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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:

2021 will be a big year for Sonic, as the character and the franchise as a whole will be turning 30 years old. According to Sonic Team boss Takashi Iizuka, the team wants to take on a new kind of challenge for the the series’ big milestone.

Iizuka shared that news in a recent interview with 4Gamer. During the same discussion, he was also asked about the possibility of Sonic crossing over into eSports territory. Given the nature of the main games, Iizuka believes it’s unlikely. Other genres may be a better fit for the idea, however.

Sonic earned widespread acclaim with Sonic Mania, which returns to the series’ roots. Along with being well-received by fans and critics, it also sold well. Around that game’s release, Sonic Team boss Takashi Iizuka believes that the franchise turned a corner.

Speaking with LADbible, Iizuka said:

SEGA has only made two Nights games. The first entry came out for the SEGA Saturn in 1996, followed by a sequel on Wii about a decade later. Sonic Team head Takashi Iizuka was heavily involved with both titles, and it sounds like he’d be interesting in seeing it return one day.

In an interview with LADbible, Iizuka noted that he’d “love to return to Nights.” He went on to say, “maybe in the future I can bring Nights back to people.”

The Sonic Adventure series is revered by fans, but SEGA has doesn’t much with it in recent years. Perhaps the first step in bringing it back would be a remake.

Speaking with Retro Gamer, Sonic Team head Takashi Iizuka said he believes the first Sonic Adventure “is a unique game offering even 20 years after its release.” At the same time though, he “can see the rough edges it has, which really makes me want to remake it again.”

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