Sonic Frontiers Will Take the Average Player 20-30 Hours to Complete

Sonic Frontiers Will Take the Average Player 20-30 Hours to Complete

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Matt Lorrigan

Sonic Frontiers will take most players between 20 and 30 hours to complete, game director Morio Kishimoto told IGN in an interview.

The comment came as Kishimoto was explaining Sonic Frontiers' open zone structure, with Kishimoto comparing the open world to the world map used by many platformers, in which players to pick which level to start.

“Level-based platformers often have a world map. Our Open Zone is a world map, only we’ve made it entirely playable,” Kishimoto said.

“A playable world map that includes stage-like elements is something that hasn’t really been done before, so we had to come up with a new name. What is often defined as a World in other level-based platformers is called a Zone in Sonic games, so we took that and combined it with Open, which refers to a freely explorable field. So that’s what Open Zone stands for.”

This new open zone increases the amount of content in Sonic Frontiers, with Kishimoto expecting the average player to take 20-30 hours to complete it, while players looking to complete everything could take twice as long. According to HowLongToBeat.com, that's longer than any Sonic game that's come before, including Sonic 06 and even turn-based RPG Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood. However, it sounds like players will still be able to speed through Sonic Frontiers if they so choose.

“In previous titles, Sonic fans have enjoyed time attacks for each stage. For Sonic Frontiers, doing a speed run for the entire game might be a fun challenge,” said Kishimoto.

Sonic Frontiers is launching on Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC in holiday 2022.

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