SEGA has some steadfast rules for the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise, and Sonic Team’s Takashi Iizuka is there to make sure these rules are adhered to.

According to an interview with Axios, Iizuka said that the two official rules for Sonic are as follows.

  1. Sonic games need to built around Sonic using his speed
  2. Sonic cannot swim

These Sonic rules are set in stone, but Iizuka has another Sonic rule he’d like to make official…and I’m sure many fans would agree.

Sonic the Hedgehog 06 is infamous for many reasons, but no other moment makes fans cringe like the kiss between Sonic and Elise, a human girl. No matter how many years removed we are from that lip-lock, the memory is burned into the minds of players the world over. Iizuka knows this, and he never wants it to happen again.

Iizuka is quick to point out that he didn’t work on Sonic 06, and it seems like he might have vetoed the kiss if he were involved. That said, Iizuka was quick to say that we shouldn’t expect anymore human smooches, saying, “I don’t think we’ll be doing that again.”

[Axios, IGN]

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2y ago

Yes, that is very important.


2y ago

Interestingly, there is no hard-coded rule on what color Sonic's arms need to be.


2y ago

“I don’t think we’ll be doing that again.”

So you're telling me there's a chance.
Let's go. I can't wait for Sonic '26