SEGA art director Kazuyuki Hoshino has reportedly stated that the team is working to turn Sonic the Hedgehog into a VTuber. This will come as part of a new broadcast project. Hoshino also stated that the team’s next goal is to open up a Sonic theme park, due to the success of the recent Sonic the Hedgehog movie. [Thanks, Ryokutya2089!]
The information comes from Ryokutya2089, who has frequently been the first to post key information from physical publications such as Famitsu and Weekly Shonen Jump. In this case, it comes from two statements from Sonic the Hedgehog producer Takashi Iizuka and art director Kazuyuki Hoshino.
The specific source of these statements is unknown. However, they likely come from Famitsu’s upcoming Sonic 30th Anniversary column, which also features interviews with the two men. The column, which previewed on Famitsu’s official website, will be available on Famitsu’s July 8, 2021 Edition. It releases on June 24, 2021. In it, Hoshino states that the team is working on a project to turn Sonic into a VTuber as part of a new streaming program. He hopes that fans will enjoy the new opportunity to “communicate with Sonic in real-time.”
Additionally, Iizuka stated that the team is taking its time developing the new Sonic the Hedgehog title, planned to release in 2022. He added that development of the new title will keep the “future evolution of Sonic” in mind and take a form that differs from past iterations. The new Sonic the Hedgehog title will launch in 2022 for the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and PC.