Next year, the Sonic the Hedgehog series celebrates its 30th anniversary. Sonic Team's Takashi Iizuka has already confirmed the development of the next major Sonic title is underway and stated how Sega is "preparing" for the blue blur's birthday.
Now, to add to this, Sega's CEO Ivo Gerscovich has mentioned how the company has "exciting" Sonic-related news that it can't wait to share. He spoke about this during a recent interview with GamingTrend. Here's the full exchange (thanks, TSSZ):
The Sonic franchise is planning on celebrating its 30th anniversary next year; is there anything that fans should expect in the coming months?
Yes! We have some exciting news that we can’t wait to share. But you’ll have to stay tuned for details…
Finally, any last words or pieces of advice you’d like to give our readers?
Stay tuned our friends, Sonic’s just getting started…….
This follows on from an announcement at the start of the year that Sega would be sharing Sonic news on a regular basis leading up to the anniversary. Sonic also experienced a strong cinema debut earlier this year, banking more than $300 million USD worldwide.
What exciting Sonic news would you like to hear? Leave a comment down below.
[source gamingtrend.com, via tssznews.com]
After the success of Sonic Mania, a sequel is surely on its way. However, this is modern SEGA so Sonic Boom 2 being the big surprise is also possibility.
How bout just release a Sonic 30th Anniversary Collection. I feel it's better than just making a crappy 3D Sonic game especially since Sega doesn't want to make a new Sonic Adventure 3 anyways.
I hope the rumor is true and its a Sonic Adventure remake.It was the first true Sonic 3D game (Sonic R was more of a spin-off),and it aged badly.Mainly the cutscenes,but gameplay is broken too sometimes.
I can wait. Seems about that many years since Sega bothered to release anything NOT named "Sonic" something or other.
Hopefully Sega ain’t gonna let us down but its Sega.
Please, Sega, stop with the announcement of announcements!
In this case I’m pretty sure it’s already an announcement of an announcement of an announcement!
It’s almost as bad as labelling a CGI trailer ‘gameplay’...its hype for nothing!
Maybe for sonics 30th they'll pull the rug from under us and release new games in different franchises!
Mania 2, please! (Uh, but can we go back to something like the Blue Sphere Special Stages? UFO Chase was so trial-and-error.)
I'm sure whatever they do it can't be worse than the 15th anniversary with Sonic '06 and Sonic Genesis released on the same day.
@HollowSpectre umm do you think they actually remember they have other franchises?
Sonic mania 2 or GTFO! There's never been a truly great 3D game and let's not pretend there has. Adventure was a buggy poorly executed mess and if you believe otherwise i suggest you take off those rose tinted glasses. Colors is about as close as we've got to a good modern sonic and i don't see that being topped.
Sounds like they were going to reveal (or at least tease) the anniversary game at the SXSW panel, and the event being cancelled (plus working from home) had thrown off Sega's whole marketing timeline
Ivo Gersovich is not SEGA's CEO. He's Sonic's Chief Brand Officer.
As for what the announcement will be, I'm guessing there will be a remake of Sonic Adventure from Sonic Team and a sequel to Sonic Mania from Headcannon.
Adventure remake, along with ports of Generations and Colors with Generations 2 on the way. Please, Sega. That's all I want from sonic.
SEGA just released a new Sakura Wars game in April. They also licensed out the Streets of Rage series, which also got a new release in April.
Yakuza is getting a new game in 2020.
There's a new Hatsunke Miku game coming to Switch in May.
Vanquish and Bayonetta got a rerelease earlier in 2020.
Puyo Puyo, Valkyria Chronicles and the Shining series all got new releases in 2018.
What happened in the film? Could it be a game based on that?
I hope, they finally gonna make a good 3D Sonic game.
just hope it isn't anything rushed... unless it's a sonic rush port, played adventure but not the original.
Here is what I’m hoping for the 30th anniversary:
Sonic Shuffle Remake, called it
I hope they don't let us down, I'm excited!
Sonic is probably one of those IPs by now where I'm sure I'd have fun working on something related to it, but I struggle with getting excited about the games as a player.
That said, I hope they surprise me!
Maybe they're remaking all the Sonic games from the 90s?
Sega ages Sonic 3 and Knuckles please!
@RushDawg Exactly! Everyone complains about Sega only releasing Sonic games - then ignores all the other titles they put out. How many copies did Valkyria Chronicles 4 sell? How well is Sakura Wars doing? Both have been very well reviewed.
Sonic adventure 1 and 2 are great games. But with the flaws ironed out in a reboot could be amazing. Let’s wait and see speculation usually disappoints.
I'm not getting myself excited Sonic games haven't been good for a long time
Please let it be a sequel to Forces! I know Forces was terrible, but I kinda want to see SEGA and sonic make a comeback from that failure
Apparently they CAN wait, otherwise they wouldn’t.
Hopefully its not a remake. Talk about another way for Sonic to stay stagnant is a remake of a game thats not even good instead of figuring out how to make a Sonic game in 3D.
So tired of nostalgia pandering this gaming period tbh.
Announce your selling Sonic to Nintendo so we can finally get a good Sonic game.
If its Sega then it's not exciting...
Unless it's a valkyria chronicles game
In my opinion, Sega's announcement should be to retire Sonic while he still has a tiny bit of dignity left. Sonic 2 is one of favourite games of all time and still holds up even now. Since then, it's been all downhill with Sonic Mania doing the unthinkable and dragging him back of his feet temporarily. Sonic 3, although good, was rushed and as a result is a very short game. However, when placed on top of the Sonic & Knuckles cart it did improve the game but then proceeded to drag the story at too much that eventual boredom steeped in. Sonic 2 was the perfect sequel with just the right game length. And then we have Sonic in the 3D realm! Let's not kid ourselves, it just does not work! Sonic is just too fast for 3D platforming. It works for Mario because you can play his 3D outings at a reasonably pedestrian pace. But Sonic in 3D is just an uncontrollable mess. Then his later 2D outings just don't have that something that makes Sonic 2 so special. So please, please Sega give Sonic the retirement he deserves.
when does Sega plan on revealing their plans for Sonic? when things are better? we have 0 idea when things will get better so might as well show off your plans during the summer months
Sonic Mania 2 would be real nice.
Modern release of Sonic 3+K would be a great anniversary gift
Well, the Ages versions of the first two Sonic games are marvelous. Ultimate editions, I'd say. As they didn't say anything about Sonic 3 and Knuckles anymore, some weeks ago I bought Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection for the Xbox 360 just to have reasonable versions of Sonic 3 and Sonic & Knuckles. Now, if Sega wants my money (again and again), give me some worthy release.
@KingBowser86 Personally, I find Blue Sphere more trial and error. I love Sonic Mania but didn’t have the patience for Blue Sphere, ended up preferring the UFO stages (I sucked at both though!)
I’d love a Sonic Mania 2 but instead of including old Mega Drive stages, including Mania style versions of more modern stages. Stuff like Rooftop Run and Seaside Hill but as 2D pixel art. A man can dream!
sonic 3 and knuckles port
sonic adventure remake
new 3d sonic
@mesome713 why selling valuable ip to a **** company worse than EA
In a perfect world:
Sonic Mania 2 - Sequel to Sonic Mania.
New 3d sonic game - What’s that? Sonic Lost world 2? Probably not, no.
Sonic Advance collection - Sonic Advance 1-3, Sonic Battle, and Sonic Rush/Sonic Rush Adventure.
Sonic Battle 2 for Switch
1. Sonic Mania 2
2. Sonic 3 & Knuckles on current platforms (Worked things out with Michael Jackson's estate?)
3. Sonic movie sequel announcement/teaser
4. 3D Sonic game, hopefully as great as Generations and Colors, not a budget production. (Heroes was underrated as well)
For that matter, you have to remember everyone liked the Sonic action segments in most 3D Sonic games, they just didn't care for the poor gameplay of some other characters and all the gimmicks they were shoe-horning in.
5. With the success of the movie, perhaps it's time for another serious Sonic animated series/anime?
The original series that featured the characters that went on in the comics was great and the Sonic X anime was the best of them all.
Sonic Boom was a comedy show for younger children, just like the "Adventures Of Sonic The Hedgehog" series that was syndicated concurrently with the original series in the 90's. (I don't remember much of the series where Sonic was in a punk band)
I would like Sonic & Knuckles 3 on modern platforms. Ports of Colours and Generations would be cool and a remake of Sonic Adventure would be great. An anniversary collection would be great too with Sonic CD included.
Most of all though I'd like Sonic Mania 2.
Whatever, SEGA, just don't rush the game's release for the anniversary, because Sonic Forces and '06 suffered for it.
@RPGamer the movie’s success says hi.
Please as long as it has something to do with the adventure series. I love those games, flaws and everything
@Anvold Sonic Generations was a good 3D sonic game...
They just needed to refine it in a sequel instead of make it into 'sanic' the game.
He can always tell us now, if he can't wait to share. We won't mind. 🦔
@Glitchling78 They certainly can be made that way. The spiraling "all left turns" Blue Sphere stage from Mania (one of the later ones). But as far as the S3&K levels went, Blue Sphere was inherently fair by the nature of its mechanics. Even the final Super Emerald stage, you don't have to time a turn while walking backwards, you just bounce off of the bumper behind you. Better than trying to perceive with precision how to angle an awkward jump off of boxes in pseudo-3D.
@Randomname19 as i understand it, the cutscenes with speech were never synched to English, so when you saw characters mouths move it wasn't really matching up with the speech.
But yes agreed, the cutscenes could've been a bit better. On the bright side some of it was corny which made it kind of amusing at least.
SA2 for 15th anniversary.
SA3 for 30th anniversary.
Classic style sonic from generations and forces please!
Whenever Sega teases an exciting new announcement it always ends up being another collection of Megadrive ROMs that we’ve had before...
"What is it Sega? Sonic Mania 2? Sonic 3 & Knuckles remaster? Sonic Adventure Remake?"
Sega: "It's Sonic the Hedgehog The Movie: The Game!"
@mesome713 you say that like you're a Sonic fan lol Mania and Generations were great.
Honestly imo Sonic is not in as bad of a position as everybody says he is. Just because Forces was mediocre doesn't mean the series should be retired or whatever. The only outright bad mainline Sonic game is Sonic 06 and that game at least had potential.
@ajoor Nintendo worse than EA? I don't even have a response for that one
1. Sonic Mania 2
2. Sonic 3 & Knuckles
3. Sonic Generations 2
4. Sonic All Star Racing Transformed 2
Sonic Adventure 2 on the switch with the Knuckles Chao and Amy Chao obtainable.
@FlyingFoxy I never noticed that,the weird faces caught my attention too much.
Whatever it is, I hope they have their heads on straight this time. Finally got around to playing Forces when that was on PS+ a couple months back and oof. It's like they took every existing complaint around the Sonic series and fanbase and distilled it down into a game.
It's got a bad reputation, and it certainly had some issues, but I really liked the general 3D level design of Lost World on Wii U. But like usual, they tried to throw in a bunch of completely different styles of gameplay and didn't perfect any of them. (At least this wasn't a vomit pile of every idea ever like Forces). I'd love if they just took the concept of the 3D levels of Lost World and built a whole new game around that.
Prediction's: nothing dreamcast related besides game renewal's, no dreamcast mini, and no chao garden. also possible a new sega rent service to play sega games you already possibly own on another device. kinda like an xbox game pass but a bunch of sega games instead..
@RPGamer I somewhat enjoyed Forces. It set up the story for the IDW comic that I find really good. Mania was flat out awesome so if they did more of that...
I think it is time for a new Sonic Collection. Yes, I know there is that SEGA Genesis Collection that includes some Sonic games but I'm talking about a nearly full collection which should include all the main 2D Sonic games including the absent Sonic 3 & Knuckles from the Genesis Collection and Sonic CD. All the Genesis and Game Gear spin-offs should also be included. Put in a galley akin to Mega Man Legacy Collection, slap on $39.99 and there is the Sonic Mega Collection: 30th Anniversary Edition. I would buy this as opposed to another stand alone release of Sonic 1 or 2.
Sonic Adventure 3 and make it worthy of the name, or mania 2
@Zeldafan79 actually Sonic Lost World was amazing. It's what every Sonic fan was asking for in a 3D title. I'd highly recommend it on the PC.
@bones Knowing Sega they will refuse to make a Sonic Adventure 3 and then later wonder why people didn't buy their new crappier 3D Sonic game with the same 2D/3D boost gameplay with weak gameplay physics.
I’ve thought about it and I actually don’t want remakes of the first two Sonic Adventures. I’d love ports for the Switch, but the bad graphics and audio are such memes at this point that I’d rather have them with all the warts. If they’re investing in more than straight ports, I’d rather they do Sonic Adventure 2... then port the first two to Switch anyways.
After all, at the end of the day I like like hearing “Ha, you’re not even good enough to b-“ “I’ll make you eat those words!”
I am ready to be disappointed again!
I’m so excited! I can’t wait for the next game to come out! Omg! Sonic is the best character ever! Like all his games are good.... TRASH! This character needs to be retired! Everything about this character is mediocre! Whoever said they’re excited for this announcement, I’m glad trash easily makes your day.
@Impaler-D "the Sonic X anime was the best of them all."
@Dog Okay funny guy, which do YOU think was the best Sonic series?
I cautiously await the reveal....
@Tendogamerxxx How about you just don’t play it? Let other do whatever they want. If you hate Sonic then don’t play it. Don’t try to control others or bring them down to your level. Play what you want no one is judging you. It’s just a game. Mind your business and we’ll mind ours.
@ajoor Nintendo worse than EA? Wow, you really don't know anything about this hobby or the industry do you
yall are gonna hate me, but sonic is a garbage series that has nothing good about it. the first 4 games are really enjoyable but the rest are too finicky and try to hard to be "cool" when they end up being so cringey it isnt funny. the saving grace was the movie, which i did enjoy actually. but the pandemic hit it hard
Sega's CEO is called Ivo and Nintendo of America's president is called Bowser...? WHAT IS GOING ON?!
Are Sonia and Manic making a comeback and make their game debut? OMG! OMG! OMG! I can't wait!
Didn’t they say something similar to this before they announced Forces?
All Sonic games will be 30% off to celebrate 30th Anniversary! Yeaaah...so excited..NOT.
Hopefully this announcement is about the coming dimensional merge and how Sonichu will take over and make sure Sonic has the right color arms.
That's what I thought, jackass.
Enjoy your Sonic Boom.
Hopefully, the only Sonic game that releases this year is Sonic: Tokyo 2020 Mobile, because I want the next Sonic game to be good and not rushed.
I bet it will be sliver the hedgehog or blaze the cat
Or even sonic world with a way better custom player and you rebuild the destroyed civilization and have you own house all the playable characters cream sonic tails knuckles you espio vector Marias past eggman sliver your old Chacter amy shadow infinite classic sonic metal sonic classic tails classic knuckles
My "I know it's gonna happen, but wouldn't it be cool" dream is Chaotix on Switch. I periodically toy with dropping a fair amount of coin to get the 32X adapter and then another sizeable chunk o' change for the cartridge, but it really shouldn't be that hard to play any Sonic game.
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