Wait, what? SEGA dropped the first gameplay video for Sonic Frontiers today, seemingly out of nowhere. The 30-second teaser finally gives us our first glimpse of what an “Open Zone” Sonic looks like and notes more details are coming throughout June on IGN.
The video shows off Sonic navigating large, open landscapes, spinning a giant hamster wheel to initiate some sort of radar pulse, and running up the sides of massive enemies to scale them. New to his moveset is the ability to run a circle around an enemy to toss them into the air and performing some sort of cinematic homing barrage with a finisher. Grind rails and springs also make a return.
According to the teaser, IGN will have a more details published throughout June that will aim to offer a deeper dive into the gameplay mechanics and world, as part of the website’s “IGN First” series.
Sonic Frontiers was first revealed during last year’s Sonic Channel presentation and again at The Game Awards, only showing cutscenes and landscapes. Since then we’ve learned some familiar names are attached to the project, such as Ian Flynn as the game’s writer and the current game voice cast returning. With the game so shrouded in silence (save for a handful of leaks), it’s nice to finally have a view of what the game is shaping up to be as we sprint towards its Winter 2022 release.
Please note, screenshots below are taken from the YouTube version, and thus contain additional compression.