Sonic is turning 30 next month, and this long hiatus and radio silence from the creators have fans on pins and needles on where the series will be going in the near future. Will they continue down the path they set forth with Unleashed, will they return to something more akin to the Classic titles or the Sonic Adventure series, or will the movie be an influence. Nobody knows, and people are anxious. So with all that said, I thought it was a good time to discuss the concepts of soft reboots and how its affected this series in the past, and how it might affect it going forward. Because let's be real, Sonic is going to constantly reinvent itself to stay relevant regardless of how anybody feels about it. And also, why does it need to keep reinventing itself. To anyone who doesn't understand, the concept of a soft reboot is simple; you're essentially creating a new "jump on" point for a new generation of fans to discover the series, without being bogged down by continuity or what have you. It's a clean slate essentially, without going the route of a hard reboot, which outright restarts the series from scratch. Sonic himself has kind of already undergone two soft reboots so to speak; the one that began in Sonic Adventure and ended with Sonic 06, and the second one that started in Sonic Unleashed and may or may not still be happening right now. It's so weird because I was essentially part of the crowd that "jumped on" with the later games, but I was completely unaware at how much things had changed. Even going back to playing the older games, I didn't really notice these "changes" people were up in arms about. So then fast forward to Sonic Unleashed and then Colors, and now some changes are becoming way more apparent to me while others are similarly saying that they haven't noticed any significant changes. Sonic is such a weird series in that it's constantly reinventing itself, but some people notice more changes than others. So why does Sonic (or any property for that matter) need to keep reinventing itself for a new audience? Why can't it just...stay as one thing like the Mario series can? Is Sonic's appeal so limited that it can only appeal to so many people before it needs to change itself?