Sonic is having a surprisingly big 2019. Not only is there a new Team Sonic Racing game coming out, but there's also a live-action Sonic movie hitting theaters later this year. But anticipation for the film hit a snag after the reveal of live-action Sonic. Now, in a new interview with Sonic Team boss Takashi Iizuka, the Sega side of things seems to be putting a bit of distance between the games and other Sonic media like TV and movies.
Speaking with Gaming Bible Iizuka was mainly on hand to talk about the upcoming Team Sonic Racing kart game. But with much of the Sonic discourse online centering around the recent trailer for the live-action Sonic movie, Iizuka was asked to comment.
"It's not a Sega movie – we're not making it, or anything – and I'm only an advisor, really. But I do get shown things, and the [movie team] ask for my opinion," says Iizuka. "I'm also listening to what the fans are saying, and I'll feed that back to the director – he, and the producers, are very interested in receiving that feedback."
However, Iizuka says that "at the end of the day, it's up to the team at Paramount to make something successful, but we're all looking forward to seeing the finished movie."
The live-action Sonic film has had a bit of a rough media cycle. The first previews for the Sonic film hid Sonic's live-action form, but fans were already wary of what the finished product would look like just based on Sonic's silhouette. When the trailer did finally drop, fans got what they were expecting: a Sonic that was just offputting enough to be criticized online.
The director for the Sonic movie even told fans on social media that after hearing the criticisms, Sonic's final look will be altered for the film's release on November 8, 2019.
It's not just the films Iizuka distances Sonic Team from. While talking about how Sonic Mania has shaped the series positively for the future, Iizuka revealed that the last Sonic game before Mania, Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric, was "made for a TV show first and foremost" and that he didn't have a lot of control over the project.
So whether it's the films or TV-media, Iizuka seems to be drawing a clear line between Sonic Team games and outside productions. Team Sonic Racing will be one such official game from Sega and will be coming to PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch on May 21.