The latest issue of PLAY Magazine includes an interview with Takashi Iizuka of Sonic Team, who discussed the upcoming Sonic Frontiers. The majority of the information presented here has been provided previously. On the other hand, certain fresh bits of data have been clarified that fans can savor.
The magazine issue states that Sonic is the “only playable character,” and Iizuka adds that Sonic’s moveset is “true to his persona” and doesn’t have any of the gimmicks from earlier games, such as the Wisps. While it is possible that other playable characters could be added in a future DLC pack, it can be assumed that Sonic will be the only playable character at the game’s first release.
To continue, Iizuka made the following proclamation regarding future video game ventures after Frontiers:
“As we have one team working on something really big, we do want to make sure we’re working with other teams and other third parties to continue making content.”
Even while Iizuka only mentions Frontiers as a large project, this could hint at the existence of other, lesser games. Finally, the magazine shares the following statement about Sage, which may or may not be more than speculation.
“Perhaps it’s telling that Sage has a similar color scheme to Sonic’s past antagonists.”
Is there a connection between the story and the Phantom Ruby from Sonic Mania and Sonic Forces?
In any case, a big shout out to Tails Channel, a Sonic the Hedgehog fan account, for posting scans of the coverage in PLAY Magazine. Sonic Frontiers will be available on November 8, 2022, for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Nintendo Switch, and personal computers.
Sonic spends most of Sonic Frontiers alone in the Starfall Islands, without his friend’s Tails and Amy. He is then instructed by a mysterious AI-like voice to locate the Chaos Emeralds and defeat the island’s Titans to save his buddies. There is a new character named Sage standing in Sonic’s way of achieving this goal.
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— Powerhouse Animation (@powerhouseanim) October 12, 2022
In Sonic Frontiers, players can choose to explore any of the game’s five islands, each of which has its biome, puzzles, adversaries, and more. This “open-zone” gameplay approach is the game’s defining characteristic. Battles are the main event, with various foes to defeat and a skill tree to invest time and money on. Cyber Space levels also feature a playstyle centered on speed, sure to please seasoned players.