Sega Considering Sonic Reboots & Remakes, Says Sega of Japan President & COO

Famitsu recently interviewed the President and COO of Sega, Yukio Sugino, about a vast variety of subject matter. Of particular note is one exchange regarding reboots following a question from the upcoming Samba de Amigo: Party Central.

This topic then delves into the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise, with Sugino teasing that the company is thinking about remakes and reboots for it.

You can view the full translated exchange below via our team’s Ryuji:

Interviewer: With the release of Samba de Amigo: Party Central, am I right in assuming that you will continue to reboot IPs from the past?

Sugino: Samba de Amigo: Party Central is not a reboot, in my opinion, but a new installment in the series. On the other hand, the recently announced Sonic Superstars is a return to 2D action, and although it is a new title, I would like to consider taking some reboot-like measures.

Interviewer: Sonic Frontiers was a new challenge for the Sonic series, and Sonic Superstars is a reboot?

Sugino: Of course, we have to do new things, but it’s not the same for all IPs, and that applies to both new releases and reboots. We will choose the most appropriate timing for each IP, such as “This is the best way to do it for this IP.” Sonic, for instance, is Sega’s signature IP, and we are considering reboots and remakes in addition to new titles.

Currently, fans are speculating that Sega may announce a Sonic Heroes remake or remaster based on specific footage from the latest Sonic Central broadcast. It’s theorized that we’ll see the announcement during Gamescom next month, but all we can do now is wait and see.

Sonic Heroes is my personal favorite Sonic game, so if it truly is ported, I’ll be delighted beyond words.

Thanks to Sonic Stadium for sharing this news.

Sonic SUperstars 5

Sonic Superstars is a brand-new 2D adventure featuring Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, and Amy, taking place on the North Star Islands. New gameplay features include the Emerald Powers when Chaos Emeralds are acquired, such as enabling the ability to create clones or climb waterfalls.

Further, the visuals have received a notable upgrade, and Fang the Sniper from older Sonic the Hedgehog comics and video games, such as Sonic the Hedgehog Triple Trouble, will appear as an antagonist in Sonic Superstars.

Classic Sonic the Hedgehog designer Naoto Oshima has returned with a brand new villain. Fans can also anticipate “movements, physics, and controls feel familiar and appeal to recent and legacy fans alike.” Local four-player co-op will be available throughout the entire story, too.

Sonic Superstars will release digitally and physically for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam and the Epic Games Store in Fall 2023 for $59.99 USD.

Check out our review of Sonic Origins Plus.

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