Sonic Superstars, the highly anticipated Sonic game of the year, is making waves with its new 2.5D aesthetic for Classic Sonic. However, Sonic Team has hinted that this new look may be here to stay, as they believe pixel art may not be a viable style for Sonic in the next 10 to 20 years.
According to Sonic Team's creative officer and producer, Takashi Iizuka, Sonic Superstars is an evolution of the 2D Sonic gameplay. However, he expressed doubts about the longevity of pixel art as a video game art form for the Sonic franchise in the future. This statement has raised concerns among avid fans of Classic Sonic, who may have been hoping for a successor to Sonic Mania.
Iizuka explained, “When we think about 10-20 years in the future, we don't think pixel art will be a viable art style or presentation for our players.” He added that Sonic Team wants to continue evolving and creating new content that will still be relevant in the future.
It is important to note that Iizuka's comments about pixel art only apply to Sonic games and not to other games in general. Pixel art has thrived in many indie games over the last decade, such as 2064: Read Only Memories, Dead Cells, Kaze and the Wild Masks, Freedom Planet, and more recently Sea of Stars and Octopath Traveler 2.
While some Sonic fans may be shocked by these comments, considering the success of Sonic Mania, plans can always change. It seems unlikely that we will see a Sonic Mania successor with beautiful pixel art anytime soon.
As we eagerly await the release of Sonic Superstars on October 17, fans can check out previews to get a taste of what's to come.
Source: GamesRadar, IGN