Shuji Utsumi recently sat down with Famitsu for an interview, which covered a wide variety of topics surrounding SEGA. He announced that Yakuza: Like a Dragon is the most successful title in the series, as well as that SEGA is looking to have ATLUS games launch worldwide simultaneously on multiple platforms.
He states 「ソニック新作の発表が近くにあるかも」, which roughly translates to “A new Sonic game might be announced soon”. Sonic fans have been anxiously awaiting news for the hedgehog’s 30th anniversary, which hopefully will get revealed this coming month at SEGA’s presentation during E3.
SEGA revealed the 30th anniversary back in September, with “new games, digital content, events, major announcements…” and more being promised. Various pieces of news surrounding the series has come out over the past few months, with a notable story that Roger Craig Smith is stepping down from his role as Sonic after 10 years. Netflix is teaming with SEGA to create a 3D animated series titled Sonic Prime, which will release in 2022. Also, the sequel to the Sonic movie, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, is set to premiere on April 8th, 2022. Rumors have been swirling about a Sonic Colors HD Remaster, with a listing being published last month. This and more should absolutely be cleared up once SEGA announces games celebrating this anniversary.
Sonic has been relatively quiet as a series lately, with the last mainline game being Sonic Forces, which released on November 7th, 2017. Sonic Mania was also released in 2017, and the latest Sonic game to release was Team Sonic Racing in May of 2019. Many fans online are hoping to see a collection of previous games remastered and brought to modern consoles, and of course the reveal of the next mainline Sonic game. Hopefully SEGA will deliver at E3 after many, many months of staying quiet.
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