Sonic 2022 Developers Aiming to Lay the Foundation For Future Sonic Games to Come

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Sonic Team is looking to lay a foundation for future Sonic games to come with its upcoming Sonic 2022 title.

This game, unofficially referred to as Sonic 2022 due to the announcement that the currently title-less game will release next year, was announced in May with a short and mysterious teaser. Not much has been learned since that teaser but Sonic Team’s Takashi Iizuka hopes it will lay the foundation for future games.

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“The new title in development is progressing towards a 2022 release, so I can’t really call it an Anniversary title,” Iizuka told Sonic Stadium in an interivew. “However, Sonic Adventure laid the foundation for 20 years of Sonic titles after its release, so in the same way, I really hope that this new title releasing in 2022 lays the foundation for the following future Sonic titles — that is the idea behind the challenge for the team.”

Sonic Adventure was released in 1998 and spawned a sequel in 2001 as well as many Sonic Adventure-like Sonic games such as Sonic Heroes, Shadow the Hedgehog, and more. It seems the team is hoping the Sonic 2022 project, which may be called Sonic Rangers, can do the same for future Sonic titles.

Iizuka said that despite the game being announced during a special 30th Anniversary stream for the series, Sonic 2022 isn’t necessarily an anniverary-related title. He told Sonic Stadium that the decision to announce the game during that stream was to “reassure fans post-Sonic Force that a new game is indeed in development.”

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“Since this title is still mid-development, there is nothing I can speak to, but I did want to say that the development team has been spending their time to do something new and challenging,” Iizuka said. “Through a lot of trial and error, the team is looking to present to everyone a new Sonic game, and I hope your warm support of their work can motivate them to really deliver against that challenge.”

While waiting to learn more about Sonic 2022, check out this story about how the game might be called Sonic Rangers and then watch the announcement teaser for the game. Read this story to learn about everything announced during May’s Sonic Central stream after that.

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Wesley LeBlanc is a freelance news writer and guide maker for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @LeBlancWes.

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