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It’s been a while since we heard from the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise – the last mainline game was 2017’s Sonic Forces. In a recent official livestream, the first one of 2020 due to COVID-19, Sonic’s social media manager Aaron Webber gave some clarification on why the wait for information on the next game has been so long.

While Sega used to release Sonic games on an almost yearly basis, Webber points out that the quality wasn’t at the level “it needed to be” in some cases due to rushed production schedules. In response, a couple of years ago the teams involved decided to “put more time into things as [they] go forward”, hence the longer wait for information.

You can catch the relevant Q&A answer at 14:35 in the video below:

2021 is set to be Sonic the Hedgehog’s 30th anniversary, and reveals were planned for the cancelled March SWSW event, so here’s hoping we find out what’s next sooner rather than later!

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Whether it’s an exciting new entry in a series long established or a weird experiment meant only for the dedicated, Tom is eager to report on it. Rest assured, if Nintendo ever announces Elite Beat Agents 2, he’ll be there.