Don’t worry, Sonic will never kiss a human woman again.

Don't worry, Sonic will never kiss a human woman again.

Remember the infamous kiss in Sonic the Hedgehog (2006)? You know, the one where Knuckles stands awkwardly in the background as Princess Elise the Third plants her delicate human lips on Sonic’s little hedgehog face? Well, if Sega’s Takashi Iizuka has his way, that will never happen again.

Iizuka has been at Sega since 1994, which means he’s been working on Blue Blur since the amazing Sonic the Hedgehog 3. So he knows a thing or two about making a Sonic game. Before the release of both sonic origins Y sonic frontiers later this year, Axios interviewed the senior creative to ask if Sonic is likely to make out with another human.

“I don’t think we’ll ever do that again,” Iizuka said. If you’ve never seen the moment in question, watch the video at the bottom of this page; it certainly is… something.

Elsewhere in the interview, Iizuka noted that there are two official rules that inform the design of any Sonic game: first, Sonic needs to have a strong sense of speed; and second, Sonic can’t swim. Hey.

We recently saw Sonic 06 mysteriously reappear on the Xbox Store, coming in at £3.39 more than it’s worth. Sega republished the controversial Sonic game more than a decade after it tried to wipe it off the face of the earth.

Sonic 06 was one of a pair of Sonic games removed from digital stores more than 10 years ago, in a vague attempt to salvage the icon’s reputation. Things have gotten better since then: Sonic Mania may well be the best Blue Blur ever, but back in the 2000s, the platforming hero certainly took a beating.

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Here’s hoping that Sonic Frontiers and Sonic Origins can continue Sonic’s redemption arc… although from what we’ve seen so far, it seems likely that one of those games will do much, much better than the other.

Sonic Frontiers is scheduled to release this holiday for PC, PS4, PS5, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.

Sonic Origins launches on June 23. It’ll set you back $39.99 / £32.99 and it’ll release on PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.