first tastes of sonic frontiers it indicated an open world action game that was far from a publishable state. But if a seemingly unintentional reveal from Sega is to be believed, it will release imminently: on November 8, 2022, right in the middle of the busiest release cadence on the horizon.
sonic frontiers, first announced during the Game Awards 2021, is the blue hedgehog’s first foray into an open world format. Lonely and extensive fields of grass. Old and abandoned ruins. gloomy music. borders was found as Sonic designed as breath of a savage Check list. Initially given a release date of late 2022, previews this summer criticized that it didn’t feel like a Sonic game (in other words, no loop-de-loops). The consensus, more or less, was basically: This needs a little more time in the oven. He felt empty and failed to capture the bravado that defined his predecessors, and that made (some) of them so much fun to play.
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More time in the oven seems to be the last thing sonic frontiers It’s going to get The game will be one of the headlines at today’s Gamescom Opening Night Live showcase, but ahead of the event, Sega appears to have inadvertently released a Japanese TV spot setting a release date of November 8, 2022. sonic frontiers. As previously confirmed, it will be out on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Switch, and PC.
The ad itself was quickly set to private, but not before it was captured and re-uploaded by multiple unaffiliated accounts. It’s short, only 30 seconds long, but it seems more “like a Sonic game” than previous images, which show Sonic tearing apart natural environments: a forest, a mechanized bridge, the walls of a canyon. At the end of the clip, it climaxes with the crackling guitar so commonly associated with the series, as Sonic climbs off a cliff and looks out over a mountain range. (Those OTW the comparisons were certainly adequate.)
A Sega representative did not respond to a request for comment in time for publication.
If the leak turns out to be true, sonic frontiers is landing during the busiest launch stretch of the year. About a week before, WB Games will release gotham knights, an open world cooperative action game based on the DC anti-heroes. That is immediately followed by a new Obligations play. sonic frontiers will share a release date with skull and bonesthe repeatedly delayed Ubisoft pirate game (née an assassin’s Creed spin-off), which comes out just one day before Sony releases the most anticipated game of the year: god of war ragnarok. And then, of course, ten days later you see the almost guaranteed sales giant of the season: scarlet pokemon Y Violet.
Earlier this summer, IGN published a series of videos exploring more than sonic frontiers, including how combat works and how the open world actually plays. The series did not help the image of the game. After a wave of fan backlash, including some calls for Sega to delay the game, Sega’s Takashi Iizuka, who runs Sonic Team, addressed the criticism.
“It’s really not that surprising,” Iizuka said. CVG In an interview. “We realize that everyone is reacting to the videos they’ve seen, and because they don’t understand what this new game is, they’re comparing it to other games they already know.”