In an interview with SEGA Europe’s marketing director Jon Rooke, we may have a hint as to what the future of Sonic may hold – and that’s going back to what put the lovable blue scamp on the map in the first place.
While touching on the Sonic brand, Rooke explains that the quality of Sonic games has not been “acceptable” in recent years, acknowledging the public apology made from SEGA Games CEO Haruki Satomi a few months ago, where he claimed the company had betrayed the trust of fans.
Rooke then touches on how “huge” Sonic still is for the company, and how future games will be designed going forward.
“SEGA has publicly apologised to the fans as the quality of console games in the Sonic franchise hasn’t been acceptable over recent years. It’s been tough translating that iconic side scrolling 2D experience from the 90s into 3D but Sonic is still huge for us so the new games will be more inspired by how it played in its heyday.”
It looks like the future of Sonic will be inspired by what once made him great – but does this mean future installments will return to its 2D roots? Or will the focus of quality defined in those titles be channelled into new and exciting 3D games?
Let us know your speculation and thoughts in the comments below, and what you hope will come from SEGA’s new position on Sonic titles. As we all know, the last time SEGA tried to bring a console Sonic “back to its roots”, it wasn’t the best received by fans.