The final two Sonic the Hedgehog games – the well-received Sonic Mania and the less-so Sonic Forces – got here out in 2017, so we’re properly overdue for the announcement of the following Sonic game. Well, on the SXSW Sonic panel this weekend, Sonic Team head Takashi Iizuka confirmed that the studio has “begun production” on the following main Sonic the Hedgehog game – however it might be some time earlier than they’re able to reveal it, so we in all probability gained’t be seeing it in 2019.
The panel was principally in regards to the upcoming Sonic kart racing game Team Sonic Racing, which is due out this May, however to shut the panel Iizuka wished to share some info with the followers in regards to the standing of the following mainline Sonic game.
Unfortunately, he didn’t have a lot to say, aside from that Sonic Team “have begun production on the next major Sonic title.” He added that the staff “will be excited to share more news with you in the future, but for now, thank you for your patience until we have something to show.”
Sonic Forces was launched in November 2017 and was made by Sonic Team themselves, versus the 2D throwback Sonic Mania, which was launched a couple of months’ prior and was made by a couple of fan groups as a substitute (Headcannon, Pagoda West, Christian Whitehead). As such, the following Sonic title will in all probability be nearer in gameplay to Sonic Forces – however that might imply both a 3D game or 2D perspective with 3D graphics. Either approach, it sounds prefer it’s a good distance off.
As for Team Sonic Racing, which is due out in simply two months’ time, the panel had a few neat new bulletins for it. Firstly, you’ll have the ability to absolutely customise your autos, even right down to the horn. Sadly, this doesn’t lengthen to having a personality creator, which was probably the most memorable part of Sonic Forces. Secondly, the game will probably be getting a sequence of animated shorts, made by the identical staff behind the Sonic Mania shorts and trailers. You can see the primary one under.
Slightly extra masochistic followers had been additionally hoping to get the trailer for, or not less than an official glimpse of, the upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog movie on the panel. Given the response to the few leaked photos we’ve had of that challenge already, it’s in all probability for one of the best that we didn’t get something.