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SEGA will be looking at the reception of Sonic Mania to determine the direction of the series

Posted on July 5, 2017 by (@NE_Brian) in News, Switch

Sonic Mania is a pretty big deal. It’s the first true 2D Sonic game in a very long time.

According to Sonic Team’s Takashi Iizuka, the reception and reaction to Sonic Mania following launch will help SEGA determine the future direction of the franchise. Iizuka almost views the game as a gamble since the team is unsure if “it’ll be accepted positively in the market.”

Iizuka’s full words are as follows:

“[laughs] In the past two decades Sonic games have been trying to target a broader audience from kids to adults. And Forces has that same idea, so that means a wider range of characters that we know children like. Even if other fans may not be quite as keen.

But for Mania it’s kind of like a new approach. To target specifically 2D fans. So we don’t know whether it’ll be accepted positively in the market. We’ll find out after the game’s released, and we can figure out the direction of future titles after seeing the reaction.”


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  • Aline Piroutek

    What is the possibility of this game having bad reception? Maybe not a 10/10 score only.

  • Hidden Flare

    Considering I’m seeing 80% positivity (most negative is around returning stages being forced in) for this game right now, I feel it’s going to be great. If it goes well the next one will be even better for the 2d fans.

  • Francesco Gentile

    Honestly i’m waiting more Mania than Forces. And i think i’ll buy only Mania too…Forces did not convince me yet

  • Bap

    Generations was barely passable, Forces took the Sonic Cycle hard.

    • MagcargoMan

      What? Generations was great!

      • Aline Piroutek

        Don’t feed trolls

      • Bap

        I’d say it was good. Problem being it’s one and done nature.

  • Reggie

    Mania is a great game. I’d prefer totally new stages, but it’s a refreshing change of pace compared to what the Sonic Team has been pumping out for the past several years. I’m certain that Mania will see nothing but positive reception in comparison. If this means that Sonic will return to series roots, then I’m all for it.

    Although I don’t seriously expect the game to change that much even then.

    • Jack Napier

      “Mania is a great game”….that you haven’t ever played. “…nothing but positive reception”….again for a game you have not played.
      Yours might be the most pointless, baseless post of this day.

      • Reggie

        Is that your attempt at trolling?

        Lol, try again.

        • Jack Napier

          Oh sorry, you’re an experienced Sonic Mania player? And you’ve found it to be a great game?

          Lol, try that again.

          • Reggie

            You’re nitpicking over nothing. Doesn’t make you look very good.

          • Jack Napier

            What? You’re deluded. Play a game, then you will be entitled to have an opinion on how great it is or isn’t.
            You’re talking about a “great game” that isn’t even out and you have zero experience with.

          • Reggie

            When I said “great game”, I meant that it looked to be a great game. You’re just taking my post too literally. That or you’re salty about Sonic Mania and just looking for someone take it out on. Grow up.

          • Jack Napier

            Learn how to talk. People speak literally. Your command of English is poor, child

          • Reggie

            And you have no life.

      • Hidden Flare

        That’s not the most pointless baseless post of the day. This is:

        “Finally we can really play Freaderick emblem warriors the way it was meant to be played.”

        I should know I made that post! Don’t go around calming other post are what unless you wrote them!

  • DonSerrot

    As much as I generally dislike modern Sonic games I don’t think this is the right way to go and just highlights how out of touch with the fans Sega is. My first reaction is it’s gonna be a great time to be a classic Sonic fan, but I do know there are fans of modern Sonic and they could end up getting the same treatment classic fans have been getting for years and that’s not right.

    They need to find a good balance between classic and modern games as two separate pillars for the franchise. They need to actually look at what’s not working in modern games and figure out how to improve in those areas. If need be give modern Sonic the Mania treatment and bring in popular fan moders to help them get a better idea of what the fans of those games truly want to see.

    I hate to say it, but Sonic Team as it is now seems fairly incompetent with how they keep trying to throw Sonic into the same formula that simply hasn’t been working outside Colors and parts of Generations. And given their track record with modern Sonic I’m kinda afraid to see what would happen if Sonic Team started pumping out classic Sonic games. left and right. I don’t want more Sonic 4.

    • Giving fans the Sonic 3 & Knuckles sequel they’ve wanted for decades is out of touch? Mania and Forces AREN’T two pillars of the same franchise? I’m glad Sega doesn’t listen to posts like this.

      • DonSerrot

        Going all in one way or another would be out of touch with one section of the fans one way or another. We are getting games for both types of fans this year and that’s good. That’s ideal and what they should do going forward. Based on the history of the company and the comments this news is about I’m looking at it as an all or nothing situation after this. If Mania does well and Forces bombs like we are all expecting then the modern Sonic fans would see the same neglect us classic fans have been seeing. Like I said, what we are getting now with both Forces and Mania is the way it should be. It’s just Sega has a history of going all in on one direction to the detriment of anything else. They’ve neglected numerous IP just to go all in on Sonic while Nintendo has been making use of almost all their IP since the NES days.

    • MagcargoMan

      Sonic Team didn’t even make Sonic 4. Dimps did.

    • Trokon Hufnagel

      I read in an interview with Shun Nakamura said that the Japanese Sonic Team saw the overwhelmingly positive reception of Mania, and confirmed that they’re still making modern Sonic games(modern is classic Sonic grown up, in my opinion), but what they’re going to do is incorporate what worked/what people liked about Mania into their games.

      Takashi Iizuka also stated that Sonic Adventure 3 would never happen because it would stagnate the series’ progress and that the current Sonic Team is incapable of making an Adventure title in the vein of the originals, and judging from the main criticisms of their latest game, Forces(cheap, linear level design, clunky, imprecise platforming, lousy physics), I think that he’s right.

  • Márcio Vieira

    I want a 2D Sonic with graphics like Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap

  • Tlink7

    No cringey characters or a plot that takes itself so gosh-darn serious… the game is about an antropomorphic hedgehog that goes fast

  • Mr Objection

    This is the direction sega should have took with sonic from the beginning.

  • MagcargoMan

    “But for Mania it’s kind of like a new approach. To target specifically 2D fans.”
    They been trying to pander to 2D Sonic fans for years now.

    Also am I the only one who thinks it’s kinda lame how Mania is trying to be a “best of” rather than an actual Sonic 5? Even rehashing the Genesis graphics instead of trying something new?

    • Twisted Gear

      It’s not rehashing genisis graphics, it’s making graphics that the SATURN could have produced, so it IS trying something new.

      • MagcargoMan

        It’s pretty much trying to be “what if Sonic was still retro?”, so close enough.

        • Twisted Gear

          It really isn’t. Besides, there is still potential in the old sonic formula, and Sonic Mania is the first game in a while to actually do something with it. Unlike Sonic 4 which couldn’t decide if it wanted to be retro inspired or modern inspired.
          I just wish they’d get around to showing the Adventure Games this level of attention.