Exclusive Interview: Takashi Iizuka Talks Colours, Origins, 2022 and Sonic’s Legacy

There is perhaps nobody more eager or proud to be wishing Sonic the Hedgehog a happy 30th birthday than Takashi Iizuka. Having been deeply involved with the franchise since Sonic 3 & Knuckles, the Sonic Team leader’s hands have touched every single era of the blue blur’s legacy. From designing stages for the Mega Drive classics, to directing fan favourites like Sonic Adventure and Sonic Adventure 2, to producing the fine-tuned boost-era titles Sonic Colours and Sonic Generations – he’s seen it all.

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Exclusive: Takashi Iizuka Hopes 2022 Sonic Game Will Lay Foundation For Future Titles

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.

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Sonic Talk Podcast, Episode 76: The Year of Luigi of Sonic

This episode: Sonic on Series S, and Ian Flynn’s 15th Anniversary

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SEGA Accidentally Mentions ‘Sonic Rangers’ in Press Release

Looks like the cat’s out of the bag. Or the hedgehog. Whatever. Following the intriguing and exciting teaser for the next mainline title in the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise – for which currently no name has officially been announced – it seems that SEGA mailed out a press release covering its Sonic Central livestream and made mention of something called ‘Sonic Rangers’.

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What Could SEGA Announce At Sonic’s 30th Anniversary Livestream Event?

Finally. We’ve all waited nearly six months for a morsel of information on what SEGA may be planning to celebrate Sonic the Hedgehog’s 30th Anniversary. For a character best known for his lightning-fast speed, updates have been almost-controversially slow. But yesterday, SEGA revealed a special livestream taking place on May 27th focusing on Sonic announcements and news. So, what could they have lined up?

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Japanese Job Advert Hints at New PS4/Xbox One Sonic Game?

A number of detective Sonic fans have discovered an old job advert for an video game company, whose name isn’t disclosed. However the description of the advert has some very strong hints that the company is Sega and that the job advert is for work on a new Sonic game. Continue reading Japanese Job Advert Hints at New PS4/Xbox One Sonic Game?

Madeon & Sega Collaborating on a “New Sonic Game Trailer”

It seems that we might be getting a trailer for a new Sonic game very soon if this series of tweets is anything to go by.

Popular French musician Madeon and Sonic the Hedgehog twitter accounts had a little bit of banter last night regarding the use of Madeon’s music in a Sonic trailer. Continue reading Madeon & Sega Collaborating on a “New Sonic Game Trailer”

Meme Watch: Sega is Making a Game, Probably About Sonic

It’s hard not to pay attention to SEGA’s official Sonic the Hedgehog social media channels when it looks like the poor bloke running it is having a meltdown every day. In today’s episode of Meme Watch, we see the Sonic Tumblr account drop some crazy clues regarding a game that SEGA may (or may not) be making. Continue reading Meme Watch: Sega is Making a Game, Probably About Sonic

Takashi Iizuka Is In The U.S. To Oversee New Sonic Games

Well… many suspected that there might be more to Mr Iizuka’s trip to the US than just the SXSW panel, and it seems you were right. The head of Sonic Team Takashi Iizuka is in Sega of America right now, and according to Gamasutra, he’s there overseeing development on new Sonic games. Continue reading Takashi Iizuka Is In The U.S. To Oversee New Sonic Games

SEGA Europe Lists ‘Sonic Hero’ For November 2003 Release

What’s this? What’s this? It seems like SEGA Europe has let slip a detail about the next Sonic the Hedgehog game in a leaked release listing. Among a number of planned SEGA releases – many as-yet unannounced – there is mention of a game called ‘Sonic Hero’ for Gamecube in ‘November’.

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Yuji Naka: Sonic to Rival Pokémon, Two New Sonic Games at E3

Yuji Naka announced at a Sonic X press conference today that two new, unannounced Sonic games will be showcased at the upcoming E3 games expo in May. With this news, and the anime about to hit Japanese TVs, Naka-san exclaimed that he sees the Sonic franchise’s main rival as not Super Mario, but Pokémon.

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Sonic Team is Developing a New Game for Sony’s PlayStation 2

It begins. After a spell of developing games exclusively for Nintendo’s Gamecube, Yuji Naka has reportedly confirmed that Sonic Team is working on a new project for rival Sony console, the PlayStation 2. What could it be?

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‘Sonic Adventure 3’ Listed For Reveal at Tokyo Game Show, For ‘Multiple Platforms’

Here we go again – another rumour about Sonic Adventure 3. We’ve had a couple of these now, but this time we’ve caught wind of a listing for the game at the upcoming Tokyo Game Show 2002. Interestingly, the game is listed for ‘multiple platforms’ as well. So not Gamecube exclusive, if this rumour is to be believed…

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Yuji Naka: We’re Stopping The ‘Sonic Adventure’ Series

Sonic Team leader and co-creator of Sonic the Hedgehog, Yuji Naka, has revealed that the Sonic Adventure series is currently on hold as the studio looks to “do something different” for the next mainline game in the Sonic franchise. Continue reading Yuji Naka: We’re Stopping The ‘Sonic Adventure’ Series

Rumour: Next Sonic Game In Development, Will Be A ‘Return to Roots’

New Sonic game alert! According to a fresh rumour in this month’s gaming magazines, Sonic Team in Japan is hard at work on the next mainline Sonic the Hedgehog project – and it spells the end of treasure hunting and shooting in favour of the traditional platforming action that Sonic is best known for. Continue reading Rumour: Next Sonic Game In Development, Will Be A ‘Return to Roots’