Head of Sonic Team Takashi Iizuka has confirmed that the team is working on a new game.
In an interview with Famitsu (as translated by Soah City), Iizuka was asked about the future of the series, and confirmed that the studio is currently working on a new project.
“We at Sonic Team – are developing a completely new game, as well as developing a full movie, actively done by Sony pictures, and animation on Sonic Boom,” Iizuka stated. “We are also ready to improve sponsor ties. The most important thing is not the fact that the series survived for 25 years, but how many games [were] developed. Our goal – add something new and overcome any potential hardships.”
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Sonic the Hedgehog series. The SEGA Twitter accounts have been dropping hints that a new game in the series is on the way, but this is the first official comment to come from the developer.
As noted by IGN, the game will likely be revealed during the series’ 25th anniversary celebration at SXSW, which will take place on July 22nd. According to the event listing, the event will include “an exclusive first look at the future of Sonic.”