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Sonic Team Says 2021 is the “Next Big Year” for Sonic

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It has been two years since the release of Sonic Mania and Sonic Forces, but Sonic Team head Takashi Iizuka suggests that Sonic the Hedgehog will soon be in again.

During an E3 2019 interview with GameInformer‘s Brian Shea, Iizuka shed some light on what fans can expect in the next two years.

“2017 was a big year for Sonic. The next big year for Sonic is 2021. That’s the 30-year anniversary for Sonic. We are now preparing.”

Iizuka also gave a teasing “maybe” to the suggestion that players would see another big milestone game in 2021, similar to how Sonic Generations was treated in 2011.

Also touched on in Shea’s interview was Sonic’s drop dash, a move first introduced in Sonic Mania and later brought to Sonic Forces and the Sega Ages version of Nintendo Switch’s Sonic the Hedgehog.

“We had a good reaction for Sonic Mania, so that’s why we implemented it to Classic Sonic in Sonic Forces,” Iizuka said. “Drop dash is very [well-liked] now because of Sonic Mania. That’s why I requested it.”

At this year’s South by Southwest, Iizuka revealed that the next mainline Sonic game was already in development. With the Sonic the Hedgehog live-action film set for release in 2020, fans can be optimistic about 2021 being the year to see this new title.

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Ubisoft Discusses How Uplay Plus Will Improve Communication With Players

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Ubisoft believes that its new subscription service Uplay Plus will help the publisher improve communication with players.

Alain Corre, the executive director of EMEA at Ubisoft, spoke to GamesIndustry.biz where he outlined the vision and strategy for the company’s new subscription service. He explained that Uplay Plus will help boost communication with players, and the feedback it receives will help improve Ubisoft’s games.

“The reason behind our subscription service… it gives more possibilities for our fans to play our games and we can talk to them. We can keep them in our worlds, we can discuss with them and—thanks to what they say and the way they behave—we can feed that back into our games development. When we are in control of that within our ecosystem, we feel it’s beneficial for our fans. That’s ultimately what we want to do; we want to have more contact with them, more interaction, listening more to what they want and improve based on what they say.”

Corre highlighted that Ubisoft will not solely focus its efforts on Uplay Plus; players will still be able to pick up any of the publishers games either physically or as digital downloads. He explained that the company’s strategy moving into a subscription service is to adapt with modern consumer tends of gamers.

“We are still keeping the traditional model whether they buy our games in a store or download them. It’s really a case of offering the possibilities. Consumers are evolving really fast, and we want to adapt to what they want and propose new things to them, as well as keep the other means of distribution.”

Furthermore Ubisoft revealed that Uplay Plus and all past and future games will be available on the Google Stadia. Ubisoft was an early vocal supporter of Google’s new console, especially as the upcoming console focuses solely on streaming games.

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