Sonic Frontiers targets Breath of the Wild fans with late 2022 release

As latest leaks had claimed, Sega is gearing as much as launch one other Sonic the Hedgehog recreation and it’ll be known as Sonic Frontiers. The identify refers back to the nature of the upcoming title, which can be in contrast to any previous installment within the Sonic universe. Put merely, it positive appears to be like like Sega is hoping to attract in Breath of the Wild followers with its subsequent Sonic recreation.

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Sonic Frontiers was launched alongside a teaser trailer at The Sport Awards 2021, giving followers their first take a look at the following installment within the prolonged Sonic the Hedgehog online game collection. The upcoming titles will differ from the present video games in a single massive method, nonetheless, by bringing the hedgehogs to their first open-world surroundings.

Gamers can be free to discover an unlimited open world stuffed with a wide range of landscapes, together with forests, open fields, waterfalls, deserts, and different areas. Along with the teaser trailer, Sega has launched a handful of screenshots exhibiting the sorts of environments gamers can count on.

Large boulders in field


Sonic will, Sega says, nonetheless have his ultra-fast operating skill and gamers can be tasked with battling enemies unfold all through the open-world surroundings (Starfall Islands). We see a cinematic model of these sorts of battles within the launch trailer, however Sega hasn’t but shared any gameplay footage.

Stone structures in flower field


Although extra particulars aren’t but out there — the Vacation 2022 launch date apart — it’s fairly clear Sega is concentrating on followers of current massively fashionable open-world video games like Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Nintendo raked in tens of thousands and thousands of gross sales with its hit Zelda title, with Breath of the Wild proving to be the preferred installment within the recreation franchise (through Wikipedia).

An open-world surroundings was one of many rumors that had been circulating since Sega teased a 2022 Sonic recreation earlier this 12 months. The massive query, although, is whether or not the corporate can handle to drag off one thing as glorious as Breath of the Wild. Some early commentary from gamers factors out that whereas the thought of an open world is nice, the precise surroundings revealed by Sega appears misplaced with the cartoon hedgehogs.

Shallow lake with trees


We’ve solely seen just a few screenshots from this world, so it’s unclear how strong it could be and what sort of buildings it could function. It’s doable that Sega plans to convey the traditional landscapes from its side-scrolling titles to the upcoming 3D world, however whether or not it’ll pull off a mode that enhances — moderately than contrasts — the animated characters is one other matter.

Sonic’s trendy design historical past has already been stuffed with some questionable decisions, particularly the film model of the character that by some means managed to succeed in the promotional stage regardless of wanting like, properly, this. Hopefully, Sega took notes amid that design debacle and can be further cautious to offer gamers the sort of world they need, not simply cartoon hedgehogs in awkwardly real looking biomes.

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