When Sonic Mania was announced last year, a great relaxed sigh was released by the general Sonic fanbase. For years now, fans have been begging SEGA to take the series back to its roots after a succession of 3D Sonic games ranging from lackluster to good. Even so, it seems that SEGA is a bit unsure of how the new game will go over with the fanbase, as recent comments by one of the heads of Sonic Team.
Takashi Iizuka recently spoke a bit at a hands-on preview for the two upcoming Sonic games and voiced some concerns over how Sonic Mania will be received. It seems that the heart of his concern is over this game catering too specifically to 2D fans, though he mentioned that the game’s reception will impact their decisions on how to shape future Sonic games. Here’s what he said:
In the past two decades Sonic games have been trying to target a broader audience from kids to adults. And Forces has that same idea, so that means a wider range of characters that we know children like. Even if other fans may not be quite as keen.
But for Mania it’s kind of like a new approach. To target specifically 2D fans. So we don’t know whether it’ll be accepted positively in the market. We’ll find out after the game’s released, and we can figure out the direction of future titles after seeing the reaction.
What do you think? Will Sonic Mania be received positively? Would you rather Sonic’s future be focused on 2D games or 3D? Drop us a comment in the section below.