Sonic Team Head Says That Recent Sonic Game Announcement Was "Premature"

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Thanks to SEGA's 30th anniversary celebrations, there's a big year ahead for Sonic the Hedgehog. With Sonic Colors: Ultimate arriving this September, a new retro collection called Sonic Origins and numerous crossovers, SEGA's Sonic Central reveal ended with a brief tease about Sonic 2022.

Rumoured to be called Sonic Rangers, we didn't really get much of a look during that stream. We saw Sonic running through a forest really fast, a mysterious symbol (as seen above) and not much else. Some gameplay details have allegedly leaked, but in the meantime, Sonic Team's head, Takashi Iizuka, has been discussing it.

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Sonic Team Head Says That Recent Sonic Game Announcement Was "Premature"

Speaking with Japanese outlet 4Gamer (translated by Nintendo Everything), Iizuka confirmed:

We haven’t announced a brand new action game for the Sonic series since Sonic Forcesand that caused fans to worry. While it was a bit premature, I wanted to at least take the occasion of the 30th anniversary to announce that a brand new title was in development.
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Notably, that's not the only Iizuka talks about regarding this upcoming entry. When pressed about any meaning behind the trailer's mysterious symbol, he confirmed:

It is something symbolic that appears in the game, but the meaning is still a secret. However, I will say that it’s not something one would figure out through deduction. we’ll eventually share more details, so please wait a little longer.

As of yet, we don't have many more official details outside of a 2022 release date. Due to launch on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X and Series S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC, we'll keep you informed when we learn more.