Sonic 2022

However you feel about Sonic the Hedgehog, SEGA's mascot has been going strong now for 30 years. The games have a turbulent track record, but the fan base is so large and so widespread these days that even the weakest entries in the series are fiercely defended. Whether you enjoy the modern 3D iterations or not, the Dreamcast's Sonic Adventure reinvented the blue blur, and it seems as though the franchise's creators are looking for the next major step in the character's evolution.

Speaking with The Sonic Stadium, Takashi Iizuka — who's worked on the series since Sonic 3 & Knuckles — was asked about the next major title, which was teased a few weeks ago with a super brief trailer. Iizuka says that it isn't really an anniversary game, seeing as it'll release after this year's milestone. However, he does tease that the developer is hoping the title "lays the foundation for the following future Sonic titles" in the same way that Adventure did back in 1998.

A lofty goal, then. It sounds as though Sonic Team is aiming to try something new this time around. The franchise has attempted to change things up a number of times, but perhaps this next entry — rumoured to be named Sonic Rangers — can bring some truly fresh ideas to the table. "Through a lot of trial and error the team is looking to present to everyone a new Sonic game," Iizuka adds, "and I hope your warm support of their work can motivate them to really deliver against that challenge."

What do you want to see from this next Sonic title? Are you excited to play it next year? Go fast in the comments section below.