Sonic Team Leader Takashi Iizuka admitted the announcement of the next (so far unnamed) Sonic game may have been a bit premature – while justifying its reveal through the special occasion. which was Sonic’s 30th birthday.
In an interview with 4Gamer which was translated by Nintendo lover, Iizuka said, “We haven’t announced any new action game for the Sonic series since Sonic Forces, and that worried fans. Even though it was a bit premature, I wanted to at least enjoy it. 30th anniversary occasion to announce that a brand new title was in development. “
The new Sonic game, currently supposed to be called Sonic Rangers thanks to a leak, is slated for release sometime in 2022 on all major platforms, including PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox x series/ S, Nintendo Switch and computer.
Originally announced during Sega’s very first Sonic Central showcase in May 2021, Sonic 2022 was in the 30th anniversary spotlight with a lightning-fast trailer that didn’t really tell us much.
It marked a rather soft start for the Sonic Central format, which also featured announcements about the Sonic Origins collection, as well as details on the Sonic the hedgehog 2 film and upcoming Netflix series Sonic Prime.
Analysis: Was Sonic 2022 Really Announced Too Soon?
Focusing on Iizuka’s “somewhat premature” wording, we believe that not only Sonic 2022 may still be quite early in development, but it may also experience a significant delay, perhaps until 2023. Such a delay would be understandable, as the disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic has caused delays in many high-profile names, God of War: Ragnarok and Ghostwire Tokyo among them.
Whether or not you think Sonic 2022 was announced too soon really depends on your enthusiasm for the game. While many fans were disappointed that the teaser revealed nothing but a cryptic logo (which Iizuka admitted in the 4Gamer interview, we’re not quite supposed to figure it out yet), the official announcement that Sonic Team is indeed working on something is a relief.
Sonic Team certainly has their work cut out for them, if that means impressing with Sonic 2022. 2017 Sonic Forces, while not terrible, failed to ignite the series in the same way that classically-inspired Sonic Mania did. did, so a new 3D Sonic game will undoubtedly be a harder sell for many fans of the series.
Still, we’re happy that Sonic Team is taking as much time as needed on Sonic 2022 (or maybe Sonic 2023?). 3D Sonic titles can and have been good in the past (Unleashed and Generations attest to this), and the powerful hardware provided by the PS5 and Xbox Series X could make this a truly impressive title.