Sonic Mania appears to be shaping up rather nicely judging from recent gameplay trailers and hands-on impressions. The Metro managed to catch up with The Sonic Team’s, Takashi Iizuka, who was quite honest about the future of the Sonic series in general. The team will take a long hard look at the reaction to Sonic Mania to determine what direction they take next with the Sonic franchise.
GC: What do you do about elements in Sonic Forces which older fans might not like but kids will? Sonic’s friends, for example. The goal in the demo level is to find Shadow. And, really… I don’t want to find Shadow. I’d prefer he stayed lost.
TI: [laughs] 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.