The Sonic the Hedgehog series is most remarkable for changing things up between titles to varying degrees of success. Pleasing every Sonic follower possible is something that Sonic Team has actually significantly fought with for a rather long time. While titles such as Sonic Unleashed and Generations attempted to please a reasonable variety of followers with gameplay that mixed 2D as well as 3D together, it seems that isn’t the direction the series will take going forward. Sonic Team has mentioned that it will certainly no more place the 2D as well as 3D viewpoints of Sonic with each other anymore.
Sonic Frontiers notes the collection’ initial venture into open world area. Because of this, numerous fans have been curious regarding what the next Sonic title would be like considering that it was officially revealed at the Game Awards. As players waited for brand-new info, leakages surfaced, and much of these leaks made a note to point out that in the video game’s more linear portions, the gameplay stayed 3D throughout.
As part of an interview with Video Games Chronicle, it seems that followers now have an answer regarding why this is the case. Takashi Iizuka, the current head of Sonic Team, has stated that placing both the 2D as well as 3D play styles with each other “to make every person pleased doesn’t really work.” Instead of putting them with each other as seen in previous releases, Iizuka states that now it’s an issue of “supplying the game styles that people want.”
From what Iizuka claims in the interview with VGC, it seems that Sonic Team made a decision to follow this technique after exactly how 2017 faired for the Sonic franchise. The leader of the team states that despite Sonic Forces’ mixed reception, it was a year that the series launched both a 2D as well as 3D title, as well as “everybody enjoyed.” This seems Sonic Team’s strategy moving forward, as Iizuka additionally mentions replicating this strategy is why Sonic Origins as well as Sonic Frontiers are coming out in the very same year.
It’s easy to understand as to why this was the lesson picked up from Forces and Mania’s double launch that year, as even though Forces really did not market too well, Mania was incredibly popular. With both games, it acted as an instead great year for Sonic. Also when some players weren’t satisfied with Forces, they had Mania to fall back on.
This asks the inquiry as to just what will come next after Sonic Origins. There needs to be something to match the 2D side of Sonic coming next after the collection launches this June if this truly is the strategy of the franchise business going onward. The designers of Sonic Mania have actually mostly carried on, and Sonic Team has actually specified that there’s no Mania 2 in the jobs. It seems that fans will simply require to see and also wait exactly how this strategy plays out for Sonic moving forward.