Sonic Team head Takashi Iizuka has been interviewed by Lad Bible. As always, we’ll relay the noteworthy parts here, but please read the whole interview here.
About other Sonic titles on the way:
Team Sonic Racing comes out for the expected platforms on 21 May, and might not be the only Sonic game we see in 2019. Perhaps it’s a quirk of translation – Iizuka-san speaks Japanese, I don’t, so we converse through a very helpful middleman – but he makes a reference to there being Sonic titles, plural, in development right now.
On Sonic Mania:
2019 is a big year for SEGA’s most famous son, after all, with the Sonic the Hedgehog movie scheduled for a December release – and what odds on a tie-in game? Iizuka-san feels that Mania was a vital turning point for the Sonic series, after a string of less-than-satisfactory releases that rather peaked, in terms of wretchedness, with 2014’s Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric. “That was made for a TV show first and foremost, and a lot of the show’s own animation team took the lead on the look of that game,” he tells me. “I didn’t really have a lot of control of that project. [But] post-Mania, I feel the character, and the games, have really turned a corner, towards where we want it all to go.”
On the Sonic Movie:
“It’s not a SEGA movie – we’re not making it, or anything – and I’m only an advisor, really. But I do get shown things, and the [movie team] ask for my opinion. I’m also listening to what the fans are saying, and I’ll feed that back to the director – he, and the producers, are very interested in receiving that feedback. At the end of the day, it’s up to the team at Paramount to make something successful, but we’re all looking forward to seeing the finished movie.”
Iizuka-san cracks his widest smile of our entire conversation: “So right now, Sonic is my main focus,” he begins. “But at some point, I’d love to return to Nights, as that was such a big part of my career. Sonic is very important to me, but Nights is very important to me, too. I really enjoy the game, so maybe in the future I can bring Nights back to people.”