The booth reps also said that SEGA is committed to delivering more classic Sonic games in the future(). While they confirmed that there would be no DLC add-ons for Episode II, they did say that Episode II does not end the Sonic 4 story. Instead, they are taking Sonic games one at a time. If Episode II does well, Episode III will come out. After that, IV, and so on until they get to the point where they are ready to develop Sonic 5() (the rep speculated this wouldn’t be until after Sonic 4: Episode IV).
asked if Sonic would be remaining 2D in the future. I was told that 3D Sonic is a core part of the brand, but that SEGA is aware that fans want more 2D action (). Further Sonic titles will probably continue to use the fusion of 3D and 2D gameplay (). SEGA is also aware that Sonic fans want to see more old school conflict between Sonic and Robotnik(). This means that we will see less of Sonic traveling through time, space, fantasy worlds, and other dimensions. All we need is just Sonic, his furry friends, and lots of evil robots().
Speaking of furry friends, SEGA also seems to have figured out that Sonic: The Hedgehog has reached a critical furry mass of supporting characters. The booth reps said that they want to shift the focus of Sonic games back onto Sonic himself(). Although Tails was added to Sonic 4: Episode II, the focus still remains on Sonic and the Sonic-style gameplay. This holds true for mainstream titles as well. Sonic will always be the main character, and supporting characters will be slowly introduced as if the games are starting all over again().
To finish off, SEGA’s reps explained to CCC that the plan is to focus Sonic games back on to the blue blur and the fast-paced gameplay he’s known for, which means fans of Sonic’s friends may still not be playing as them in a main Sonic title anytime soon().
Seems like they're doing exactly the opposite of what I'd like them to do, surprise surprise!
I'm seeing lots of assumptions and generalizations about the fandom too, which doesn't come as a surprise either.
Looks like several more years of not caring for this series are incoming, as far as I'm concerned; given the recent financial news, I wonder if Sega will survive long enough to realize that many fans aren't satisfied with the current formula.