Sonic Frontiers Gets A New Gameplay Trailer
On Wednesday, June 1st IGN and Sega revealed the world premiere for Sonic Frontiers. Published by Sega, Sonic Frontiers is an upcoming 2022 platform game developed by Sonic Team. Development began after the release of Sonic Forces (2017) and it happens to be the first Sonic the Hedgehog game to feature open-world gameplay; as Sonic, the player explores the Starfall Islands, which comprise various biomes. In recent years it seems that Sega has been struggling to bring new success and life to the Sonic property.
Upon the 30th anniversary of the first game, Sonic Team knew the series needed to be refreshed. Their mission was to define what a modern Sonic game should be and solidify the series’ direction for the future. Series producer Takashi Iizuka wanted the next Sonic game to inform future games, similar to how Sonic Adventure (1998) set an example for the games that followed. Frontiers was developed from scratch as the team focused on transitioning Sonic’s powers into an open-world sandbox while remaining true to previous entries.
Its newfound success on the silver screen is perhaps an indication to Sega that people still love the “blue blur” but just want to see something new done with the character. Sonic’s classic speedy platforming gameplay is timeless but it’s reached a point for a majority of fans of the franchise who just want to see Sonic in a whole new way. It just may be that Sonic Frontiers is the answer to fans’ prayers.
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Anthony Derington (2022, June 01)
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