It’s not really untrue to say that recent Sonic games prior to Sonic Mania has been slightly disappointing. SEGA knows this is true too and say that they won’t release future Sonic games until they are satisfied that they will receive good review scores. They know that Sonic has a huge and dedicated fan base and say that if they aren’t entirely happy with future Sonic titles they won’t release it until its ready.
Haruki Satomi: Simply that several years ago when we launched a Sonic game, the reception was very bad, there was a site called Meta-critic that aggregates the critics and scores games from 1-100, and at that time the Sonic game got 30 out of 100 so I felt like we…
CT: Disappointed fans?
Haruki Satomi: Yeah disappointed, did not meet those expectations for the big fan base we have. So after I took the lead it will never happen again and I told our development team or even sales team that we should not release a game unless we 100 percent agree with and are confident of the quality.
Haruki Satomi: One of the answers I gave was the latest two titles which we launched last year, Sonic Mania and Sonic Forces, especially Sonic Mania which got a 80s, 85ish Meta-critic score and fans are excited about this game and people really love it, actual sales was very strong, and we introduced a Sonic animation series over the last two years.