The longtime Sonic producer and current vice president of product development Takashi Iizuka has stated that he wants to continue the Sonic Adventure series, in a recent interview with the online publication DotEsports.
In the interview, he told the site: "I would like to use these golden keys to kind of make the next Sonic Adventure game [...] I was there for [Sonic Adventure] and was there for [Sonic Adventure 2,] those are my games. I really want to continue creating the Adventure series.”
Before you go getting too excited, though, he added that he was skeptical about how easy this would be, telling DotEsports, "When you look at all the games that are out there now and knowing the kind of expectations for the next Sonic Adventure game would be, it would take a whole of investment from the company, a lot of development time, and a lot of game volume to really bring something to market. But that is what I would use the golden keys for.”
This is not the first time Iizuka has made comments like this in recent memory, showing that Sonic Adventure is firmly on his mind again. Back in June, he told IGN back that he hoped the "work we put into Sonic Frontiers can be used to make another Sonic Adventure game sometime." He then clarified these comments to VGC, telling the site there were currently no plans to bring Adventure back.
Sonic Adventure 1 and 2 are two of the most beloved 3D entries into the series, so it makes sense that Iizuka would want to continue the series with a third entry. But as he made clear, it would take a lot to satisfy fans all these years later.
Would you like to see a Sonic Adventure 3? Or do you think the time has passed? Comment and let us know!
I would, but it was a very different time for game design when the Dreamcast launched, I think 3D games were still quite experimental, which sometimes worked, and sometimes didn't. SA2 was significantly different and streamlined compared to the original. Dropping the adventure fields rather disappointed me at the time, though the graphics really surpassed the first game. I'm not sure quite what SA3 would be I suppose, that other the Sonic 3D games have not already done.
Sonic Adventure 3 is one of my dream games, and considering that the Adventure (and Adventure-like) series just got worse with each entry, a major comeback and redemption is welcome- or even needed!
I've always felt that of all the 3D games, it was Adventure 1 that came the closest to capturing the essence of 2D Sonic, and that the Adventure format in general has far more potential than the boost gameplay that's come to define Sonic over the past decade or so.
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