We don’t know much about Sonic Team’s mystery project, but the studio is hoping the game “lays the foundations” for future titles.
In an exclusive interview with fansite Sonic Stadium, Sonic Team leader Takashi Iizuka compared the team’s new game releasing next year to Sonic Adventure, explaining that it will hopefully “lay the foundation” for the future of the franchise just like Sonic Adventure did on the Dreamcast:
“Sonic Adventure laid the foundation for 20 years of Sonic titles after its release, so in the same way I really hope that this new title releasing in 2022 lays the foundation for the following future Sonic titles – that is the idea behind the challenge for the team.”
Iizuka went on to explain that even though the game was shown off during the most recent Sonic Central live stream, he can’t really go into much detail about what the game will be about. According to Iizuka, the team wanted to show fans that the studio is working on a new game and that it will be “something new and challenging.”
Just the passing mention of Sonic Adventure is enough to get even the most jaded Sonic fan excited. Both Sonic Adventure and Sonic Adventure 2 are regarded as some of the best games in the series, with fans desperate for a third. It’s unlikely that this new Sonic game will be a direct sequel and details about the game seemingly leaked online as early as August 2020, hinting that the game could be open-world.
And while news about this mystery Sonic game is still thin on the ground, a potential name for the game has been found. Data miners recently discovered the name Sonic Rangers in a press release for the game, although the PR company has since responded to these rumors and claimed that it’s an old working title. Whatever the case may be, Sonic Team’s upcoming game will launch next year, although a concrete release date still hasn’t been announced.
However, if you’re itching for some more Sonic in your life, Sonic Colors Ultimate arrives on PC and consoles on September 7 later this year. The game is a remaster of the original Sonic Colors which released for the Wii and DS back in 2010. The game is set to launch on PC, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and will be playable on next-gen consoles via backward compatibility.
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