As all but confirmed, the newest Sonic game, now officially titled Sonic Frontiers, had its first proper reveal at The Game Awards. It showcased both CG footage of Sonic running from mysterious robotic enemies, and some seemingly in-game environmental shots which definitely take things to a far more realistic art-style again.
Check out the trailer below:
We also have a couple of key tidbits courtesy of GameInformer; the director is once again Morio Kishimoto, also director of Sonic Colors on Wii, Sonic Lost World on Wii U, and Sonic Forces, with the producer being Sachiko Kawamura. And making his long awaited debut in the games, the main writer is none other than Sonic comic legend; Ian Flynn.
We have a quote from the PR email that adds more:
“Sonic Frontiers is a huge leap forward for the franchise, delivering an evolved gameplay experience that can be enjoyed by longtime Sonic fans and action-adventure enthusiasts alike,” said Takashi Iizuka, Creative Officer at Sonic Team USA. “With the effort of the talented developers at Sonic Team Japan, we’ve created an all-new style of gameplay experience for Sonic the Hedgehog, where players will be able to explore lush and expansive landscapes with Sonic’s signature speed and abilities. There’s sure to be lots of twists and turns around every corner in ‘Sonic Frontiers,’ and we’re excited to unveil more information about the game over the coming months.”
Worlds will collide in Sonic the Hedgehog’s newest adventure. An experience like never before, accelerate to new heights and experience the thrill of high velocity open-zone freedom. Battle powerful enemies as you speed through the Starfall Islands – landscapes brimming with dense forests, overflowing waterfalls, sizzling deserts and more! Planned for Holiday 2022.
The game is developed by Sonic Team and will released on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series S/X, and PC in holiday 2022. You can visit the game’s official website here.
UPDATE: We have updated this story to remove a passage referring to story elements of the game, originally reported by Polygon, which a SEGA PR rep said included incorrect details. Polygon’s article now no longer features this passage or information.
UPDATE: We have also removed reference to the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S versions being backwards compatible versions for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. This was originally included due to the way the logos were presented, but at this time we do not have any information regarding how SEGA will or will not differentiate these versions.