Iizuka Would Like To Make A “New Standard Sonic”

Takashi Iizuka

“I would like to make a new standard Sonic”. That’s what Takashi Iizuka (head of Sonic Team) said during an interview with Gamasutra. It’s not clear whether he means a new character design, new abilities, or perhaps something else.

It seems that as far as current-gen Sonic goes, there have been false starts. The PlayStation 3 Sonic, the first one, was supposed to be a new beginning, and then there was Unleashed, which had good and bad about it. It seems like Generations is yet again starting over; are we at a point where you feel comfortable with the mark you’re making and can move forward?

I wouldn’t say that I think Generations is a new start. Instead, it’s more of the peaks of the past 20 years, is the way we’re approaching this. Generations is about taking the past 20 years of history and rolling it into one really fun product. I think, as a result, I would like to make a new standard Sonic, a modern Sonic if you will, in 2012 and beyond.

What changes would you like to see in 2012 and beyond?

Sources: The Sonic Stadium, full interview by Gamasutra

Author: Kjeldo

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  1. What other changes can be made? New shoes? Differently shaped quills? A new personality? PANTS?!

    Sonic is fine the way he is. There is nothing that needs to be changed. Sonic Gen is not a turning point, its just a look back at the past, something everyone does when they turn 20 yeah? You don’t see Mario changing anytime soon(or at all!), so why do we have to be the ones to bend to peer pressure and change?

    I love Sonic the way he is. I bet he does too~

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  2. New sound really cool. One of my favorite games was Sonic Heroes because there were so many new things, and there was so much variety. The options menu is one of my favorite places in a game. In Sonic Heroes, the game was the options menu. First I choose the team, then I have to choose which team formation, then which path, then which team formation again! Supersonic speed is awesome on its own, but you have to admit that blowing explosive bubble gum, shooting rockets, throwing booby-trapped rings ,freezing time and throwing shurikens is pretty cool too. If they make a new standard Sonic, maybe he could be a little like that. Maybe it was a little too child friendly (includes, but not limited to making Knuckles cheerful and revolving around “The Super Power of Teamwork”), butI found it awesome overall.
    It’s never the wrong time to experiment. My point is that new, fresh ideas are a great ideas.
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  3. I don’t know if Sonic is the type of character who can successfully pull off a big change in appearance and/or character like that. I know Megaman can, but Sonic? Plus Sonic fans already where upset when Sonic’s eye color changed. I don’t think the Sonic fanbase would accept a bigger change then that. >.>

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  4. Um, guys, I think he just means gameplay style. Like, you know, there was 2D, then Adventure, and then the gameplay used in the past three games. I don’t think he said anything about a new design

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