The first reaction to Sonic Frontiers was mixed up after that Sonic Team released a gameplay video via IGN First. But what game could you compare Sonic Frontiers to? The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Sonic Generations or even The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim? There are many sources of inspiration, but according to the developer, we shouldn’t make any comparisons with other video games.
The leader of the Sonic team, Takashi Iizuka, said in an interview that what they are doing with Sonic Frontiers “doesn’t really exist in any other comparable title”. This was a backlash to the negative reaction of the early gameplay snippets, which seem to have caused misunderstandings among many Sonic fans. Also with me.
Sonic Frontiers fans ‘disappointed’ with gameplay reveal
“Because they don’t understand what this new gameplay is, they kind of compare it to other games they already know,” he said Takashi Iizuka to Videogames Chronicle in the interview. “And really, the team is going out and developing this new game format for Sonic, and we’re calling it an ‘Open Zone’ format.”
“And this new game system itself is something that doesn’t really exist in any other titles like it, so we really hope that from here to release we can really explain what open zone gameplay is.”
Perplexity among fans about “Open Zone”
The Sonic team calls the format for the next big Sonic game not “Open World”, but “Open Zone”. Whatever that means. It is currently not entirely clear what the difference is. So should we lower our expectations? After all, the comparison with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was on the table a few months ago, but if that’s not the case, the game should be “different”.
In any case, the team behind Sonic Frontiers strives for high ratings. In internal tests, it is said to have been very well received by testers, at least according to SEGA. What will definitely not be there are characters from the Sonic movies, that has already been confirmed.
Sonic Frontiers starts before Christmas 2022 and will be released for PS5, Xbox Series X/S, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and Windows PC.