Sonic Frontiers Release Date Leaks, Open World Now Looks Fast

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Sonic runs through a forest in Sonic Frontiers.

Screenshot: Sega / Kotaku

Early flavors of Sonic Limits indicated an open-world action game that was a long way from a publishable state. But if we’re to believe a seemingly unintended reveal from Sega, it’s coming out soon: November 8, 2022, smack in the middle of the busiest release cadence on the horizon.

Sonic Limits, first announced at the 2021 Game Awards, is the Blue Hedgehog’s first attempt in an open-world format. Lonely, vast lawns. Abandoned, ancient ruins. Gloomy music. Borders came across as Sonic designed through a Breath of a Wild checklist. Initially given a release date end of 2022, previews this summer criticized how it didn’t feel like a Sonic game (in other words, no loop-the-loops). The consensus was more or less: This thing needs a little more time in the oven. It felt empty and failed to capture the bravado that defined its predecessors, and made (some of) them so great to play.

Read more: Sonic Limits Dev says negative comments are because people ‘don’t understand’

More time in the oven certainly seems to be the last Sonic Limits is going to get. The game will be one of the headliners for today’s Gamescom Opening Night Live showcasebut prior to the event, Sega inadvertently appears… published a Japanese TV spot linked to a release date of November 8, 2022 for Sonic Limits. As previously confirmed, it will be out on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Switch, and PC.

The ad itself was soon set to private, but not before several unaffiliated accounts grabbed it and re-uploaded it. It’s short – only 30 seconds long – but seems more “like a” Sonic game” than earlier images, in which Sonic tears through natural environments: a forest, a mechanized bridge, the walls of a canyon. At the end of the clip, it culminates in the crunchy guitar so often associated with the series, as Sonic climbs a cliff and stares at a mountain range. (That botW comparisons were indeed appropriate.)

A Sega representative did not respond to a request for comment in time for publication.

If the leak turns out to be true, Sonic Limits lands during the busiest release period of the year. About a week earlier WB Games will be released Gotham Knights, an open world co-op action game based on DC anti-heroes. That is immediately followed by a new one Duty game. Sonic Limits itself will share a release date with Skull and BonesUbisoft’s repeatedly delayed pirate game (née an Assassin’s Creed spin-off), which comes out just one day before Sony releases the most anticipated game of the year: God of War Ragnarok. And then, of course, ten days later, the season’s anything but guaranteed sales juggernaut sees: Pokemon Scarlet and purple.

Earlier this summer, IGN ran a series of videos discover more from Sonic Limits, including how combat works and what the open world actually looks like. The series didn’t help the game’s image. After a spate of backlash from fans, including some calls for Sega to delay the game, Sega’s Takashi Iizuka, who leads Sonic Team, expressed the criticism.

“It’s not that surprising,” Iizuka . told VGC in an interview. “We realize that everyone just kind of reacts to the videos they’ve seen, and because they don’t understand what this new gameplay is, they kind of compare it to other games that they already know.”

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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