Over the past few weeks, IGN and SEGA have shared the first official glimpses of gameplay for sonic frontiers. However, these advances were not received in a positive way, quite the opposite. Fans have even called for the game to be delayed so that the development team has enough time to deliver it worthwhile. Given this negative reception, Takashi Iizuka, head of Sonic Team, has mentioned that the public simply does not understand what it is sonic frontiers.
In an interview with VGC, Iizuka was questioned about the mixed reception that the gameplay of sonic frontiers have received in the last few days. Along with this, the head of Sonic Team ensures that this new installment is something completely different, and should not be compared to other open world games, since here we are presented with a system of “open-zones”. This is what he mentioned about it:
“It’s really not that surprising. We realize that everyone is reacting to the videos they saw, and because they don’t understand what this new game is, they compare it to other games they already know.
So we see a lot of people saying, ‘oh, it’s kind of like that, it’s kind of like that, but it’s not like that, it’s not like that.
And this new gameplay in itself is something that really doesn’t exist in any other comparable title. So we really hope that between now and launch we can really explain what open zone play is.”
Regarding the possible delay of the game, Iizuki has mentioned that the only way for sonic frontiers don’t come out this year, it’s if the entire development team is hospitalized. In related topics, producer of this game talks about the creation of the open world. Similarly, sonic origins will not have the original soundtrack Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles.
While I agree with Takashi Iizuka that fans need to wait for the game to come out before criticizing it outright, it’s also true that what you were shown was anything but flashy. I hope I’m wrong and that at the end of the day sonic frontiers be a great game.
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