I think Sonic Team needs a break from Sonic. I mean, could you imagine being forced to work primarily on one franchise for years on end? Even when Sonic Team does work on other games these days, it’s usually something small like Puyo Puyo (no hate, mind you, I love Puyo, and I think Sonic Team does good work on that franchise).
No wonder they keep shoving in alternate gameplay styles. They wanna do something different, but they can’t. It’s all Sonic, all the time.
Maybe they should get to work on another franchise. Renew NiGHTS or Burning Rangers or something. Let them take a break from Sonic and hand off the responsibility to Christian Whitehead and crew for the next couple games.
Then, after they get to cleanse their pallets, Sonic Team can come back with a full reinvention of 3D Sonic as they know it. Put all their focus and power into making a single cohesive game, that only has one playstyle and doesn’t use automation as a crutch.