The Sonic the Hedgehog fan base is rabid and unrelenting. That said, among the older fans, there is a pretty common request for more 2D entries in the franchise. Most people point to 2017’s Sonic Mania, made largely by fans who grew up on Sonic, as the best Sonic game in years, if not in decades. However, Sega’s Sonic Team and Sonic Team head Takashi Iizuka have leaned more on the side of developing modern 3D titles. In an interview with Otaquest though, Iizuka reiterated that Sega and Sonic Team want to “take good care of” both versions of Sonic the Hedgehog for times to come:
Not much time has passed since the distinction between “classic” and “modern” was made, in fact, it was since 2011’s “Sonic Generations” title. Even before that, in addition to the main 3D series, there was a high demand for the 2D action games such as the Sonic Advance series, so we revived the old Sonic as Classic Sonic for the 20th-anniversary title, Sonic Generations. We initially thought that it would be a 20th Anniversary project only, however after that we had a strong demand for a new classic Sonic standalone title, that became 2017’s Sonic Mania. We would like to take good care of these two very popular iterations of Sonic’s in the future.
In the full interview, the Sonic Team head touches upon various other topics in brief, including the lasting allure of Nights into Dreams and how people still love the Sonic Adventure Chao Garden mini-games. It isn’t much that fans haven’t heard before, but it’s something to munch on while they wait for bigger announcements in the future.