With the primary Sonic recreation launched in 1991, final yr was the franchise’s thirtieth anniversary, and Sega celebrated by releasing Sonic Colors: Ultimate Edition, new Funko pops, wearable chains, and extra. Game Informer even spoke to Takashi Iizuka, the pinnacle of Sonic Staff and longtime collection designer, director, and producer, concerning the anniversary. Now, due to a brand new Q&A phase throughout an investor name, we all know the crew initially had much more deliberate for the thirtieth anniversary.
First reported by Sonic Stadium, Sonic Frontiers was deliberate as a 2021 launch to coincide with the blue blur’s birthday celebration, however ultimately, the crew wanted extra time on the upcoming open-zone game.
“Initially it was deliberate to be launched on this yr, the thirtieth anniversary of Sonic, however we now have postponed the discharge for a yr with the intention to additional brush up the standard,” Sega stated through the investor assembly, in line with Sonic Stadium. “Not just for this title, however through the improvement part, we now have been steadily conducting evaluation to enhance the standard of the title earlier than launch, equivalent to introducing recreation testing primarily based on exterior evaluations, and I’ve a sense that it’s going to develop into a great recreation and have excessive expectations for it.”
Elsewhere within the name, Sonic Stadium reviews that Sonic Staff and Sega are taking a look at Sonic Frontiers as the large new future for the franchise, particularly when it comes to it being a full launch somewhat than a discounted title like its recent rerelease of Sonic Colors.
“For the pricing technique, we really feel that we’re at a degree the place we have to rethink,” Sega stated through the name. “For instance, for the brand new Sonic recreation, as we’re specializing in high quality and spending certain quantity[s] of cash on [the] improvement, we expect you will need to keep the worth by sustaining the worth of the IP at [a] excessive degree, somewhat than merely decreasing the worth at [an] early stage to extend the variety of unit gross sales.”
The final time we noticed Sonic Frontiers was throughout The Recreation Awards 2021, which is when we saw a trailer revealing a better look at the more open-world (or open-zone, as Sonic Staff calls it) side of the title. We discovered then that Sonic Frontiers is due out someday throughout Vacation 2022. Whereas ready to study extra, examine why Sonic Colors: Ultimate is a great way to play the 2010 gem.
[Source: Sonic Stadium]
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