Sonic Frontiers Dev Responds To Fan Backlash, Describes Open Zone Gameplay

Sonic Limits brings something different to the 3D Sonic formula. In the gameplay shown this month, Sega’s hedgehog completes challenges and grinds towers into a Breath of the Wildstyle experience. However, some fans aren’t quite convinced by this open-world approach yet, and the recent hands-on impressions from the media at Summer Game Fest haven’t helped much. Studio Head Takashi Iizuka spoke to these concerns recently.

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Speaking to Video Games Chronicle, Iizuka tried to explain why fans weren’t seeing the bigger picture when it comes to what he calls “open zone” gameplay. Iizuka even went so far as to say that Sonic Limits‘ systems do not exist in other similar titles and it will instead create a completely new game format. He wasn’t more specific than that, but he said he hopes Sonic Team can explain the game better before launch and that being able to play it will make all the difference.

“When people come to Gamescom or Tokyo Game Show, [they can] get that hands-on experience to play the game and understand what the game is,” he said. “Because right now we’re just watching videos of people reacting to what they think the game is.”

Some Sonic fans also took to social media to call for the game to be delayed after seeing the first gameplay, but Iizuka is confident Sonic Limitsinternal testing.

“We’ve listened to the responses that come back, but we’ve also gotten a lot of great feedback from people who rate the game saying, ‘I’ve had a lot of fun playing this game, I’d give it like a score of 80 or 90 points out of 100.’”

Some complaints also stemmed from the poor technical performance. But Iizuka said these bugs should be ironed out before launch, as Sonic Team is currently in the “clean up” development phase.

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For now, Sonic Team is still working on the game, which is still slated for a 2022 release. But that’s not all that’s on Sonic’s horizon. Not only is Sonic Origins close to release, but Iizuka also talked about the possibility of a Sonic Adventure 3 (but the team doesn’t intend to) in the aforementioned VGC interview.