New Iizuka interview

Recent happenings of pertinence to Sonic fans.
Post Reply
User avatar
big_smile
Drano Master
Posts: 1173
Joined: Sat May 22, 2004 3:27 am
Location: UK

New Iizuka interview

Post by big_smile »

Iizukia Interviewed
:FUS: New Iizuka interview

1-Up.com recently conducted an interview with Takashi Iizuka. Those expecting details about the new Sonic games will be heartily disappointed as most of Iizukia's comments are fairly vague. He does, however, confirm that the new Shadow the Hedgehog game is not trying to redefine the Sonic series but aims to expand it to a new audience. Echoing Naka’s comments at E3 2004, Iizuka also mentions that Sonic Team still places an importance on 2D side scrolling games.

Following the recent unveiling of the newest game in the Sonic the Hedgehog series, Shadow the Hedgehog, at the recent Walk of Game press event, Game Design Section Manager at Sega Studio USA Takashi Iizuka and Sega Public Relations representative Ethan Einhorn sat down with 1UP to talk about the future of the Sonic franchise.

1UP: What was it like to finally unveil a new game [such as Shadow the Hedgehog]?

TI: It was very important for us to expand the Sonic franchise with the introduction of Shadow the Hedgehog, and moving forward we want to bring both the old users and the new users [together] to enhance the Sonic franchise.

1UP: Sonic the Hedgehog when it first started out seemed to be about being cool and it was edgy, at least compared to all the platformers on the market at the time. It seems like this new game is trying to capture that for a new audience now. The recent games have been a little bit more tame compared to some of the other offerings in the platform genre; is [Shadow the Hedgehog] trying to bring the Sonic franchise back to what is used to be?

TI: In order to enlarge the Sonic franchise, we've created this new game. It's not really a reaction to what we've seen. Basically, we're trying to capture a new type of audience, but we're not trying to throw away Sonic. We're trying to expand his world to a more broad user audience.

EE: What we can say is that this new title is one of a number of Sonic titles that you can anticipate in 2005.

1UP: What defines a Sonic game to you? What makes a Sonic game a Sonic game?

TI: For the past 14 years, Sonic's been based on a really cool, fast-paced type of character. Moving forward for the future, we don't want to throw that away. We want to keep that, but within keeping that we want to add additional features that will help bring in a new type of audience.

1UP: What platforms are you interested in [bringing Sonic to]?

EE: We know that everyone loves Sonic.

TI: The current philosophy behind what we're building in our games is for the current game systems.

1UP: Sonic in the past defined Sega. If Sega's attempting to make a big play in the next generation, are you already thinking along those lines with Sonic?

TI: We understand that there are new platforms coming out, and as a challenge to that, we're hopeful to at least show you part of our progress at E3.

1UP: In terms of game development, is there any interest in moving Sonic online?

TI: In order to kind of expand the Sonic franchise, we're offering Shadow and moving in a new direction, but we're also considering other options -- maybe online, maybe other venues to expand the Sonic franchise. We're looking into that. That's one of the probable areas that we may investigate moving forward.

1UP: Are you talking about other genres as well?

EE: Sonic has not just been a platformer in the past, and he will continue to do interesting things this year.

1UP: You had mentioned there were more Sonic things to look forward to. Are those things we can look forward to at E3?

EE: Yeah, this is going to be a banner year for Sonic at E3.

1UP: Will we see a return with Sonic to a more straightforward Sonic? One character -- Sonic himself -- but not necessarily a handheld game? For a console experience, will we ever see something more basic -- maybe 2D or maybe a bit more of a return to the more simplistic gameplay of the past? Is there a general interest in that?

TI: Sonic Team has found that the 2D scrolling linear experience is very enjoyable. That's why they've released Sonic Advance 1, 2 and 3. Within the team itself, there is still a love for that style of game. Everybody realizes that's what made Sonic popular, so that's really close to their heart.

1UP: Will we ever see Sonic CD or Knuckles Chaotix on a compilation at some point?

EE: We recognize the popularity of titles that have not yet been released -- especially Sonic CD -- and we're always interested in satisfying our fan base.

User avatar
CM August
Posts: 697
Joined: Mon Jan 31, 2005 8:09 am
Location: Australia
Contact:

Post by CM August »

TI: For the past 14 years, Sonic's been based on a really cool, fast-paced type of character. Moving forward for the future, we don't want to throw that away. We want to keep that, but within keeping that we want to add additional features that will help bring in a new type of audience.
Too bad most of the "features" added in recent games have been superfluous, and sometimes even damaging to the whole setup. There's one thing Iizuka confirms here, though - the "simple and clean" days of Sonic are over for good.
EE: What we can say is that this new title is one of a number of Sonic titles that you can anticipate in 2005.
I don't think "anticipate" is the word...
EE: Yeah, this is going to be a banner year for Sonic at E3.
It won't be if the rest is anything like this Shadow game.

User avatar
Crazy Penguin
Drano Master
Posts: 1901
Joined: Sat May 22, 2004 10:06 pm
Location: England
Contact:

Post by Crazy Penguin »

They're going around this in entirely the wrong way. The 16 bit Sonic games were fantastic games that appealed to everyone. So why are Sonic Team now insistant on pushing mediocre Sonic games that appeal to kids and mediocre Sonic games that appeal to teens/adults?

User avatar
CM August
Posts: 697
Joined: Mon Jan 31, 2005 8:09 am
Location: Australia
Contact:

Post by CM August »

Maybe they rented a few executives from Disney.

User avatar
Lizard
Posts: 169
Joined: Mon Feb 14, 2005 9:27 am
Location: Sweden

Post by Lizard »

Oh Nos!1! Eisner new president of Sonic Team!

User avatar
Frieza2000
Posts: 1336
Joined: Sun Jan 23, 2005 9:09 am
Now Playing: the fool
Location: confirmed. Sending supplies.

Post by Frieza2000 »

Target confirmed.


Image







Image

Segata Sanshiro can't save you this time.

Image








Image

User avatar
Omni Hunter
Omnizzy
Posts: 1966
Joined: Thu Mar 10, 2005 4:50 am
Location: MK, Satan's Layby
Contact:

Post by Omni Hunter »

We need more firepower...

firemario1001
Posts: 230
Joined: Fri Jun 04, 2004 10:52 pm

Post by firemario1001 »

Segata Sanshiro died in vain
Last edited by firemario1001 on Wed Mar 23, 2005 5:08 pm, edited 1 time in total.

User avatar
Omni Hunter
Omnizzy
Posts: 1966
Joined: Thu Mar 10, 2005 4:50 am
Location: MK, Satan's Layby
Contact:

Post by Omni Hunter »

Died in VAIN! How can you die in a blood vessel!?

firemario1001
Posts: 230
Joined: Fri Jun 04, 2004 10:52 pm

Post by firemario1001 »

2 out of 28 keystrokes were wrong in that sentence. I deserved an A

User avatar
Kishi
Posts: 1033
Joined: Fri Jun 18, 2004 11:07 am

Post by Kishi »

<i>Sonic Team has found that the 2D scrolling linear experience is very enjoyable. That's why they've released Sonic Advance 1, 2 and 3.</i>

Yeah, except they didn't make any of those games.

User avatar
Omni Hunter
Omnizzy
Posts: 1966
Joined: Thu Mar 10, 2005 4:50 am
Location: MK, Satan's Layby
Contact:

Post by Omni Hunter »

firemario1001 wrote:2 out of 28 keystrokes were wrong in that sentence. I deserved an A
At least you had the decency to edit it, good on you.

User avatar
SegaSonic
Posts: 868
Joined: Mon Sep 06, 2004 6:18 pm
Location: Inside a book

Post by SegaSonic »

a new Audience? who? morons who dont even care about Sonic Games??

Smooth move Iizukia <_<

User avatar
Baba O'Reily
ABBA BANNED
Posts: 3339
Joined: Wed Sep 15, 2004 8:26 pm
Location: http://zenixstudios.com/files/ 554SpaceIsThePlace.Mp3
Contact:

Post by Baba O'Reily »

SegaSonic wrote:a new Audience? who? morons who dont even care about Sonic Games??
Multiple punctuation marks are a sure sign of mental instability.

User avatar
Crazy Penguin
Drano Master
Posts: 1901
Joined: Sat May 22, 2004 10:06 pm
Location: England
Contact:

Post by Crazy Penguin »

Kishi wrote:<i>Sonic Team has found that the 2D scrolling linear experience is very enjoyable. That's why they've released Sonic Advance 1, 2 and 3.</i>

Yeah, except they didn't make any of those games.
And the 3D games have been much more linear than the 16 bit games.

User avatar
SegaSonic
Posts: 868
Joined: Mon Sep 06, 2004 6:18 pm
Location: Inside a book

Post by SegaSonic »

Baba O'Reily wrote:
SegaSonic wrote:a new Audience? who? morons who dont even care about Sonic Games??
Multiple punctuation marks are a sure sign of mental instability.
You should be an English teacher or a Psychiatrist. :roll:

and I should be dead.

User avatar
Delphine
Horrid, Pmpous Wench
Posts: 4720
Joined: Fri May 21, 2004 1:05 pm
Now Playing: DOVAHKIIN
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Contact:

Post by Delphine »

Baba O'Reily wrote:Multiple punctuation marks are a sure sign of mental instability.
Hee. :D

Man, there's been an influx of morons lately. Did the elementary schools let out early this year?

User avatar
Cuckooguy
LEGEND
Posts: 761
Joined: Thu May 27, 2004 12:27 am
Now Playing: Sonic Generations 3DS, Asura's Wrath
Location: Southern California
Contact:

Post by Cuckooguy »

I think it might be because of Spring Break.

User avatar
Opa-Opa
Posts: 1371
Joined: Sat Jun 26, 2004 3:14 am
Now Playing: The Red Ring of Death (X360)
Location: Rio de Janeiro
Contact:

Post by Opa-Opa »

They didn't make the key question:

"Why the hell a gun?"

User avatar
Baba O'Reily
ABBA BANNED
Posts: 3339
Joined: Wed Sep 15, 2004 8:26 pm
Location: http://zenixstudios.com/files/ 554SpaceIsThePlace.Mp3
Contact:

Post by Baba O'Reily »

No, that's for after the game has released and people love it or hate it. Then the griping. Oh, how the griping will come.

User avatar
SegaSonic
Posts: 868
Joined: Mon Sep 06, 2004 6:18 pm
Location: Inside a book

Post by SegaSonic »

why did they fire Oshima again?

User avatar
Spazz
Posts: 1953
Joined: Sat May 29, 2004 1:12 pm
Location: New Orleans, LA
Contact:

Post by Spazz »

He wasn't fired. He left to join Artoon.

User avatar
SegaSonic
Posts: 868
Joined: Mon Sep 06, 2004 6:18 pm
Location: Inside a book

Post by SegaSonic »

What? he didnt love his Creation? The best Game in History and he left!? I smell a conspiracy (SP?)

Funny..how we US gamers like Japan made games and Japanese like US made games. :roll:

User avatar
Locit
News Guy
Posts: 2559
Joined: Wed May 26, 2004 3:12 pm
Now Playing: Breath of Fire IV
Location: Living that enby life

Post by Locit »

Hee. :D

Man, there's been an influx of morons lately. Did the elementary schools let out early this year?
Hehe. I've been wondering if anyone else was getting tired of it.
Funny..how we US gamers like Japan made games and Japanese like US made games.
No.

User avatar
Spazz
Posts: 1953
Joined: Sat May 29, 2004 1:12 pm
Location: New Orleans, LA
Contact:

Post by Spazz »

Locit wrote:
Hee. :D
Man, there's been an influx of morons lately. Did the elementary schools let out early this year?
Hehe. I've been wondering if anyone else was getting tired of it.
I noticed it too, as well as a sudden increase sprite [comic] losers, or at least talk of it..

Post Reply