Everything we know so far about Sonic Frontiers
Sonic Frontiers is going to be the defining moment for the Sonic franchise – so here’s everything we know about Sonic Frontiers so far.
Basic information about Sonic Frontiers
Developer: Sonic Team
Release date: TBD 2022
Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Nintendo Switch
Sonic Frontiers is a highly anticipated title in the Sonic the Hedgehog fandom: a promising title that brings the blue blur into an open world. First announced during Sonic’s 30th anniversary celebration last year, Frontiers will inform the direction of the Sonic franchise going forward. Optimistic fans want Sonic Frontiers to do to the Sonic franchise what Breath of the Wild did to the Legend of Zelda series – a resurgence and greater mainstream recognition. Transitioning from a traditional platform game, whether 2D or 3D, to an open world environment would take a lot of effort. As such, the game was built from the ground up, with the development team wanting the game to be the definition of what a modern Sonic game should look like.
However, expectations are very high for this title. While optimistic fans want the game to rejuvenate the series in the style of Breath of the Wild, many others fear that Sonic Frontiers will head into the waterways. The Sonic reboot from 2006 still haunts the dreams of Sonic fans. For a more recent example, 2017’s Sonic Forces is still a fresh memory, or much worse, a nightmare, for modern Sonic fans. If it hadn’t been for Sonic Colors in 2010, many would have completely given up on the idea of a 3D Sonic game. But with the success of Colors, there is still a silver lining for Sonic Frontiers. The Sonic team has already proven that they can make a good 3D platformer Sonic game. They just have to recreate the magic.
Release date: TBD 2022
We don’t know exactly when the game will be released yet. However, the game has less than a year left before its 2022 release. Based on the game latest gameplay trailer video, however, it looks like Sonic Team would be wise to decide to delay the game for another year. Those who’ve seen the game’s preview say it still feels a bit half-baked, with its open-world design feeling uninspired.
According to our own assessment, the new Sonic game has a lot to offer.
We’ve seen snippets of how the 3D platformer will be designed in the open world, although we’ve seen so few obstacles so far to make a conclusive reflection. There are open fields and rail grinding, some of which are even in the sky! However, if that’s all Sonic Frontiers has to offer in terms of 3D platforming level design, it’s still not enough. Hopefully what has been shown so far is just an appetizer.
In terms of combat, thankfully, we haven’t seen Sonic use a sword to fight yet. No Sonic Werewolf either. We’ve seen them before and we didn’t like them. Instead, it looks like Sonic will circle around his enemies in this game – literally. From what we’ve seen so far, Sonic can launch enemies into the air when he successfully sidesteps them, which then allows him to do a homing attack and do a full hit combo. punches and kicks to finish off his opponent. We’ve also seen Sonic deliver a flurry of punches and kicks to enemies after heading from afar, as well as exploit enemy weak points.
Open World Setting: Starfall Islands
Players will explore the Starfall Islands in Sonic Frontiers, a vast open world filled with danger and adventure. There will be different biomes in the game, and we also saw some environmental weather effects from the trailer. There will be flowering fields, forests, ancient ruins and deserts. The huge world must be explored and mapped. Luckily, it looks like Sonic Boost is still something we can do in this game! It also looks like Sonic Frontiers is following in the footsteps of other open-world games by having those large treadmill-like rings that reveal surrounding areas as Sonic powers them around like a hamster on a wheel.
Just like in other Sonic games, Starfall Islands is full of enemies, rings, and rails to grind on, some even suspended in the sky. There are also side activities for Sonic to do, which are marked on the map with question marks. It’s not an open world game without the side quests!
Sonic Frontier Enemies
So far, the enemies we’ve seen Sonic fight in Sonic Frontiers are enemies we’ve never seen before. That said, we don’t even know if Dr. Eggman would be there, as these robotic enemies don’t appear to have been designed by Robotnik. It looks like the Phantom Ruby is involved here somehow, so maybe we’ll see a much more evil and sinister redesigned Metal Sonic in this game? We don’t yet know exactly who the opponents will be, but at least we know we’re getting something original. While that’s not always a good thing for the Sonic franchise, well, hopefully the next updates we get from the Sonic team will prove otherwise.