If there’s one Sonic game that fans have been holding out hope of seeing, it’s Sonic Adventure 3. After the initial 3D Sonic games set the bar, many had hoped to see more from the quirky spinoff. Sadly, it seems that fans will have a long wait ahead – as the lead of Sonic Team Takashi Iizuka has poured cold water on the idea.
In an interview with Polygon, Sonic Team head Takashi Iizuka explained that Sega and Sonic Team weren’t in any rush to revisit the much loved Adventure line of games;
“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. So I don’t want to do an Adventure 3 and step the franchise back just to give the fans what they want.”
“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.”
“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. 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.”
Firstly, has Iizuka played any of the 3D Sonic games? In terms of “advancing the idea of what a Sonic game is”, a large number of those fail miserably – yet somehow managed to see the light of day. I can’t see how, on any plain of existence, 2006’s Sonic the Hedgehog helped Sonic advance in any shape or form.
Secondly, the clamouring for a new Sonic Adventure game largely stems from the fact that so many of these 3D games have been utter tripe.
Not that Sega or Sonic Team are wrong for wanting to take the franchise in new and exciting directions (although again, Sonic Mania really makes me question this philosophy). Let’s just hope that they can deliver the goods in the upcoming Sonic Forces.
Would you want to see a Sonic Adventure 3?