Two fat, sweaty men got to talk to the head of Sonic Team.
Although we were running very late and exhausted (fat men were not meant to run!), we got a chance to interview Sonic Team’s head guy, Takashi Iizuka. We once again apologize to Sega for our lateness. Dang traffic.
The interview was focused solely on Sonic Colors for the Wii. He played two levels for us. One from Tropical Resort and another from Sweet Mountain. At the end of his game session, it was time for questions. We were short on time, so we were only able to get a few questions in.
SS – Is this game made with just children in mind, or more for a general audience?
Iizuka – Of course, we are putting in kid friendly elements, but it’s not just for kids. The are some challenging elements put in as well.
SS – Who are the music composers for the Wii and DS versions?
Iizuka – There’s not one composer. It’s the Sega Sound Team. It’s pretty much the same people who worked on Sonic Unleashed.
SS – What was the inspiration behind this game?
Iizuka – First we wanted to work with what was successful in the past. Like Sonic Unleashed’s daytime game play and add the Wisp Color powers to give it more variety.
SS – What was the decision behind making this Wii/DS exclusive?
Iizuka – It’s difficult to get into details. We basically used Sonic Rush and Sonic Unleashed Wii as models for the game play.
SS – What is the length of the game, in hours?
Iizuka – The game’s still in development, but in previous Sonic games, there would be an act 1 and act 2 of a zone. In this case, for each of these worlds there are several stages. Also, once you get more color powers from other worlds, you can go back to older levels and find new paths to access. It also depends on how dedicated you are to finding all the items in the game.
SS – Is this game made from the ground up, or does it use any previous assets?
Iizuka - Completely new as far as art and engine. Obviously, the game play is inspired by Sonic Unleashed.
SS – When is the game due?
Iizuka – This holiday season.
SS – What is the little Robotnik ship flying around the planets?
Iizuka – (Laughs) Sorry, we can’t talk about that yet.
SS – Last question, any chance of a new NiGHTS or Burning Rangers game?
Iizuka – (Laughs) We can’t talk about that right now.
SS – Thank you so much for your time. .
Iizuka – You’re welcome.