Yakuza producer wants “to get involved” with a “completely different” Sonic the Hedgehog game

Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio producer Daisuke Sato has stated that he’d “like to get involved” with a Sonic the Hedgehog game that would have a “completely different” feel to other games in the series.

Ahead of Sonic the Hedgehog’s 30th anniversary in 2021, SEGA has conducted an interview with long-time Yakuza producer and Binary Domain director, Daisuke Sato.

The developer was asked which non-Yakuza SEGA IP he would most like to get his hands on, given the opportunity – and his response was quite a surprise.

“It’s an IP that I haven’t come to before. In the sense that I want to try it… well, Sonic,” Sato said (thanks, Tojo Dodo). “After all, when you hear SEGA you think Sonic. I’d like to get involved once at least.”

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It makes sense that the iconic mascot is Sato’s first pick. Sonic carries a massive legacy, and has enjoyed many iterations throughout his career in games. A developer that’s been involved with a story-heavy franchise like Yakuza may well be a good fit for the little blue speedster, going forward.

But that’s not to say Sato would make a game we may even immediately recognize as a Sonic title.

“But for me, the so-called Sonic is, well, if I were to do it, I wouldn’t do Sonic as it was,” he says in the interview. “I would like to make a completely different Sonic.”

It remains to be seen whether or not SEGA will willingly hand over the Sonic license to a Yakuza staffer, but stranger things have certainly happened. Sato’s experience working on games like Super Monkey Ball series and even F-Zero GX will also likely make him a more attractive candidate for some experimental Sonic goodness.

We can’t help but wonder what a “completely different” Sonic game would look like in the end, too… would Sato give Sonic a gun and finally put him on a level with his erstwhile rival, Shadow? We may never know.

We don’t have too long to wait for more Sonic, though – we know at least two more Sonic the Hedgehog games are coming in 2021, and we’re sure to learn more about the movie side of things with Sonic the Hedgehog 2 next year, too.

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