At The Game Awards, Sega officially revealed the next big Sonic game, Sonic Frontiers, which boasts the series’ first “open-zone-inspired” gameplay.
Sonic Frontiers is being developed by Sega’s Sonic Team Japan and led by producer Sachiko Kawamura and director Morio Kishimoto. Sonic Frontiers promises a new type of Sonic experience where players will be free to explore an open world.
“Sonic Frontiers is a huge leap forward for the franchise, delivering an evolved gameplay experience that can be enjoyed by longtime Sonic fans and action-adventure enthusiasts alike,” says Sonic Team USA creative officer Takashi Iizuka. “[W]e’ve created an all-new style of gameplay experience for Sonic the Hedgehog, where players will be able to explore lush and expansive landscapes with Sonic’s signature speed and abilities.”
Check out the screenshot gallery of some of the open zones below.
Sonic Frontiers is targeting a late 2022 release on both current and next-gen consoles. The main locations are called Starfall Islands, but aside from the new open-ended structure details about Sonic Frontiers are still under wraps.
This isn’t the only Sonic announcement from The Game Awards. The first trailer for Sonic 2 The Movie premiered tonight as well with Tails and Knuckles joining Sonic in his fight against Robotnik.
Matt T.M. Kim is IGN’s News Editor. You can reach him @lawoftd.