Yesterday's Sonic the Hedgehog panel at SXSW 2019 was all about Team Sonic Racing, Sumo Digital's racing spinoff set to release on all platforms on May 21. As the panel went along, we learned more about vehicle customization, the game's soundtrack and the all-star team of artists behind the music, and the animated miniseries Team Sonic Racing Overdrive premiering with specially-themed merchandise.

While the focus stayed on Sonic's immediate future, series director Takashi Iizuka did close out the panel by confirming that the next mainline Sonic title is indeed currently in development at Sonic Team.

Though the advent of a new Sonic game is hardly a surprise and no additional details about the game were teased, I'm personally approaching the news with cautious anticipation. Going by the last Sonic Team-developed entry, 2017's Sonic Forces wound up being "an ultimately average experience that does little to advance the series or build upon the successes of its predecessors," with "all of my excitement [amounting] to an underwhelming at worst, moderate at best, game." It held a lot of early promise which it failed to live up to, what with it being branded as "From the team that brought you Sonic Colors and Sonic Generations," i.e. Sonic's better 3D forays over the last ten years.

Tangent aside, here's to hoping Sonic Team steps up their A-game for Sonic's next run. What would you want to see in the next core Sonic the Hedgehog game? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.

Source: SXSW 2019 (via The Sonic Stadium)

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