Monday, June 06, 2022
Following recent gameplay from SEGA's upcoming Sonic Frontiers, and a subsequent trailer focusing upon combat (below), fans have called upon SEGA and Sonic Team to delay the game. In fact, the #DelaySonicFrontiers hashtag started trending briefly on Twitter, as fans expressed their disappointment in the gameplay.
The gameplay trailers come care of an IGN First partnership with SEGA, in which specific aspects of Sonic Frontiers have been revealed in the run up to this year's release. In response the gameplay videos, fans have criticised the game for looking 'stiff', with its open world comprising vast, sparse expanses, and too few opportunities for Sonic to get some speed and momentum going.
However, Svend Joscelyne, IGN Global Publishing Director and Founder of Sonic fan site, Sonic Stadium, explained (via VGC) that the decision to delay Sonic Frontiers won't necessarily work. “Sonic Frontiers appears to want to be a hyper-realistic, combat-focused Sonic game that draws from the movies… that leans on Sonic’s athleticism rather than physics/momentum based play. And that’s fine if that’s the goal. It’s just not the Sonic game I was hoping for in 2022," he writes.
“I'll still assess it on its merits, if it all gets polished up between now and Winter, it might be a real fun time for fans looking for this sort of thing 🙂 But a delay isn’t going to be necessary I think," Joscelyne added. "Sonic Team has its goals set, it’s moving forward with this. Accept it.”
Sonic Frontiers is currently targeting a ‘holiday 2022’ release window. You can check out the combat gameplay below.
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