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Sonic Team head says he’d like to make a Sonic RPG in the future

Much like his mustachioed Nintendo counterpart Mario, Sonic is a character who has transcended genres and dipped his red-and-white sneakers into everything from racing, fighting, party and sports spin-offs. Heck, he’s even appeared alongside Mario in crossover efforts such as Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games. One genre where Sonic hasn’t been found however is in RPGs; will we ever see a Sonic RPG in the vein of Mass Effect 2, Dragon’s Dogma or Dark Souls? According to Sonic Team boss Takashi Iizuka, a Sonic RPG is something he’d like to tackle in the future.

“Personally, I like role-playing games,” Iizuka told the Good Vibes Gaming podcast. “The RPG game format is a lot of fun and I’ve even thought to myself, ‘you know, for the past 30 years we haven’t done a Sonic RPG’, and I’m questioning myself, ‘why haven’t we done a Sonic RPG in all this time? How have we gotten to 30 years with no RPGs?’

Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood/BioWare

“So I’d like to hopefully work on a Sonic RPG at some point before I retire from Sega. But, you know, that’s just a dream right now, there are no concrete plans at this point.”

Up until this point, the only instance of a Sonic RPG is 2008’s Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood, which was only available for the Nintendo DS and was developed by Bioware, the publisher behind such acclaimed RPGs as Mass Effect, Dragon Age and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. The game was divisive among fans and critics, being praised for its attractive 2D artwork, dialogue/character interactions and story beats but criticized for its combat system and inability to switch Sonic out of the main party to allow for more unique combinations in battle.

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Would you like to see the Sonic Team develop a Sonic RPG sometime in the future? If not, which video game genre would you most like to see Sonic the Hedgehog appear in next? Let us know in the comments.

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Ninja Gaiden was my rite of passage at an early age. After finally beating that game (and narrowly dodging carpal tunnel) I decided to write about my gaming exploits. These days I enjoy roguelikes and anything Pokemon but I'll always dust off Super Mario RPG, Donkey Kong Country and StarFox 64 from time to time to bask in their glory.

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