Game Informer caught up with Sonic team leader Takashi Iizuka to discuss the legendary Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic’s 30th anniversary, and the impact the pandemic has on the company’s celebration plans. One thing many of you would like to know is what happened to the Sonic team after the disastrous Sonic Forces game was released in November 2017. Well the team obviously shipped it and then immediately started working and trying different ways for them to deliver a next generation Sonic game. The team had to think about how to bring the prickly blue hedgehog forward after years of struggle. It seems like they agreed on something when they teased their next-generation Sonic game, which appears to be titled Sonic Rangers, while on the Sonic Central stream. Here is what Mr. Iizuka said:
After Sonic Forces, many fans were excited to see what the next Sonic main game from Sonic Team would look like. Now that it’s officially announced, can you provide details on the type of gameplay you should expect from the new game?
Thank you for being patient. Since Sonic Forces was released, the Sonic team in Japan has tried many different approaches to deliver a next-generation Sonic experience. As we celebrated 30 years of Sonic titles and pondered what the modern gaming experience should be for a Sonic title, we also had to ponder which path to take for the next decade. I can’t talk about many things yet, but we’re working hard on the title. We look forward to sharing more information on this title in the future.
Are there certain things you would like to achieve with the new game? What lessons has the team learned from games like Sonic Generations and Sonic Forces that will be incorporated into the title?
There’s a lot I can’t say about the title just yet, but I think we’ll see some progress in terms of a modern day Sonic game. Of course, we’re not going to deny the high-speed action that characterized earlier modern Sonic games like Sonic Generations or Sonic Forces, but we’re going to create a title that will please our current gaming fans and new players.