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When the primary Sonic Frontiers gameplay demo dropped, we noticed acquainted parts in a brand new open-world setting. Some of these are much more acquainted than we already thought, apparently. New off-screen footage from the Summer Game Fest reveals what seems to be the previous Sky Sanctuary Zone within the new Sonic game.
Sonic fan @Saihati72 shared the clip on Twitter (the footage itself is taken from episode 18 of the Kit & Krysta Podcast). As Saihati factors out, you’ll be able to see what actually appears to be like just like the Sky Sanctuary with Robotnik’s Death Egg within the background. The temporary bit we see additionally seems to be a extra linear part, in distinction to how open different gameplay snippets have been up so far.
There are just a few prospects right here. First, it’s essential to do not forget that Sega isn’t utilizing the time period “open world” to explain Sonic Frontiers. Its “open zone” design, as Sega calls it, implies that smaller sections join a bigger world. It’s totally doable for a few of these zones to be extra linear than others. Second, the Sonic collection has included bonus phases since Sonic Spinball in 1993, so an additional stage in that vogue is also what we’re seeing right here.
In any case, this wouldn’t be the primary time we’ve revisited the Sky Sanctuary Zone. After first showing in Sonic & Knuckles, it was later reused for Sonic Advance, Generations, Runners Adventure, All Stars Racing Transformed, Dash, and Forces: Speed Battle. There’s no must panic over “the reuse of level themes and assets” right here. Sonic Team boss Takashi Iizuka already stated that fan suggestions gained’t hold the game again.
As for when Sonic Frontiers is definitely popping out, the launch continues to be in query. No date has been given presently, though a PlayStation database leak final 12 months urged the game would arrive on November 15, 2022. Whenever it arrives, it’ll be playable on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC.