Sega has admitted that its reveal of a new Sonic the Hedgehog game due out in 2022 was “a bit premature.” The publisher announced in May during its first Sonic Central livestream that it is working on a new Sonic game that will launch next year.
Speaking in an interview with 4Gamer, Sonic Team head Takashi Iizuka confirmed that they probably revealed the title too early when they didn’t have enough to show publicly. However, the announcement was made to reassure fans and coincide with the Sonic 30th anniversary celebrations.
“We haven’t announced a brand new action game for the Sonic series since Sonic Forces, and that caused fans to worry,” said Iizuka in the interview. “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.”
Later in the same interview, Iizuka also alluded to the mysterious symbol that appears at the end of the trailer, which is embedded above. “It is something symbolic that appears in the game, but the meaning is still a secret,” he said. 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.”
Despite there being no official news about the name of the game, the upcoming title is set to launch on PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S in 2022.