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Sonic the Hedgehog Panel Announced for SXSW Gaming

Tuesday, February 5th, 2019

Fast becoming a tradition, the Sonic the Hedgehog team at SEGA are once again making an appearance at SXSW Gaming to host a Sonic the Hedgehog panel.

The panel hasn’t been confirmed for a specific date/time at the time of writing, but it will take place at some point during the 15th to the 17th of March 2019. The panel will feature Aaron Webber, Jasmin Hernandez, Jun Senoue and Takashi Iizuka and it promises to discuss, “the latest for the blue blur and his next steps for 2019 and beyond.”

Previous SXSW Sonic panels have revealed the existence of Team Sonic Racing, Sonic Mania Plus and Sonic Mania Adventures, so expect some pretty high profile reveals during this year’s panel.

Sonic Panel Announced for SXSW, “A First Look at What Comes Next”

Thursday, February 1st, 2018

A Sonic the Hedgehog panel will take place during this year’s SXSW on the 13th of March 2018. The panel promises a, “world-exclusive first look at what comes next for the fastest blue hedgehog”. The panel starts at 3:30PM CST.

Appearing at the panel will be Sonic Team head Takashi Iizuka, Sonic PD Director Austin Keys, Sonic Mania Animation Director Tyson Hesse and Sonic Social Media Manager Aaron Webber. If you’re a Sonic fan then this is definitely an event you’ll want to add to your calendar.

[Source: Nintendo Life]

Video Spotlight: Sonic Boom 2013 Recap

Saturday, September 21st, 2013

Sonic Boom 2013 took place in St Louis, Missouri on August 10th and saw Sonic fans gather at The Pageant for a day of Sonic-themed fun which included appearances by Crush 40, Takashi Iizuka and Kazuyuki Hoshino. You can see a short recap video of the day’s events below:

Takishi Iizuka Promises Sonic Lost World is “Different From Everything Before”

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

In a conversation with Famitsu, Takashi Iizuka has promised Sonic: Lost World will be “different from everything before”. Iizuka-san has gone on record to say that
“…Sonic Lost World, which will feature graphics that fit the game’s content, nice controllability, and a new 360 degree ‘Tube Stage’ that has yet to be seen. We are thinking of showing off a new Sonic that is different from everything before.”

Yes, I believe some people may ask ‘Will you be able to show how fun Sonic can be using a 360 degree stage?’ just like how some asked ‘Will it really be possible to have it in 3D?’ which was the kind of question that helped in the creation of Sonic Adventure.”

Iizuka-san made some further comments about the challenging development of Lost World:

“Yes, I believe some people may ask ‘Will you be able to show how fun Sonic can be using a 360 degree stage?’ just like how some asked ‘Will it really be possible to have it in 3D?’ which was the kind of question that helped in the creation of Sonic Adventure. I believe Sonic Lost World will deliver a new experience for everyone. It will also have data transfer between the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, so please look forward to it.”

[Source: Siliconera]

SEGA Airing 24 Hour Internet Broadcast; Details of Sonic Team Segment Enclosed

Saturday, February 2nd, 2013

SEGA of Japan are running a 24 hour internet broadcast that discusses various games and franchises and will feature various members from the company, to be able to access this podcast we recommend using a VPN service like Cubik. The whole thing kicks off at 6pm JST February 2nd (that’s today!) and runs to 6pm JST February 3rd.

The Sonic Team segment will go live at 2am JST February 3rd and the unofficial Sonic Adventure 3 Facebook page has revealed exactly what it will include:

“The stream will feature 90 minutes of producer Takashi Iizuka, musician Jun Senoue, and the other Sonic Team staff mentioned in our previous post.

They will be re-living Sonic history and SEGA hardware, making the stream a retrospective of the companies and mascots history.”

You can see the full broadcast schedule by clicking here. You can access the livestream by clicking here.

[Sources: SEGABits and Unofficial Sonic Adventure 3 Facebook Page]

Second Wave of Summer of Sonic Tickets Become Available 6pm BST Tonight

Friday, May 25th, 2012

A further wave of 200 tickets to Summer of Sonic will become available tonight at 6pm BST. They’re “group” ticket offer has now been limited to 2 people per ticket.

Also confirmed to be appearing at this year’s event are Takashi Iizuka; the current director at Sonic Team and the wonderful Sonic the Comic duo of Nigel Kitching and Nigel Dobbyn (who had previously confirmed himself anyway!).

Also announced is that a third wave of tickets will become available at a yet-to-be-announced date. More info on this as we receive it.

Summer of Sonic 2012 takes place on the 7th of July at the Hove Centre in Brighton.

[Source: Summer of Sonic]

Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 2 Screenshots Roll In, More Details Confirmed

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

We can finally see what Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 2 will look like! And what a surprising turn of events this is; the game now uses a fully 3D engine instead of using pre-rendered graphics for the foreground tiles and items like the previous game. Check it out:

Eagle-eyed Sonic fans will be intrigued to see Metal Sonic riding the rocket that Tails flies from Sonic the Fighters; nostalgia!

Also confirmed for the game is 2 player offline and online co-op play with Tails. This isn’t your standard Sonic 2 type co-op play either; Sonic and Tails have unique combination skills and attacks that give them a greater advantage than they do alone.

[Source: The Sonic Stadium]

Takashi Iizuka Says Sonic 4 Episode 2 Is Slated For 2012

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

Takashi Iizuka, the current head of Sonic Team has revealed that Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 2 will launch in 2012. A specific date was not given.

In regards to the 2 year delay between episodes, Iizuka has said that “It was always the plan.” He continues, “We knew about the anniversary year, and Generations was planned way in advance. It was always our plan to release Episode 2 after Generations.”

Iizuka has also confirmed that a 3rd episode is currently not on the table. “We can’t say if there’s going to be Episode 3 or not.”

[Source: Eurogamer]

Feature: SEGADriven and Emerald Coast Interview Takashi Iizuka and Yuji Naka

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

I still can’t believe I’m writing these words. Myself and Phil “Vger” Sims actually interviewed Takashi Iizuka and Yuji Naka! 2 of our heroes!

Click here to be taken straight to the interview!

Massive thanks to both Iizuka-san and Naka-san for taking time out of their busy schedule to answer questions from 2 crazy fanboys! An extra special ‘thank you’ also goes to Svend Joscelyne for organising this for us. We are forever in your debt!

Feature: Summer of Sonic 2011 Round-Up

Sunday, June 26th, 2011

Another year, another Summer of Sonic. Except this time, you cannot fob it off so lightly. This year’s SoS was THE SoS. Julien-K? Jun Senoue? Takashi Iizuka? YUJI NAKA!?!? It literally had everything a Sonic fan could want.

But how about a little insight from the perspective of member of staff? Well look no more!

Click here to be taken straight to the feature!

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