In an interview with Game Informer, Sonic Team head Takashi Iizuka made some exciting comments regarding the future of Sonic, particularly regarding the upcoming 30th anniversary, as well as some other details about the series!
When asked about the next major Sonic game, Iizuka-san wouldn’t say anything specific, but he did tease that 2021 would be the next big year for the hedgehog.
“2017 was a big year for Sonic,” Iizuka says. “The next big year for Sonic is 2021. That’s the 30-year anniversary for Sonic. We are now preparing.”
Iizuka-san was then asked about Sonic Mania’s drop-dash, which had been included in the Sega Ages port of Sonic the Hedgehog for Nintendo Switch. He comments that its inclusion was his request, as he plans on the drop-dash being a new mainstay in Sonic’s arsenal, much like the spin-dash or homing attack.
“Drop dash on Sega Ages was my request,” he says. “Drop dash is very [well-liked] now because of Sonic Mania. That’s why I requested it.”
The article then closes with a statement regarding Mighty and Ray, that their high demand from fans was a consideration for their inclusion in Sonic Mania’s DLC.
“Those two characters were famous characters,” he says. “Very fan-requested to me, so that’s why we decided to use those characters.”
This comment reinforces the fact that Sonic Team does listen to feedback and requests, and given the high praise for games like Sonic Mania, we can be certain that they’re taking notes! What do you think is in store for Sonic in the coming years? Do you think we’ll see a major “anniversary game” like Sonic Generations and Sonic Adventure 2, or could it be something else? It’s probably a game, but please do humor us in the comments!