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Yakuza producer would "like to get involved" in a Sonic the Hedgehog game

"I would like to make a completely different Sonic."

Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio producer Daisuke Sato has hinted that he'd "like to get involved" with a Sonic the Hedgehog game "once at least" in his career.

In an interview celebrating 60 years of SEGA, Sato was asked what SEGA IP he would most like to get his hands on. It's not an easy question given the breadth of SEGA's back catalogue, but Sato went straight to the company's tentpole franchise and mascot - Sonic.

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"It's an IP that I haven't come to before. In the sense that I want to try it... well, Sonic," Sato said (thanks, Tojo Dodo, via Nintendo Life). "After all, when you hear SEGA you think Sonic. I'd like to get involved once at least.

"But for me, the so-called Sonic is, well, if I were to do it, I wouldn't do Sonic as it was. I would like to make a completely different Sonic."

Sadly, the interviewer didn't press for more details on what that different Sonic would be like, but for more from Daisuke Sato - including his experiences as director "of the hidden gem Binary Domain" and his favourite moments working in the Yakuza series - check out the full interview below.

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"Yakuza: Like a Dragon is a good game - sometimes it's okay, sometimes it's great, sometimes it made me groan," Malindy concluded in her Yakuza: Like a Dragon review. "It runs the full gamut of emotions, from boredom to disbelief. The will to reinvent itself is there, and that means not everything works - whether you'll enjoy it or not depends on what aspects you care about the most."