Sonic Frontiers’ director, Morio Kishimoto, has revealed in a Tokyo Game Show interview a secret goal of Sonic Team’s when developing the game – to restore the studio’s reputation and place it at the top of the gaming development world.
Speaking with IGN Japan, Kishimoto described his ambitions for Sonic Frontiers and where he sees the project against the lineup of past Sonic the Hedgehog titles. Apparently, the 2D classics from the 1990s are considered by him to be ‘first generation’ Sonic games, while the 3D games from Sonic Adventure onwards can be seen as ‘second generation’. As a result, he hopes Sonic Frontiers will mark a ‘third generation’ of the Sonic franchise.
And he let slip a ‘secret concept’ behind Frontiers’ development. “Sonic Team, let’s shine once again in the world and become a Sonic Team that fights in the top group!” reads the statement on IGN Japan. It’s Google translated, so it might not have been 100% accurate wording, but the intent behind it is clear; Kishimoto is keen to bring the Sonic Team studio back to its former glory.
According to other reports online, Kishimoto also mentioned in the same interview that internal playtesting of Sonic Frontiers had been taking place every three or four months during its development, in order to ensure the game’s final quality. Hopefully we will be able to enjoy the fruits of that dedication when it’s released in November.