Classic Sonic will ‘hopefully’ be a part of franchise future, says Sonic head

classic 2D Sonic the Hedgehog games hopefully part of Blue Blur franchise future Takashi Iizuka Sega Sonic Team head

The 30th anniversary of Sonic the Hedgehog rages on in multifaceted forms. Among other things, there is a remastered re-release of the first three Sonic games and & Knuckles with Sonic Origins, a new mainline game coming in 2022 (maybe an open-world game called Sonic Rangers), the movie Sonic the Hedgehog 2 with Idris Elba as freakin’ Knuckles next April, a cameo in Two Point Hospital, and an awesome, extremely belated Sonic the Hedgehog 2 game Eggman robot boss toy. With all of this goodwill surrounding the franchise, and with the success of Sonic Mania, surely that means more classic, 2D Sonic games will enter development soon too, right? Well, “hopefully.”

Sonic Team head Takashi Iizuka recently spoke to Retro Gamer magazine, where he expressed hope that the classic 2D Sonic can continue to factor into the game franchise:

Initially, we thought bringing the ‘classic’ Sonic into the fold was just going to be a 20th anniversary project, but it was met with such positive responses from fans that we knew we would keep him around. In fact, we have released Sonic Mania focused on the ‘classic’ Sonic in 2017. The ‘classic’ Sonic is a popular iteration who will hopefully be a part of the blue blur’s future.

You can read into that statement however you’d like, but it would seem to imply Sega currently isn’t considering any additional classic Sonic franchise projects. At least Iizuka treats the original Sonic as something to be respected, and as always, if you want to see more 2D Sonic the Hedgehog games — be sure to buy Sonic Origins. Companies always listen most when you express your desires with your wallets.


John Friscia
Head Copy Editor for Enthusiast Gaming, Managing Editor at The Escapist. I'm a writer who loves Super Nintendo and Japanese role-playing games to an impractical degree. I really miss living in South Korea. And I'm developing the game Boss Saga!