jumped from easy to hard with no curve
@FullbringIchigo I can say I had the same experience personally I thought flowed along nicely
I really like Mania.
There are of course strong feelings of nostalgia attached to it - but even as someone who had a Mega Drive with Sonic as a pack in game for Christmas as a kid - I never really stopped playing those games.
Mania really struck a chord for those of us not all that enamored with the majority of 3D Sonic games and wanted something new done in the classic style.
Generations really was the absolute highlight of 3D Sonic for me so far (though I'm yet to play Forces).
I think they really should do something akin to Generations for Sonic's 30th - perhaps including and refining the high points from the 3D games as well perhaps making a sequel to Mania too.
Sonic Adventure 3 baby let's go!
@FullbringIchigo get good.sonic mania is awesome.word up son
@KALofKRYPTON to be fair i have been play Sonic since the Master System days so i get the nostalgia, i felt it too when playing but once i finished the game it started to sink in that a lot of the mechanics are actually kind of annoying, yeah it's a throw back to the older games but why do we need a life system anymore (and i feel this with the modern games too) and why do the levels need a time limit, especially as a lot of the new ones were quite long
like i said i enjoyed it but when i sat down and thought about it i realized i just had more fun with Forces than i did with Mania, at least it tried something new even if it was't 100% successful
@playstation1995 i never once said i couldn't do it, i have in fact completed the game all i'm saying is that some of the old mechanics just don't hold up that well now a days
I continue to be amazed that every single article about the future of the Sonic franchise asks the "Should it just die?" question.
They wouldn't keep making Sonic games if they weren't successful. Every single Sonic game has outperformed SEGA's sales expectations. Heck, even this very article is forced to admit that the franchise "continues to sell in droves" and notes the forthcoming Hollywood movie, which is no small measure of success. People out there like buying Sonic and keep buying Sonic; sure, so maybe the critics don't like half of the games, but when has that ever stopped anything?
I genuinely can't think of another long-running series which gets this kind of negative, pessimistic reception every single time it announces a new game. Not everything can appeal to everybody, but Sonic obviously appeals to a large number of folks... enough to justify its continuance.
So no, it isn't time to kill the Sonic franchise, for no other reason than simply because this article exists.
What a ridiculous question.
@FullbringIchigo well it's a retro game like the old sonic game.not every game have to be a modern game.thats why people love sonic mania.word ☝ up son
bring on sonic adventure remastered for ps4
@Octane I was about to come in and say that, however I hope the best for the franchise. It's not an awful franchise by any means, just a few misteps.
sonic mania and sonic generations were the ONLY good sonic games of the past 15 years... hopefully we can get a sequel to both of them
Sonic adventure 1 & 2 & sonic heroes were my favourites
Sonic 1-S+K were amazing games and Sonic Mania plus was just unreal I am under no doubt that come 2021 we will see something utterly jaw dropping utilizing the ps5's stoopid levels of power here is to hoping its a ps5 exclusive
Sonic Mania and Sonic & Sega Racing Transformed are the only Sonic games I've enjoyed in recent memory so I'm hoping for more like those. Generations I personally find to be massively overrated and the less said about Forces the better. I know there's an audience for those though so obviously I'm in the minority, so I'll just sit quietly and hope for another Mania-style game, but hopefully this time with fewer rehashed levels from older games.
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