Sonic Team's Takashi Iizuka has relocated to North America to create a new "development hub" for Sonic the Hedgehog games, it has been revealed.

Iizuka - who acted as producer on many recent Sonic titles before being sidelined by the externally-produced Sonic Boom series - has been tasked with establishing LA as the "centralised hub for the global brand."

This isn't the first time that Sega has decided to mix Japanese and North American talent to create Sonic titles - Sonic 2 was created in the US, as was Sonic Adventure 2.

It looks like Sega is keen to put the franchise back on track after Sonic Boom - could we see an announcement later this year of a new Sonic outing? Let us know what you think by posting a comment.