When we ranked all the Sonic games recently, Sonic Adventure 2 was a pretty contentious game with the staff divided where exactly to put it. Ultimately we placed it near the top on account of the soft spot a couple of us had for the 3D Sonic game. Unfortunately for presumably a lot of millennials whose first Sonic games were part of the Adventure series, a Sonic Adventure 3 might not be in the cards. At least that's according to a new interview with Polygon.
"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," said Sonic Team head Takashi Iizuka. "So I don't want to do an Adventure 3 and step the franchise back just to give the fans what they want."
That's a pretty fair assessment, especially since there's a more than strong chance that nostalgia is a large part of why gamers look back on the Adventure games with fondness. At the same time, the Sonic Team did find success recently going back in time and delivering an updated take on the past with Sonic Mania, though perhaps that's an oversimplification of what made Mania so good.
Still, Iizuka says that while he and the rest of Sonic Team know that there's a demand for more Adventure games, there's not a lot of interest from the team. "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 [to] make people happy."