Takashi Iizuka has revealed that his goal with the 2022 Sonic game is to create a landmark title in the franchise that will lay the foundation for future titles – much like Sonic Adventure did 20 years before it.
In an exclusive interview with The Sonic Stadium, the Sonic Team leader and series game producer said that the development studio had spent a long time trying to build “something new and challenging”. He hopes that its impact will be felt for a number of years – suggesting that it could influence future Sonic games for at least the next decade.
When we asked Iizuka-san whether the 2022 Sonic the Hedgehog title – rumoured to be titled ‘Sonic Rangers’ – could be considered an ‘anniversary’ title in the same way that Sonic Adventure 2 and Sonic Generations were before it, he instead cited Dreamcast classic Sonic Adventure as an example of what he wanted to accomplish.
“The new title in development is progressing towards a 2022 release, so I can’t really call it an Anniversary title,” Iizuka-san told The Sonic Stadium. “However, Sonic Adventure laid the foundation for 20 years of Sonic titles after its release, so in the same way I really hope that this new title releasing in 2022 lays the foundation for the following future Sonic titles – that is the idea behind the challenge for the team.”
Iizuka-san further explained that, while he couldn’t share any specific details about the next mainline Sonic game (and we did ask about that mysterious glyph – we tried!), the reason for showcasing it at the recent Sonic Central livestream – an event dedicated to Sonic’s 30th Anniversary – was to reassure fans post-Sonic Forces that a new game is indeed in development.
“Since this title is still mid-development there is nothing I can speak to, but I did want to say that the development team has been spending their time to do something new and challenging,” Iizuka-san added. “Through a lot of trial and error the team is looking to present to everyone a new Sonic game, and I hope your warm support of their work can motivate them to really deliver against that challenge.”
Catch the full exclusive interview with Iizuka-san, only on The Sonic Stadium on June 23rd.