Sonic has made a transition over the years. The series has always offered a mix of platforming with some sense of speed, but the more-recent games have placed a greater emphasis on the latter gameplay element.
This is something that Sonic Team head Takashi Iizuka is aware of. And so with Sonic Lost World, SEGA hopes to “win back the platform fans” – not just longtime Sonic fans, but also “Mario players and other platform gamers”.
Iizuka told ONM in its August issue:
“Sonic started out as a platform title but, as we got to the more recent ones, it changed to be a more speed-based game. Recent fans will be familiar with that speed-based gaming, but with Lost World, we wanted to win back the platform fans. We don’t just want old Sonic fans to come back, though: we want Mario players and other platform gamers to enjoy the new game, too.”
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