Sonic developer Takashi Iizuka will be in charge of future projects once again as he heads back to the United States to oversee some developments of new Sonic the Hedgehog games.
The recent announcement was due to the planned project for Sonic the Hedgehog’s 25th anniversary, and it also reveals the new chief brand officer for the franchise, Ivo Gerscovich, who has been involved in Hollywood-tinged game projects, which Sega believes will make a great turn out for their long-running mascot. The recently released Sonic Boom game was lambasted with negative reviews and it was buggy and was not able to meet the expectation of the fans, it is currently rated at 32 percent in Metacritic.
Iizuka’s return will make a big improvement for the future Sonic games, as he has become in charge of development for Sonic games, starting with the 1998 Dreamcast game Sonic Adventures. It was a big innovation for Sonic as this was the proper transition from 2D to 3D for the said mascot, then moved to San Fransico to oversee the development of the sequel Sonic Adventures 2. Though he has been involved in developing Sonic games way back in the Sega Genesis era, most of his works have received some positive feedbacks from fans. His last project was 2011 for the 20th anniversary Sonic the Hedgehog game Sonic Generations.
And from the looks of it, we will definitely see more Sonic games from Sega, and they are promising more, such as TV series and even a feature-length movie and more. This hopefully may add more life to Sega’s mascot as fans are looking for more of Sonic.