Sonic Frontiers: Platforms, open-world gameplay, trailer & everything we know

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Sonic Frontiers will be the Sonic series’ foray into the open-world genre. Here’s everything we know about Sonic Frontiers.

The blue blur will be returning in the Sonic Frontiers, the next major entry into the Sonic the Hedgehog series, only this time, he’ll have an entire open world to explore. Sonic games have experimented with open-world exploration in the past, but these have often been hub areas where Sonic can talk to people and access different levels.

Sonic Frontiers very much looks like the series’ Zelda: Breath of the Wild moment. Whether it will remain to be seen, but, an open-world Sonic title is an intriguing prospect nevertheless. Here’s what we know about the game so far.


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Is there a Sonic Frontiers release date yet?

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Sonic is eyeing up his next big adventure.

While we don’t have an official release date yet for Sonic Frontiers, the game has been planned for a Holiday 2022 release for quite some time.

On August 23, 2022, a Japanese advert for the game was shared by reliable community leaker Nibel on Twitter that includes a November 8, 2022 release date for the game. The YouTube trailer has since been privatized, so this date should still be taken with a pinch of salt.

As always in this current climate, delays are commonplace. So we wouldn’t be surprised if Sonic Team needs to push the game back to 2023 to polish it off.

Sonic Frontiers platforms

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Will the open world be a step in the right direction?

Sonic Frontiers will release on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, PC, and Nintendo Switch.

Sonic Frontiers open-world gameplay

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Sonic Frontiers is expected to be the most beautiful Sonic game to date.

Sonic Frontiers will be the first truly open-world Sonic the Hedgehog game, set on the Vibrant Starfall Islands. Sonic will be able to dash around the world, using classic gameplay to solve puzzles, defeat enemies, and explore various regions.

The original gameplay showcase depicted a rather lifeless, if not nice-looking world, but subsequent trailers have shown more substance, including an updated combat system. He can still use his trademarked spin-attacks, but can now punch and kick his way to victory.

Some enemies are gargantuan in stature and will require some Shadow of the Colossus-style gameplay to overcome. As well as the open world, portals will lead to some classic 2D and 3D levels which are reminiscent of earlier entries in the series. These will be known as Cyber-Space zones.

Sonic Frontiers trailers

The very first look at the game came through the debut trailer from The Game Awards 2021. It was a cinematic trailer seemingly advertising its open-world elements. The next came as part of an exclusive IGN event.

Here is the trailer in full as part of IGN’s exclusive coverage:

A trailer for the Nintendo Switch version of the game was shown at the Nintendo Direct Show in June 2022:

The next trailer to be released came in the form of a Story trailer, allowing fans to get a better glimpse at what the gameplay will look like:


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