A new Polygon interview has gone up, featuring Takashi Iizuka. The reactions to this interview will be…interesting. Initially in the interview, Sonic Team head Takashi Iizuka explained that, while he’s not against Sonic Adventure 3 being made at all, he feels it would be a “step back” with the evolution that the franchise has taken over the years. At this point in time, he doesn’t want to see Sonic “repeating itself” or going backwards. Iizuka wants to see Sonic evolve in its direction, taking things one new step at a time, always moving forward.
“I hear people saying that they want Adventure 3, but the path that we’re on and … Adventure 3, what fans want that to be, might not be an advancement of the series,” Iizuka told Polygon during a pre-Tokyo Game Show interview. So I don’t want to do an Adventure 3 and step the franchise back just to give the fans what they want.”
It’s not that Iizuka isn’t on the same page, he said. It’s just that Sonic Team isn’t interested in repeating itself.
“From the developer standpoint, every Sonic game that we’re making is taking new steps and advances, furthering the game in a new direction, and that’s dictated where the Sonic series has been going,” Iizuka said.
However, that doesn’t mean that Sonic Adventure 3 will never happen. If it just so happens that the gameplay evolves to a point where an Adventure 3 “makes sense”, then “you might see one come out”.
“If we can get the gameplay to evolve and get to a place where Adventure 3 makes sense, then you might see an Adventure 3 come out,” said Iizuka. “But we don’t want to take the entire series back to where it was just make people happy. We want to advance the idea of what a Sonic game is.”
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