Sonic Team leader Takashi Iizuka has said there are no plans to stop making Sonic games.
Sonic hasn’t retired from the ranks just yet.
“Please rest assured, I personally have no plans to stop making Sonic games for home consoles,” Iizuka told 4Gamer [Japanese].
The comment arose after the site asked if Sonic would become a mobile-only franchise – a pretty natural question given that Sega has said it’s stripping back traditional development to focus on mobile.
It’s possible the publisher has decided to focus on its successful in-house properties, like Yakuza and Total War, and stop publishing third-party developed games like Aliens: Colonial Marines.
Sonic Boom, you’ll note, was not especially successful – but also not developed in-house by Sonic Team, and partially funded by a Nintendo exclusivity agreement. Sonic Team is believed to have its own Sonic game in the works, outside the transmedia Sonic Boom empire.