Sonic fans were hyped when Shadow the Hedgehog was revealed as a playable DLC character for Sonic Forces a few days ago, and I saw a number of comments saying something to the effect of "now they just need to do Sonic Adventure 3!" Well, my friends, much as I hate to burst your bubble, it doesn't sound like that's going to happen anytime soon. Sonic Team head Takashi Iizuka was recently asked about this very topic, and his comments indicate that SEGA has little to no interest in returning to Sonic Adventure right now.
"I hear people saying that they want Adventure 3, but the path that we're on and ... Adventure 3, what fans want that to be, might not be an advancement of the series. So I don't want to do an Adventure 3 and step the franchise back just to give the fans what they want." — Takashi Iizuka
It's not that Sonic Team will never even consider going back to the Adventure games, though—it just needs to be done in a way that advances the series rather than retreading old ground.
"From the developer standpoint, every Sonic game that we're making is taking new steps and advances, furthering the game in a new direction, and that's dictated where the Sonic series has been going.
"If we can get the gameplay to evolve and get to a place where Adventure 3 makes sense, then you might see an Adventure 3 come out. But we don't want to take the entire series back to where it was just make people happy. We want to advance the idea of what a Sonic game is." — Takashi Iizuka
I know this isn't what a lot of fans want to hear—heck, one of my earliest Sonic memories is of me and brother blazing through the newly-released Sonic Adventure 2 while on vacation, so I'd love to see the series continue on too. Here's hoping that SEGA continues to listen to their fans' desires and, someday, is able to create enough of a gameplay evolution that they feel justified in creating Adventure 3.
Would you like to see the Sonic Adventure series continue? What sort of new features or functionality do you think would convince SEGA and Sonic Team to create a third installment? Give us your thoughts in the comments!