Sonic Team’s creative officer, Takashi Iizuka, recently spoke with GamesRadar on the upcoming Sonic Frontiers and Sega’s intention that the game brings Sonic to “the next level.” Iikuza discussed how Sega is excited to take advantage of new console hardware and in-depth gameplay evolution to deliver a Sonic experience that proves that Sonic has what it takes to cut it at the top level of the medium. A few of Iizuka’s quotes on the game’s development and objectives are copied below.
We’re excited to bring the game onto next-gen consoles, as both the visual and technical gameplay elements will be elevated on the newest platforms. As games are beginning to be released natively onto next-gen, it’s exciting to be a part of the wave that will really deliver on the full potential of these consoles – high-fidelity, high-speed, and high energy games.
3D Sonic titles have had their share of issues, but I have never felt that they stemmed from a lack of technical fidelity. All the same, if Sonic Team and Sega feel that they can take advantage of new hardware to realize a more complex vision for Sonic Frontiers, I’m fully in support.
Iizuka continued, saying:
With Sonic Forces, the team set out to create a compilation of high-speed Sonic action games that flipped the usual Sonic storyline on its head, taking place in a world where the evil Dr. Eggman had prevailed. Within this new storyline and world, we created new Sonic environments and characters like the villain Infinite. With Sonic Frontiers, we are challenging ourselves to deliver an all-new style of Sonic action adventure. We’re once again expanding the Sonic Universe, bringing in new environments and additional features, to create a totally new type of open-zone experience.
Following decades of three-dimensional struggles, the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise could use a bona fide 3D hit. I’ve enjoyed a few 3D Sonic games, but for the most part, they’ve been clunky and disappointing. I’ll be impressed if Sega can deliver with Sonic Frontiers. Based on Iizuka’s comments, it sounds as if the team is quite enthusiastic about what they are putting together – and they’re taking the time they need to get the game right.
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