If you were the least bit worried about Modern Sonic being tossed aside for Classic Sonic or vice versa, you can lay those fears to rest. According to Sonic Team leader Takashi Iizuka, neither are going anywhere, and both will be “taken care of.”
In an interview with OTAQUEST, Takashi Iizuka reminisced on his tenure at Sonic Team and explained how Classic Sonic was originally only going to be used for Sonic Generations, but given the high accolades of that entry and the obvious existence of Sonic Mania, that didn’t exactly pan out.
“Not much time has passed since the distinction between “classic” and “modern” was made, in fact, it was since 2011’s “Sonic Generations” title. Even before that, in addition to the main 3D series, there was a high demand for the 2D action games such as the Sonic Advance series, so we revived the old Sonic as Classic Sonic for the 20th-anniversary title, Sonic Generations. We initially thought that it would be a 20th Anniversary project only, however after that we had a strong demand for a new classic Sonic standalone title, that became 2017’s Sonic Mania. We would like to take good care of these two very popular iterations of Sonic’s in the future.”
Iizuka-san also expressed his gratitude towards the fans for supporting Sonic all these years, and he hopes that the 30th anniversary will be one that will meet the fans desires.
“I’m grateful for all of the fans who have loved and supported Sonic for so long, and I hope that I can make it a year to celebrate the 30th anniversary with all of the fans in order to meet their desires. We would like to continue to grow our brand as one that can be enjoyed by people around the world, so we look forward to your support.”
You can read the full interview at OTAQUEST, and as soon as we find news about the next Sonic game for the 30th anniversary celebration year of 2021, we’ll lightspeed dash our way to the scene and bring you the latest details. Stay tuned to the Sonic Stadium!