It’s no secret that old Sonic the Hedgehog fans are a difficult bunch. I consider myself a fairly old school supporter of the blue blur, but I certainly don’t hate on everything that Sega releases for the series. Hell, I think I’m one of the few people who enjoyed Sonic 4.
According to Takashi Iizuka, producer for Sonic Generations, older fans of the series can be pretty hard to please. This is due to the fact that a lot of these gamers expect each of the new titles to play a lot like the older Genesis games did. “Our team are always trying to present new gameplay innovations, so it’s hard to please fans who like the gameplay from the older games,” said Iizuka in a statement to Official Nintendo Magazine.
According to the producer, Sega and Sonic Team intend on continuing to move forward with the series, all the while keeping older fans in mind. Whether or not these old school loyalists will appreciate the games, however, is really up for debate given their finicky Sonic tastes. “However, we have included the older gameplay as part of Sonic’s 20th Anniversary, so we think the fans of the older games will enjoy it [Generations] as well,” continued Iizuka. “We are also looking into continuing the Sonic 4 series which was released on WiiWare, and we’ll keep developing titles so more fans will enjoy the games.”
I look forward to seeing what Sonic Team does with the franchise in the future. After playing the demo for Sonic Generations, I can honestly say I’m really digging the direction of the old school levels. And after having thoroughly enjoyed Sonic Colors for the Wii, I truly believe that Sega has the means to create a proper 3D Sonic game. Of course, there will always be gamers who feel the exact opposite way about the franchise. For those gamers, there are always those abysmal fan games.