It looks like we'll be waiting a little longer for the next Sonic The Hedgehog game as SEGA will be taking their time with it. The news comes from SiliconEra, who transcribed a piece of a live stream held on the official Sonic YouTube channel, featuring brand manager Aaron Webber. In it, Webber basically says the next game probably won't be out until 2021 as the company is looking to take their time with it and make sure it goes through more Quality Assurance testing before release. Here's the quote.
This is the case when, back in the day, every year there used to be a new Sonic game. And as a result of that, there are a number of times that because of that rushed production schedule, the quality of the games wouldn't be quite where they needed to be. And so, a couple of years ago we actually said, "Hey, that's gonna change, we're gonna put more time into things." And that's gonna mean that you have to wait longer between trailers and announcements and stuff like that, and we know that's kinda annoying sometimes. We're really excited for what's to come, but we can't say anything. So thank you for being patient, and as soon we have news to share with you, we'll share it with you.
If you're a longtime Sonic The Hedgehog fan, even if you love the series, you know they're hit-and-miss when it comes to functionality. So any testing is good testing in our eyes. Especially if you watch the Game Grumps video below for Sonic Boom and zoom all the way to 18:35, that about sums up a lot of people's opinions on many of the 3D platformer titles. We look forward to seeing what the extra testing brings.