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Sonic Frontiers is going for the open zone concept, which at first glance may seem like more of a challenge to run well on Switch, especially compared to prior entries in the series. However, Sonic Team boss Takashi Iizuka has indicated that the Hedgehog Engine is up for the task.

Speaking with Gamereactor, Iizuka spoke about the challenges of making a game that’s releasing across a variety of platforms and different generations of hardware. When it comes to Switch, though it won’t have the same “high-end assets” (and it’ll have a lower resolution and frame rate), Iizuka believes the game looks “very comparable” on Nintendo’s console.

Iizuka stated:

Sonic Adventure Takashi Iizuka

Each time Sonic team boss Takashi Iizuka is interviewed, it seems like Sonic Adventure is often brought up as well as the possibility of Sonic Adventure 3. That’s something Iizuka addressed once again recently.

When asked by Dot Esport what Iizuka would want to do if he had free reign to add anything he wanted to a Sonic game, he actually pointed to creating “the next Sonic Adventure game”. However, he acknowledged that a third title “would take a whole of investment from the company, a lot of development time, and a lot of game volume to really bring something to market”.

Sonic Frontiers content

Sonic Frontiers will have the most amount of content in a game the series has seen so far, according to Sonic boss Takashi Iizuka.

Iizuka shared that news in an interview with Everyeye. He also mentioned wanting to make Starfall Islands “stimulating” for players with various elements while exploring.

Sonic essence

Sonic the Hedgehog boss Takashi Iizuka has spoken about the essence of the series and what makes a new entry in the series great.

In Iizuka’s view, it’s all about the “fun feeling” you have while moving. He told Eurogamer that regardless of whether it’s a 2D or 3D game, linear or open zone, “it’s really that sense of enjoyment that I’m running with Sonic at a high speed and [thinking]: this is fun, and I’m having a great time.” However, he doesn’t believe it simply comes down to “going fast”.

sonic fans future

According to Sonic boss Takashi Iizuka, Sonic Frontiers should almost be considered as the series’ “third generation”. Additionally, the title should be thought of as the “next step for the next 10 years.”

Iizuka shared these comments in an interview with GamesBeatThe site asked about Sonic fans and whether it can be scary showing off a new game. That led him to point out how the first generation of Sonic was classic with its side-scrolling gameplay, followed by modern gameplay starting with Sonic Adventure. SEGA is now thinking about the long-term future of the franchise, which is where Sonic Frontiers comes in.

Takashi Iizuka, the creative officer of Sonic Team, has again expressed interest in revisiting the Sonic Adventure titles with a new game.

This isn’t the first time Iizuka has commented on revisiting those prior entries. In 2018 for instance, he mentioned that he’d be up for a remake.

For quite some time, we hadn’t seen SEGA do much with Sonic as he was known during the Genesis days. But the character was represented in Sonic Generations before starring in Sonic Mania, which featured remixed zones as well as a few brand new ones.

Thankfully, classic Sonic is still being considered for SEGA’s future. Series producer Takash Iizuka told Retro Gamer in a recent interview:

Sonic Origins

SEGA announced a number of different projects and initiative during Sonic Central back in May. A few different game releases are planned, including Sonic Origins.

SEGA has only shared a few details about the collection thus far. We do at least know that Sonic Origins will contain Sonic the Hedgehog 1, 2, Sonic 3 & Knuckles as well as Sonic CD.

In an interview with Game Informer, Sonic Team head Takashi Iizuka had this to say about the project:

Very little is known about the next mainline Sonic the Hedgehog game, which was teased during a Sonic Central broadcast in May. It showed the Blue Blur running in a forest – and that’s pretty much it. We don’t even have a confirmed title at present.

When asked about the new project in an interview with Game Informer, Sonic Team boss Takashi Iizuka said:

Sonic Mania Plus

2021 will be the “next big year” for Sonic. That’s according to Sonic Team boss Takashi Iizuka, who teased future plans in an interview with Game Informer.

Regarding 2021 and what it means for the series, Iizuka said:

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