SEGA boss Mike Hayes has stated in an interview with Eurogamer that future Sonic will hit the spot when they’re released. He admits to releasing “too many” Sonic titles which has given recent titles a poor reputation.
He states that “The development teams now know what they need to do” with future titles and insists that the famous blue character is an important part of SEGA as well as promoting this years Sonic title by saying it would deliver.
When talking about previous Sonic titles – Sonic the Hedgehog in 2006 in particular,
“That was probably the worst Metacritic that we’ve got, we kind of didn’t really know where to put it and we probably tripped up a bit. The thing we’ve subsequently found – and it’s not rocket science – is that we have two very distinct audiences for Sonic.
“We’ve got us lot sitting around the table that’s the original fanbase, which is huge, and then we’ve got a younger audience that just sees Sonic as a good icon but they want a game that’s relevant to them,”
“Now the development teams are very clear where they need to try and craft their games going forward. And actually now they’ve got the bit between their teeth, it’s quite a single-minded process for them to try and improve on that.”
The latest Sonic title – Generations – has a playable demo on XBLA and PSN right now for a limited time.
Sonic Generations launches later this year on PS3, 360 and PC.