I'm an optimistic person and reject the extrene cynicism which is popular in socio-politics today. That said, Sonic has been in a dreadful position this decade. It's not wallowing in despair to say that, it's just a fact. The decade statted off very strongly with the Generations and Racing Transformed two punch but it's dropped off hard from then with the exception of Mania. I don't even mind the nostalgia pandering anywhere near as much as everyone else, but let's be honest, it's been pants. And yeah the mid 2000s were also awful, but at least Sonic was still relevant, his games were unintentionally funny, and he was big online. He's come back a bit after the movie, but the games are so aggressively banal now that no one cares about him. The issue for me is that there's seemingly no hope for the future since the end of this decade has been a mirror inverse of the beginning. They completely messed up Generations 2 (Forces) which should have been an easy bankable game. SUMO then fucked up with Team Sonic Racing, which I find unbelievable considering how Transformed is one of the best kart racers ever made. I only hope now that Team Mania come out with something new but that's looking more unlikely every year. I mean I dont think this is the most flatlime Sonic has been. The Sonic Runners and the 3D Flickiez Island period was unbelievably atrocious But it's not looking great.