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Sega Will Show us What's Next for Sonic the Hedgehog in March

Prediction: He will probably go fast.

News by Nadia Oxford, .

Sonic the Hedgehog had a busy holiday season with the release of Sonic Mania and Sonic Forces, but the cerulean insectivore was never one for long vacations. Come March, we'll learn what Sega has in store for Sonic throughout the rest of 2018.

The plans will be unveiled at the official "Gotta Go Fast" SXSW panel on March 13 at 3:30 PM CT. The panel will explore Sonic's past successes in addition to revealing what comes next.

I don't care what we get, as long as I can build more fursona characters.

"Speakers include Sonic Team head Takashi Iizuka, Sonic PD Director Austin Keys, Sonic Mania Animation Director Tyson Hesse, and Sonic Social Media Manager Aaron Webber," the event page for the panel states. "You won’t want to miss this!"

It's great to see Tyson Hesse on the panel. He made the epic opening animation for Sonic Mania. With any luck we'll see / hear what he has next in store for the running rodent,* if anything.

(*I know hedgehogs aren't rodents. I just can't resist alliteration.)

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  • Avatar for ReptilianSamurai #1 ReptilianSamurai 22 days ago
    Hope it's Sonic Mania 2! That would make my year. Otherwise, I'm not interested.
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  • Avatar for RushDawg #2 RushDawg 22 days ago
    Sonic Mania 2 seems like a no brainer.

    I'm not in a rush for another 3D Sonic though, after how Forces turned out.
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  • Avatar for Drachmalius #3 Drachmalius 22 days ago
    Chao garden mobile game plz
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  • Avatar for LK4O4 #4 LK4O4 22 days ago
    Nice choice of header image! Another game by the Sonic Mania team would be amazing, or even a Unleashed-style game by Dimps wouldn't be too bad. (Just please, please not something from Sonic Team.)
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  • Avatar for odaiba-memorial #5 odaiba-memorial 22 days ago
    It simultaneously astounds me and yet makes complete sense how out-of-touch Iizuka seems with the fanbase. When he repeatedly gets asked about a potential Sonic Adventure 3, his go-to response is, "If the fans want it enough, maybe it'll happen."

    ... Really, dude?

    In the wake of Mania, he expressed surprise that the game was doing so well, saying "I had no idea demand for classic-style Sonic games was so high."

    ... Really, dude?

    I understand Japan tends to think other countries' interests aren't important, but Iizuka really should try to get more in touch with the international fanbase, as that's where most of the loyal fans thrive. Instead, he seems like he's focusing a bit too much on finding footing with Japan, where the franchise has always been at its least popular; hence why every game just seems like it's desperately trying new ideas -- as though trying to find the thing that will "crack" the Japanese market -- when they would be much better off sticking to the formulas that have already worked well overseas.
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