We've gone the entire interview without asking a Sonic-related question - so here's one: Would you ever go back to Sonic if you had the opportunity?
I spent 15 years making Sonic and he's 15 years old - I think it's time for the cute little son to leave his parents and do his own thing. I believe in Sega and Sonic Team, even without me I think the team can come up with great new Sonic games. I don't really have any intentions to go back to Sonic Team even if I had the opportunity in the future.
And if Sega approached you and said Prope could work with Sonic?
I have no intention to go back to Sega or be involved with Sega projects in the future. One of the reasons I left and formed Prope was to stimulate the younger generation of creators. I think the younger generation are watching and if I go back to Sega it isn't going to be good for them. I think I have at least five or ten years left to create new things in the industry. Given the choice I'd spend that remaining time doing something good at Prope, influencing the next generation, rather than going back to Sega.
So no, I have no intention to go back to Sega, whether it's for Sonic or another project.
How do you think Sonic Team is doing these days?
I'm not allowed to say much about Sonic and Sonic Team since leaving, but I think Sonic 4 has a lot of potential. At E3 I was watching kids play it and they seemed to really like it. Sonic without me still has lots of potential in the future and I believe in the Sonic Team that I formed, I think it will still do very well.
Anything else you want to add for our readers?
Prope is still very young - Ivy the Kiwi? is only our second title. We have a lot more things to do and have some things planned. We're planning to surprise European gamers with future titles so please look forward to it.